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On blind spots, poor communication, fear

A friend of mine shared this TED Talk on Facebook earlier today. I watched it back in the summer when it first came out, but, as my friend pointed out, it bears watching again in light of our presidential election this week.

In a nutshell, it’s about blind spots and failing to acknowledge experiences of others. Poor communication. Globalization and fear.

About half way through the talk, Alexander Betts, states:

“Globalization has been taken to support a neo-liberal agenda. It’s perceived to be part of an elite agenda, rather than something that benefits all, and it needs to be reclaimed on a far more inclusive basis than it is today.

So the question is, how can we achieve that goal? How can we balance, on the one hand, addressing fear and alienation, while on the other hand refusing – vehemently – to give in to xenophobia and nationalism? That is the question.”

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