How To Build Global Community

  • Think of no one as "them"
  • Dont' confuse your comfort with your safety
  • Talk to strangers
  • Imagine other cultures through their 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 and or 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 dreams
  • Know that no one is silent though many are not heard
  • Work to change this.