The 2nd Annual Dick de Zeeuw Lecture took place on the 24th of April 2012, by Prof. Dr. Hans van Ginkel, former rector of the United Nations University in Tokyo and Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations.
Title: World 5.0 Globalisation and Our Future
Geo-political and Socio-Economic Perspectives on the Main Processes Shaping our Future World
Globalisation is changing our world in such profound ways that we will soon live in a kaleidoscopic, new world: ‘World 5.0’. The distinction between developed and developing countries is fundamentally changing in character, and often almost disappearing, as everything becomes ever more interconnected. Communities worldwide are linked through policy, economy, culture and in many more personal ways. Increasingly, differences within countries seem to become more important than between countries.
What are the forces driving the change of agriculture and land-use, industry and trade, culture and entertainment, the rural and the urban towards this new world order? What does this mean for our ethics and values? Prof. Van Ginkel spoke about decolonisation and urbanisation, the rise of territorial ‘exclaves’, and the interlinkages between structures and processes at a global and local scale. How will it be to live in ‘World 5.0’? What can and what should, we do to make it better?