Despite national, religious or ideological differences, there are several key points in the recent history of mankind that have influenced the ways in which we see the world today. And while no two perspectives can be exactly the same, Xiang Biao, an academic fellow at the University of Oxford, believes that all "global imaginations" are bounded together by three common threads: the "earthy", "funky" and "wordy". For one, "earthy" issues such as global warming, forms one of the few but key universal concerns that almost every political leader can agree upon - in one way or another. Such global issues have also formed the basis for "funky" social mobilisation and generated a slew of "wordy" writings and analyses from academics and commentators, he said at a recent lecture.
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