Global Introduction

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When starting a training and presenting the programme to participants, go through the “list of contents” and brainstorm with participants or students right at the beginning about how these features of the programme are connected to global issues. This small and quick exercise helps to broaden the view of participants immediately and, by placing it at the start of the training, it underscores the importance of a global view

Time 20 mins

Material Flipchart, eventually printed out programme of your training

Group Size 15-100 people

Keywords global interconnections, global perspective





Often we work on issues which are not explicitly but implicitly connected to other parts in the world or to processes regarding globalisation. We can rather easily strengthen the global awareness by making these connections explicit and visible already when we discuss the programme of the lecture or training. This small and quick exercise helps to broaden the view of participants immediately and, by placing it at the start of the training, it underscores the importance of a global view.


1) Programme as usual:

Go through your programme like you probably often and normally do before you start the content of the training.

2) Global View on Programme:

Depending on the group size you are working with, either share your ideas on how the certain parts of your programme are connected to global issues or give the task to the group to brainstorm themselves. It makes sense you share an example at the beginning like the following: "Our topic in the first session today is the inclusion of employees in wheelchairs in the working process of companies. In our country this is very specific and also connected to other parts of the world. Because of living in a rather rich country in our surrounding there is quite a high sensibility for inclusion, whereas in poorer countries there might be simply less time, focus and resources to give people with disablities proper access e.g. to working places. Also the wheelchairs, the ramps and other facilities needed for proper inclusion are often produced in e.g. asian countries, where people often do not get paid proper wages to support their relatives with disabilities and often the states are also not rich enough to built such facilities as we do have. Partly this is because in the global trade streams they are not receiving a fair part of the profit.

3) Visualisation:

It surely is the easiest if you use a Flipchart to show the programme. This allows you to add this global connections on prompt cards and your participants can do the same. You put it in keywords and have them visible through the whole training. For the example above: It is simply a reality, that often the rawmaterials for wheelchairs come for asian, african or south american countries. Because of low terms of trade for raw materials those countries support rich countries but cannot provide the same standard in their own country.


We are aware, that this method is quite a change at the beginning compared to a training where you do not do it. But it is exactly this global connection we have in so many topics and which is only rarely reflected properly in trainings and to give it at least some space at the beginning of your training widens the view of your participants on the certain topic.


For a deeper understanding see also the handbook "The Everyday Beyond" in the sections Handbooks.