Today I received an email about Pangea Day —
“Wherever you will be on Saturday May 10, Pangea Day, you are warmly invited to join me and countless others around the world for a powerful, first-of-its kind experience.
Gathered in homes, movie theaters and larger venues, we will participate in a remarkable program of films and talks — a kind of super-charged, marathon TED session — celebrating our common humanity. If you think of yourself as something of a global soul, it could be one of the year’s highlights. And in fact you could play an invaluable role in helping it realize its full potential…”
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I think we can agree our world is becoming ever smaller/flatter/more inter-connected. An important consequence of this is that all of the issues that matter — war, terrorism, poverty, disease, human rights, environment, climate change — can only be tackled now from a global perspective. And yet the people supposedly trying to solve them are almost all serving narrow mandates on behalf of their nation, religion or tribe. There’s a terrifying mismatch here between the nature of the problems and the means the world is deploying to tackle them. “The world” itself doesn’t even seem to have a seat at the table. But there’s no reason this should be so. It is absolutely possible in the 21st century for us to begin a truly global conversation; to start nurturing that identity we share: one humanity. Some use the language of promoting global citizenship, or reducing cross-cultural suspicion, or expanding our circle of empathy, or eliminating the “us/them” mode of thinking. These goals are all linked, and any progress toward them is, I think, a very big deal. — Chris Anderson (TED Curator)