Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Beyond the Classroom presents "Global Citizenship & the 21st Century Disconnectivity Paradox"

Global Citizenship & the 21st Century “Disconnectivity Paradox”: Fostering Human Connectedness
in a Digitally Distracted World
A talk by Kate Otto, Founder & Director
Audrey del Rosario, Brand Strategist, Everyday Ambassador
Wednesday, October 1st, 6:30PM-8:30PM
South Campus Commons Building 1, Room 1102 (http://www.beyondtheclassroom.umd.edu/locationbtc.htm)

In a world of limitless digital networks, we are more connected than ever. 
…But does the very nature of our hyper-connected lifestyle threaten our ability to interact authentically with one another?
Kate Otto, author of forthcoming book and website Everyday Ambassador, suggests we are living in a "disconnectivity paradox," in which our impatient, distracted behaviors ultimately hinder our efforts to connect with and serve others. This is deeply relevant for anyone aspiring to be a global citizen or serve others, as human connection is the key to effective social impact work.
Pairing over ten years of international experience with Millennial insight, Kate and her colleague Audrey del Rosario will explore the Everyday Ambassador vision of a world in which all people approach the act of crossing borders-- whether national, class, race, or otherwise-- with empathy, patience, commitment, and humility (four core values that foster deeper ‘connectedness’ in tech-centric societies); and will share vibrant, poignant narratives that demonstrate that the power of technology is not in the tool, but rather the intentions of the person using it.
After the first half of the talk, Audrey will hold a more informal conversation on professional development for those considering international careers.  More info at: www.ter.ps/6vf
Beyond the Classroom Living & Learning Program | Office of Undergraduate Studies
E-mail: btcinfo@umd.edu | Tel.: 301-314-6621 | Office: South Campus Commons 1104

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