The Shifting Scale of Economics.
… and the evolution of the “Maldivian Dream”
We have been led to believe that economic success has always been dictated by the scale of the population you are able to reach. This is applicable at every level, from individual to companies to countries. Within an individual level, trading your surplus produce, with your neighbors, was what shaped the conventional economic models that our livelihood is based on, built around the idea of specialization and division of labor. The individual evolved from subsistence livelihood, and formed companies or corporations, extending the scale of production, and with it, the need to reach further geographically, hence the beginning of what we now know as the industrial revolution. Large volume of people were required to concentrate within close proximity to reduce the cost of production, as well as develop the necessary homogenous markets for what was being produced, in order that wealth can be amassed in volume. Turn of the 20th Century saw centralization of mass populous groups into clusters and the formation of standardized urban spaces, more familiarly known as cities.
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