As we are pulled into the future more and more rapidly, our world is shrinking with each passing day. Just as one example of the many different problems associated with this, technology is being developed faster than societies are able to keep up with. Nevertheless, our lives just keep going on wherever we may be. This means that every responsible person on the planet must now not only become a global citizen but a glocal one, if we are to stand any chance of making it collectively as a species.
In case you are unfamiliar with the term, “glocal” simply means having both local and global considerations. So, glocal governance is the idea that we need to have government officials in every Town Hall at the bottom all the way up to the United Nations Parliamentary Assembly at the top. Of course, this would require actually getting the UNPA going in the first place. Along with this, lots of legislation has to be passed in every country to require elected politicians to be genuine populists who will actually serve the needs of their constituents.
Glocalization is absolutely essential to the future of governance. After all, societies have both particularizing and universalizing tendencies, so there needs to be both local and global constitutions that can suit the needs of people specifically as well as in general. To do this everyone in the world must learn to balance local wants with global needs and to distinguish between all of our differences but also not to discriminate based on any of them.
When passing legislation it will be very important to understand that this will all need to include things like the conservation of not only the biosphere, but also the ethnosphere. That is to say that protecting the world comes in part from preserving culture. This simply can’t be overstated. From an economic point of view, glocalization is about integrating local markets with global ones. This requires the adaptation of international products around the particularities of the local culture in which they are sold.
As an example of what I mean, in China the Starbucks corporation caters more toward tea drinkers in that society. As part of this Starbucks has every right to set up shop in China, but it also has no business trying to operate in the Forbidden City. The Chinese know that this is a step too far, which would inevitably erode some of the local culture. Thus, the company rightfully had to withdraw their store from that particular location. Anything less than this would have been a detriment not only to China but also to Starbucks. This is a perfect example of appropriate glocalization.
The point is that it’s not enough for citizens or their official representatives to only worry about things on either just a local or global basis. As paradoxical as it seems, the world is getting as small as it is big and this couldn’t be more important. So, as we move further and further into the 21st century it is quickly becoming increasingly more and more critical to balance everything out in these kinds of ways. The truth is that the only way that humanity stands any chance at all is if everybody does their part and we all work together. For, such is the glorious goal of glocalism.