Chukudus zoom through rural Congo toward the market. Overloaded matatus haul Kenyans to and from work. Hacked tuoloji supply Myanmar with water in the dry season. Our travels form a symphony of movement, coordinated by drivers and guided by norms. Each driver constantly makes decisions to stabilize the vehicle, avoid a collision, or maximize profits. And each vehicle sits at the center of its own ecosystem: a network of makers of MKSHFT repairmen, and fuel suppliers—and sometimes of regulators, bribers, and smugglers. Driving each story is human ingenuity—creativity fueled by resource constraints. Whether the motivation is to solve problems, earn revenue, or strengthen relationships, we keep moving ourselves and our possessions, extending our reach to places unknown and returning home.
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