Knowledge, Culture and Learning in a Global Age: Surviving and Prospering in our Global Age
We know of three turning points in human history. Our life of hunter gathering, then tribal living and organisation in oriental despotisms was turned some 2 500 years ago when Socrates, the Buddha and Confucius, almost contemporaneously in different continents, developed modern ways of thought. Some 500 years ago, the renaissance and reformation changed social and cultural life in Europe, and through colonisation, the rest of the globe. At the end of the 20th century, global living provides a further turning point for humanity. For the first time since our ancestors left the African continent and created the great diversity of cultures and societies, all humans are once again connected, in fact or potentiality, to a common heritage. Markets and exchange have increased the material affluence of over 2 billion people. All human societies and economies are interwoven with established or potential markets. 50 global companies are among the largest 100 organisations. The paper examines the power of global companies to alter human cultures and create virtual communities, how human societies and cultures are being reshaped, and the human qualities and educational skills which are needed to survive and prosper in our global age.
Keywords: Globalisation, Global society and culture
Dr. Paul Kauffman
Adjunct Associate Professor, Manager Indigenous Economic Development Employment and Workplace Relations, University of Canberra