Bertelsmann Stiftung (ed.)

Globalisation, Transformation and Social Cohesion

Interview with Ian Goldin for the Trying Times conference 2019

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1. edition
12 pages, PDF


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Globalization and the changes it brings pose challenges for social cohesion. Uncertainty is growing as many people are concerned about their economic future. At the “Trying Times” conference addressing the issue “Rethinking Social Cohesion” hosted by the Bertelsmann Stiftung in Berlin from September 4-6 in 2019, thought leaders from around the world convened to discuss the future of social cohesion. Ian Goldin, Professor of Globalisation and Development at Oxford University, gave the keynote speech at the High-Level Round Table kicking off the conference. In his speech “Globalisation, Transformation and Social Cohesion,” he discussed the effects of globalization and its potential in shaping the future. In this interview, he explores various aspects of his argument in further detail and emphasizes the key pillars of strengthening social cohesion in the future: demonstrating solidarity with others and rediscovering our own capacity for action.

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We live in challenging times for social cohesion. Globalization, digitalization and demographic change are transforming the way we live together all around the globe. The international "Trying Times" conference will examine this issue in the context of tomorrow’s world.