Orbis World View

 

From poverty and hunger to climate change and preventable disease, the global challenges of 21st century are vast. Often the approach to addressing these issues is either one-dimensional, focusing on isolated issues in a particular location, or it is an attempt at universalism, without regard to local culture and populations.

The economic, environmental, social, and health challenges we face are both global and systemic and therefore leadership and solutions must also be defined by those terms. Globalization’s complex inter-connectedness has transcended these issues into the global arena. Many argue that globalization is responsible for the world’s ills. However, there is nothing inherently good or evil about globalization; it is a system of social, political, and economic phenomena.

As globalization is not the source of the issues before us, left unfettered, it will neither solve problems nor curb their effect. The extraordinary amount of access available through technology and transportation presents an increased opportunity for influence and scale beyond our borders. This access allows global solutions to have an impact of a size and scope equal to the issues we face.

Global leadership is the product of awareness, critical thinking, and action, and global leaders are those few who are at the forefront of effecting transformative global solutions. We must transcend geographical, cultural, ideological, and religious boundaries. We must begin to address global challenges at their root causes rather than merely treating their symptoms. We must inspire, empower, and develop leaders that will effectively utilize our complex system to create a more just and sustainable world.

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