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New Global Professions

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May 6, 2010


Cultural Impact #1:  New Global Professions

"Davos culture"



  • Group of global professionals
  • The participants in this meeting do not represent governments in any official capacity, make policy decisions, or negotiate any agreements, they do share ideas and put forth proposals pertaining to global economic concerns
  • Harvard University professor, Samuel Huntington, sees these participants as a force of pursuing the business agenda of further globalization
  • This group of people (Davos) are unliely to serve or have family members who have served in the military

Characteristics of members of this group



  • There is a certain type of person provoking globalization
  • They make up 15%-25% of the population
  • They are highly skilled where education is concerned
  • They are well-off and therefore globalization benefits them the most
  • They predominantly speak English, but are also capable of spaking in many other languages
  • They feel more like world citizens as opposed to citizens of their own country
  • They travel a lot
  • They feel just as at home in Tokyo and Rome as they do in America because they travel there so often. They also feel at home because those cities are business-orientated. The hotels or other locations they stay at might be similar as well.  Many can speak the languages used in that area. English will also be used.
  • This doesn't necessarily mean that they are fully aware of their own effects on globalization
  • Most of these people speak foreign languages 


  • Increased number of immigration and mobility
  • Every country in the world has to come to terms with multiculturalism
  • People need to deal with the problems of race and ethnicity
  • In order to do so, they look to the US as an example to promote diversity and tolerance of other cultures within a society


  • These numbers will continue to increase over the next few years
  •  A great example of this is the growing number of students applying to CEGEP
  • More and more people are looking for a better education
  • The thing today is to go to university, while some time ago, a large portion of the population did not




  • Globalization can be seen as global multiculturalism
  • Meritocratic: a ruling or influential class of educated or skilled people
  • The rest of society is more regional and national in its outlook on society
  • They better understand the impacts of globalization (negative impacts)
  • They are the ones that are impacted economically and will probably have to serve in the military
  • A good portion of this group is foreign

Positive points



  • Categorical specializations within different fields of education
  • More languages become global
  • Economy
  • Efficiency
  • New and more jobs 

Negative points



  • Cheap labour. Wealthy businessmen set up factories and work centers overseas and pay the workers next to nothing to do the same work that North American minimum wage would cover. This saves them a ton of money because they don't have to pay workers legitimate salaries.
  • Creation of wants over needs (overconsumption) consequence of global warming
  • Job insecurity. In the earlier days, people  had stable and permanent jobs. Now people live in constant fear of losing their jobs to competition. 
  • Loss of culture
  • Illegal trade



  • 225 all over the world
  • 172 developping
  • Only 2 in North America


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