A curious phenomenon has been happening at our CreativeMornings Columbus event series. Ever since we moved into Zoom, a number of people from outside Columbus have been attending our events. We’ve had participants from Detroit and New York, but also from Mexico City and Stockholm as well. In May, I hosted a design event over Zoom that included a young designer from Dublin, Ireland. I asked her what drew her to our Columbus-based event, and she noted that she saw an announcement online, it looked interesting, and so she decided to stay up late to join us.   

There are signs that globalization as an economic and geopolitical reality may be coming to an end. But at the same time, there are signs that the relatively free movement of ideas—what I am calling “Zoom globalization”—might persist even if the economic infrastructure of globalization has collapsed.  

Globalization as an historical reality has long antecedents,…

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