Every Sunday I share a bloom – a small idea of how to improve our world.
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Welcome to the second-ever Blooming Society Sunday! Let’s get down to it, shall we?
This Week’s Bloom: Read Beyond Borders
Reading from the perspective of authors in other places and cultures can radically alter our own view of the world. A lot of us don’t have excess time to spend finding sources to add to our list of things to read, much less time to read them. The good news is there are a lot of ways to gain a global perspective without altering any habits.
Fiction: Next time you pick up a book, consider an author with a recent immigrant background to see your home through fresh eyes. Translations of best-sellers from other countries can pluck you from your home and take you straight into the hearts and minds of people thousands of miles away. Thankfully, such translations are easier than ever to find. I’m more than happy to offer suggestions from my own bookshelves, but perhaps you’d rather hear from Ann Morgan. She has read at least one book from every nation on the planet. You can find her list here.
News: There are hundreds of thousands of places to get your news – morning, afternoon, evening, plus every moment in between. Use the internet to bring a variety of viewpoints directly to the screen nearest you. Follow international news outlets on Facebook. Use Twitter to follow independent reporters and organizations on the ground around the world. Add a foreign newspaper or magazine to your subscription or RSS service. In the Internet Age, there is simply no reason to limit your understanding of international events to the viewpoints of individuals in one country.
Blogs: Discovering bloggers from elsewhere is a great way to escape the echo chamber of one’s country and make connections to people wherever internet access is available. (Which, for the record, isn’t everywhere.) The next time you’re exploring WordPress tags, see if you can find something in common with someone halfway around the world.
Where do you find your global perspective?