Road to Rhodes: How Culture and Digitalization Shape the World


This year’s Rhodes Forum has a unique topic as one of the forum’s focuses: our digital lives, and how they are influencing the world order. As DOC CEO Jean-Christophe Bas notes, while it appears obvious that human and cultural dimensions play a major role in the way the world evolves, they are often overlooked.

The DOC has been committed to reminding both the public and leadership that we cannot ignore the human, cultural, and civilization aspects of the world order. It is so important, Bas says, because one of the main reasons there is so much backlash against globalization and multilateralism is because both have dismissed human culture and civilization.

Globalization has made people feel left out, like they don’t have a space in the world. There is more tension and isolation, as people find themselves feeling lonely in big cities. Bas notes that people are being less and less civil with each other, especially in the digital world. The digital world is increasingly bringing people together while also helping facilitate this globalization.

The question Bas poses is simple: “What is the real impact of the digital world on the way we live and the way people interact?” This year’s Rhodes Forum will attempt to answer that question. It is necessary, Bas believes, to examine the other central topics of the forum through this human and cultural perspective, not just economic and political perspectives.

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