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What an iconic photograph from the Apollo Space Program! For the first time we had a stunning color picture of our planet from the vantage point of a different surface. Modern science and technology provided visceral proof that we are ensconced in a small, incredibly beautiful planet in a vast cosmos that defies understanding – that our individual destinies are inextricably tied together in a common fabric of humanity. We all call this place home.

Wise ancients always spoke of the human family as one (Sanskrit Vedas mention this often). Aristotle and Plato deliberated on it, the Lakota and Sioux emphasized stewardship of earth’s resources for generations yet unborn. Teilhard de Chardin predicted a thin technological membrane connecting everyone in a web. And John Lennon imagined it. Today armed with smart phones, cheap flights and broadband internet we feel the world is indeed a small place. The cozy familiarity of Starbucks at every street corner, common English vocabulary and baseball caps replacing turbans, fezzes, fedoras on a billion heads. At times globalization is uncomfortably claustrophobic – SARS, Ebola, terrorism and decent jobs cross national borders with impunity. Globalization appears inevitable and unidirectional. But historical facts do not support it. Globalization happens in fits and starts. Enormous progress in a short time is dampened by substantial lulls or even declines in globalization.

That said, we might be in an era akin to period before World War I when as John Maynard Keynes said in 1914 “we can order supplies from all corners of the world when sipping our morning tea” Clearly business and business people are important drivers in the scale, scope and speed of globalization. Perhaps more so than nation states. But ideas matter and individuals matter even more. You and I through our thoughts, words and deeds are more important than Fortune 500 behemoths. This is our world, our economy, our jobs and our time. If the global economy falls short – the fault dear Brutus is not in our stars, but in ourselves… The times require us to be informed, knowledgeable and asking tough questions. Rationality and humanity need to trump shoddy thinking and pettiness. This is a war on error. And we must win it.

As an Apple billboard near Route 101 once proclaimed the “joy is in the journey” – we should have some fun while doing this. Its useful to have a sense of humor. Poking mild-mannered fun at the absurdity of it all. The long dormant Super volcano under Yellowstone could erupt tomorrow (it hasn’t for half a million years but morose geologists still contemplate it) and our smart phones may not work! Good heavens. #HolySmoke!

At GbizQ we want to bring sanity, erudition and the long view to the ongoing conversation on globalization, technology, finance and business. But find time to chuckle. We hope you will join us in this grassroots movement.

See you around!

Shyam Chidamber

Bethesda, MD

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  1. How does globalization feature in your daily life?
    Globalization takes place in my daily routine because I work for a company that outsources jobs (such as web development) to countries such as India and China. In economics, outsourcing can add to the economic development of a struggling country, bringing much needed jobs.

    How has globalization impacted your near and extended family?
    My near and extended family has been impacted by the globalization in technology. Cells phones, especially smartphones, connect people all over the world like never before. My family uses mobile applications which allow them to communicate to each other and with me no matter where they are located in the world.

  2. FX, or Foreign Exchange, has been in existence for a while now, connecting the world’s economy. My activities with bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies have proven that technology can be utilized to create a whole new dimension to currency. Countries based boundaries can be ignored, and people can now not only use currencies, but have a voice in how they should be implemented and distributed. Per the article, individuals do matter as much or even more in today’s society. Bitcoin, for example enables peer to peer transactions rather than business to business, although that is also a possibility.

    The expansion of the music and fashion industry is very evident. When I was younger I went to China dressed in a tank top, sleeveless, and my Chinese family all exclaimed and asked why I was pretending to be a part of the mafia (more or less rebels). Today, China has caught up or even “surpassed” America in terms of wild fashion (in popular cities). Plenty of people are now listening to the likes of Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift, and what we as Americans think is normal is now also commonplace literally half way across the world.

