Vertical Map of the World





Politics (Interactions of human individuals in relations of power and privilege) – Politics bounds the full range of human self-conceptions and interactions informed by interest, identity, power, wealth, status, and privilege.

Demographies (Temporal and spatial patterns and dynamics of human populations) – Movement outside of realm of politics – absence of self-conception – operating according to different laws and forces – those of the crowd, swarm, herd.

Geographies (Temporal and spatial patterns and dynamics of environmental and physical forces) – Geographies address the forms and shapes and interactions of the material world, including human populations,biomes, and environmental change.


Knowledge (Objective assessment and analysis of Politics, Demographies, and Geographies data layers) – Knowledge broadly spans the concepts of culture, education, science, and history, that which is somehow reducible to facts,stories, information, laws, and theories that we can test, assess, transmit, and share.

Vision (Subjective and imaginative interpretation of Politics, Demographies, Geographies, and Knowledge layers)


Probably the most exciting way to imagine a vertical map of the world is through the lens of migration. Nothing more characterizes the story of life on earth than constant, profound movement and seeking.
Truly, one of the most important drivers of change and of history is the force of these movements, and the counterforce of efforts to resist and dispel encroachment. We witness this perturbing drama at every level of every geographic and biologic epic. Migration remains the key to understanding our own times and our own trials.