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So much of our disconnection stems from lack of awareness. Few of us in the over-developed world fully comprehend famine or educating our children in a refugee camp. Nor can people denied access to education and participation in decision-making see a clear path to a better life. If a city child never encounters a creature in the wild or learns to grow a flower, how can he learn to love and protect these things? How can someone who has never visited a major city be aware of its cultural richness? Ignorance is a kind of blindness and the root of much misunderstanding and conflict.
Mark Gerzon is our guest for the second Kosmos Live podcast, Preparing for Profound Change. He has lived his life as a global citizen and as a convener of conversations in high conflict areas. He works to close the divide and open the dialogue between opposing parties and has advised the U.S. Congress, the World Economic Forum, UNDP, and many others. In our podcast, he offers practical advice for anyone wishing to be a better mediator in their families, communities or organizations. Mediation is a competency we can all develop as global citizens. The first step is being more aware, more present.
Becoming true citizens of the Earth requires curiosity, and a willingness to be touched deeply by what we consider ‘other’; to learn a new language; to study the complexities of our own social, political and economic systems; and to pay attention to the Earth’s signals, cycles and limits.
What other competencies can we develop? What skills will our children need a generation from now and how will they learn them? What human values can we point to as truly universal?
We value your insights. That’s why we call for Readers Essays twice a year (see below). There is so much wisdom in the Kosmos community and this is an opportunity to give shape to the truth in your heart. We are thankful for all who share this journey as citizens of a new planetary era rooted in sharing, compassion, and love.
In loving cooperation,
Rhonda Fabian and your Kosmos Team
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Twice a year Kosmos invites our readers to submit an essay up to 830 words. We choose two or three essays to publish in our hard copy Kosmos Journal and several others in Kosmos Online and on our website. We are preparing the next issue of Kosmos Journal and hope you will participate. Your essay can be […]
Mark Gerzon is a leadership expert who convenes and facilitates conversations in high conflict areas. He has advised the U.S. Congress, the World Economic Forum, UNDP, and many others.
“…Ultimately, you will have to involve hundreds of people in your community, but I believe the right place to start once you and your co-conveners have decided to launch something is with a microcosm of the system. Because the microcosm of the system can actually look each other in the eye. They can see the other person cry or laugh.”
By Mark Gerzon
Once we recognize that global citizenship matters, many questions immediately arise. After all, what exactly does ‘global citizens’ mean? How are global citizens different from those who identify solely with their state or country? Do they have different, skills, abilities or attitudes—and if so, what are they?
Unfortunately, the media hype and academic buzz that surrounds the phrase ‘global citizen’ is often more distracting than helpful. ‘Global citizen’ is not a trendy, ready-to-wear eco-identity. It is not a hip ‘lifestyle’ that we adopt by turning down our thermostats, eating locally grown foods or driving a hybrid. No matter how good our intentions may be, declaring ourselves ‘citizens of the world,’ singing John Lennon’s ballad “Imagine,” and boldly proclaiming that we live in a borderless world is simply not enough.
By Anthony Jackson, via Asia Society Center for Global Education
“Global competence also requires the ability to understand prevailing world conditions, issues, and trends through an interdisciplinary lens as well, in order to understand the interconnectedness of the issue and its broad themes as well as subtle nuances. A competitive advantage will go to those students in San Francisco or São Paulo who know what’s going on in the world, can comprehend the interconnectedness of environmental, financial, social, and other systems, and understand how the relative balance of power between societies and cultures has significant short-and long-term consequences. Educating students for global competence requires substantive, developmentally appropriate engagement over time with the world’s complexities.”
Excerpts from a dialogue between Duncan Campbell and Paul Ray, via Living Dialogues
Paul Ray | …we’re not out there to kill dragons, we’re out there to build something new together. Each one of us cannot imagine the whole of a new civilization. It’s too big to hold in any one mind, but each one of us can help build one of the facets of a new civilization. Kind of like a Fuller Dome or a bee’s eye which has thousands and thousands of facets. In fact, I’ve done brain storming with citizen groups where they clearly see this after awhile – that no one of them can encompass the whole complexity – but together we do indeed invent an image of a desirable future, an image of a new guiding story for ourselves. That’s quite remarkable. You can get that sense of having to create it together, having to trust, so that all of us together will do the job. That in fact, we are all needed now.
By Tej Adeleye, via Amaphiko
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