In a globalized world, national actions have dramatic spillover effects that can affect not only border countries but nations across regions, hemispheres, and cultures. As technology and trade have unified the world over the last several decades, new trends like “Our country first” are having a regressive effect and are dividing our world, within and between national boundaries. In this spotlight blog, Dirk Messner, Political Scientist and Co-Chair of SDSN Germany’s host institution the German Development Institute (Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik), comments on this trend and the inherent risks of further dividing our connected world. Dirk urges us not to let this short-sighted trend lead us to a future which will reflect Hardin’s Tragedy of the Commons faster than anyone foretold. Read the full article via the link below to learn what three beacon projects Dirk recommends to support a just and equitable future world.