ISSUE: Globalization

Mc Donald's SignThe term globalization as it’s generally understood refers to global trade and economic policies that put profits above people and the environment. Decades of deforestation, outsourcing and controversial free trade agreements have led to the growth of the alter-globalization movement.

Alter-globalization, or the global justice movement, supports global cooperation and interaction, while opposing “neo-liberal” economic globalization.  

The alter-globalization movement made headline news in 1999 when protestors shut down World Trade Organization talks in Seattle, Washington. The World Social Forum with its slogan, “Another World is Possible”, has since become an annual event, the alter-globalist response to the World Economic Forum held each winter in Davos, Switzerland.


Browse this page (funded in part by The Isvara Foundation) for more information on the alter-globalization movement, and how you can get involved with the organizations working to achieve global justice.

The late C. K. Prahalad, acclaimed professor of Corporate Strategy at the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business, discusses both good and bad effects of globalization on the global poor in this Fora TV excerpt.


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Economist Joseph Stiglitz argues that developed nations have mishandled the economic benefits of globalization. Watch on YouTube.


Professor Robert Holton challenges globalization, and asks "Is globalization reversible?" Watch on Vimeo.

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