Globalization - The Big G
There's no doubt about it-- the Big G is everywhere.
Your life is influenced by it every day. Even if you don't know how to identify it, you have been experiencing the Big G:
- When you stop by the grocery store and buy strawberries from Guatemala;
- When you have to go to Wal-Mart because you need to get the most stuff for the cheapest prices, and there you see that most of the products come from China;
- When you're placing a long-distance call and find the person assisting you is speaking from India;
- When the paper mill, textile or auto plant in your hometown closes, and friends and family members lose jobs;
- When you turn on your computer, get online, surf the web, or even download a map to get to your next ballgame;
- When you find out that a transnational corporation (TNC) has acquired rights to bottle water from the streams that have always flowed freely near your home.
- When it's cheaper to buy an orange imported from Mexico that one that is grown four miles away.
What's happening? What's the problem? What are we concerned about? How do we see this issue?
What is currently being done? By whom? Is it good, bad, or indifferent? What needs to be done? What ideas do we have about what could or should be done that would make a difference?
What are the obstacles to change? What gets in the way? What stops good ideas from happening?
Where do we go from here? What are we prepared to do about it tomorrow, next week, next month, next year?
Who else might have something significant to contribute? Whom should we talk to?