Global economies have shifted over time

Click on the image to see a visualization of the shift in global GDP’s from 1CE to 2015.  The slide show uses “equal area cartograms”, otherwise known as density-equalizing maps. The cartogram re-sizes each country according to the variable (in this case, the country’s GDP) being mapped.

Notice that the current Emerging Countries, such as India and China, are really a reemergence of these two countries from several centuries ago.  What are the fundamental drivers of these shifts over time?

The Winners and Losers in the next economy will be determined by the lessons learned from the past and how we apply them to the next business model.

(density-equalizing map source: http://www.worldmapper.org/index.html)