Academic journal article Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences

Global Interdependence: What Does It Really Mean?

Academic journal article Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences

Global Interdependence: What Does It Really Mean?

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Global interdependence is today's reality. But what does it really mean? It means valuing the interconnectedness and mutually dependent parts in creative ways to address the complex issues of families, communities, and countries. In the September issue of this journal, Vaughn (2002) challenged us to answer these questions: Dare we use our witness to find ways to effect a better balance between issues of the environment, trade, labor, and those of family, health, and community? Dare we be among the pathfinders in building measures of qualitative human growth?

In today's world, technology overcomes distances. The internet connects people to the same information regardless of where they live. Economic interdependence becomes evident upon stepping into a supermarket. Today's environmental issues depend on collective solutions.

Regardless of the issue, people around the world are linked in ways that were not imagined even 25 years ago. Isolation is being reduced and society is moving beyond sovereign states. Diverse cultures, values, and beliefs create challenges and add richness.

To become effective in today's world, it's important for each and every family and consumer sciences professional to be learners as well as practitioners. We are challenged to build a sense of and commitment to the ideal that we are a community that is interconnected. We have a responsibility to help one another. We become learners who:

1. Approach issues through a research lens. …

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