Why this map that shows a world without borders is so important

Upon looking down at Earth from space, astronauts say they experience a feeling of awe so profound that it shifts the way they view human life. It’s so consistent among astronauts that there’s even a term for it—“the overview effect,” first coined by science writer Frank White.

American philosopher and inventor Buckminster Fuller replicated some of this effect when he created a flat map that displays the world as one island in one body of water, erasing borders and divisions.

“After living in space, it’s actually hard for me to feel that I’m the citizen of one country,” says Cady Coleman, NASA astronaut and veteran of five space missions.

On October 15, Univision and Fusion Media Group will host RiseUp AS ONE, where artists and influencers will gather at the San Diego border for a concert celebrating inclusiveness, diversity, and global unity. This content is part of a series in connection with RiseUP AS One, supported by funding from Sprint, and produced independently by Fusion’s editorial staff.

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