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How is Globalization Changing the Way We Live?

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Globalization, the name given to the ever-increasing integration of the people, business interests, and governments of countries across the globe, is a contentious issue with an influence on our changing culture. On one hand, people argue that globalization changes the countries involved for the better, propagating a heightened level of economic growth, improving human rights in line with global standards, and improving access to technology, goods and services.

On the other side of the debate, critics argue that the homogenization of cultures is steamrolling indigenous cultures around the world, denying people their economic, social and cultural rights, and exploiting less developed countries to further the interests of the few frontrunners. One thing is certain: Globalization is changing the way we live. With the impacts of the global recession still ringing in our ears, we take a quick look at how.


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Complete video at: Author and social critic Jerry Mander discusses how the cultural concepts of indigenous peoples endure despite globalization, and speculates on the benefits of adapting these ideas to modern life. ----- In this spirited book, Jerry Mander partners with the celebrated indigenous leader Victoria Tauli-Corpuz to gather powerful firsthand reports on a momentous collision of worldviews that pits the forces of economic globalization against the Earth's indigenous peoples. With many of the planet's remaining natural resources on indigenous lands, traditional practices of biodiversity preservation have, ironically, made these lands targets for global corporations seeking the last forests, genetic and plant materials, oil, and minerals to feed their unsustainable growth. Corporate invaders often employ military force, as well as harsh pressures from the World Bank, IMF, and WTO. But native peoples refuse to be victims; their stories of resistance and growing success are gathered here by twenty-five writers to describe the impacts. Jerry Mander is founder of the International Forum on Globalization. His books include "In the Absence of the Sacred" and "Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television" - Cody's Books
Complete video at: Kemal Derviş, Head of the United Nations Development Programme, discusses impacts of climate change on long-term economic planning. ----- Prosperity and Inequality: Debates in India and China Keynote Address by Kemal Dervis India and China are emerging as major players in the global political economy of this century, having enjoyed record growth rates for the past five years. Yet each faces major social and economic challenges. Both countries are dealing with growing social unrest, widespread poverty, and rising energy needs in a world market shaped by dwindling oil supplies. China's growth is creating massive disparities between its urban and rural sectors, resulting in protests against state authority and restless migrant populations. Citizens face a steady degradation of public health due to runaway industrial growth, while capitalists chafe against the state's tight control of the market. In India, the epidemic of suicides among farmers and episodes of violence against minorities have cast doubts on the benefits of wholesale economic liberalization, unfettered foreign investment, and growth, which are also being challenged by the rise of judicial activism and of an active, vocal civil society. The India China Institute at The New School, now in its third year of sponsoring fellowships, public debates, and research collaborations between experts in India, China, and the United States, is hosting "Prosperity and Inequality: Debates in India and China," a major conference exploring these issues. Participants in the conference, including our own fellows from all three countries as well as experts on urbanization, globalization, and growth in India and China, will discuss Chinese and Indian urbanization and wealth formation, the social and political risks associated with skyrocketing growth in two massive agrarian societies, alternative designs for development in each society, and the quest in both societies for a "third way" of development that combines the virtues of socialism and capitalism without sacrificing democracy and grassroots inclusion - The New School Kemal Derviş started as the new head of the United Nations Development Program, the UN's global development network, on August 15, 2005. Currently he also serves as the Chair of the United Nations Development Group (UNDP), a committee consisting of the heads of all UN funds, programs, and departments working on development issues. Prior to his appointment with UNDP, Mr. Derviş was a member of the Turkish Parliament, representing Istanbul from November 2002 to June 2005. From March 2001 to August 2002, he was the Minister for Economic Affairs and the Treasury of the Republic of Turkey. In August of 2002, he resigned from his Ministerial post and was elected to Parliament.
An international market makes new discoveries possible. Question: How is globalization changing architecture? Richard Meier: Well architecture, as I said, through communication, through publication, through Internet, through web sites, is communicated, and is part of the globalization of . . . of what's taking place in the world today. I saw the work of a young architect in Argentina -- extraordinary work. Really amazing. Terrific. And I was just thrilled because . . . just to find it, to know about it. I don't know this person, but I really respect this person's work. And I think that kind of discovery and that kind of information perhaps wasn't possible 10 or 15 years ago.   Recorded on: 9/17/07
Complete video at: Don Nutbeam explains that while many oppose the global spread of companies like McDonald's and Coca-Cola, their wide distribution network could be used to improve global health. "Can we as public health activists not try to close McDonald's down but change what they sell?" ----- Pandemics like SARS and swine flu capture the world's attention. But public health issues like obesity in developed countries and AIDS in the developing world are greater killers. As life expectancy increases, health care costs seem destined to spiral out of control. The financial crisis is forcing belt tightening around the world. How can we achieve sustainability in human health? - Australian Broadcasting Corporation Professor Don Nutbeam, a world-renowned expert in public health, is currently Vice-Chancellor at the University of Southampton. His career has involved senior positions in universities, government, health services and an independent research institute. Between 2000 and 2003 he was Head of Public Health in the UK's Department of Health, leading policy development within the Department and across government on a range of public health challenges.
It's not at all clear, Thiel says, that income disparities are growing globally.
Complete video at: Author and activist Paul Polak discusses innovative approaches to fighting global poverty. ----- Meet Paul Polak author of Out of Poverty: What Works When Traditional Approaches Fail that explodes what he calls the "Three Great Poverty Eradication Myths": that we can donate people out of poverty, that national economic growth will end poverty, and that Big Business, operating as it does now, will end poverty - Books Inc. International Development Enterprises (IDE) founder Paul Polak has collected his experiences from more than 25 years finding innovative solutions to poverty in a new book, "Out of Poverty: What Works When Traditional Approaches Fail."
The impact of religious faith is profound in a world where political, economic, and social spheres are increasingly interconnected. Intentional and sustained reflection on the crucial issues of faith and globalization can lead to the kind of reconciliation and peaceful coexistence that life in the 21st century demands.
Economist Dambisa Moyo discusses how emerging markets are watching the competition between the opposing economic might and political ethos of the United States and China. Complete program available for free at: