Global threats are growing fast, from climate change and nuclear weapons to the spread of infectious disease and job loss from automation. As challenges rise, globalization is rising with it — a highly contested concept. Globalization is the interdependence of governments, economies, people and products, and while it’s supported as a model for protecting human rights and the environment, it’s criticized as a slippery slope to cross-border bullying, bigotry, elitism and colonialism. Which variations of globalization, if any, are most balanced? Is broad-based action or local problem-solving the most ethical path forward? Or is there some way in between?
Framing the debate
Globalization is the interconnectedness of people, products, economies and governments. But its meaning is a moving target, acknowledged upfront when author Parag Khanna argues for globalization as the “greatest force for reducing poverty” for billions of people. Activist Medea Benjamin sharply disagrees, saying globalization is a driver of corruption, abuse and inequality. Writer Sisonke Msimang asks everyone to ditch abstract jargon — the language of “globalese” — and take specific action in our own lives to create change.
Intro statements from our participants:
Medea Benjamin: Resisting Corporations in Globalization
Sisonke Msimang: The Jargon of Globalization Talks
Parag Khanna: Globalization Reduces Poverty For Billions of People
Videos about the topic:
Your Phone Is a Product of Globalization
Doha Debates Asks: Does Globalization Make Life Easier?
Artea: Envisioning a World Without Borders
The Valuable History of a Passport
Speaker Spotlight: Parag Khanna
Speaker Spotlight: Medea Benjamin
Speaker Spotlight: Sisonke Msimang
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