Worldology

A new era of studies to achieve the MDGs
Other of our projects is promote a multi, inter and transdisciplinary education in the curricula of the universities in all the countries that are part of the United Nations, in order to teach “reading the world” through a new academic graduation: “worldology”.

How can our countries pretend to achieve the MDGs if they do not teach us about them in the school and universities?

Worldology is an innovate proposal with a futurist vision to increase citizenship of 21st century awareness of the new paradigms that exist in the current era of glogalization.
In addition, worldology should be taught with the same curricular contents in all universities in different countries, giving the opportunity for students to study this new degree each year in each country, since the only way to be conscious of the economical, political and cultural dynamics that are successful in this inter-relational world is simply by traveling.
The best way to learn about the global problems is travelling around the world, for this reason the students of this new graduation would have to travel each academic year to different countries and continents to study the way to achieve the MDGs!
Therefore, this new academic degree supplies an instructional tool to achieve citizens participation in the creation of a humanistic and global thought, founded in the progress and evolution of human beings as species: the homo concienciatus, which could achieve the MDG. 
For that reason, the worldology has to be viewed as an innovate opportunity to train new generations of citizens of all the world with humanistic and philanthropic perspective, in order to break all the political-economics and socio-educational structures of the positive paradigms from the past, still presents today, that reduce our students to submissive consumers and passive citizens.
Could UNESCO start working in this direction to implicate all our countries?

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  • Georgios Kostakos

    Great idea! I would suggest, though, that even more important than establishing a new academic discipline is to teach children already from primary school about our world. UNESCO could prepare a series of textbooks that would introduce kids to the ways our planet and humanity work at this time of globalization. This subject could be taught in parallel to geography and/or history and should also introduce concepts of human rights and responsibilities. The textbooks would become more sophisticated for higher ages of pupils, and at some point would also introduce the MDGs or the future SDGs, including ways for the young people to contribute to achieving them, in their local community, their country, region, other countries and regions, and the world as a whole. Would you agree with such a proposal and would you be ready to submit it to UNESCO for its consideration?

    • admin

      Dear friend Georgios, thank you very much for your comment! 😉
      I like the way in which you think, because it is a very good approach about how start raise transnational awareness between world-society, starting for our children.
      In addition, we should also think about the skills and training of our teachers, because textbooks are only a tool which acts as guide. We can not forget each children has different ways to learn (multiple intelligence theory), and there are not sense to create an educational curriculum (national, regional or local) before start lessons, when nobody knows about the students.
      That´s means we are far away to break current educational paradigm, but, at least, we are thinking and proposing new alternatives. 😉
      This is the reason why we create Global Education Magazine!

  • balayogi

    52 Points about
    what makes a 21st Century Global Citizen and why most main stream media are the
    stumbling block.

    1] ‘21st century
    global citizen’ will definitely emerge in large numbers but for that to happen
    main stream media has to refine or exercise some restraint.

    2] Some people feel and
    communicate that it is necessary to
    travel across the globe to become a ‘21st century global citizen’ .The
    term ‘21st century global citizen’ itself is based on certain
    presumptions.

    3] ‘21st century
    global citizen’ need not necessarily emerge only out of globetrotting but can
    evolve and emerge out of humane attitude, broader outlook ,proper perspective
    etc.

    4] Let me set aside at
    present the debate as to whether the
    slice of 21st century in the
    loaf of time is right or wrong or may or
    could be different from our ancient times or posterity.

    5] I am happy to read some
    positive news on attempts to make people at least geographically hold on to the
    view beyond their ethnocentric pride and xenophobic aversion that life could be
    or possibly is better in other places as well as from people belonging to other
    cultures too.

    6] At least an urge to be a
    global citizen beyond certain cases of weird preferences for seclusion like the
    Sentilese of Andaman Islands, or highly protected for purely scientific reasons
    like Lascaux caves in France or avoided like Ilha da Queimada
    Grande, or Snake Island located off the coast of
    Sao Paula, Brazil imbued with critically endangered golden Pitviper, with a bite that
    delivers hemotoxin venom.

    .

