What is Global Citizenship?
A new generation for whom the global is local
Activists work to improve the lives of the people, communities and societies that make up our world. They go by many different names and titles such as social entrepreneurs, activists, community organizers, and change agents to name a few.
However, activism is not only about politics or protest, although this is a part of making change. Today's movements for social change are about knowing that you are responsible for the world around you, and that the skills you possess can and must be brought forward to help communities around the world.
For example, engineers build water purification systems for poverty-stricken communities, entrepreneurs create $100 laptops to bring the power of the Internet to rural communities, doctors bring knowledge and know-how to fighting the epidemics of our time, artists
advance free discussion, and socially-conscious
businesses create meaningful jobs in places where there was no access or knowledge about how to create jobs.
To confront challenges, activists must possess the skills to integrate many disciplines, understand local, regional and national cultures, and collaborate across government, non-profit and business sectors. Well-trained activists come from a variety of fields — public policy, economics, law, medicine, nursing, dentistry, social work, psychology, education, journalism and anthropology, to name a few — and all are needed to help address the issues confronting communities around the world.
As long as there is something that you really care about, you can do something about it. The first step for all activists is caring about an issue and taking the first step by saying "Something has got to change."