Global Citizens, Connectivity, and a Strategy


The issues surrounding immigration might someday be moot. Increased connection is a trend across the globe as more people either join the human race or flee wars or simply get on the internet.

Those trends may someday force the world to dismantle cultural constructs of discrimination and embrace its citizens in a boundless community.

Countries like the United States with vast resources may have the tendency to build walls and/or bureaucratic barriers.
Perceived fear and consequential isolation prevent a more rounded understanding of those whose main struggle is simple survival.

The adage that one person cannot know what it is like to be another person without first walking a mile in his shoes may be more appropriate now than ever and certainly matches the tenor of the video below.

This production compiles several individual Ted Talks featuring professionals in separate fields and from different parts of the globe whose messages interlink to form a single line at the ticket booth of global unification.

Below the video is information about each of the speakers featured. The music for the production was provided by

Angelic Dass speaks about the beauty of human skin in every color. Her Ted Talk bears the same title.
Dass is a world renowned photographer who discusses discrimination in her speech but also describes her remarkable work.

Joshua Prager, a writer, journalist, Fullbright Scholar, and a Nieman Fellow, gives advice from historical writers in a video called “Wisdom from Great Writers on Every Year of Life.”

Astro Teller speaks about the unexpected benefit of celebrating failure. He has been the Captain of Moonshots at what is now called “X.” It used to be called Google X. He attended Stanford University and received his Ph.D. in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University. These institutions built a foundation for his success as an author, scientist, inventor, speaker, entrepreneur, business leader, and intelligent technology expert.

Shivani Siroya speaks about a smart loan for people with no credit history, yet. She is the CEO and founder of InVenture Capital, a special kind of organization that takes microfinance to the next dimension and helps hard working people in underdeveloped nations achieve greater financial stability and success. There is a body of links to articles about her ideas and accomplishments cached at her Crunchbase profile.

Hugh Evans is a humanitarian from Australia who gives the call to be a global citizen in his speech “What does it mean to be a citizen of the world?”. He is the founder of It looks like he’s pretty active on Twitter.
He is also the founder of the Global Poverty Project and is calling for the end of extreme poverty by 2030.

Parag Khanna talks about how megacities are changing the map of the world. His position is that the world is more connected now than in the past but not as connected as it is about to be. Khanna wrote a book called Connectography and is a leading global strategist. He is a CNN Global Contributor and Senior Research Fellow in the Centre on Asia and Globalisation at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore.


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