As a self-professed global citizen I’m taking a year off from running my business to get under the skin of what this concept is all about.
I'm going to be meeting business leaders, politicians, writers and experts of all kinds to talk about it. I'm also going to be meeting ordinary people from the Arabian deserts to the jungles of South America and maybe even the snowy Arctic north.
I'm going to be asking questions and listening.
- What does it mean to be a global citizen? Is it a mindset? Is it an aspiration?
- Where do loyalties and identities lie – and how are feelings of belonging evolving?
- What is technology’s role in this?
- Do recent nationalist murmurings pose a threat to the idea of global citizenship?
- What sort of world will our children inherit and to what extent will the next generation think of themselves as citizens of the world?
The world that our grandchildren inherit will be utterly different from the world we inhabit today.
We are on the cusp of a period of profound change – technological, social and economic. And the human race faces many global challenges: climate change, migration, conflict, inequality, human rights and security.
I believe that these challenges pose our greatest threat, but also our greatest opportunity, and will require global thinking and global solutions. A global mindset.
I don’t pretend to have the answers to these questions, but I do have an open mind. In the coming months I will be meeting business leaders, thinkers, politicians, experts, entrepreneurs and ordinary citizens to discuss these matters in the spirit of genuine and open inquiry.