THE INDIVIDUAL IN THE GLOBAL SQUARE
Today we offer you a foretaste of our Issue 2 to be launched in the forthcoming days. But first allow us to thank you for joining our magazine. It has been scarcely two months since our presentation and we have received more than 10.000 visits from more than 70 countries. In this short period we have become a truly Global Square indeed. Thanks to our contributors, our special sections (or Boxes, as we rather prefer to call them) are covering the amazing variety of the world. In our Free Walks we are opening new vistas onto the realms of music, architecture and painting. Besides, our Newsletters allow us to be in contact with you on a regular basis. We hope that you are enjoying it all as much as we are enjoying your company and inspiration.
Though we like surprising you with new and unexpected content, we are also aware that to keep abreast of the times any thoughtful magazine has to deal with the most pressing issues of the day. So we are devoting a large part of our Issue 2 to reflect on the role of the individual in our societies.
We are immersed in an ocean of Big Data, increasingly surrounded by algorithms and dominated by structural forces that are rendering meaningless our human agency…or so we are said, though we beg to differ. Thus, we have conceived of our Spring Issue as a celebration of the individual in the Global Square.
In doing so, we have selected people and topics that go against the prevailing current. In Conversations & Disputations we interview Pilar Jurado, the amazing opera singer, composer and entrepreneur, who will tell us about her triumph over the forces of conservatism in classical music and her strife to transform art into a force for social change. Guillermo Jaime Calderón, a Mexican businessman and innovator, will demonstrate that “social capitalism” is not an oxymoron as he provides affordable and sustainable housing to the poor. In our Green Rotonda, Vicente López-Ibor will continue our exploration in the evolving world of technology by explaining the transition to a consumer-centric paradigm in the domains of energy and the environment. In our Global Agora, Daniel Augusto Motta and Elsa Martí Barceló will explain the changing nature of leadership as we learn to appreciate values and emotions over profits and metrics in our decision making processes. From our Mackinder’s Armchair we will bring to the fore the essential role of the individual in geopolitics by getting acquaintance with the fascinating Colonel House, adviser to President Wilson and dealmaker in the corridors of power between both World Wars. In our Curiosity Cabinet, we will acknowledge the figure of St Isidore of Seville, the man who bridged the Ancient world and the medieval ages thanks to his Encyclopedia, a compendium that was the main source of knowledge until the early Modern era. In The Lost Art of Travel, Eduardo Alonso Luengo will take us to Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, where we will meet the quintessential Byzantine power couple, Justinian and Theodora, whose strong personalities left a deep and lasting imprint in the history of art and devotion. The Cosmopolitan Biography chosen by our collaborator Hugo Magenis for our spring issue is Baron Ungern von Sternberg, the Mad Baron, a warlord who, by his sheer force of will, tried to recreate Gengis Khan´s Empire with his Mongol Legion by taking advantage of the chaos brought about by the Russian revolution in the heart of Eurasia. In Reading is Living, Alberto Ávila Salazar will introduce us to the most intriguing character in the fantastic genre, Dracula, by taking us on an excursion to his origins in the realm of myth and literature. Concomitantly, in Ludwig’s Hut David Hernández de la Fuente will explain the role of Plato in conferring upon the ancient myths their role as founding narratives of our modern polities.
Issue 2 will be completed with a visit to The Global Arcade with Ángel Pérez Mora, an architect who will elaborate on the history of drawing as a means to recreate the evanescent landscapes of memory. Finally, on The Namban Byobu, José Pazó, novelist, photographer, translator and eminent Japanologist, will leave us with an evocation of the self as transformed in a re-encounter with the peoples and lands of modern-day Cipango.