ERIC Number: ED193107
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Jul-21
Reference Count: 0
Implications of an Information Age for Global Issues in North and South.
Botkin, James W.
Implications of the "Information Age" of telecommunications and microprocessing for global issues are examined. Presently, the Japanese, British, and French are leaders in the development of information software and in the creative fashioning of new institutional arrangements to use the new systems. In the West, the implications of an information age on global issues depend on whether information resources will be brought to bear on global issues and whether they will be used creatively to do so. A concerted effort to use telecommunications and microprocessing in creative ways is needed. Success depends on the evolution of the structure of the information software enterprise and the kind of learning that underlies usage of information systems. Relevant educational policies need to encompass in-school and out-of-school education, and should stress group anticipation rather than individual adaption. Another implication is that globally shared thinking still preserves cultural diversities. Because the planet is rapidly moving toward a three-world stereotype (countries in the information age; newly industrial, oil-rich, and socialist countries; and developing countries) it may become increasingly difficult to share the common learning and thinking processes which are necessary to build consensus. A solution to the information gap problem lies in decentralizing the software functions of the information revolution. As many people as possible should be enabled to perform functions such as having access to data banks, contributing information, formulating computer programs to analyze information, and disseminating results. (Author/KC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the Global Conference on the Future (1st, Toronto, Canada, July 21, 1980).