Professional Service Topics
Denise Ames and Nancy Harmon at the Center for Global Awareness offer a variety of professional services, including workshops, lectures, keynotes, seminars, presentations, and classes for your school, college, conference, organization, church, civic group, or informal gathering. The professional services range in length from a few hours to a week.
The suggested topics listed to the right are readily available or we will be glad to customize a professional service to meet your particular needs. Scroll down for a more detailed description of the topics.
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1. Waves of Global Change: A Holistic World History Teaching Approach
The signature workshop/short course is based on the book Waves of Global Change: A Holistic World History and Educator’s Handbook. This unique, groundbreaking approach presents a “big picture” of world history that spans a broad sweep of time from the big bang to the present. The overarching development of humans through time and space organizes this world history into five major historical transformations or critical turning points called waves – communal, agricultural, urban, modern, and global. Each wave is holistic, meaning that it has distinctive cultural characteristics or patterns that interact and reinforce each other. This workshop links these concepts with national standards, engages students in the learning process and offers many on-line activities and assessment ideas. Ideal for those adopting a holistic approach to their social studies curriculum. Illuminating our long human history can help us learn its valuable lessons.
2. Global Awareness for Educators: Integrating Knowledge, Skills, Attitudes, and Engagement
We often hear the refrain “our students need to be more globally aware.” But the question remains: what is it and how to do it? This workshop, especially designed for educators, helps pull apart the abstract concept of what it means to be a globally aware citizen. We look at four dimensions of global awareness: knowledge, skills, attitudes, and engagement. Of the four dimensions, we focus on the knowledge dimension by exploring worldviews, the world as a system, ten critical global issues, cross-cultural awareness, and world history/cultures. Along with an always lively discussion and the sharing of ideas, we offer strategies for implementation, additional resources, measurement instruments, correlation with national standards, and alternative assessments are included. This is also an excellent workshop for those in the workplace to enhance their cultural awareness.
3. Evaluating the Global Economy: Connecting the Roots of a Holistic System
The global economy is one of the most perplexing and least understood issues facing us today. Based on the book The Global Economy: Connecting the Roots of an Holistic System and Financial Literacy: Wall Street and How it Works, this workshop simplifies this complex, multifaceted topic. Three dimensions of the global economic system – the economic philosophy of neoliberalism (free market) and state capitalism, economic globalization, and the rise of the financial sector – are explored. We will mindfully critique the system, question its profound consequences, and discuss alternatives to the operations of the present-day global economy.
4. Enhancing our Cross-Cultural Awareness: Suggestions and Strategies
In this workshop, we explore ways in which we can learn and experience greater cross-cultural awareness. This involves perspective-taking, seeing through the eyes, minds, and hearts of others; “standing in another person’s shoes.” To experience another perspective, we first needs to look at our own culture, then, a more thoughtful comparison can be made. Participants are encouraged to engage in activities, thought-provoking exercises and dialogue, which are designed to enhance our cross-cultural awareness. This workshop is for educators, students, or those in the workplace. With this more expanded cultural outlook, we can gain understanding of others, establish more meaningful cross-cultural relationships, and gain a sense of responsible global citizenship.
5. Historical Roots of the Global Economy: A Systems Approach
Although it seems as though the global economy has powered its way into our lives almost overnight, it actually has evolved historically over the last five centuries and intensified and expanded since 1980. Peering through a “big picture” lens we will explore the emergence of the capitalist economic system, investigate the different versions of capitalism, analyze the different ways of creating wealth, probe into how it has changed over the last 500 years, and describe the current versions of capitalism. Our economic history for too long has intentionally been presented as dry, arduous, and unconnected to our everyday lives. With a greater awareness of the economic forces underpinning the global economy, we can more clearly and confidently assess the positive aspects and resist the detrimental aspects.
