Saturday, 16 March 2013

Glocal


"I dreamed of a unified Japan. Of a country strong and independent and modern... And now we are awake. We have railroads and cannon, Western clothing. But we cannot forget who we are. Or where we come from" Emperor Meiji from The Last Samurai
 
"Glocal" serves as a means of combining the idea of globalization with that of local considerations. By definition, the term it refers ‘to think globally & act locally’ 

It’s true that globalization and local traditions don’t always fit neatly together. There are tensions that come with change, particularly in this context of global culture with western roots taking up residence in rapidly developing culture with different and diverse values.In short, successful thinker will need to ensure they have an inclusive, global culture that is flexible enough to reflect a local mindset. 

Beyond characterizing the emergent nature of our operating environment, such mutually constitutive relations between local and global levels also influence our identities — a complicated, evolving notion of who we think we are. Consider, for instance, something as simple as how we respond to the question, “Where are you from?” Most of us tend to identify with multiple places and sustain multiple levels of loyalty to them, which are sometimes overlapping and sometimes conflicting. We are simultaneously citizens of a locality, a state or province, a country, and the planet we all share. In this sense, we are all “glocal” citizens. 

As Malaysia progress, we tend to forget about our past. Destroy the very unique heritage that once shape out forefathers.To abandon it is like to forget oneself; it is tradition that define us, that unite us. Knowing that modernization is around the corner and we should embrace it, or we will be left behind, but that doesn’t mean we should trade modernization with traditional. Solutions such as innovate tradition to suite today’s time should be taken into consideration.

At the global level, we must have the ability to represent Malaysia’s not just by stating our own position, but to do so with a clear understanding of what’s going on globally.”

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