Center for Global Studies

Globalization Dialogues

The Globalization Dialogues project will enrich and diversify the globalization discussion among policymakers, activists, and the public. The project’s structural backbone is an ongoing dialogue forum, initially programmed for nine workshops over three years, bringing together intellectuals, activists, and policymakers associated with the pro- and anti- sides of the globalization debate. The goal is to develop a ‘knowledge community’ composed of individuals located across the full range of globalization perspectives whose collective experience will inform opinion-shaping, agenda-setting, and policymaking processes at multiple levels. A distinct feature of the Project is its inclusion of significant voices from the developing world, a segment of opinion too often excluded from conversations about the overall trajectories of globalization. In this sense, this initiative is a tangible advance towards the development of a global partnership for development, as envisaged by the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals.

The format and conduct of the dialogue will be designed around an adapted version of interactive conflict resolution, commonly known as the ‘problem-solving workshop,’ in order to reframe a given dispute in shared rather than adversarial terms. Rather than initiating a conversation whose parameters, agenda, and disputing positions are pre-defined, the problem-solving approach invites participants to collectively establish these boundaries through dialogue. Academic practitioners of this technique will act as the dialogue facilitators, including, where necessary and appropriate, technical experts and guest participants. Similar processes and efforts have made positive contributions toward the resolution of regional conflicts in South Africa and Northern Ireland, and also larger geopolitical issues such as arms control and disarmament.

The Globalization Dialogues project aims not only to enrich policymaking discussion on globalization through crossover between the Dialogues and official/activist channels, but  to also create a platform document laying out a new agenda for policymaking, discussion and public education about globalization, develop programs providing a ‘global civics’ curriculum for secondary schools, train international development professions, and provide a range of multilingual and multimedia resources (website, TV, and radio documentary series) widening public access to the new agenda created through the Dialogues.

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