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Antipodean Village Blogger writes:

Increasingly the scales of complacency are coming off the eyes of many about trends in the world economy at all levels of society.

It is helpful that an authority on the matter like the former international currency trader and now New Zealand Prime Minister, John Key, as reported (in Stuff online) has warned that further, more severe, global recessions are inevitable in an increasingly interconnected global economy.

On May 15, 2010 he  said that:

last year’s recession had showed the global economy’s increasing interconnectedness. [Future] recessions are almost certainly in my view going to be global in nature and probably more severe …

[and]

I think the question is not whether there is going to be another global recession but when that recession is going to hit

(See: More severe recessions yet to come, says Key)

Innovative coping by new networking from local and local-through-to-global levels

People need to be able to build up a sense of what they might do about this. Which suggests some innovative thinking and adaptation might be in order not only at national and international levels, but also at local ones.

People in their villages might usefully ask: how they might become more resilient and effective by creating more connections and networks that will enable them to keep on coping well and thriving when and as such disruptions occur?

For instance, could they explore some innovative ways of becoming better connected and networked, both locally and in relation to the wider world?

Some pertinent Village-Connections ideas & blogs

What could local people do among themselves, and how could they thence also collaborate to create local springboards into the wider world? Some potentially useful Village-Connections ideas and blogs include the following:

1. Re utilising new, accessible networking technologies

New technologies on people’s desktops and in the palms of their hands have yet to be fully tapped for locally based networking and development. See, for instance:

Social Networking for Local Development

Beginning in 1992 with a local, desktop-published news magazine and culminating in 2000 with a local, participatory community web project, these communication-based projects helped to turn a fragmented suburb into a networked locality. What do I mean by a “networked locality”? This is explained below…

2. Local, filmed narratives

First, a fully “networked locality” is one in which people in their localities can come together, for which they can now use new communications and film technologies. For instance, how could local narrative film-making enable villagers to better understand and network to meet their needs? See:

Becoming highly effective villagers

Bring in the village creatives – writers, filmmakers – and such troubles could be built into a locally produced, helpful and engaging, narrative film. Such a film could then be made more widely available …

3. Local through to global networking

Could local people network more directly with counterparts in other parts of the world? Could new, sister-city based local-to-local connections and collaborations be built up? See:

Innovative Sister City Networking for Global Solutions

There, guest blogger John Gallagher writes, “Will the relevant decision-makers look carefully at the opportunities that communications technologies can now bring to sister city-based international networking?”

4. Innovative, transdisciplinary university-locality networking to help with 1-3 above

4.1 The question I wish to raise is how can academia work with people in their surrounding communities and relevant political, economic and other decision-makers to help all concerned to think effectively about development that meets the needs of local villagers?

John Gallagher writes in the blogs below that to do this and to do it well,  universities need to act as knowledge-brokers ultimately between two-way, local and global, knowledge flows. As he sees it, the more effectively a university can connect from very local to very global levels, and similarly from global to local levels, the more useful it can make itself in today’s globalizing world. This new knowledge-based liasion would open up unprecedented, valuable and much-valued new fields of research and teaching.

Locality-Academia partnership for economic and ecological transitions

The need for well-connected universities in an interconnected world

5. Theoretical: learning how micro-perceptions connect with macro ones

For those who are interested in and read theory, Don Ihde writes about how many seemingly personal and local perceptions and understandings (“micro-perceptions”) need to be contextualized in wider “macro-perceptions” and frameworks. Such micro and macro relationships are generated and widely propagated all the time by influential people and interests with all sorts of agendas.

So it can be useful and important for villagers to be able to recognize when and how this happens, and how they might more reflexively generate and contribute some of their own micro- and macro- perceptions to local and wider societal, and even global, discourses, debates and policy developments. All of which could be very much assisted if strong, on-going relationships could be developed between localities and universities.

Village Theory Think Piece: How to better understand the global from the perspective of the local

Drawing on Don Ihde’s account of how macroperceptions can and do interact with and affect microperceptions. For a quick way into this piece, think about how Muslims have been perceived before and after two aeroplanes flew into the Twin Towers in New York on Sept 11.

Your comments and suggested links most welcome

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