  3. The effects of Globalization have manifested as many different applications and implications in the ways I both interact with and go about work within my daily life. Obvious examples, such as the Taiwanese sourced HTC phone that I use everyday, import beers such as Heineken sourced from Amsterdam, and the Japanese Automotive Company Nissan, which builds their Altima Sedans specifically in Smyrna, Tennessee are but a few examples of globally sourced products which our country. Likewise, online marketplaces such as Amazon, have enabled many consumers worldwide the ability to purchase products from different geographical locations, with very little effort.
    With respect to my family, I feel that Globalization has had even more of impact on their daily lives. In particular, the Internet, Search engines and Social media, has had an especially lasting effect on them. Communications between our family, friends and our colleagues are no longer limited by locality or cellular range. Even today, I often find my parents on their smartphones (usually on Facebook), communicating with friends and associates, both local and abroad. While some older populations feel that globalization and its resulting technologies may be a “culture shock” to them, others do find these interactions as being fulfilling. In either case, it is obvious that globalization has done much to connect the human population as a global society.

  4. An example of how globalization has featured itself in my daily life is the usage of Iphones. The Iphone parts come from Germany, Japan, and India, and is then assembled in China, and is lastly sold in the U.S., where many of us buy these Iphones. We use them as our alarm clock and as our scheduler, and we store so much of our lives in these phones, which goes to show how much globalization has featured itself greatly in our lives. Not only that, the clothes that we wear are also a large part of our lives. Without realizing it, many brands and clothing pieces that many of us wear are globalized, and are from Taiwan, China, Korea, Pakistan, Cuba, and many other countries in the world.
    Globalization has impacted my near and extended family, especially through the use of social media. Weibo, known to be the Chinese version of Twitter, has been used greatly among my family members in order to keep in touch with each other. Weibo, Facebook, and WeChat (WeiXin) are great social media apps that help people around the world to keep in communication with each other, which has positively impacted and benefited my family.

  5. Globalization is everywhere in my daily life. Most of the products I use on a day to day basis are available for me to use due to globalization. For example, my iPhone, while an Apple product, which is an American company, was manufactured in China. Both my film SLR and DSLR are both products by Japanese companies, Minolta and Canon.

    Globalization has greatly impacted my near and extended family. It is most evident for me in the changes I’ve seen in the past decade or so when visiting my extended family in Bangkok. When I was younger, I visited my relatives in Bangkok every year. Before we visited, we would ask my relatives if they wanted us to bring them anything from the States. Previously, they would give us a list of items they were unable to find in Thailand. Now, almost anything that we can purchase here is also sold in Thailand, or is easily accessible to them through online stores, whether it is American fashion such as Marc Jacobs and Converse, American technology such as iPhones, or American food such as Pepperidge Farm cookies and Cheetos.

  6. The article is interesting in that it causes one to ponder upon how incredible our planet is. It is so insignificant in the universe yet there is so much that has and is happening on the Earth. First understanding how small we are compared to the entire universe makes one pause to realize how much is happening that is beyond our knowledge. Many times we like to believe that only our personal lives matter but we fail to comprehend that besides the many other people living on Earth, there is so much happening in space that we have not even discovered. Although we have technology to view other planets in our solar system, there is so much that remains uncovered about our system alone.
    At the same time, I agree that we can feel like the world is very small due to the advancement in technology. What once used to be very natural and inhabited by groups of people and rising nations, is now covered by many sites and places of entertainment. In fact, the world has come to the point that people are able to still know about what is happening while they are occurring despite the distance. While I do agree that technology has made the world smaller and enjoyable since we can be with friends and family that are far from us, it has brought new stress factors. Being able to reach people and enjoy time is great especially when there are hinderances in coming together in person. These aspects of technology through the use of the internet are helpful to many people and groups of people. For example, grandparents who are far away and cannot travel to see family, have the ability to still be in contact by seeing their family. Technology has advanced that people can see one another rather than only speaking through the phone!
    However, there are aspects about advancing technology and global interactions that create a negative perspective of tools that have good use. For example the article mentioned terrorism which has changed along with technology. What once was mainly physical violence has now spread to issues involving cybersecurity. People and businesses have to take extra precaution and still have other contingency plans to face cyber problems. Recently, the identities of people from the University of Maryland and more so the US government were compromised but people within and without the country. Globalization has brought problems that were not anticipated.
    Despite the problems with globalization, globalization has been helpful in spreading ideas, culture, and advancing businesses to the international level. I agree that people are more important since people create the company. A company thrives if the workers bring well thought out ideas. Nevertheless, the aim for no errors is a daunting task which adds pressure onto the workers since mistakes can cost a company’s ability to move forward.
    The course seems exciting in that it introduces engineers to a new and necessary perspective about business. Many times, we can be strong in our ideas and the technical aspects while not understanding all the other important parts in a company. This course will be great in learning about globalization and how it is impacting our world as we pursue careers after college.

