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Throughout my short research on what it means to be a global citizen, one of the most common concepts was being aware of the world, having a sense of individual’s own role as a world citizen along with keeping in mind that what one does affects other people in different world (Oxfam). Here’s an example that supports this statement. I didn’t have any impressive things on my resume, so I started to do some community services when I was a first year student in high school. Although I ended up volunteering more than 800 hours throughout my high school,  I didn’t know what made me kept going until I learned the idea of having a servant’s heart. When you help someone or even do something, you have to be satisfied with what you are doing even if your role is insignificant. For instance, When I volunteered at a local soup kitchen, I worked in a bathroom cleaning. One day I realized, As I was cleaning the bathroom, other employees had more time taking care of visitors. Since the employees had more time, they treated the visitors better, making the visitors happier. At the end of the day, I could think of working in a bathroom helped making the visitors happy. Back to the point, being aware of how the world works and knowing what’s going on internationally are important elements for a global citizen. However, the most important element is that doing and acting one’s best locally or globally. That is, because the best thing we can do for this planet is not producing a mess. There is no inherent tension between one’s status as a national citizen and being a global citizen, but there are limitations caused by national citizenship. Because people around the world have different circumstances such as censorship, affordability, and accessibilityto the media.

For some people, they can’t afford to be global citizens. According to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, people who are struggling for basic needs don’t have time or energy to work as global citizens (Arcaro 2). The concept of being a global citizen is a luxury to them. For those who have taken care of their basic needs, so-called, people who are in the higher on pyramid, should step up and practice their Noblesse Oblige. Statistically, people in the United States tend to be on higher on pyramid than those who live in countries in Africa who are struggling for their basic needs. In the article, Beyond the Pledge of Allegiance: Becoming a Responsible World Citizen by Dr. Tom Arcaro, the idea of Noblesse Oblige is well described, “With great privilege comes great responsibility (Arcaro 2).” Similar idea can be found in Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s guiding values: All lives-no matter where they are being lived-have equal value. To whom much is given, much is expected (Arcaro 2). Besides Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, the most successful investor of 21st century, is a great example of a global citizen. One of the wealthiest people, Warren Buffett pledged to give 99% of his wealth to philanthropy (Buffet 2010). When a lot of wealthy people do not share their wealth and try to keep their status, Warren Buffett is stepping up and and setting himself as a good role-model. Buffett’s unselfish and charitable deed is one way to contribute to the world. These two questions made me think about Buffett as an exemplary global citizen:(1)Does Warren Buffett have to donate 99% of his wealth? (2)How often do we see the top 1% give back to their society? As the ultimate goal of being a global citizen is to make our world more harmonious, fair, and peaceful place, Warren Buffett has affected a gradual evolution in human institutions (Arcaro 18). Even if a person was affected by Buffet and changes his perspectives, Buffet’s contribution to the world is worth it.

Whoever saves one life, saves the world entire. Schindler's List

Whoever saves one life, saves the world entire.
Schindler’s List

I liked the video PSA as it is made to be appealing to people. I get the point of this video but how are we going to make our world a better place by being global citizens? Many people can preach, but not many people can practice and act what they are preaching. With that being said, I would place myself around 5.5 on a global citizenship scale from 0-10. The video would’ve been much better if the video added some actions that global citizens do locally or globally. To me, a global citizen is like a bridge that connects different people and their cultures and beliefs. It’s an active movement that tries to narrow the gap of our world and reaches out our attentions to the people in need.



Arcaro et al. “Understanding the Global Experiences: Becoming a Responsible Global Citizen” Pearson, 2009.

Buffett, Warren. “My philanthropic pledge.” CNN Money.  (2010):


“What is global citizenship?.” Oxfam Education. Oxfam,






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What is Global Citizenship?

To me, a global citizen is someone who is aware of current global issues occurring all over the world. They are well informed individuals on these topics, and take action in a small or large way, to benefit and help these global issues. Whether it is one person individually taking action against a global issue, or a group of one hundred people, anyone can be a global citizen. I would also define a global citizen as someone who does something every day, or almost every day, to fight towards resolving a global issue, and who spreads awareness to other people about what is going on in our world. A global citizen is someone who watches the news and keeps up to date with current global issues and can explain to anyone who might not know what is actually occurring. A global citizen understands that each and every person on this planet has the same rights to ways of life and living. According to a website for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, “there are two simple values that lie at the core of the foundation’s work: all lives- no matter where they are being lived- have equal value, and to whom much is given, much is expected.” I really agree with the first value mentioned and I think it is important to stress. No matter where in the world someone is living or in what kind of conditions, each and every one of their lives has the same value as the next person.



