The actual lecture begins at 03:10. It was held at the 2018 Elias Conference "Global Interdependencies" in Brussels.
Current global problems and challenges that are intertwined with lengthening and deepening social networks raise a central question for the current era – whether human groups can agree on symbols that enable them to exercise greater control over the forces that bind them together. The recent resurgence of national-populist movements, ideologies and symbols underline the scale of the challenge in creating global or cosmopolitan symbols. What are the prospects for closer international cooperation if efforts to change the balance of power between symbols ultimately fail?