Video quiz #1 First video Why be excited about the world? o We are living in historic times o Live thrive and survive o In the furture, historians will look back and see that the 21st century was a huge point in history o Things were changing very fast and in a very big way o Have the entire world as your oyster o You can do anything you want to, anywhere you want to o But, you need to be in the know about the world so you can be educated Making sense of the planet Incorporate what’s going on in the world (current events) Course mechanics Second Video Globalization: o The world is getting smaller: not true; not physically getting any smaller o Not physically getting smaller, but the people are getting more connected and more interdependent o Globalization is a now thing—not at all; it’s been happeneing for at least 10,000 years o All humans started out in a single tribe somewhere in Africa Then, curiosity compelled the members of the tribe to go out and explore They evolved into their own ethnicities and races and developed their own empires Continuously discovering new things When people interacted with each other, they were becoming interdependent
o When people communicated, they became reliant on each other and they became interdependent o From trains, to phones, to airlines, to cell phones, to internet These are things that cause people to become connected with each other o But: it does seem like it has been only recently and that is because it has been accelerated in the past 20 years o It has sped up dramatically due to technological advances: The cell phone The internet These have exponentially accelerated our communication True power of the cell phone and internet: Information decemination (information sharing) o Two people studying cancer across the world; 100 years ago they never would have known of each other, but now they can be working together Facebook / twitter You can instantaneously know what people across the world had for lunch New sources: You know about the news across the world AS IT HAPPENS o THIS IS THE FIRST TIME EVER THAT WE’VE BEEN ABLE TO DO THIS We are re-joining the same tribe again; we aren’t’ all going back to Africa but we are working together again is the world globalized? Is the end game here? o No, we have a long way to go o But there are things that are globalized o We’re in the middle o Some things you should know: The world economy is indeed a global economy now People who have a small business in a small town are still impacted and effected by global banking rates, places where they get their products from (their materials) 2
A recession in another part of the planet comes back to you The 2008 world recession started in the US but it goes everywhere else too o Technology Very close Who can you not reach?
- Spring '08