When questioning whether or not someone is a global citizen, there are many things you can ask to come to a conclusion. Does this person understand current issues in today’s world that are affecting people, the environment, etc.? Are they concerned about these issues and taking action to try and resolve a certain issue(s)? Is this person educating other people who may not be as knowledgable about what is actually going on not only in the United States but all across the globe? Do they realize that each and every living, breathing human in this world has the same value of life as the person standing next to them? These are just a few of many questions that can be asked to determine whether one is truly a global citizen or not. The ideal type global citizen is someone who tries to save the environment, for example, by using “green” products and conserving water and energy, and who strives to help people less fortunate then they are. As an example of someone who is trying to help the environment, when I was in Jamaica over spring break, the family that we stayed with was extremely conscious about being resourceful. I would definitely define them as true global citizens. They had bags of water that were heated during the day from the sun that were used for showering; the lights that we used at night were charged and powered by the sun; we used a compost toilet to go to the bathroom so we wouldn’t have to flush and waste water; and we were all asked to save our seeds after eating fruit so that they could plant them in their garden.

Fruit that we ate in Jamaica and saved the seeds from



I wouldn’t necessarily say there is tension between one’s status as a national citizen and that of being a global citizen. I think that there are, however, different roles played by national citizens in regards to global citizenship as a result of status. Someone who is wealthy and is seen as an authority figure may be too wrapped up in their own lives to care about other people. Therefore, they are not considered global citizens. A person who comes from a lower to middle class background may realize that there are other people in this world who don’t even have as many resources as they do, thus feeling the need to reach out to those in need. I feel like more often than not I hear of “the every day common folk” helping people in other countries and starting organizations and groups to help the environment, as opposed to more wealthy people. When it comes to myself, the idea of being a global citizen is not something I have ever really pondered. On a scale from 0-10, I would place myself around a 5. I do care about global issues and when opportunity arises for me to help and doing something about it, I usually will. However, I am not working on a  day-to-day basis to fix any issues and I do not go out of my way to seek opportunities to help.

I wasn’t quite sure who has been featured in the news that would be a global citizen, to be honest, so I did a little research, which led me to an article about Hillary Clinton. Never in a million years would I have thought to use the name Hillary Clinton in the same sentence as global citizen. But after reading this article, it is clear that she should definitely be recognized as one. According to, Clinton traveled almost one million miles and visited 112 countries in the course of four years. She spent time speaking with locals of these various countries trying to patch the holes between the U.S. and foreign countries. She was the face of America in a way, because she wanted to repair damage that the U.S. had with any other countries, and sway their perception of Americans to one of a more positive view. I thought this is was really interesting to read about, because as I mentioned above, I never would have picked her as one to be a global citizen. A link to the full article is below.

Hillary Clinton during her travels as a global citizen


I thought the video PSA was very powerful and contained a lot of truth. The footage and images were real and really spoke to me. One quote from one of the narrators towards the end of the video stated, “the world we want and the world we’re envisioning is the one we’re going to make and it’s going to be beautiful.” I think this means that every person who thinks about a better world where global issues are solved has the power to make it happen. Maybe not in a year or even twenty, but at some point if enough people are passionate about making a change then it will happen and like he says, it will be beautiful.


“PeopleINT — Innovations to Reduce Sufferings of People Lets Innovate to Reduce Pain, Poverty, Pessimism in World.” PeopleINT Innovations to Reduce Sufferings of People Lets Innovate to Reduce Pain Poverty Pessimism in World. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 June 2013. <>.

Phillips, Elizabeth Williams. “Has Hillary Left The Building?” Global Citizen. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 June 2013. <>.

“Global Citizen.” YouTube. YouTube, 02 Aug. 2012. Web. 03 June 2013. <>.

“Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.” Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 June 2013. <>.

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Defining Global Citizenship


A global citizen to me is not only someone who is culturally aware of important world issues such as political, social, environmental, economic, gender, health and rights, but also makes daily decisions that affect the global world, rather than just their own needs. As said on the NAFSA website, “National citizenship is an accident of birth; global citizenship is different” (Green). This stresses that global citizenship is an even broader view than nationwide.  For instance, many people are now aware and have accepted the concept of global warming, yet only a fraction of the people who acknowledge this actually take steps to prevent further global warming. That fraction of people who take their time out to serve others as well as themselves are those in which I would consider global citizens. I would like to compare my definition of global citizenship and example given with a statement found in Beyond the Pledge of Allegiance: Becoming a Responsible World Citizen: “Global citizens understand, at a fundamental level, that all humans are born with basic rights; they share one planet, and thus one fate” (Arcaro et al. 2). An important factor in my definition is that true global citizens have this revelation in this quote, but also take action to better the global world. Some questions I would ask someone to figure out if they were a global citizen or not would have questions that focus on two different parts: their knowledge of global issues and self-awareness, and also on their experiences and actions that work for global citizenship. Some examples of questions I would ask would be their stance on certain political issues worldwide, how they combat global warming, if they do at all, and so on. As a global citizen, I would rate myself a 4. I feel that I am personally self-aware and acknowledge global issues as discussed above, but I also feel that I do not do enough to be considered a true global citizen. Sure, I recycle in my own home, and drive a fuel efficient vehicle, but other than that I do not do enough to be considered by my definition a global citizen.


