One World Week 2023 is taking on one of the biggest challenges with working with young people today. Globalisation. What is it? How does it work? Is it a good thing? Does this mean I can’t shop in Penney’s anymore?!
What takes place in one part of the world can have massive ripples and repercussions in our village, in our towns, across Europe, and the Global South. The reality is that we are connected through every aspect of our lives; daily choices, the tv shows we watch, the clothes we wear, the music and podcasts we listen to, the football and sports we watch and play, and the food we eat.
But this has come with a cost. A human cost and an environmental cost. We now stand at the crossroads of globalisation. On the one hand, we have suffering, inequality, and devastation, we know that inequality has increased under globalisation. On the other hand, we have human flourishing, new opportunities, and growth.
The decisions we make will determine which path we will take.
How well do young people understand their relationships and connections with global economics, culture, the environment, political forces, and technology that may determine the sustainable future of the planet.
How can we respond? How can we support young people with this global connection? Where do we begin!?