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Global Citizens

Why Doesn't Anyone Want to Kiss Me?

Joan Hanawi | Posted 06.27.2014 | Travel
Joan Hanawi

After spending a year living there, I found it second nature to lean in for a peck rather than extend a hand in greeting. Throughout my time in the country, this was just one of the many aspects of Ecuadorian culture that I not only cherished, but also quickly embraced as part of my daily routine.

The Language I'm No Longer Embarrassed To Embrace

Yii-Huei Phang | Posted 06.18.2014 | Teen
Yii-Huei Phang

When I was a kid, I wasn't inspired to learn another language because I simply thought it was insignificant. I thought, "Well, if I live in Australia, all I need to know is English, right?"

Why We All Want to Change the World (And Why We Often Fail)

Maya Mathias | Posted 06.06.2014 | Impact
Maya Mathias

On a week when the world marks the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square incident, I wonder about the connection between our individual perceptions versus the collective reality of what humanity wants to change.

The Global Five: Key Corporate Diplomacy Trends for 2014/2015

Cari E. Guittard | Posted 06.03.2014 | Business
Cari E. Guittard

The state of the American brand is abysmal, the U.S. Government is broadly seen as passive, reactive and ineffectual, and the private sector has been so preoccupied with the compounding economic crises that collective, strategic corporate diplomacy and global engagement efforts seem to have stagnated or fallen off completely.

Reentering the U.S. After a Year Abroad: Responsible Intentions

Maddy Lisaius | Posted 05.30.2014 | College
Maddy Lisaius

On the airplane from Quito to Houston, I wondered how challenging stepping into my United States world would be after my "gap" year spent in Ecuador.

The Things I Carry: A Bridge Year in Rural West Africa

Alex Y. Ding | Posted 05.29.2014 | College
Alex Y. Ding

After three months in rural West Africa, my blood and bones surely carry a fair sum of parasites, bugs and amoebas -- but they also carry something infinitely more interesting.

Talking to My 10-Year-Old About the Kidnapping of Nigerian School Girls: #BringBackOurGirls

Homa Sabet Tavangar | Posted 07.12.2014 | Parents
Homa Sabet Tavangar

I had avoided the conversation, but I knew that I needed to say something. I wanted our fifth grader to know about the 270+ schoolgirls abducted in Nigeria, as it was so prominent in my thoughts for over a week, but I also didn't want to plant the fear of going to school into her head.

She-lanthropy: Abby Falik's Unique, Life-Altering Way to Bridge School to Life and Back Again

Farah Mohamed | Posted 07.08.2014 | Impact
Farah Mohamed

As founder and CEO of Global Citizen Year, Falik is crystal clear that her organization is not a typical freshman year, not a traditional gap year and not a study abroad program.

Look for the Helpers: Fostering Activism in Our Youth Is Simpler Than You Think

Lysa Heslov | Posted 06.29.2014 | Education
Lysa Heslov

How are we supposed to effect change? It is very easy to be overwhelmed, but it is also easier than you think to just jump in and give it a go.

Average Is Over. Abundance Is Not.

Robert E. Johnson | Posted 06.18.2014 | Education
Robert E. Johnson

In the business of higher education, we must educate students for jobs that may not yet exist to solve problems not yet known.

Inter-Religious Studies: A Field of Its Own

Rabbi Joshua Stanton | Posted 04.24.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua Stanton

It was a deeply moving conversation, but felt hardly out of the ordinary to have an Imam, a rabbi and even a Muslim scholar of Holocaust Studies on a panel moderated by a pastor. They seemed at home together -- as did the many who gathered to watch and listen.

Beyond Borders: What It Means to Be a Global Citizen

Drew Noble Alexander | Posted 02.19.2014 | Education
Drew Noble Alexander

Now, more than ever, this global generation needs to possess and use the skills necessary to be the environmental stewards of the planet and the international peacekeepers. So, exactly what does it take to be a contributing "global citizen?"

We Are All the Same: Teaching Empathy Through the Arts

Lysa Heslov | Posted 02.01.2014 | Arts
Lysa Heslov

The CMH Global Arts after school programs utilize arts education to enhance our students' understanding of the world by pairing an art modality with an international country of focus.

Raising a Global Citizen: Perspectives From a Mom & Teenage Daughter

Joy Marini, MS, PA-C | Posted 01.23.2014 | Teen
Joy Marini, MS, PA-C

When I learned about the world, I was inspired to act. Maybe Gracie Hart's answer isn't so bad after all. What if we all aspired to world peace?

At Clinton Forum, Western Union Highlights 'NGO GlobalPay'

Jim Luce | Posted 11.25.2013 | Impact
Jim Luce

I was delighted to breakfast with my friends at Western Union (WU) at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) this week, including its President and CEO H...

'Character Ed. Before Higher Ed': Wisdom Trumps Knowledge

Ralph Singh | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Ralph Singh

I loved learning, was a good student, and had the privilege (and I mean privilege) of a great education. But it was what I learned after my formal education that made me the person I am today.

5 Reasons the First Indian-American Crowned Miss America Represents Best Aspirations for Modern America

Homa Sabet Tavangar | Posted 11.16.2013 | Entertainment
Homa Sabet Tavangar

Monday morning I woke up to a fascinating news feed about backlash on the winner, Miss New York, an Indian-American, and a first.

Connecting Globally to Thrive Locally in the Spirit of the Alamo With Sister Cities International

Joshua W. Walker | Posted 09.22.2013 | Impact
Joshua W. Walker

I have lived the interconnectedness of our world since birth and know that America's strength comes from within and from our global diversity.

Developing Global Citizens

Elena Sonnino | Posted 09.02.2013 | Impact
Elena Sonnino

As we prepare our children for the 21st century, we must empower them to be global citizens. We must help them understand that their voices matter and that they have the opportunity to create change big and small.

With Dosa Hunt, Filmmaker Amrit Singh Emerges as Generational Voice

Jim Luce | Posted 07.27.2013 | Entertainment
Jim Luce

The closing gala for this year's New York Indian Film Festival (HuffPo), held in a banquet hall above NYU's Skirball Auditorium, was alive with artist...

What We Have Here Is a Failure to Communicate

Craig Snyder | Posted 06.18.2013 | Politics
Craig Snyder

Today, restoring the means for thoughtful and respectful discourse must be a primary national goal. Neither the Left nor the Right has a monopoly on wisdom or justice. What they do have is a stronghold on their own disciples - resulting in utter gridlock in Washington.

From Boston: A World Citizen's Reflection During Lockdown

Homa Sabet Tavangar | Posted 06.19.2013 | Religion
Homa Sabet Tavangar

Just as Bostonians' grit and determination won't be deterred as they plan a bigger and better marathon next year, let's resolve to not let the fury that might have sparked last week's horror turn us against compassion and connection.

Kiasu: Does It Still Hold True?

Naomi Troni | Posted 03.17.2013 | Travel
Naomi Troni

It has been described as a mix of selfishness, pushiness, and competitiveness, plus a fear of losing or missing out, and is said to be characteristic of the people of Singapore and Malaysia.

A Teachable Moment About the U.S. Election -- Thanks to Foreign News

Homa Sabet Tavangar | Posted 01.05.2013 | Parents
Homa Sabet Tavangar

Driving this morning with my 9-year-old and half-listening to the BBC news on the radio yielded a nice, teachable moment.

Enough With the Globalization Hype

Rajan Menon | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Rajan Menon

There's no question that students need to learn more about the world beyond than ever before. But the notion that they haven't been doing so, or that they wouldn't were it not for the globalization brigades' enlightenment campaigns, is nonsense.