Porter, M & McClure, M. (2019, Sept. 20). Local meets global: A converging conversation. Keynote. Social Glocalisation Conference. Katholische Hochschule fur Sozial Arbeit, Cologne, Germany.
Social Glocalisation Conference. Katholische Hochschule fur Sozial Arbeit, Cologne, Germany.
This was an innovative, performative keynote for a major global conference for those in social work looking for new ways to think about the rapidly changing relationships of local and global issues related to social work and education. This meant not only the consequences of globalization for local communities, but also for the opportunities for local communities to use global means communicate with others about their shared problems and successes. Most work on globalization has to do with impact of it on local communities. That is, however, only one direction. There are others. Academics, for example, have long histories of locally-created and globally-shared professional experiences.
The keynote was framed from the position of two academics with different ways of framing these problems. Too often keynotes are framed as an academic expert delivering the one best way to move forward. We wanted to acknowledge its value, and suggest that more visible conversations can be valuable when working with hyper-complex problems.