Constructive Dialogue on Globalisation Issues
5th December 2003, York House, Twickenham, TW1 3AA
'I enjoyed it because it encouraged participation by students'
The afternoon plenary session allowed the delegates to bring together what they had explored during the workshops. The delegates were asked to respond to the question 'Globalisation: Good or Bad?' on a values continuum, from Good through to Bad, see below.
Responses were mixed, however the majority of the statements were placed near the 'Good' end. There was a strong emphasis that globalisation would enable countries to develop and to work their way out of debt. However, many of these stated that benefits would only come about with certain conditions, including better monitoring and regulation, understanding, governance and access to fair trade.
Those who thought that globalisation was bad, cited world trade rules and subsidies as a problem. There was a common thread that globalisation only increased the gap between rich and poor.
Globalisation Values Continuum "Is Globalisation Good or Bad?"
"Globalisation is a good thing as it brings the world market together and creates chances for those in LEDC as without them the MEDC would perhaps suffer."
"Globalisation is an integration of trade and culture of the wider world. It makes the world smaller. Access to info and technology. Cuts prices by being competitive etc."
"Globalisation is good as long as there is proper regulation of multi-nationals."
"Globalisation is good for consumers as it causes global competition helping us gain fair prices."
"Globalisation is a good thing as it should bring about a better life for people living in LEDCs."
"More countries should be involved."
"Helps LEDC countries."
"Globalisation is good for consumers as they are given a globally competitive and quality product."
"Globalisation is good if understood and well worked."
"With awareness and regulations globalisation can help develop the world and hopefully will stop the poverty that we see today."
"Globalisation - providing it is monitored, globalisation will help those who need help the most. Is the future."
"Globalisation, I think is a positive way of helping the world and to emerge together to make the world a better place."
"I believe that Globalisation is a good thing and that more countries should be involved with trading."
"Globalisation is good for countries, but it depends on how its used eg. corrupt government will exploit it but other government will help their countries. Fair trade is useful to farmers as it prevents exploitation."
"Globalisation is inevitable and will help developing countries, but needs careful management to benefit the people who do the work - sharing / allocating profits."
Charities could make the farmers / workers more aware of their options of fair trade and also to consumers - the case could be made that given the choice, fair trade would be a popular option."
"Quality global brands - eg. Coke, Nike etc"
"It makes people aware that developed world has realised that developing world needs support to sustain a reasonable way of life."
"To be a real force for good it is essential that enforceable global rules apply to all. As a force, I believe it is unstoppable - so it must be made to work fairly."
"Can cause poverty striken areas to become even poorer through debt."
"Free trade rules should not be broken."
"The globalisation by large corporations which in turn leads to the exploitation of a country's goods and workforces should be stopped. If the globalisation of industry and fair trade was started in the developing world then these countries may begin to recover and thrive as they deserve instead of getting further and further in debt while the developed world watches."
"Issues regarding globalisation are far too complex, these issues need to be simplified and publicised so that society has a greater understanding of what happens within this area!"
"Increases trade unions. Put emphasis onto trading more fairly, companys such as fair trade have set up as a result."
"Globalisation is bad as it does not promote an even distribution of wealth throughout the world by exploiting less developed countries. However, without this international trade the less developed countries would be even poorer."
"Why do subsidies intend on robbing poor countries?"
"Globalisation can be good or bad depending on policies and how they are managed."
"World trade rules are a fundamental cause of poverty, LEDCs cannot win unless world trade rules change."
"It exploits LEDC only promoting MEDC."
"Makes the rich richer and poor poorer."
150 students attended from Richmond Upon Thames College, Twickenham.
'The conference was useful, I`m sure it will help me with my course'
The delegates were students of Geography, Economics, Business Studies and Politics studying at A2 and A level. The topics and issues raised were very important to these subjects and enabled balanced dialogue between different interest areas of interest. Thinking skills and critical thinking were employed as development was made during the day.
Support and thanks
In the preparation and conduct of the conference, a great deal of assistance was received in many ways from Margaret Hodgson, Peter Stennying and the care-taking staff at York House, London Borough of Richmond Upon Thames, Paul Malham and his colleagues at Richmond Upon Thames College, and from Worldaware staff and volunteers:
Hafsa Bireke, Parmender Daniells, Bob Ely, Felicia Hodge, Karen Norris, Annette Tallom, Simon Scoones, Catherine Stocker, Jo Wang, Bob Webster, Angus Willson, Virginia Winter.