The world is at a crucial cross-roads with regard to its future direction. With rapid social and technological change, questions concerning the distribution and concentration of economic and political power have emerged. Due to limited resources a power-with (‘win-win’) approach will be required to facilitate innovations in global resource allocation so that a changing world will remain viable.

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Japan has had a tumultuous year (2011) with regard to natural disasters. However, Japan will (and is) recovering from these disasters due to the resilience of its people. The Japanese generally have an orientation toward supporting each other to ensure national survival. This approach accords with the Gestalt philosophy in which the analysis of the totality of a situation is undertaken so that action can be taken to promote the common good.

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By David Bennett

The Australian union movement has been at the core of the nation’s socio-political development since the Great Strikes of the 1890s in the then Australian colonies.

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