This idea relates to the interdependent nature of global political, economic, and social systems and the manner in which our local actions and decisions are inextricably connected with a broader global context. The term glocal is sometimes used to capture this sense of interdependence and simultaneity between local and global concerns. This big idea also involves seeing humans as citizens of the world, with shared values and goals that transcend culture, religion, and national identities. A global ethic is based on a respect for human rights and self-determination that transcend specific local, national, or regional agendas. This perspective involves an openness toward divergent cultural experiences and diverse ways of knowing and experiencing.

Other aspects of this big idea pertain to the global nature of information, media, and the exchange of ideas. Global markets and globalized consumerism can, on one hand, cause an acceleration of cultural contamination in which local wisdom and culture are displaced a mass marketed corporate common denominator of products, images and ideas. On the other hand, social media and mobile technologies create new ways for individuals to share and amplify highly personalized, and very local concerns with a global community.

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