Geopolitical Futures

March 19, 2014 § Leave a comment

Design Practice in Context 2 Lecture 18/03/14

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To us, this is the most commonly viewed perspective of the world map – with the UK very central. But have we considered other points of view?

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This is how Australia see the world. The perspective is completely different.

Wealth all over the world is inbalanced and will continue to be for as long as we are alive. The UK is up there with the wealthier countries, belonging in the top 5. It’s important to realise, as designers, that other countries don’t have as much as us because of wealth issues.

In the Middle East there have been many oil crisis’, and many people don’t think about where it comes from and the issues surrounding it. As these problems increase, it makes the UK look more attractive for immigrators. This causes further problems.

India and China are the two economies that are really growing, have massive potential and outnumber us. India is a very large area which is split up – some areas of which are very westernised, others are not. Beyond the countries borders are potential employment opportunities. China as a whole is ruled by one government, however there are different  regions within China that want to break away from mainland China and it’s government.

Thomas Malthus, an English scholar, talked about population density – where there are simply too many people in one place. This can cause poverty or death is there is an inability to feed everyone.    The divide between the wealthy and poor becomes larger and outbreak in violence can only be stopped by the law up to a point. The UK is one of the most densely populated countries.

Flash Points are areas in the world that are potentially dangerous. The Middle East is one of these. The area has been very heavily affected by conflict. Crimea is an issue related to Russia where it appeared to be coming out of communism but then relapsed. The lack of control has started to fracture some of the states within Russia.

Terrorism occurs when the terrorists argument has been rejected. This day in age, it is no longer an expectation for a world war to occur, instead local terrorist attacks are becoming more common.

Naturally, people don’t like change. Your brain at the age of 75 loses certain proteins that allow change to be accepted. Minor change and major change are dealt with differently. Lack of education is also a key disruptor.

Technology is another disruptor. If you invent something technological, you automatically create at least ten more problems. One example of this is the computer mouse – people thought this was fantastic when it was brought out, but after years of repetitive use, cases of tendonitis have soared.

If you’re out in business, designing something for a client, and you don’t understand these aspects, then you run risk of getting hurt.

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