I am very blessed to have a wonderful, kind, intelligent and compassionate person as my son, Adam Roland Hansen. He continues to astound and amaze me. I learn so much from Adam. It was through Adam that I learned of building a global community. Not just any old concept of a global community but the real thing.
Continuing on with the opening of today’s subject ….
Just Lists is a blog, but as is stated on its own “About Just Lists” web page, it is “Not really an earth-shaking blog (or maybe it is). It’s just a collection of lists (with references) all with a Peace and Social Justice* focus. … These lists are a collection by Derrick Kikuchi, one of the co-owners of Reach and Teach – The Peace and Social Justice Learning Company. …”
The following* is from a page on its website —
40 Ways to Build a Global Community
- Think of no one as “them”
- Don’t confuse your comfort with your safety
- Talk to strangers
- Imagine other cultures through their art, poetry, and novels
- Listen to music you don’t understand – Dance to it!
- Act locally
- Notice the workings of power and privilege in your culture
- Question consumption
- Know how your lettuce and coffee are grown: wake up and smell the exploitation
- Look for fair trade and union labels
- Help build economies from the bottom up
- Acquire few needs
- Learn a second (or third) language
- Visit people, places, and cultures — not tourist attractions
- Learn people’s history
- Re-define progress
- Know physical and political geography
- Play games from other cultures
- Watch films with subtitles
- Know your heritage
- Honor everyone’s holidays
- Look at the moon and imagine someone else, somewhere else, looking at it too
- Read the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights
- Understand the global economy in terms of people, land, and water
- Know where your bank banks
- Never believe you have a right to anyone else’s resources
- Refuse to wear corporate logos: defy corporate domination
- Question military/corporate connections
- Don’t confuse money with wealth, or time with money
- Have a pen/email pal
- Honor indigenous cultures
- Judge governance by how well it meets all people’s needs
- Be skeptical about what you read
- Eat adventurously — Enjoy vegetables, beans, and grains in your diet
- Choose curiosity over certainty
- Know where your water comes from and where your wastes go
- Pledge allegiance to the earth: question nationalism
- Think South, Central, and North — there are many Americans
- Assume that many others share your dream
- Know that no one is silent though many are not heard – WORK TO CHANGE THIS!
Click on over to visit and explore the interesting blog of Just Lists.
Now, then, what about this building a global community stuff? Well, there is a whole website that starts out on its home page with
“Building a Global Community is an organization devoted to assisting children, families, and their surrounding communities worldwide by providing for their spiritual, educational, and health care needs through holistic approaches. BGC was established in January of 2007 by us, Angela DeCraene and Jennifer Fleming, and was birthed out of seven years of humanitarian work around the globe.”
So, if you really want to know a bit more about building a global community, click on over to BGC, the website of Building a Global Community.