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About Think Global
Interested in the world? Then you’re in the right place. Think Global provides resources to help you understand the global reality around us all. Here you can learn about the major social issues facing humanity and how organizations around the world are addressing them. You can also discover opportunities at Penn State to help you grow as a global citizen. Bon voyage!
Relevant and thought-provoking texts to inform advisers’ work with students in cultivating a global perspective. Read more...
Have questions or want advice? Contact Dr. Elena Galinova, Think Global program coordinator.
"… the wide diffusion of culture, and the education of humanity for justice and liberty and peace are indispensable to the dignity of man and constitute a sacred duty which all the nations must fulfill in a spirit of mutual assistance and concern."- Preamble to the Constitution of UNESCO
"The peoples of the earth have thus entered in varying degrees into a universal community, and it has developed to the point where a violation of laws in one part of the world is felt everywhere."- Immanuel Kant, Perpetual Peace, 1795
"Global Integration is shrinking time, shrinking space and eroding national borders. People's lives are more interdependent. The state's autonomy is declining as new global rules of trade bind national policies and as new global actors wield greater influence."- United Nations Development Program, Human Development Report, 2000
"We cannot build our own future without helping others to build theirs."- William Jefferson Clinton
"The World is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion."- Thomas Paine
"All human beings, whatever their cultural or historical background, suffer when they are intimidated, imprisoned or tortured … We must, therefore, insist on a global consensus, not only on the need to respect human rights worldwide, but also on the definition of these rights … for it is the inherent nature of all human beings to yearn for freedom, equality and dignity, and they have an equal right to achieve that."- Dalai Lama
Global Citizenship is more than the sum of its parts. It goes beyond simply knowing that we are citizens of the globe to an acknowledgement of our responsibilities both to each other and to the Earth itself. Global Citizenship is about understanding the need to tackle injustice and inequality, and having the desire and ability to work actively to do so. It is about valuing the Earth as precious and unique, and safeguarding the future for those coming after us. Global Citizenship is a way of thinking and behaving. It is an outlook on life, a belief that we can make a difference.- Oxfam, 1997