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What does it mean to be globally aware and why is it important?

In one of of the school programs I attended to last year, I was asked what it means to be globally aware and its importance. The question seemed to be quite easy, but I could not come up with a great answer. Trying to think of the best examples of being globally aware, I was lost.

TED is one of the most global communities out there and I believe it can help me understand the meaning and importance of global awareness.


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  • Aug 3 2013: Hi Asan,
    For me, to be globally aware is to carry with me throughout the day, the mindset that I am meaningfully connected to people I cannot see and lands I have not traversed. When I drink my morning coffee, I know that the hands that harvested the beans and toiled the land,often times for meager wages, were in pursuit of many of the same
    things as I, a way to take care of their families and a better way of life. When I reach for the faucet to effortlessly access running water, I am humbled by the thought that someone will walk several miles on blistered feet to bring back treasured buckets of this often taken for granted commodity.
    While I have traveled extensively and lived in other countries, I have concluded that to be globally aware is not about where you have been and what you have seen, it is about an open-heart and what you can feel.

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