Stated simply, we create global citizens.
In 1956, President Eisenhower envisioned world peace and his solution was the People to People movement. Western civilization had just survived the second world war. The fractured post-war world was larger than today and people were far more isolated. The need for enduring peace was paramount to the global post-war recovery.
Fast-forward to today. Our society is a global one. Borders have collapsed, the world has opened up and people of all cultures have the opportunity to interact. Fifty years ago, traveling to China was almost unheard of. Now, there are daily non-stop flights from San Francisco to Beijing. And, as we prepare our children for the world of tomorrow, these interconnected cultural ties will only continue to strengthen.
With an interconnected world comes challenges. Lack of cultural understanding and respect is a critical obstacle to personal, organizational and international success. Global citizens are prepared for an interconnected world.