This paper was put together for the 2006 Tällberg Forum exploring the impact of globalisation on the people, communities and economies of three north-east London boroughs: Tower Hamlets, Newham and Hackney.
The boroughs of North East London are places where many of the changes driven by globalisation are visible in a stark form. They include very high levels of both wealth and poverty, are possibly the world’s most diverse communities and are struggling with global problems ranging from the impact of climate change through to the issues raised by the area’s rapidly changing population.
The area is also witnessing the development of new approaches to governance, with, on the one hand, a major move initiated by central government and supported by local government to pass powers down to very local areas. On the other hand, the European Union has a steadily increasing role in determining many of the most important policies.
The paper formed the basis of a three-day workshop bringing together people from different backgrounds and nationalities to discuss and debate the issues raised.