**in textbook, questions on exams are mostly on the big picture in the chapters** The increasing interconnectedness of people and places through converging processes of economic, political, and cultural change. The process of reducing barriers between countries and encouraging closer economic, political, and social interaction. The coming together of businesses and states. An accelerating set of processes involving flows that encompass ever-greater numbers of the world spaces and that lead to increasing integration and interconnectivity among these spaces. Key points: it refers to processes (it"s ongoing, geographical implications - interconnection between spaces and people. Many geographers think that the world is becoming more uniform. Space = easily overcome via internet, cell phone. Location = less relevant: work from anywhere. Landscape = 1 earth, collective action re climate change. Distance = lessened or irrelevant (eg. online shopping) Emergence of global communication systems that link all regions on the planet instantly. Transnational corporate strategies that have created global corporations.