Someone I consider to be a global citizen would be a figure such as Bill Clinton, who was also mentioned in Beyond the Pledge of Allegiance: Becoming a Responsible World Citizen (Arcaro et al. 3). In this book, Bill Clinton is a demonstration of a global citizen because of The Clinton Foundation, which has a focus on HIV/AIDs, however I immediately thought of Bill Clinton because I surprisingly found him involved with my travels abroad (Arcaro 3). Upon my own travels to Ireland, we had a tour guide who was discussing Bill Clinton’s presence in Ireland and how the majority of Irish wanted Bill Clinton to be the new US Ambassador in Ireland. Bill Clinton was talked about past his affair scandal that occurred in the United States, but was seen there as someone who has been part of a peace making process in Northern Ireland, and this is why I consider him to be a global citizen on several different levels. Mr. Clinton fits my description of a global citizen because not only is he globally aware, but he also puts the effort forth on several different levels to make the world a better, more peaceful place.


I think the PSA we were presented with was good in terms of attention-grabbing. However, I think it could have been much better. Instead of people vaguely talking about what it means to be a global citizen vocally or on their cell phones, I would prefer to see actions taking place with people cross-culturally or even locally. I think more than a website needs to be given in a PSA, and people need to be told and shown how to be involved, not to just be in-the-know.


Works Cited:

Arcaro, Thomas, Rosemary Haskell, Robert G. Anderson, Laurence A. Basirico, Anne Bolin, Stephen Braye, Ann J. Cahill, Brian Digre, Chinedu Eke, Mathew Gendle, Duane McClearn, Jeffery C. Pugh, Laura Roselle, Jean Schwind, Kerstin Sorensen and Anthony Weston. “Understanding the Global Experience: Becoming a Responsible Global Citizen”. Pearson, 2009.


Green, Madeleine F. “Global Citizenship – What Are We Talking About and Why Does It Matter?” NAFSA. N.p., Jan. 2012. Web. 24 May 2013. <>.


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Assignment 2: Due 5 June

What is a “global citizen” and how is that phrase used both in the United States and around the world?  What are your thoughts about this concept?

For this post you are to critically examine the term “global citizen.”

The Elon University mission statement says, in part, that “We integrate learning across the disciplines and put knowledge into practice, thus preparing students to be global citizens and informed leaders motivated by concern for the common good.”  Elon is not alone in using the term hands globe“global citizen” in its mission statement.  Indeed, an increasing percentage of all top colleges and universities in the United States use this phrase as they describe their institutions missions. A quick Google search of the term “global citizen” will generate many millions of pages; it cannot be denied that at least in English language friendly cultures this term has enormous usage.

Here are some questions you might address as you research and reflect on this term:

  • After searching the Internet for various definitions that others may have arrived at, give me your definition of a “global citizen.”
  • What specific questions could you ask a person to discern whether or not they are a global citizen?
  • What is the “ideal type” global citizen?
  • Is there any inherent tension between one’s status as a national citizen and being a global citizen?
  • One a scale from 0-10, with 10 being an ideal global citizen, where would you place yourself and why?
  • Give examples of people in the news that you would consider good “global citizens” and why you think they fit the criteria.
  • How would you respond to the video PSA below?

Note:  Remember to include citations to any additional sources that you use in your post.  You are encouraged to maximize your use of this blog platform in your post by including pictures, videos, hyperlinks, etc.



  • Due by 10:00pm EST June 5th.
  • Late posts will be downgraded at least one letter grade.
  • Comments to at least two colleague’s posts by  June 6th by 10:00PM EST.
  • At least three citations: at least one from text and/or other assigned reading, and at least two from outside academic sources.  Note:  you are to read/watch/listen to all of the material in the hyperlinks in the parent post above; your contact with the material should be apparent in your post.
  • List references at the bottom of the page (MLA format).
  • At least one photo and/or video link.
  • Minimum 0f 500 words (excluding references).
  • Grade will be based on quality and quantity of response to the post prompt including adherence to the above benchmarks.
  • Keep in mind that you are writing for a broad audience that is educated and interested in this topic; infuse your post with the sociology you are learning/have learned in a non-jargonistic manner

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