Solving world issues

Lecture

In the week six of the lecturer of seminar in current affairs course, I have learnt about TED. Firstly my lecturers try to show us a video of the conference managed by TED, but unfortunately we found the difficulties to play the videos, the sound system that we used to connect to the media player (laptop) seemed do not well cooperate. My lecturers finally have to called AIU’s IT maintenance to solve this problem.

While we were waiting for the fixing of sound system, my lecturer gave us a simple definition of TED. TED is a non-profit devoted to Ideas worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader.

We finally can enjoy the video after 15 minutes. In that video there was a guy named Bjorn Lomborg talking in front of audiences. The video then showed a slide that contained some problems of the world nowadays.

These are the problems of the world that have mentioned in that slide:

  1. 800 million people are starving

  2. One billion people have lack clean drinking water

  3. Two billion people have lack sanitation

  4. Two million dying from AIDS each year

  5. 175 million people are international immigrants

  6. 940 million people are illiterate adults

  7. Several million people will be affected by global warming

In the next slide, Lomborg showed the problem listed according prioritize of solving. He then asked the audiences to pick them up and write them down on a paper according prioritize of solving. I also listed them according to prioritize of solving, there are:

  1. Governance and corruption

  2. Malnutrition and hunger

  3. Sanitation and water

  4. Conflicts

  5. Financial instability

  6. Communicable diseases

  7. Education

  8. Climate change

  9. Subsidies and trade business

  10. Population: Migration

The reason why I put Governance and corruption in the first prioritizes was because this ‘disease’ mostly impacts everything in the particular country, for example Indonesia. People around the world know that Indonesia is very rich in natural resources; by using it effectively people believe that 90% people of Indonesia are rich. But in fact, Indonesia has a high population of poor people rather than rich, in other word, poor remains poor and rich becomes richer. Many children forced to leave their school and work in order to help their family to survive. This condition affected by a very poor management country and very high in corruption of the government. I think most of the countries all over the world face the same problem as Indonesia.

Finally, the reason why I put Population: Migration as the last problem to solve is very simple, if the other problems settled and people are living in happy life in their own country, and then there will be automatically decreased in migration problem.

Tutorial

In this week, my lecturer which is Mr. John Britto brought us into a game. The game was about the competition of the words between two groups. He then divided the students into two groups, he also divided two teams in that particular group. And then he gave us two topics: globalization and global warming. My group was given the topic of globalization.

The game started, we were given 5 minutes to think about the words that related to globalization and write it down in a piece of paper. After that, two representatives from each group asked to write the words given by another group which is opponent to write them in a whiteboard. But before writing on a whiteboard, the writer has to give recognition to the words given by the opponent whether their related to the topic or not.

When the turn has already come to my group, it was pretty difficult because we could not give the same ideas as our opponent did, so it forced us to think some other words. After struggling hardly, finally we got the highest number of words and the lecturer concluded that my group was the winner.

In conclusion, this game is very helpful especially in teamwork and knowing new ideas and vocabularies. It really attracts my attention to contribute in giving ideas as well as challenging the opponent’s ideas. I am also waiting for the next game.

(Week 6 Seminar on Current Affairs Reflective Diary)

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