"Psychotherapie und Gesellschaft" zur Frage nach der Identität im "globalen Dorf"

Thu, 2005-09-15 00:39.

Was passiert mit unserer Identität, wenn die Grenzen im "globalen Dorf" sich aufzulösen beginnen? Und wie wirkt sich das auf die Psyche und die seelische Gesundheit der Menschen aus? Diese Fragen stehen im Mittelpunkt des diesjährigen Kongresses "Psychotherapie und Gesellschaft", der Ende Juni in Weimar stattfand.

"Viele Menschen empfinden derzeit vor allem die ökonomischen Folgen der Globalisierung als eine existenzielle Bedrohung", erläutert Prof. Dr. Bernhard Strauß, Leiter des Instituts für Medizinische Psychologie am Universitätsklinikum Jena und wissenschaftlicher Leiter des Kongresses. "In einer über das Internet vernetzten Welt mit durchlässigen Grenzen, verschwimmenden nationalen Identitäten und einem von den Zwängen der Globalisierung geprägten Arbeitsmarkt verlieren traditionelle Lebensentwürfe immer mehr ihre Gültigkeit", so Strauß weiter. "Damit entfallen aber auch die Grundfesten, auf die wir unsere Lebenspläne bauen. Das kann zu Verunsicherungen führen und in der Folge auch zu psychischen Störungen wie Angsterkrankungen oder Depressionen". Doch was die einen als bedrohlich empfinden, sehen andere durchaus als Chance. Strauß: "Für manche stellen die verschwindenden Grenzen und variablen Lebensmodelle, die Vermischung der Kulturen und Religionen gerade eine Bereicherung dar". Daher wird auf der Weimarer Tagung auch beides - die positiv wie auch die negativ empfundenen Folgen der Globalisierung und deren Auswirkungen auf die Seele - thematisiert.


"Grenzen - Psychotherapie und Identität in Zeiten der Globalisierung"
2. Weimarer Kongress " Psychotherapie und Gesellschaft", 30. Juni bis 3. Juli 2005, Weimar

"Individuals are the engine that makes a healthy local economy grow."

Thu, 2005-09-15 00:09.
Quotings from "A Global Look to the Local" by Colin Hines:
A Focus on the Individual and Taking Control of the Economy

‘Individuals are the engine that makes a healthy local economy grow. It is individuals, working independently and collectively, that form the fabric of community life. It is the skills, abilities, and experience of these individuals that can be mobilized to develop a vibrant local economy.’
Historically, significant community development tends mostly to take place when people in a local community are committed to investing their time, skills and resources in the effort. In the US, John Kretzman and John McKnight summarised successful community-building initiatives in hundreds of neighbourhoods across America.
They found that a key was to ‘map’ their local human, institutional and resource assets and to combine and mobilise these strengths to build stronger, more self-reliant communities and hence local economies. This consists of drawing on individual’s skills, the local associations where people assemble to solve problems or share common interests, and the more formal institutions that are located in the community. These include private businesses and public institutions such as schools, libraries, hospitals and social service agencies.
This drawing on local capacity is the start of a process which reinvigorates local economic and physical assets. Local government officials have been most useful when their role has been to support local problem solvers and strengthen and connect other local assets. The most helpful approach has been one where local government representatives have asked how they can assist local citizens in their development efforts. (The more usual approach has been to ask how local citizens can participate in the government’s efforts.) At a national government level a primary role is to ensure that a substantial part of government expenditures provides direct economic benefits in terms of local jobs, contracts and purchases .

 
A Global Look to the Local - pdf

Streetwear Today: Think globally - Act locally

Wed, 2005-09-14 23:39.
Streetwear Today: Prefix Issue 3 / 2005
Interview with Michael Kopelman
It is possible to use the positive aspects of globalization as long as you can balance them out on your local level. I had the opportunity to meet up with Michael in London and talk to him about what it means to think globally and to act locally, how it worked it for him and his business, the Stüssy 25th Anniversary and why in time of perceived recession he’s smiling.