Describe how governance trends are related to the person you represent in the global village and to her/his country.

Use the Internet to find out how the person you represent in the global village might be affected by the global challenges associated with governance. In your post, describe how governance trends are related to the person you represent in the global village and to her/his country. For guidance, see the “Global Village Activity Tips” document.

DF8
Post a well-reasoned and thoughtful response to the following two questions. Reply to at least two classmates’ responses by the date indicated in the course Calendar.

In what ways is state power changing (increasing, decreasing, shifting, diffusing)?

What are the implications of these changes for how we tackle some of the global issues discussed in this course?

GLB-WA8
Answer each of the following questions on the peril of conflict and the promise of conflict resolution. Your answer to each item should be an essay of 350 to 800 words in length. (With a typical font and spacing, this comes to between 1½ and 3 pages.) It is recommended that you refer to outside sources as you consider these issues. Be sure to document your sources correctly.

Answer one (1) of the following questions:

We live in a world in which 13 of the top 50 economies are companies, not countries. How does this change the responsibility companies have for providing for social needs and addressing big-ticket challenges of the future? How can companies ensure their own future prosperity by beginning to engage looming issues of concern—from energy needs to public health to income inequity?

Is the proliferation of nongovernmental organizations the result of an incapacity on the part of governments? Or, are NGOs an innovation in human social organization and an important step forward for addressing global and local challenges? How can NGOs and governments work together to complement one another? How should the private sector involve itself in such coalitions?

Answer the following question: If we have truly crossed the bridge from the Westphalian nation-state model, then what is the next step in the evolution of our societies? Will governments around the world be overwhelmed by this new environment? Will they adapt to meet the constellation of new challenges and opportunities? Will authority become increasingly decentralized? What importance does leadership play in this new system and how can it help guide countries, corporations, organizations, and institutions to necessary reform?

GLB-Village activity 9
Use the Internet to find out the degree to which your villager possesses the rights listed in the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights. (ConsultHuman Rights Watch and Amnesty International in writing this entry.)

DF9
Post a well-reasoned and thoughtful response to the following discussion topics. Reply to at least two classmates’ responses by the date indicated in the course Calendar.

As you answer the questions about global citizenship below, be sure to reflect the Universal Ethical Standards of clarity, relevance, and logic in your responses.

Identify one global issue that is important to you, either a trend area such as technology or information or a theme within a trend, such as immigration, food and hunger, water, or climate change, and answer the following questions related to that issue.

What is your preferred image of the future related to this issue? (What would you like to see as the state of this issue in 2030?)

Taking Action: What are three actions you could take to help bring about the preferred image of the future that you described in your response to the first question?

GLB-WA9
Answer each of the following questions on the responsibilities of global citizenship. Your answer to each item should be an essay of 250 to 300 words in length. (With a typical font and spacing, this comes to between 1 and 1½ pages.) It is recommended that you refer to outside sources as you consider these issues. Be sure to document your sources correctly.

How would you define global citizenship? What are the characteristics of a globally competent citizen? How would you rate yourself on the degree to which you reflect various characteristics of a globally competent citizen?

Return to the “Acting Locally” section of the lesson. Read the subsection on “Micro-Lending” and visit the suggested Web site. (You may also perform additional research to clarify your understanding of micro-lending, if necessary. ) Then prepare an essay in which you advocate for an individual or group whom you believe would be deserving of a loan. Be sure that you begin by explaining the concept of micro-lending. Students please note: Do not bother clicking the “Complete the time and money survey” link. The link has expired, and the e-book authors have not renewed it. It is not required for this assignment.

Explain and give an example of the concept of an economic vote.

GLB-final
The seven global challenges have been examined independently in the previous modules. Now, in a final project, you will summarize how these trends are related to each other and will integrate your knowledge and activities.

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