In today’s world, the ability to share, relate, and tap into others’ lives is almost instantaneous. Connecting con su familia and your friends in Spanish speaking countries can be reached with a post on Facebook. Or a video uploaded to youtube, even a tweet can become viral, allowing millions of people worldwide the ability to see a small glimpse into your life. So why don’t we take that power and put it into education? Essays are only seen by your professors and peers, information is regurgitated from textbooks, and no personal creative thought is promoted. With standardized testing, educational institutions are pushing the same basic structure that is needed to get high scores for funding. But what happened to the creativity and imagination that we all have within? Why isn’t that being promoted?
Well an NGO called Global Scribes is taking action in uniting youth cross-culturally. Global Scribes© believes that stories have the power to connect youth worldwide, build cultural understanding and break down the barriers that divide us from others. Students, also called global scribes, do this by logging onto the Global Scribes website, uploading their creative stories related to the monthly word that sparks their imagination, and viewing and commenting on others posts. These stories or “letters to the world” can be viewed around the world regardless of geographic location! Global scribes use this interactive virtual network to connect youth through the power of shared stories which help break down barriers and promote cultural understanding.
In addition to uploading written content onto the Global Scribes website, youth, ages 8 – 22, utilize an extensive social media network that includes a radio station, Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter. In fact, they even have a YouTube channel on which students can see students across the world reading or storytelling their stories, videos that share the life they lead, and youth created trailers for GS:IM broadcast interviews.
So who’s the pushing force behind this global initiative? Quien es el cerebro detrás de esta organización?
Cynthia English is the founder and visionary for Global Scribes. Cynthia lived in South America, North America, Canada, the Middle East and Europe. She spent the first 22 years of her career travelling worldwide in the fashion industry, created her own interior design company, had articles and a thriller novel published, then launched Global Scribes on Thanksgiving Eve, 2014. She truly has dedicated her life to promote the acceptance of different and distinct lives, as well as the preservation of free spirit in all humanity, regardless of origin and culture.
Que puedes hacer? What can you do?
Create. Connect. Collaborate. Create your unique story. Connect via your unique video. Collaborate on GS Teams that speak to your heart and passion from Shakespeare and Theatre, to Bon Appetit, to Tech, to GS Scribes and others–you choose. Each story that is posted can be seen worldwide. Algunas historias se publican en Español! If you know more than more language, post your story in both! It doesn’t have to be perfect. Just practice!
This interactive network that promotes youth to express their creativity, imagination, and virtually connecting youth to break down barriers and brings about global unity. Being able to relate to a student in South America about what makes them happy and being able to write about it lets you learn so much about a different culture. The beauty and the power of the written word should not be wasted! This NGO is revolutionizing global education.