    7] Also a willingness to
    believe that there could be something to learn and enjoy not as a tourist but
    as an avid explorer trying to grasp life as it happens in other places or as
    lived by other people.

    8] The suggestions from media
    that attending universities abroad or visiting other countries are welcome,
    even if they were sponsored by universities targeting foreign students and
    tourism companies wanting to increase their business as these are at least
    different from the usually negative news and reporting with unloving criticism
    on everything or attempts which make references to put down predominantly
    practiced or beneficial activities.

    9] Sometimes there are also
    snide remarks with slight indignation at the enormous usage and utility of internet
    which enables people to be informed about the globe in the comforts of their
    homes with a click of a mouse.

    10] But going by all the
    facts all citizens are not privileged to have globetrotting experience to get
    an international experience but everyone is well equipped with an inner self to
    have a global outlook and internationally acceptable attitude.

    11] Global citizen is a great
    philosophical and sometimes an abstract idea; preferred wish of all sane human
    beings; a political, cultural, religious and social possibility which can be
    attained with help of various factors/aspects/subjects etc though some may view
    it as some utopia not a possible reality.

    12] Becoming a global citizen
    requires in addition to geographical migrations and mingling [albeit they are
    also important-not merely as refugees or tourists] the following:-

    13] Mentally moving beyond
    the moorings of all forms of identities without disrespecting or denouncing
    them but reviewing rationally their intrinsic importance and relevance in the
    context of present day life;

    14] Carrying on beyond constraining
    default settings of life emphasized through various important and highly
    impactful spheres of life like the region/nation of birth, language, religion,
    culture of the place etc;

    15] Ejecting thoughts of
    justifications and project reasons leading to well being, happiness, peace and
    harmony of many and protection of nature;

    16] Avoid being judgmental
    with ideologically based ulterior motives, hidden agenda, clandestine contracts
    etc;

    17] Perceiving without
    prejudice based on assigning or appropriating predefined labels;

    18] Willingness to receive
    and relish with tolerance more information and knowledge about life with
    broader perspective, unbiased attitude
    and open hearted outlook coupled with a proper perspective all of which use as
    frames of reference to perceive only those things/persons with contextual
    relevance and willingness to evaluate based on inherent merit;

    19] Willingness to accept, to
    admire, to adopt and to assimilate in all realms of life as a whole or the
    wholeness of life;

    20] Move away from obsessive paranoiac
    declared stands on many issues;

    21] Desist from scripting any specific narrative for
    humanity as a whole;

    22] Desist from presuming or prescribing anything as a
    panacea;

    23] Above all realize that to
    become or to be a global citizen requires clarity, conviction and courage to
    consider all life as One, or humility to accept every life is just a similar
    part/particle of whole of life which can be termed as ‘Entity of Life or Energy
    of Life’ as this terminology can steer clear of any religious connotations or theistic
    debates or ideological overtones or political undercurrents.

    24] The reality of becoming a ‘21st
    century global citizen’ will emerge
    out of individual’s intentions and approaches and also active promotion of that
    idea by many institutions.

    25] This process would also expose the media menace of pandering
    to victimhood peddling, particular ideological projections, sometimes stinking
    negativism from overflow from the narrow gutters of certain ideologies;

    26] It requires replenishing with some positive vibrations
    to create an oasis in the deserted lands of morning philosophers, unloving
    critics, and fault finding fanatics.

    27] The extent of main stream media’s negative tilt
    reveals a very conditioned and confined mentality which is not at all healthy
    for public debate on any subject.

    28] In fact it is a dangerous contagious infection that is
    being methodically spread among youth.

    29] The manifestation of mass opinions, obsessions, and
    objectives takes various forms depending on certain inherent attributes,
    imbibed cultural attitudes or instructed methods of operation.

    30] It provides greater burden or risk rather than any
    benefit by being an enemy of a whole group of people.

    31] This applies to groups in all areas left, right and
    center and on both extremes of the spectrum the radical and pusillanimous.

    32] It is difficult to define intentions, but easier to
    discern pretensions.

    33] Science/technology has not come up with a machine
    which can deduct intentions.

