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Our Cultural Introduction

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From looking at previous posts, it’s probably obvious that we at OurPangea consider history to be important. But one of the reasons we think it’s so critical to understand is because in the scope of global civilization, history is inescapable and cannot be limited to any singular culture. Not only can history not ignore any culture, it transcends all by examining the interactions of ethnic groups with different cultural customs. Comparing and contrasting these different cross-cultural exchanges sheds light on both historical and present-day events.

Indeed many of the historical events we have explored –like the spice trade and Erastothenes—are mainly significant because they involved the interaction between one culture with another.  Along this vein, in our posts over the next couple months we are going to explore some amazing cross-cultural partnerships that have effected society and imagine how we at OurPangea want to make an impact by empowering diverse cultures and societies to interact, connect more meaningfully, and hopefully lead to a more enhanced level of global understanding and congruence.

What if Alexander the Great had never conquested?  Or if Sir Edmund Hilary and Tenzing Norgay had not developed such a strong bond on the climb up Everest? It’s hard to imagine how our world might be different if the inter-mingling of cultures hadn’t occurred.  So over the next few months we’ll be exploring these ideas as a tribute to the wonderful cultural melting pot that embodies our world.

An Introduction to OurPangea Part 4 of 4

How Can OurPangea Impact Your Life?

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More than machinery, we need humanity. More than cleverness we need kindness and gentleness…do not despair… you the people have the power to create happiness, to make this life a wonderful adventure.  Let us use that power to unite.  Let us fight for a new world, a decent world that will give men a chance to work, that will give youth a future and age a security.

The Great Dictator, 1940

While OurPangea might have begun for all of us as blind ambition and a desire to make the way we use the Internet better, it has changed into something more significant for myself, Noah, Rick, and our entire team.

In an environment where the idea of a Facebook collapse sounds more than hypothetical and we seem to be closing in on the next great iteration of online change, this might sound counter-intuitive:  OurPangea is not about Facebook.  It is not about Google+, Pinterest or online advertising.  OurPangea is not even only about online networking.  It’s about using the tools we have to improve the world.

OurPangea is about bringing everyone together in one place where we can comfortably and easily share our unique opinions, perspectives and ideas and see how that influences our communities.  It’s about facilitating introductions for powerful collaboration.

I can understand if everything we’ve written sounds naïve and deluded. But this is something I have come to personally believe in strongly and if you’ve met me I hope you agree.   From a more personal perspective, moving around so often isn’t easy.  It’s hard to establish an identify in a new place and even harder when you’re couch-surfing without a home base. There are many times I thought to myself how much easier it would all be if I had a place like OurPangea to understand the people and environment around me without having to literally walk around the city.  It would have made meeting people, finding activities to get involved in, and staying connected to my friends back home quick and painless.

One of the most inspiring speeches I have ever heard was delivered in The Great Dictator.  It inspired me to realize that our dream of unity is not a new one. 70 years ago there were people who believed it.  We are still striving to realize it, and now we have the Internet to focus that dream.  We finally have this great and powerful machine that we can build OurPangea on to create an environment where we can all collaborate and discover why we are important to each other, we finally have the power to realize this dream.

For us it’s no longer a company mission constrained to a company, it is a personal mission.  And we believe in all of us together.

The Potential of a Community Connected World

“When I was a young man, I wanted to change the world.

I found it was difficult to change the world, so I tried to change my nation.

When I found I couldn’t change the nation, I began to focus on my town. I couldn’t change the town and as an older man, I tried to change my family.

Now, as an old man, I realize the only thing I can change is myself, and suddenly I realize that if long ago I had changed myself, I could have made an impact on my family. My family and I could have made an impact on our town. Their impact could have changed the nation and I could indeed have changed the world.”

-Unknown monk 1100 A.D.

A Community Network builds on itself in the same way. As you use it for yourself you help build the communities around you. As your communities grow you start to define your culture. As your culture becomes defined along with all the others in the world, you can start to see how your small actions define the whole.

When we establish a fully connected and defined world, near unlimited possibilities open up. If you think innovation is at an all time high now, you might as well get used to it because it’s only going to speed up. Your surroundings won’t be your only inspiration because you’ll have the world at your fingertips.

A Community Network will change how we think about our world. We simply won’t need to look at ourselves as separate or above anyone else in the world because we’ll see that our wants and worries are the same everywhere.

Across the world we’ll hear stories of parents wanting a better life for their children. We’ll see and hear people expressing themselves through their art. And we’ll see that great ideas are not relegated to any one place. When we have full access the to the world our perspective will change for the better.

The potential of a world connected as a single community is undeniable. It’s a sneaking suspicion our generation has that we’re all part of the same world. Globalizing communication and information has made this clear. What we need now are stories from all over. We need the ability to see the full scope of the world, not just our corner.

It’s all by choice. You can either live in your corner of the world, contributing and living with those around you.  Or you can dare to see the impact you have on the world around you. It’s your choice.

Be a part of your community, or dare to see that you are a part of a greater whole.

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