As Global Responsibility Global Solidarity, we believe that globalization is not a problem in itself, as anti-globalization postures claim, but in the dehumanized way in which it has been conducted. By itself, globalization is in many ways – though not exclusively – a technological phenomenon whose world penetration makes it practically unstoppable. Nevertheless, it is possible to identify promising areas of opportunity, as usually happens in each human communication phenomenon. The central issue is the humanist character we can infuse into a phenomenon of technology, to directly touch the media and the political, economic and social structures of the whole world.
This necessarily imposes a global task, and Global Responsibility Global Solidarity offers a forum for international thought exchange to provide a humanist sensibility to the globalizing macro trends of our days. From this perspective there is much to say. Therefore, we focus on initiating and supporting the exchange of thought leaders around the world, to put forward into the international community their knowledge, experiences and achievements.
How is international order built? What are the dynamics, sources of legitimacy, triumphs, failures, and current alternatives? New protagonists climb the world stage, such as China, India, Russia, Mexico, Brazil, and South Africa. What are the consequences of the rise of major new powers within the global environment? In the past, seismic changes to international dynamics were associated with great wars or great financial crisis, but in our times few doubt that aside from these social processes we must consider the mentalities, ethical foundations of society, values and virtues which inspire and conduct social transformations.
We believe the best way to reorder and rebuild politics, economics and society in a coordinated way implies a cultural task beginning with persons and their communities. It is not only a matter of power projection; it is mainly a matter of ideas. (JAMES 2011).
We must question the politics-economics-media conglomerate, which actually rules most countries in the world. The technological system consists of bureaucratic elites dominating the state, the market and the media with a mechanical, pragmatic and functionalist mentality, and inhibiting the leadership roles of persons, their capability of political participation, and the relevance of their community initiatives (LLANO 2005). This is about placing the state, the market and the media at the service of the person as realms for social and community development.
In this “Age of Anxiety” (RACHMAN, 2010) we face a complex scene of problems that can only be addressed from a global perspective: terrorism, war, genocide, starvation, nuclear proliferation, pollution, poverty, unemployment, pandemics, energy crisis, organized crime, failed states, illegal immigration. We cannot simply understand these phenomena through observation, we need to think about them, their internal logic, and understand they are related to the same human nature, as well as research the valid alternatives to overcome them. In this sense the global crisis has brought us back to basics. (JAMES 2011).
HAROLD, JAMES. International order after the financial crisis. International Affairs, 87: 525–537. 2011.
LLANO, ALEJANDRO. Humanismo Cívico. Ariel. Barcelona, Spain, 2005.
RACHMAN, GIDEON. Zero-Sum World, Politics, Power and Prosperity after the Crash, Atlantic Books, London, 2010.