    34] It would be better that media and journalistic writing
    realize that they can no more manipulate minds through brain washing propaganda to generate ideological bias with an
    instinct to presume human life as homogenous and with ulterior motives and intentions
    to homogenize all.

    35] This is not
    possible in an era of camera in every hand, social media communication happening
    in real time;

    36] A stage may
    come when popular or popularized or paid media sponsored lies will become extinct
    species for the good of everyone.

    37] Actually
    the media as a whole suffers from perception deficit and presumptive
    conclusions because they fail to realize that information dissemination is not
    their sole preserve anymore nor are people willing to get carried away by the
    credits they appropriate to themselves and the cunning labels they assign to
    some.

    38] More
    importantly facts and truths seep out and spread in real time through mobile
    sets in every hand. Of course even in social media some elements exist who are
    bent on sensationalizing, creating controversies, conflicts and panic. But it
    is only an aberration whereas in main stream media negativism has become a rule.

    39] It is high
    time that main stream media realize that they need to evolve from being an old type writing machine and emerge into the age
    of Dictaphones.

    40] Status quo
    addiction of main stream media which petrifies them along with their putrefied
    perceptions and puerile intentions are exposing them overwhelmingly that it may
    damage even the few sane journalists out of job because as an industry at this
    rate it will collapse as the coffers of their pay masters may also get dried up
    due to lack of return on investment.

    41] Responsible
    mass opinion molders must report facts, observe certain self imposed norms
    geared towards helping as many human beings as possible to enhance their life
    in all aspects- physical, psychological, material etc without trying to wedge a
    divide.

    42] For example
    differences as manifestations of variety are inevitable facts/facets of nature and
    life;

    43] But
    creating a social or psychological divide and magnifying it is a function done
    by vested interest groups in all spheres who predominantly use media as a tool
    and this can preferably be avoided by sane and responsible persons.

    44] Or even
    where there exists a divide it would be better not to dwell on that by
    constantly prioritizing it, super imposing it or letting it predominate all
    forms of debate and all domains of human existence or life itself as if it is
    the only or the most important factor of life over many other aspects of life.

    45] The prisms of perceptions will slowly but surely break open
    the prisons of projections, pre –conceptions, presumptions and exclusive
    privileges.

    46] Some positive attributes may preferably be promoted to
    enhance the possibility of creating real ‘21st
    century global citizen’ like Forgiveness, Attitude appropriate to
    context, Compassion and Tolerance etc which have been rightly emphasized by all
    religions; along with creating tools that contribute to comfortable living and
    better understanding of life as a whole and the role of human beings in the
    totality of life which have been rightly prioritized and performed by all
    sciences.

    47] I feel
    sometimes actions, reactions and human emotions when performed on the basis of
    this FACT can in fact effect an enormous change.

    48] FACT here refers to Forgiveness, Attitude,
    Compassion and Tolerance.

    Forgiveness can be actually embedded as a part of everyone’s
    character or emotion or psychology by understanding and accepting the
    inevitable fact of life that we cannot expect compatibility on multiple
    aspects/factors in everyone that we come across or relate with, and worse still
    to the degree/intensity/quantity/extent that we wish such compatibility to be.

    Attitude of
    appropriate contextually relevant reactions must be assiduously acquired and
    adopted.

    Compassion
    must be cultivated as an inevitable part of character building.

    Tolerance
    also must be inculcated as a part of emotional, social and psychological
    attitude, irrespective of any identity or multiple identities that one may have
    or entertain.

    I call this as important FACT to become a
    ‘21st century global
    citizen’.

    49] We need to remember that we can neither deny nor defy
    the importance of anything or anyone.

    50] Life is too vast and complex with some mysteries
    still unexplained and unraveled but not unexplainable.

    Life, in short, is an unsolved jigsaw puzzle with several
    pieces constantly evolving to fit in appropriate slots.

    51] The process involves constant churning, continuous
    learning and adjustment

    Everything
    regarding life undergoes constant churning and many things come out and
    ultimately evolution of life selects what suits best or gets what it deserves.

    52] Because whatever we do we need to remember one
    thing while all of us feel the need for unity, what unity needs is
    feeling for all by all.

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