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:
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!
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.
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.
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!