Knowledge, Culture and Learning in a Global Age: Surviving and Prospering in our Global Age

Dr. Paul Kauffman
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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
Stream: Globalisation
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Knowledge, Culture and Learning

Dr. Paul Kauffman

Adjunct Associate Professor, Manager Indigenous Economic Development Employment and Workplace Relations, University of Canberra

Dr Kauffman (Ph.D. ANU 1982) has also held visiting appointments at Konstanz University (2001) and the UBC (2004). His publications include Wik, Mining and Aborigines (Allen & Unwin) and Travelling Aboriginal Australia: Discovery and Reconciliation (Hyland House) and articles on global companies. Memberships FAIM, FASA.

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