Skip to 0 minutes and 8 secondsWhat is globalisation? And why people are kind of afraid of it? People always associate globalisation with the rise of racism, the rise of religion, you know extremism and obvious issue that can be related to globalisation. But maybe globalisation is actually about bringing knowledge of different society, understanding to each other in order to help them being more tolerant. I think globalisation describes a process of growing interactions between firms, people and countries on a global scale. And these interactions can be, can happen in many ways, through trade, politics and culture, for example. Globalisation could be defined as the process that intensifies the cross borders interactions of goods, services, human beings, technology.

Skip to 1 minute and 11 secondsThis is a good thing as long as globalisation is provided with strong welfare states that could fairly redistribute the overall gains from globalisation. Well of course it has a positive side, which is very useful, especially for our generation. Because it makes it easier to have interaction and connect with people from all over the world and to speak with our friends in other countries. But of course it has negative sides. For example, we are, with globalisation we are losing traditional cultures. Tomorrow's globalisation would be a good thing if the political side supports it. That is if in most developed countries the political parties that run these countries will not be anti-globalization.

Skip to 2 minutes and 0 secondsWhat I see in the future of globalisation is an issue of governance. In the sense that well globalisation will push to rethink labour and also the concept of production. Therefore, I believe that states and other actors will want to have a say on how to reshape these concepts. I do think that globalisation bring more tolerance to each other. Just look at a picture of having a Chinese flag on the top of that and then McDonald and then some Indian spice shop on the corner of it. It's globalisation. It's co-habitation, and we're all living together in the same place. Globalisation help us to not be afraid of the other.

Skip to 2 minutes and 52 secondsIt brings us everything we should know to be tolerant with each other.

Views from some students

To kick-off our discussions, let’s listen to the voices of four students from the Graduate Institute in International and Development Studies in Geneva.

We asked them to answer our big question this week : why is globalisation so controversial?

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International Affairs: Globalisation

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