Global Change Seminar "It's Your Move!"
Forced Choice Ranking - Global Problems
Distribute copies of this exercise, and take a few minutes for each person, individually, to do the ranking as described below. When you've finished, use the Talking Stick and go round the group sharing your responses. Then spend some time discussing why each person chose what they chose and what struck each one about the exercise.
- Consider the global problems identified in the following step and then rank them. Give a "1" to the world's most pressing problem, a "2" as the next most pressing problem. etc. While they all seem to be problems, many are of equal weight and are inter-related. Nonetheless, there is something to be learned from forcing a ranking. To do the ranking, compare each choice against all the others by pairs.
- _____ overpopulation
_____ access to clean water and sanitation
_____ diseases (AIDS, etc.)
_____ climate change
_____ failed governance
_____ malnutrition and hunger
_____ nuclear proliferation
_____ destruction of the environment and habitat/species loss
_____ globalization of commerce
_____ terrorism and armed conflict