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In the past, networking was mostly done in local neighborhoods, but with advances in information technology, decreases in the cost of travel and an increasingly international economy, individuals can now take an active role in this growing, changing world. While the location where we were born may define our national citizenship, many people are discovering the ability to broaden their sense of identity and understanding which has lead to increased global civic engagement and responsibility. Furthermore, individuals are more likely today to encounter microcosms of the world in their own countries. People are coming together in personal and professional capacities that have very different backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences. Networking in a borderless world helps us be better champions for change in our local environments. Creating these global networks allows us to be champions for creating sacred spaces where ideas can be explored, exchanged and challenged.
Connecting over geographical and cultural divides also helps us professionally in changing how we think about our vendors, skills sets and future opportunities including the art of negotiation.
Fostering a global network is possible as new advances in social media and digital conferencing allow us to connect across geographic and cultural divides. Every experience we have in life helps shape us, the influence of art, history, culture and travel help open our eyes to possibility. As a result of a global network, longer-term relationships can form that result in not only enhanced self-awareness but awareness of others.