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The World is Shrinking!

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With the world becoming more global than ever before, it’s no surprise that advances in technology have spawned great successes in connecting and sharing communities from everywhere imaginable. Collaborators from all over the world share ideas together in ways never before imagined from big to small. A conversation between China and Florida, speaking of events happening in Europe. Australia video chatting with Spain, showing each other products originally made in Canada. These are occurrences that happen every second of every day. Historians used to call the “The World Shrinks” period when explorers traveled the earth, colonizing new lands and bringing brand new cultural influences to each other – but it could be argued that these days, the world is shrinking faster than ever.

Whether it’s music, science, sports, education, news, or any interest, people from all over the world have found new ways to share them. Bands like OSI collaborate on their music worldwide between Turkey and New York. European soccer leagues contain brothers in arms from Africa, America, and Argentina simultaneously. In the world of online gaming, it’s not uncommon to see Brazilians, Koreans, Americans, and Europeans teaming up to take down a computer-powered baddie.

Each of these instances, even though they are broadly different, contains the exact same absolute core philosophy – they are multinational, multicultural collections designed to come together to accomplish a common goal. They have realized the strength that diversity brings, with different perspectives and insights to share. The differences present in this diversity only prove to make a stronger alliance, exploring unique perspectives and creating entirely new shared perspectives. When cultures interact in ways they do, the world permanently changes. People become closer than ever before, they learn new things and drastically different perspectives enter their mainstream. To them, the world seems a little less expansive than before – and a little smaller, a little more familiar.

At OurPangea, we want to help inspire that same sort of global connection to you. We want to inspire you to seek out someone far across the world, and share with them the handshake of global friendship. We want to help you feel like the world is getting smaller, because you have explored the mysteries that intrigue you, and everything that used to be so far away is now immediate, familiar, and right in your backyard. We want to create this global community, individualized for you and you and everyone, so that we can better help to understand, connect, and share with our peers – whether they are streets, cities, nations, or oceans away from us. Because if our world shrinks enough, and we find such great diversity within the world community we now call our backyard, we will discover that the world, as small as it is, is still bigger than anyone could have ever possibly imagined.

Amazing Cross-Cultural Partnerships: Bringing the World Together

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The word “culture” is so strange because it can encompass so many definitions. In some contexts, it means the particular inventions, achievements, arts, beliefs, and spirit of a particular group. But in others, it means the melting pot of cultural strength gathered from centuries and millennia from peoples near and far from all over the world. In the increasingly global and connected society, both of these definitions are merging and changing to create entirely new definitions of what we call culture.

Modern technology has provided ways for this new type of culture to form and grow within groups that have arisen. No longer do we have a large, monolithic culture that people adapt to – instead, culture adapts and splits to accommodate people. In a few short decades the Western World has gone from having three television channels to having hundreds, from small amounts of newspapers and magazines to billions of websites, to a remarkable surge in the production of independent and self-produced art, literature, and music. The times are defined by hyperlocal news and hyperlocal connections, to simultaneously create tightly-knit small communities that interact with each other.

Of course, this wouldn’t be possible without the massive network of cross-cultural partnerships that have laid the foundation for the way people interact with one another. It’s a tradition that has existed for as long as travel has – people traveling from city to city to share ideas and gain knowledge, then to pass them on to more people. The concept of universities, even in their nebulous Greek beginnings, sought to bring together knowledge from all over the world and utilize these cross-cultural partnerships to further to exploration of knowledge and truth. The world’s best scientific discoveries, the best works of art and brave discovery have all resulted from cultures interacting with one another to bring the best of both worlds together. These can be great concepts and amazing discoveries that impact the future, or small everyday things that affect our lives.

The first ice cream cone was created at the World’s Fair in 1904.  Banner Creamery owner George Bang was selling ice cream, but ran out of bowls, so he borrowed some waffles from a nearby stand and rolled them up for ice cream. This simple, synergistic partnership created an entire new experience (even in something as ordinary as ice cream!) for the world. Scientific discoveries have thrived on sharing cultural knowledge, from sharing of medicine secrets since time immemorial to the international Manhattan Project to NASA to the creation of the modern Internet to the Large Hadron Collider – each of these brought together experts from varieties of fields from various cultures to create a new chapter in history. Mass immigration from India and Pakistan into post-World War 2 Britain transformed the nation, especially London, into a multicultural mecca with incredible new forms of food and music becoming fundamental parts of English culture.

With OurPangea, both the creation of cultures and their connection is easier than ever before. It is a way to experience these amazing cross-cultural partnerships firsthand, and to team up to create new ideas, new experiences, and new legacies for culture – created separately in the past and brought together in the present, for a brighter future.

How Social Networking is Shaping a New World

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The world is not the same place it was a decade ago. Much has happened during that time, but perhaps the most formative change has been the rise of social media and the role it has taken in the modern world. Aside from the most obvious benefit of these tools, improved communication and connection, the ways in which people are using social media have continued to evolve and are changing the world.

While some of the most obvious impacts of social media have occurred in the geopolitical sphere, politics have not been the only thing touched by the rise of social media. There has also been a dramatic cultural shift that has been felt across the world. Social media has made the sharing of information easier than at any other time in the history of the world. This has given rise to new trends and hobbies around the globe, has inspired people to try new things and has shown us that we have so much to learn from one another. Parkour, for example, the French martial art of “free running,” became famous overnight because of videos that were shared online.

We have also seen the Internet change modern education with the increased popularity of online continuing education programs and the improvement of educational discourse. Even modern romance has seen changes brought about by the rise of social media. Networks like Match.com and eHarmony have helped thousands of people connect and find love. Services like Skype and Facebook have even made long distance relationships more tolerable than they once were.

Considering that these tools and the internet itself are still in their infancy, it will be fascinating to see what other changes await us. Social media has given our generation the power to dramatically alter the way the world works. Let’s make sure that we keep changing it for the better.

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