World Commission on Social Dimension of Globalization

Peter Orne writes: The International Labor Organization has created a "World Commission on the Social Dimension of Globalization," which includes Nobel economist Joseph Stiglitz on its board. In February, it released a long report calling for a new attitude toward globalization and offering options and pathways for political leaders. The report is attached. From the PREFACE:

We believe the dominant perspective on globalization must shift more from a narrow preoccupation with markets to a broader preoccupation with people. Globalization must be brought from the high pedestal of corporate board rooms and cabinet meetings to meet the needs of people in the communities in which they live. The social dimension of globalization is about jobs, health and education ­ but it goes far beyond these. It is the dimension of globalization which people experience in their daily life and work: the totality of their aspirations for democratic participation and material prosperity. A better globalization is the key to a better and secure life for people everywhere in the 21st century.

We also propose a process by which such a perspective can be realized at all levels, beginning with empowered local communities and improved and more accountable national governance; fair global rules applied fairly; and global institutions that are more pro-people. We propose a series of actions ­ each small in themselves. Yet taken together they will set in train a process to achieve this goal by stimulating and energizing the networks of people and ideas and the economic and social interactions of globalization itself.

RH: "Each small in themselves".  The thought is generous, but the grammar is ignoble.

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Ronald Hilton 2004


last updated: November 20, 2004