Is globalisation good for you?

?Global Economy and Cultures? (GEC) involves over forty Jesuit-sponsored social research and action centres around the world, studying the beneficial and harmful impacts of the rapidly globalising economy on local cultures and people, especially the poor. The project builds on the grassroots experience and research of the participants who live and work with the poor. For example, in Ireland the challenge comes from affluence and the global media; in Chad, a World Bank-supported oil pipeline will run through ancestral lands and rapidly modernise the culture. GEC?s second consultation, held at the Woodstock Theological Center in Washington, USA, in October, was marked by well-focused social analysis and frank exchange in the frame of Ignatian reflection. The participants are scholars from a variety of disciplines, specialists in grass-roots research, policy analysts, and ethicists, and they use an Ignatian discernment model for integrating social analysis and theological reflection in the process of seeking social change. The goal of this four-year collaborative effort is to publish a consensus on globalisation, offering options which respond to basic human needs and values. The project?s first newsletter came out in December. See www.georgetown.edu [HL10204]