The information age is one of humanities transformative eras with inadvertent consequences. "When the world gets this tightly woven, America “needs to be more, not less, engaged, with the rest of the world,” because “the threats posed by climate change, pandemics, cyberattacks or terror will not be reduced by America withdrawing.” Then, as now, walls stopped working. “Cannons and gunpowder came to Europe that could penetrate or go over walls and books could bring ideas around them; Then, like now, walls only made you poorer, dumber and more insecure." "We’ve actually been through an extraordinarily rapid transition like this before in history — a transition we can learn a lot from. Government’s job is to strengthen the safety nets and infrastructure so individuals and companies can be as daring — in terms of learning, adapting and investing in themselves — as they need to be."