12 April 2008

Go Glocal!

Posted by Aether under: Community News .

Apparently the blending of the words global and local has been around for a couple of decades thanks to some visionary Japanese business models. I see “Think Globally, Act Locally” bumper stickers all the time, but there are certain points for style with the word Glocal.

There’s a great article making the rounds regarding the need to present global issues and perspectives, especially within the sciences, as relevant locally. But what really got me going was talking about making global issues meaningful locally. It’s only when we are able to relate to an issue at home that they really become real for most of us, so the ability to relate to global issues becomes the challenge of glocalisation. It’s the meaning of something that so often gets lost these days, and especially so within the sciences. After all, it is meaning that ties everything together, and once again illustrates the need for story.

The article through the Environmental News Network can be found here:

Glocal approach makes global knowledge local

And there’s a good overview (surprise surprise) of glocalisation in Wikipedia.

So Go Glocal, and lets find ways to understand our local bioregions through addressing the global issues that face us all, and discover ways to understand our global issues by being able to relate to them locally.

Peace.
Eric

p.s. ~ while we’re in the process of going glocal, we might as well consider becoming locavores as well, a person who tries to eat as much as they can from within their bioregion. It’s a macrobiotic diet principle that’s been around for a while, but the word itself is fairly recent, and was even chosen as the 2007 word of the year in the Oxford American Dictionary. Pretty cool any way you look at it.

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29 October 2010 at 6:52 pm.

I am not sure if this is the right spot, but I figured you should be aware that I read this post a little while ago on another site. I think it was a wordpress blog with a similar title. The content was almost the same, but I noticed that this one here has an older date. I guess they grabbed it from you, but maybe not who knows. Thought you may want to know.

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