The New Way of Thinking

December 5, 2008 at 7:48 pm | Posted in Keynote | Leave a comment

Dr Ian Bremmer is president and founder of the Eurasia Group, a preeminent global risk consulting firm. His address, “The New Way of Thinking” was a brilliant keynote late on the second day. Dr Ian Bremmer argued that in order to understand educational policy making within individual countries they need to be seen in a much wider context. The insights he provided centred around the shifts or “teutonic “plates of world politics.

There are several forces which are currently shaping world politics: energy which is coming from unstable parts of the world; emerging markets which are also in unstable parts of the world; the enormous growth of technology which enables pirates to have access to GPS technology and finally that the United States does not have the capacity or the will to be a major world power.

In recent years there has been a growing emphasis on globalisation. This is changing as multinationals grow in power and several countries, particularly emerging ones place greater emphasis on nationalism, state capitalism, the competition for oil and the growth of state owned enterprises.

The next few years will see increased regionalisation, and the moving to the G7 and G20 as the new security councils and the demise of the Kyoto type agreements. He then provided a most insightful analysis of countries around the world and the current changes which will inevitably flow on to world politics.

In the final analysis he believes the next few years will be difficult but is optimistic about the long term future. Education will be affected by these shifts as governments change their priorities to respond to changes in world politics. I felt privileged to have heard this address. It is rare indeed to listen to one person speak for an hour, without any notes, so fluently and in such command of his material.

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