Definitions

Global Citizenship is[1]: an umbrella term for the social, political, environmental, or economic actions of globally minded individuals and communities on a worldwide scale. The term can refer to the belief that individuals are members of multiple, diverse, local and non-local networks. Global citizenship is an interdisciplinary lens through which to analyze the history and development of our changing world. Global citizens must develop an understanding of, and appreciation for, cultural differences so that these differences will not impede social, economic, and political cooperation.

Global Citizens are[2]: consciously prepared to live and work in the hyper-complex interdependent society of the 21st century and contribute to improving the common global welfare. They are people who have developed the knowledge, skills, tools, values, and commitment to:

  • Understand the nature of globalization, including its positive and negative impacts around the world, and realize how it is transforming human society
  • Appreciate the diversity of humanity in all of its manifestations, from local to global, and interact with different groups of people to address common concerns.
  • Recognize the critical global challenges that are compromising humanity’s future and see how their complexity and interconnections make solutions increasingly difficult
  • Collaborate with different sets of stakeholders, by thinking globally and acting locally, to resolve these critical challenges and build a more equitably sustainable world

A Global Citizen is someone who[3]:

  • is aware of the wider world and has a sense of his or her own role not only as a citizen  of his or her country, but of the world
  • respects and values diversity
  • has an understanding of the complexity of the interconnected systems that make up the world
  • is troubled by social injustice
  • participates in the community at a range of levels, from the local to the global
  • is willing to act to make the world a more equitable and sustainable place
  • takes responsibility for her or his actions
  • feels an ethical responsibility to others around the globe

Global Competence is[4]: is the capacity and disposition to understand and act on issues of global significance.

Global Competencies include:

  • desire to investigate the world
  • ability to recognize perspectives
  • ability to effectively communicate ideas
  • desire to take action
  • ability to apply disciplinary and interdisciplinary expertise