6. Distinguishing Diverse Worldviews: Exploring the Choices We Make
Based upon our experiences, history, traditions, upbringing, and assumptions, we view our world through various lenses or ways of understanding reality. These particular perspectives or worldviews shape the choices we make in our everyday lives, influence the way we solve problems, and determine the way in which we fashion our future. In this workshop five different worldviews – indigenous, modern, fundamentalist, globalized, and transformative – in the United States and world today are thoughtfully examined and we analyze how each worldview affects the way critical issues are understood and solved. We continue with an evaluation of our own personal worldview and see how it shapes our teaching or other line of work. We next evaluate each worldview and, finally, we develop strategies in which this valuable information can be effectively used in our classrooms or workplace.
7. Globalizing United States History: Suggestions and Strategies for Educators
Adding a global focus to a United States history course places the nation within, not outside and apart from, the larger structural patterns that have taken place around the world. In this workshop we practice placing United States history into a “big picture” context as we explore major world developments – from the age of colonial conquest to globalization – that have profoundly shaped our historical past and continue to shape our future. Within this more expansive framework, we can fit in our existing content and adapt it to our present curriculum. In keeping with national standards, we also explore practical classroom strategies to help our students broaden their global awareness.
8. Ten Critical Global Issues of the 21st Century: A Holistic Approach
This workshop is an interdisciplinary inquiry into the complex and far-reaching changes transforming our world community. Over the past few decades, the world has increasingly operated as a single integrated system rather than a mosaic of independent countries. This phenomenon, commonly referred to as “globalization,” is the major trend reshaping social, cultural, political, technological, environmental, and economic processes and educational structures around the world. This globalization trend has acutely influenced the ten significant global issues we will be covering in this workshop. We will allow time to explore ways in which this global issues content can be innovatively incorporated into the school curriculum.
9. Shifting Directions: Alternative Economic Paths for the Future
The global economy is one of the most perplexing and least understood issue facing us today. In this thought-provoking workshop we will first give an overview of the global economy and then analyze whether it is enhancing the lives of the majority of the world citizens and improving the environment. We will next explore 5 different responses to the global economy as it is presently structured: revolt, restore, react, reform, or rebuild. We will then delve into the rebuild response. The rebuild response is a fresh perspective as to how the global economy can be structure to be more just, equitable, sustainable, and life-enhancing. We conclude with a lively dialogue about how these rebuild alternatives may be integrated into our classrooms, individual lives, and communities.
10. The Global Wave: Navigating the Winds of Change
This inspiring workshop explores the far-reaching issues that are sweeping the world today in, what I call, the Global Wave. We will examine the phenomenon of globalization and its impact upon our everyday lives, the economy, the environment, and people throughout the world. How people are reacting to such earth-shattering changes, both positively and negatively, are explored. What worldviews are gaining greater voice throughout the world for their vision of the future? With this greater understanding of the world changes, and their impact on all of us, our group will engage in a thought-provoking dialogue about possible sustainable and equitable paths for our shared human future.
11. Making Connections: Sustainability, Economic Growth and our Future
Two critical issues are at the forefront of a debate about our future path: economic growth and sustainability. These two issues are contradictory in nature, yet are at the forefront of directing our economy. Can the two concepts be incorporated into the global economy or are they so fundamentally incompatible that reconciliation is impossible. It is an important discussion, since the future of our global economy and the health of the environment lay in the balance. With future generations in mind, we will end the workshop with a lively dialogue about the topic.
- Waves of Global Change: A Holistic World History Teaching Approach
- Global Awareness for Educators: Integrating Knowledge, Skills, Attitudes, and Engagement
- Evaluating the Global Economy: Connecting the Roots of a Holistic System
- Enhancing our Cross-Cultural Awareness: Suggestions and Strategies
- Historical Roots of the Global Economy: A Systems Approach
- Distinguishing Diverse Worldviews: Exploring the Choices We Make
- Globalizing United States History: Suggestions and Strategies for Educators
- Ten Critical Global Issues of the 21st Century: A Holistic Approach
- Shifting Directions: Alternative Economic Paths for the Future
- The Global Wave: Navigating the Winds of Change
- Making Connections: Sustainability, Economic Growth and our Future
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