The future is up to us!

The opinions of the article do not necessarily reflect the position of Trajectorya. This post is the result of a co-operative learning exercise developed by participants of the Training Course Getting GLocal: zooming environment (Pärnu, Estonia, November 2009).

 

Usually when we talk about the globalisation, we understand it in a negative way, especially when related to environmental and economical issues. How about globalisation from a social perspective?

Here is a vision of the world in 2060 from our group:

POVERTY

Reducing the poverty all over the world is a task for a Superman. Since we’re just ordinary human beings, we would stick to the motto: »Don’t give the fish to the hungry one, but teach him how to catch it.« Funding alone is not enough!

INTERCULTURAL RELATIONSHIP

Because of the globalisation we face different problems, related to different cultural backgrounds and religious views of people living in the same society. Tolerance itself, as important as it can be, is not enough. So it would be nice not just to tolerate the differencies but to understand and respect them. Of course the understanding and respect must be mutual.

HUMAN RIGHTS

As we are human beings, we should be aware of our human rights. Raising awareness on local and global level and putting pressure on actual situations that are unacceptable, would be a good start.

ACTIVE CITIZENSHIP AND DEMOCRACY

We also should realise that beside human rights, we also have some human duties. To create an open-minded society, we should stimulate others to take the responsibility to be active citizens. People are becoming more and more passive and the majority doesn’t care for things happening in the neighbour’s backyard, let alone the situation in a far away country of the third world. If we are able to listen to the other and create diplomatic solutions for occuring problems, we are on the good way to build up a more democratic society.

EQUALITY

Poor or rich, young or old, factory worker or a highly educated scientist – they should all have the same accessibility to health care, education, retirement benefits and other important things.

Yes, that can sound like an unreachable plan, but maybe step by step we can make it become the truth by changing our attitude and awareness of all the mentioned issues. It’s all up to us!

10 thoughts on “The future is up to us!

  1. gLOCAL

    Thank you very much for the overview on social issues to be addressed by 2060,
    I have however some concern on the point on Poverty reduction as it will not be enough anymore in teaching how to fish… but how not to fish, or how to fish in a sustainable way.

  2. Andrej

    I totaly agree with the written. It is important to cooperate in different fields of the problem and finaly everyone will benefit from it. Sustainability is important for every single human being and if people are prepared for the cooperatin, there may be win-win situation, otherwise our Globe will give us all what we gave to it. Thank you.

  3. Mattias

    As social issues are one leg of the four legged chair (economy, governance, education, social aspects) it can only be changed, if all of the other four change also. So it seems almost impossible task… Yet it still comes down to the individual. It all starts from… you!

  4. SHIORI

    I like the title:-)) It’s very positive and active. Of course we shouldn’t think globalization as a negative way.
    I think to create an open-minded society need to understand “diversity ” so we should communicate each other ,Talk to talk. not just from media.

  5. getting glocal Post author

    I like what you wrote about poverty.
    »Don’t give the fish to the hungry one, but teach him how to catch it.« Funding alone is not enough!”- this is absolutely right. We should learn them how to use diffrent technique of win over more human resources, educational development, managment, etc. That seems to be long process but the only way at now I have in my mind.

  6. Luis

    I agree with all points instead of the first one. I actauly think fight poverty is possible, because direct assistance is not the only and the more importante measure on this process, changing the international trade procedures and the access to protected markets (from developing countries) can be an important way.

  7. Klaudia

    ,,Don’t give the fish to the hungry one, but teach him how to catch it.,, – In my humble opinion sometimes to much help is a bad help. They should learn from the beginning to the end how to fix situation.

  8. Taco

    I agree with the issues that are mentioned in this article, but I think that just ‘becoming aware’ is not sufficient. There are too many conflicts of interest that need to be resolved first. The trajectory we need to follow is one of a positive economy. One in which we do not exploit the poorer countries, but see them as potential clients, too. There is so much ample room for economic growth in these countries, but whilst trying to exploit this, the focus should be on not only potential profit but also social prosperity.

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