Deviant globalization

The international organs, drugs, malware and weapons trades (among others) have been growing and flourishing, and the reason is globalization says Nils Gilman a consultant and scenario planner. Well, not regular old Thomas Friedman-style World is Flat type globalization, but deviant globalization. Gilman outlined his concept at the 2008 European Futurists Conference in Switzerland. Watch him describe how the global illicit economy works alongside — and expands with — the licit economy in an era of globalization (28:23).

Gilman presents seven rules of deviant globalization. Here is a reproduction of his slides where you can see each rule clearly:

Being that the talk was only 30 minutes, Gilman only had time to present the concept and the accompanying rules. The talk is entirely descriptive, offering no solutions to the problems. However, he does seem to emphasize international cooperation when cracking down on a specific illicit activity. Not doing so can act as an incubator, and cause more harm down the road in a different corner of the world via globalization (cf. his Brazilian hacker story).

If you look past all the social/political science jargon he throws at you, there is nothing really new in Gilman’s outlook, except perhaps the idea of professionalization under pressure of a crackdown. Nevertheless, it is a well put together presentation filled with interesting little anecdotes that I am sure the crowd here at CA would enjoy. If anybody has any suggestions for solutions, or more rules, sound off in the comments.

Via an old post by John Robb where there is a good discussion in the comments.

About Younghusband

Sir Francis Edward Younghusband (1863-1942) was a British explorer, army officer, military-political officer, and foreign correspondent born in India who led expeditions into Manchuria, Kashgar, and Tibet. He three times tried and failed to scale Mt. Everest and journeyed from China to India, crossing the Gobi desert and the Mustagh Pass (alt. c.19,000 ft/5,791 m) of the Karakoram mountain range in modern day Pakistan. Convinced of Russian designs on British interests in India, Younghusband proactively engaged in the nineteenth century spying and conflict over Central Asia between the British and the Russians known as the Great Game. "Younghusband" is a Canadian who has spent a number of years bouncing back and forth between his home country and Japan. Fluent in Japanese and English with experience in numerous other languages from Spanish to Georgian, Younghusband has travelled throughout Asia. He graduated with an MA from the War Studies Department at the Royal Military College of Canada, where he focussed on the Japanese oil industry and energy security issues. He has recently returned to Canada from Japan, and is working in the technology sector.
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2 Responses to Deviant globalization

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  2. Alex says:

    I guess he did a nice job summing his idea up, but like you said, nothing new there. “Dark-side capitalism,” “shadow economies,” etc…”deviant globalization” sounds like a fancy book title for sure.