Saturday, July 2, 2011

Global Change (and Reaching Across the World to Make a Difference)

Born on July 2nd: Larry David, Hermann Hesse, Ron Silver


Quote of the Day: The Internet is becoming the town square for the global village of tomorrow. - Bill Gates



I try not to get political on the internet and while today's post doesn't feel political to me, there's a vague possibility that it may to others. If that's the case, I apologize in advance. 

If I'm about anything these days, I'm all about what I like to call Hands Across the World (playing off of an old Hands Across America project the US did in their bicentennial year when we all went out in the street at a prescribed time and held hands, the idea being that a huge chain of togetherness would be made across the nation. I loved that idea and see no reason why we shouldn't do all we can to do more of that on a global scale, at least in a figurative sense). 

Right now my youngest son is working for an NGO in Haiti as a media and communications coordinator, but when he was a freshman in college, he made the following video for a design class. It's entitled Global Change and to some extent deals with global warming (there are images from the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina), but more than that it deals with people working together for the common good. The music is Chaplin Snakker by Lasse Gjertsen and features the well known Charlie Chaplin speech from the Great Dictator (I've never seen the movie, but the speech is quite moving). I know this may just be "mom indulgence" but I've always wanted to post it somewhere. Thank you for letting me do the mom thing.




I like to think of this blog as a little United Nations, since we're from so many places. And yes, I know that meeting here on a daily basis doesn't really accomplish anything earth shattering, but I'm very happy that the internet allows us to meet and interact in a way that wouldn't have been possible a few years ago. It's opened doors for me, and I hope the thousands of international meetings people have every day (via blogs and other web interactions) does help to bring all of us closer in a worldwide sense.

Sending a big hello wave out to everyone. Have a great day!

1 comment:

Mary Preston said...

I agree. I can say hello from Australia & enjoy the daily posts. The world is getting smaller via the internet & it's lovely to use it in a positive way.