Culture of Connectivity
The global community is in the midst of a cultural shift unprecedented since the industrial revolution, characterized by the ability of the individual to transfer information freely across the world and have immediate access to knowledge that was previously unattainable. The deep impact of this new era of connectivity is felt in virtually every corner of human society. Like the industrial revolution, much of the impact clearly benefits humankind, empowering us with knowledge, global communication, and a diverse host of corresponding societal advantages. However, we have learned from our recent past that distinct and formidable challenges can arise from technologically driven shifts in global culture. The 2012 Public Affairs Conference will serve as a vehicle for investigating the new era of global connectivity, its benefits, its challenges, and the corresponding socio-cultural issues that demand consideration as we articulate the future and serve as stewards for forthcoming generations.