The thread linking these diverse phenomena is a fear of losing one’s way of life to globalization.
We are the most globalized generation in history, and every day we are becoming more interlinked.
While we all appreciate the year-long imported fruit, cheap Chinese electronics and ability to see the world, globalization brings just as many risks as benefits.
We enjoy globalization when getting cheap electronics at Wal-Mart, yet decry it when our manufacturers seek cheaper facilities abroad. We love globalization when we explore Asia, but hate it when accepting migrants from the same.
Globalization becomes scary when it disrupts deeply entrenched paradigms,
like Western primacy, white supremacy, gender equity and even core notions about adulthood and self-determination.
Pure capitalism is innately meritocratic in seeking profit maximization—but meritocracy is scary for the most privileged, as well as for the least qualified. None of us, least of all the privileged 16% in the world’s richest countries
, wants to enter a race to the bottom in a global labor market. Nor do we want to be exposed to terrorism, security risks and other disruptions to our quality of life.
Yet we cannot escape gravity. And, short of time travel, we cannot re-cork globalization.
If we pick the side of Trump, Le Pen, Boris, and try to fight globalization, we lose pace with the innovation, cost advantages and growth potential in the rest of the world.
Globalcreating means immersion and creation across borders; it means taking the lemons of globalization and making lemonade.
If US tuitions have become outrageous, it means doing a master’s for free in Europe
. It means migrating for short-term and long-term professional development
as industries shift. It means building relationships, learning languages and when the time comes, tapping suppliers and partners from across borders. It means replicating established businesses in new markets and languages, cross-pollinating ideas and resources to create something better, linking emerging industries across countries to create the future.
The reality is that globalcreating
is the best possible tool to prepare us as individuals and organizations to thrive and compete in a global economy, regarding:
– Skills development, including language and technical skills (especially in ascendant and niche industries)
– Access to untapped resources and opportunities
– Global Relationships
– Cultural competency and market know-how
In a world where over 30% of jobs could be automated
and replaced by robots in the next 15 years, isn’t global entrepreneurialism the most important advantage in any economy?
However, beyond all these commercial and financial benefits, globalcreating is our best bet to overcome these decaying mental models expressed in the xenophobic rhetoric of Trump, LePen, and others.
It is easy to look out from our TV screens, newspapers, hotel rooms and cruise ships to see fellow humans as “other.” However, living side-by-side, working towards a common goal strips away the old lenses of in-group and out-group. Removing those lenses enable us to learn from each other, find ideas and innovation in each other’s traditions, to collaborate and synergize.
It may seem like a Kumbaya ideal but what is the alternative?
More walls, more division, more bombs—more global competition will not get us where we want to go. We want to go where our potential can be maximized, where we find the freshest ideas, the most critical resources, the biggest opportunities, and the most synergistic partnerships. Much of these opportunities will be dispersed beyond our borders. At the same time, Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein and Elon Musk have all shown us the tremendous advancement that can come from the newcomers, visitors, migrants who bring their genius to our land
As the African proverb states, we can go faster alone but we can go farthest together.