Global Culture

Switching from Canadian culture (hockey and the Criminal Code) to global culture…

Wednesday evening I attended a “meet-up” for the Web 2.0 people in and abouts Toronto, a follow-up to the Mesh conference held last May and to be reprised in May 2007. I ran into few people I had met at the original conference, but talked to a number of fellow bloggers, entrepreneurs, and venture capitalists. A number of people stood out to me in my conversations, and one in particular I thought Slaw fans should know about: Juan, who has a blog on migration and global culture.

Global Culture is a thoughtful blog about the changes taking place around the world as peoples move around and we become more globalized. Because he lives in Toronto, there is definitely a Canadian bent to the perspective, but Juan does not just limit his writing to Canada. I’ve read through some of his latest postings and can’t help but feel a synergy with our own Slaw posts about the outsourcing of law.

From speaking with Juan, I learned that he takes great care in putting together his posts. He errs on the side of quality over quantity, and can sometimes spend 10 hours in a week putting together the posts including conducting background research. He started the blog in May and has a readership that is slowly growing. I wish him the best and hope more readers discover this great source.


  1. Such kind words. Thanks!

    With Global Culture, I’m trying to create awareness of the fact that the rutless advance of global corporations across the world is modifying our culture. Our hope is to realize that there are social behaviors that could easily create the much needed balance: the aggregation of these is what I call our Global Culture.

    Since this is a blog specializing in law, I figured it would be a nice challenge to query to wisdom of this group for one essential question: what fundamental change to the law has given way to the phenomenon of globalization? The answer is definitely worthy of a discussion in my blog. Anyone?

  2. I am trying to decide if it would be something in the corporate/business law realm, or if it would be in the immigration law realm…

    Good question, Juan! Anyone have a theory to share??

  3. I’m recalling the Canadian documentary “The Corporation” ( that points to the creation of corporate individuals as a the basis for modern international corporations. Apparently the decision came from the US supreme court, somehow as an extention of emancipation legislation… but I don’t have the details on hand.