Global Studies and Change in the Society Cases
2016 “Making Your Case” Competition

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Three Cases on the Issues of Globalization and Social Responsibility: 

 

The Broken Financial Ties
Industry:  Government, financial            Country: Colombia
Dilemma: Government policy to help Colombians living abroad to have access to the portfolio of local financial institutions 

 

Avoiding Ecological Armageddon with Vertical Farming
Industry: Agriculture                             Country: Global
Dilemma: Disrupting the status quo in the current agrifood industry into an ecologically sustainable system

 

Purple Perseverance: A Personal Perspective and Call to Action for Pancreatic Cancer 
Industry: Healthcare                              Country: United States
Dilemma: Increasing awareness of this disease and its lack of funding for research

 

Case Dilemmas in Details: 

Marcela Guevara

 

MS in Global Studies and International Relations        

 

 

2016 Finalist

 

 

The Broken Financial Ties

Country represented in the case: Colombia

The limited access that Colombians living abroad have on the country’s financial system undermines their capacity to autonomously manage their own funds from overseas. This problem affects not only people’s lives but also the national economy considering the high contribution that remittances bring to the country’s development. The congresswoman Dr. Ana Paola Agudelo is eager to end the historical isolation of the Colombians living abroad and represent interests of this population before the Colombian Congress. Nonetheless and in spite of the great progress that Dr. Agudelo has already achieved in this area, including ease in buying property and participation in the retirement system, there is still a gap to fill, and is related to savings and investments for ordinary persons. The case investigates this issue and provides recommendations on developing a government policy that would help Colombians living abroad to have access to the portfolio of financial institutions and maximize their remittances through the self-management of their funds.

Tyler Morse

 

Global Study and International Affairs

 

 

2016 Finalist

 

 

Avoiding Ecological Armageddon with Vertical Farming

The region represented in the case: Global

The case is centered around the global issue of climate change that has resulted in rising ocean levels, acidification of the oceans, desertification, droughts, and will result in many more unforeseeable disasters.  Global trends of urbanization and population growth means food security and food supply will need to be increased if the agrifood industry is to meet the demand of nine billion people by 2050.  The carbon footprint of current agricultural food productions is too high for environmental sustainability and current localism movements cannot meet production output needed for a larger population. The case askes the question: “What will define the next agricultural revolution and how will it impact global societies?” and suggests that the solution is to create urban Vertical Farms to disrupt the status quo and inevitably transform the current agrifood industry into an ecologically sustainable system that can benefit consumers and businesses thus balancing the supply and demand of food. 

Naissa Lopez

 

MS in Corporate and Organizational Communications

 

 

 

Purple Perseverance: A Personal Perspective and Call to Action for Pancreatic Cancer [descriptive case]

The country represented in the case: United States

 The case is initiated with the student’s personal story that illustrates how cancer becomes an insanely scary word that can make even the bravest individuals cringe with fear when the chances of survival are only 5%.  The case describes the increasing frustration with the research and funding related to the pancreatic cancer that is often called the “silent killer,” which has its name because once the human body begins to show symptoms of this disease, it is often too late for treatments to eventually put a person into remission.  This descriptive case tells the story of a real person to increase awareness of this disease and its lack of funding for research. It discusses ways to remove silence around this “silent killer.”

 


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