About Just Lists AND Building A Global Community

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

  1. Think of no one as “them”
  2. Don’t confuse your comfort with your safety
  3. Talk to strangers
  4. Imagine other cultures through their art, poetry, and novels
  5. Listen to music you don’t understand – Dance to it!
  6. Act locally
  7. Notice the workings of power and privilege in your culture
  8. Question consumption
  9. Know how your lettuce and coffee are grown: wake up and smell the exploitation
  10. Look for fair trade and union labels
  11. Help build economies from the bottom up
  12. Acquire few needs
  13. Learn a second (or third) language
  14. Visit people, places, and cultures — not tourist attractions
  15. Learn people’s history
  16. Re-define progress
  17. Know physical and political geography
  18. Play games from other cultures
  19. Watch films with subtitles
  20. Know your heritage
  21. Honor everyone’s holidays
  22. Look at the moon and imagine someone else, somewhere else, looking at it too
  23. Read the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights
  24. Understand the global economy in terms of people, land, and water
  25. Know where your bank banks
  26. Never believe you have a right to anyone else’s resources
  27. Refuse to wear corporate logos: defy corporate domination
  28. Question military/corporate connections
  29. Don’t confuse money with wealth, or time with money
  30. Have a pen/email pal
  31. Honor indigenous cultures
  32. Judge governance by how well it meets all people’s needs
  33. Be skeptical about what you read
  34. Eat adventurously — Enjoy vegetables, beans, and grains in your diet
  35. Choose curiosity over certainty
  36. Know where your water comes from and where your wastes go
  37. Pledge allegiance to the earth: question nationalism
  38. Think South, Central, and North — there are many Americans
  39. Assume that many others share your dream
  40. 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.

* ref: REACH AND TEACH’S JUST LISTS, 40 Ways to Build a Global Community

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.


About Roland Louis Hansen

I have been: an organization development consultant; a college-level instructor of political science, psychology, and sociology; a public administrator; a social worker; an elected official; a political operative; a community activist; a union official; a shoe salesman and manager, a factory worker; a fast food restaurant employee; and, a custodian.
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