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Project Manager : Project Manager Oct Nov 2013
Achieving change ere is some good news about global change. In June, British maga zine e Economist featured a cover story entitled 'Towards the End of Poverty', in which it examined the global move towards ending poverty. e United Nations' target of halving global poverty between 1990 and 2015 has been achieved five years early. Other UN targets (called Millennium Development Goals) have yet to be met and so there is no room for complacency. But at least amid all the usual doom and gloom of the media, here is one piece of good news. e Economist gives most of the credit for this achievement to "capitalism and free trade, for they enable economies to grow -- and it was growth, principally, that has eased destitution". An integrated global economy has now been created for the first time in world history. China started to join the moder n system in the 1980s. Bur ma is now joining it. Cuba and North Korea are still remaining outside for the moment, but in due course Cuba and an eventually reunited Korean peninsula will join. Second, although the media run many stories of war and terrorism, overall the world is getting safer. e most dangerous time to have lived in the past 113 years was the period 1900- 1950 (W WI, WWII, outbreak of the Korean War). Since the early 1950s, there has been a reduction in both the number of inter national conflicts and the number of deaths as a result. ere are a number of business-related reasons for this positive trend in human affairs. First, democracies do not go to war against each other -- and we now have more democracies in the world than ever before. is expansion has been partly due to the rise of the middle class: people who no longer have to worry about where their next meal is coming from want a say in how they are being governed. Middle-class citizens prefer to have economic and social progress rather than military glory. Sporting personalities are the national heroes rather than military leaders. Conflicts are played out on the sporting ground and not the battlefield. Second, trade knits the world together. is has been called the 'McDonald's Golden Arches eory of World Peace': the idea that countries that sell McDonalds don't go to war against each other. Countries can get more from trade than from war. France and Germany, for example, have fought each for over a thousand years, and now it is inconceivable they would ever go to war again: "Why kill those people? ey are our customers." Similarly, in our own region, China prefers to make trade and not war. ere was a time when Australian politicians warned of the 'Red Peril' marching south from China. Now we welcome the Chinese and their wallets. ere is, unfortunately, a continuing risk of countries breaking up, old ethnic rivalries and opportunistic trouble- making politicians wanting to stir up old hatreds. Low-level conflicts will remain, but there will not be a return to the extensive conflicts that scar red the first half of last century. As told to Claire Chaffey ••• Dr Keith Suter was a keynote speaker at the AIPM 2013 National Conference. 12 Project Manager •THOUGHT LEADERS UNDERSTANDING CHANGE IS IMPORTANT, BECAUSE IT IS HOW WE SURVIVE AS INDIVIDUALS, COMPANIES, COUNTRIES AND EVEN AS A SPECIES
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