The Big Picture

Seeing issues in the context of both the global arena and a 30-year time-horizon

To help unleash the full potential of existing governments to operate in concert, they must assess even apparently-domestic issues in the context of the overall global-arena


IT IS THE hidden planet-wide connectivity of apparently unrelated aspects of the world economy that raises the greatest globally-defined threats of major crises. This is also what makes many of those challenges the hardest to overcome. Ultimately it is High-Tech-Globalization that has pushed the international community into what can feel like an end-game – an apparently neck-and-neck race between the extremes of Global Renaissance and global chaos. That is why the realignment that governments and major corporations and others must undertake necessarily includes adopting a Holistic Perspective.

There are two components to this realignment, the most obvious of which involves deliberately viewing even apparently-domestic issues in the context of the whole global arena. One of the implications of Gl0balization that politicians tend not to focus on publically is that there are no longer remaining parts of a nation’s activities that are fully isolated any more – they impact other countries and are themselves influenced by numerous decisions made elsewhere around the world.

Only by attempting to reflect fully that relatively-new reality is it possible to unleash all the potential of existing governments operating in concert together as well as with corporations and civil organizations. For instance, it is far easier for the government of a massive emerging economy such as China to explore how to rebalance its cash and trade surpluses by encouraging local consumerism (despite the often-claimed cultural aversion of the Chinese to consumption) if it first considers the threats to its national future if the global economy suffers as a result of China not rebalancing.