Thinking of the ramifications one’s goals and activities beyond national borders with a genuine concern for planetary welfare and willingness to act on that
“Global citizens” is the first of two emerging need states at the core of sixth meta need “We [really] are the world” in ConsumerShift.
The global citizens’ sense of connectedness extends globally. They feel a sense of responsibility for the planet and all its inhabitants. They have a core need of self-transcendence, in which they feel it is important to see beyond their individual concerns and consider the impact on the larger context. They see nationalism and national boundaries as artificial constructs that deflect attention away from the common destiny. Their sense of fairness and equality of opportunity chafes at the injustice for those who happened to have been born into a less advantageous situation. They see the interconnections among events and systems and are sensitive to how their actions influence and can have consequences far removed from them. They typically have a strong sense of environmental stewardship as well; it is about doing the best for other people and for the planet.
It is likely that Global Citizens could be Community First’ers ( see Local Preference, Community Support & Trust the Network) as well, and vice-versa. They are not mutually exclusive, although one orientation is likely to prevail often over the other. Andy Hines