Power: Globalization in an Age of Limits,
HOW MANY TIMES has one heard the familiar saying,“Think globally and act locally”? The expression is attributedto United Nation’s environmental advisor Rene Dubos, who used the phrase in 1972 to advocate the principle that social change should start at home. Not only is it daunting for individuals to consider changing the world, Dubos said, but it’s also to note that change takes place in “unique physical, climatic, and cultural contexts.”1 The think globally, act locally idea is used often to say that individual actions are most visibly recognized in the small groups and communities where they take place. It’s a way of overcoming the discouragement that many people feel in the face of huge institutions that seem to govern their lives.