We have little experience of how to live as one world. In this book, people from diverse geographical and social origins grapple with how to turn our globalizing world into a common home. Global Visions: Beyond the New World Order is designed to help initiate a dialogue which will establish globalization-from-below as a new paradigm for understanding and reshaping the world order.
Excerpt from Global Visions: Beyond the New World Order
Here is an excerpt from the introduction of Global Visions:
“Globalization-from-below, in contrast to globalization-from-above, aims to restore to communities the power to nurture their envi-ronments; to enhance the access of ordinary people to the resources they need; to democratize local, national, and transnational political institutions; and to impose pacification on conflicting power centers.
During the 1980s, according to Falk, transnational activism by the environmental, human rights, and women’s movements became “prominent for the first time in history.” Amnesty International and Greenpeace were “emblematic of this transnational militancy.” This “grassroots surge” featured “a shared conviction that upholding human rights and building political democracy” provide the common underpinning for desirable transnational change.”