by Adam Goodwin | 2014 | Last Updated: January 14, 2014
Globalization – a current buzzword in business, education, and many other sectors of the world. What is it? Why? How?
With globalization, the world is now smaller. Obviously, not the physical dimensions. With travel (i.e., planes), travel has cut down time to get places. Less time now to get somewhere.
People can move around the world more easily. For instance, look at the European Union. Those living in a country belonging to the European Union can move freely without work VISAS (there are some exceptions, but will leave those for another day – e.g., the United Kingdom).
With the world getting smaller because it now takes less time to travel, the world is also bigger. There are more opportunities to travel the world. Meet brothers and sisters from other parts of the human family, take selfies (i.e., a self-taken photograph) in front of iconic landmarks in the global hubs situated on the world, where only 30-40 years ago, the large percentage of the world never dreamed of visiting Egypt’s pyramids.
There is the more free flow of goods with free trade agreements such as NAFTA. One can argue these may be economically good in the short-term, the long-term impact on communities, families, and individuals is not yet well established.
Such as the aforementioned European Union, governments are looking around the world for opportunities.
With improvements to travel technology, a family member is now much closer than ever before. Nations are now dependent on each other. A worker in Canada now depends on a colleague in another country to help complete and work on a project. There are many linkages between individuals, organizations, and businesses in this globalized world.
Why This Blog Post
I am traveling through Southern Europe in a few days. As I prepare for my trip, I began thinking of some of the mechanisms, policies, and things that allow me to travel. So, basically, this blog post is a bunch of random ideas thrown together – a little insight into my random mind.
A Call To Action
What does globalization mean to you? Has a more global society and interdepedent economies and countries had a positive and/or negative impact in your life? How? Why? When?
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These are one person’s thoughts and opinions. I welcome and strive to get your feedback and own thoughts. Feel free to comment below or connect with me via social media.
Adam Goodwin is a Canadian working in the United Kingdom, and is a proud shameless idealist. His parents currently work in Cairo, Egypt. He has siblings and distant family in Canada and around the rainbow nation’s only home. Follow his year+ overseas on Twitter (@adam13goodwin) and on this blog