Living Global Citizenship - final submission accepted for publication December 2014
I hope you enjoy the article on Living Global Citizenship. The idea originated from a partnership between my own school in Salisbury, UK and a South African black township school in Durban. The central feature of my PhD was the original notion of Living Citizenship. The idea of Living Global Citizenship was developed through conversations with Jack Whitehead and Steven Coombs now at the University of the South Pacific. We feel that the idea can contribute to debate in several areas including: school partnerships; university partnerships; community partnership; citizenship education; NGO's involved in international development work; government overseas development agencies, UNESCO and the Sustainable Development Goals for 2015.
We would very much like readers of the article to respond with their own ideas of how they see the values of living-global-citizenship and cultural-empathy being lived out in their own lives.
(Edited by Marie Huxtable - original submission Sunday, 2 November 2014, 12:21 PM)
Hi Mark. I have just finished reading this draft which I very much enjoyed. I think it is very important work and deserving of a wide audience.
There are a number of suggestions for consideration. One is my concern about some of your claims, which don't seem to be backed by evidence (such as that LGC can achieve a 'paradigm shift' when your request at the end of the paper is for people to engage in projects to check out the applicability of LGC. The claim about a paradigm shift would seem to be a little premature. I would also very much have wanted to know how LGC worked in your project, but there wasn't much detail on that. Is it possible in the next iteration of the paper to insert a few examples?
As usual, when I review papers for EJOLTS, I've track changed the loaded-up document and there are lots of reflections, questions and a couple of suggestions of references you might like to track down at some point although not for this article I think. You won't have time...they are really just resources I have come across that I think might take your wider work forward.
I look forward to the next iteration and hope that my comments will be helpful as you work on that.
Thank you for your comments Pip. Regarding the claim about a paradigm shift, I agree that I should be talking about the 'potential' for LGC to produce a paradigm shift, though I can and will include more examples of LGC in action as you suggest. I look forward to engaging with your reflections and questions throughout the paper.
I found the resource that you sent via Marie about Assessing Global Citizenship at UNSW very interesting. It is pleasing to see that the University is serious about turning their students into global citizens. I wonder about the extent to which other HE Institutions are building such outcomes into their programmes.
if you think of any other resources that may be informative, my email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for your most helpful comments, queries and suggestions. It helped me to clarify my thinking and hopefully to strengthen the article which I now attach a re-draft of below. I also attach a copy of my responses to your comments highlighted in red in the text. It would be great to continue the conversation around these topics.
I had to upload the other file separately. These are my responses to your comments.
Hi Mark - I greatly appreciate the instant and sensitive changes you have made, which to my mind immensely strengthen what was already a very good paper. It's really helpful to be able to read specific examples of your work with the folk in South Africa. For me, that detail was lacking in the first iteration. And yes, feel free to quote the comment I made about the cultural lenses.
I warmly recommend publication, and hope that many will be influenced by this work.
p.s. and a few minor typos:
Review posted on behalf of Jerry Allender
The article by Mark Pott's is an exciting exploration into the biggest issue facing humankind. In essence, how are we going to learn to get along--those near to us all the way to those who are farthest away. Living Global Citizenship and the projects it envisions is extraordinarily helpful as a foundation for thinking about how to begin and continue as we get more involved. Not only is this a theory-based exploration, the perspective of two contrasting educational programs are in the mix, helping us to stay focused on the practical issues that are involved. The author's first-hand knowledge of educational programs in South Africa and the UK and the differences they illuminate enliven the story as it unfolds.
We learn about the roles of mutual negotiation, living citizenship, and the meaning of deep appreciation that can come about through critical engagement of participants. Pott's thinking and experience provide the reader with opportunities to imagine cross-cultural engagement within one's own culture and that of others. The recognition of the value of the "touching of hearts” is brought to the foreground--a term so unfamiliar in the context of scholarly studies. Yet here, we can clearly see so how it is missing.
I am reminded of the work of John Wall discussed in Ethics in Light of Childhood (2010). The foundation of his ethics begins with an understanding of creativity, the expansion of narratives, and response to otherness. Pott takes these notions and builds them into an approach to global living citizenship. No less, for me he recognizes the concepts and experience or Jonathan Lear's book, Radical Hope (2006). Here we see ethics in the face of cultural devastation creatively addressed: where both despair and hope intwine as they do in this article.
This is a well-written discussion of significant issues that articulately unfold in contexts not unlike all of us must address. There is much more needed than is reported in this article. Some I am sure appears in the book version of these ideas and examples, and still more left for us to develop out of our own creativity and expanding narratives. Local and global, everyone's context, Pott's work enjoins us with his knowledge, thinking, and feelings to enhance our own concerns.
I recommend it for publication in EJOLTS. No modifications are needed.
Here is an updated version of the paper with the addition of some references that weremissing from the previous version.
"... In order to further explore the potential of this notion we are now looking for more practitioners to develop projects grounded in the value of living global citizenship so that we can test the validity of these pedagogical protocols and whether the outcomes bring improvements for humanity."
May I refer you to the 'Blueprint Project' link at the bottom of the homepage at http://www.actionresearch.net/rug/Pete1/Homepage.html
Best wishes - Pete Mellett