Globalization is bringing people together. It makes communication easier, transportation faster and business more profitable. But what if we use globalization for social purposes?
Nowadays people are mobilizing to “repair” those gaps left between the political and economical system and the citizens´ needs. This new movement is denominated Citizen Sector by David Bornstein. Bornstein is a journalist and has publications about Social Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation.
Based on David Bornstein´s publication ”How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas” the citizen sector is emerging mainly due to two important factors:
(1) The access to know.
(2) The power to act.
The explanation is simple; Globalization is allowing people to enjoy access to information, leading to awareness of all the issues around the world. That same globalization process is connecting people from around the world and bringing them tools to coordinate efforts to attack these problems (Bornstein, 2004).
Let us take advantage of the globalization process to speak out our ideas, our visions, our thoughts and the problems we see. Let us be part of this new citizen sector and fix what we clearly see that is wrong in our neighborhood, society, country and world.
Maybe the question running through your head is: How? The answer is simple, start thinking social. No matter what you study or what you do for living, there are many organizations waiting for you to join or many ideas waiting in your head to come out.
Take some minutes and think about the problems that are faced worldwide; illiteracy, unemployment, hunger, war, diseases, poverty…
They are all there, waiting to be addressed by you. Choose one, search about it, talk about it, and do something about it. Take advantage of this globalization process you are in.
Now that you know, you must act.
Bornstein, David. How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas (Oxford University Press, 2004)