Redefining Re-Globalization as Planetization: Upgrading Global Knowledge Futures (global-e Journal, 2023)

Considering the 5 R’s of Benedikter and Kofler’s framework theory on re-globalization – refining, reframing, reforming, redefining and revisioning globalization – in my perspective the first three do not go far enough. As a transdisciplinary scholar I see the need for a redefined globalization, which in the future must fully address each and all of the six core dimensions of economy, politics, culture, spirituality, demography and technology stressed elsewhere by Benedikter (Benedikter, 2013:1-15). Neoliberal globalization has focused for too long on the economic and political dimensions, increasingly enhanced by exponential proliferation of technology. Global higher education, and indeed all education, needs to reclaim its rightful place in the overall dimension, to integrate broad literacies, including spirituality, and to value difference across diverse developmental patterns. To enable this, globalization needs to be redefined in ways that embrace new knowledge patterns, and new systems of knowledge integration. In other words, the “new frontiers of globalism” must recognize, and integrate, the “new frontiers of global knowledge futures." What I propose is to redefine globalization as planetization.

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