  7. Evidence of globalization is everywhere in my daily life, especially in terms of technology. At home the electronics I use are most likely manufactured abroad. For example, my custom computer contains parts made in India, China, and Taiwan. On the social media sites that I use, allow me to connect with celebrities from London and Korea. When I read news, I do not only have to read about a story from an American perspective but I can read stories from sites such as Reuters and Al Jazeera, news outlets based in London and Qatar respectively. Overall globalization has allowed me to not only obtain different products around the world, but also connect and learn about different global opinions.

    Being Filipino-American I have family not only in the United States but, all over the world. I have cousins in Canada, uncles in Dubai, and aunts in Australia. Communication between my immediate family members and my extended family members is as easy as sending a text (international messaging rates apply). However, there a many other means of communication such as Facebook, Skype, and E-mail. Globalization has allowed my family to connect quickly and globally, not matter where they are located.

  8. How does Globalization feature in your daily life?
    How has Globalization Impacted your near and extended family?

    Despite being only in my twenties, globalization affects mine and my family’s lives on a daily basis. There are a few different types or levels of globalization including: World, National, Industry, Company and Individual levels. I will try to cover just a few within my life.
    On a world level, within my university, I find myself constantly amongst people of many origins from every corner of the planet. The different perspectives and personalities I face on a daily basis constitute a worldly level of globalization. Similarly, on an individual level, as an amateur traveler I have been blessed to be able to travel a lot, with the intention of learning about the people of many different cultures across three continents. Furthermore, on national and business levels I am also involved in a startup, which has required me to keep in constant contact with individuals from all over the U.S. Finally, globalization plays an integral role in my life as well as my family’s. Just as a small example, on nearly a bimonthly basis, we travel to visit relatives all over the US and even the world. We are constantly on the move for both leisure and business alike.

  9. Aaron Laniewicz

    How does globalization feature in your daily life?
    The most prominent way that globalization features in my personal daily life is probably in the food that I eat. I love sushi, Pho, Thai, Chinese food, etc. I may eat out too much. Sushi is probably my favorite, and I wouldn’t have been introduced to that delightful dish had it not been for the vast sharing of different cultures across the world. It seems as though John Maynard Keynes was a true visionary, as I frequently order the same-day delivery of many of these delightful meals from my cell phone, without ever having to leave the comfort of my apartment. Besides cross-cultural-culinary-cuisine, I am a fan of some, definitely not all, anime, such as Naruto and Ghost in the Shell.
    How has globalization impacted your near and extended family?
    My family also loves eating out!

  10. 1. How does globalization feature in your daily life?

    Globalization features heavily in my consumption of cultural exports and products, and my purchasing philosophy. Within the span of an hour, I could be found listening to a swedish indie band, watching a french art film, cheering for brazil in the women’s world cup (until they lost), or using an iphone app developed by a japanese company. When it comes to purchasing musical instruments, most of the brands I’ve purchased are of asian origin, and only a few of my guitars were built in America. I needn’t look far to see how globalized my life has become.

    2. How has globalization impacted your near and extended family?

    My Parents are pastors within a church network that maintains relationships with congregations in Paris, China, and Micronesia. These sort of involved relationships are only possible through the advancement of communication networks that allows messages to travel across the globe. Business wise, some of my extended family members are intellectual property lawyers that conduct business with asian and european firms, or international branches of American firms. Again, globalization plays an extremely important role in the goings on in my family.

  11. Patrick Zoccali

    Globalization has become a part of my every day life. From food to entertainment to electronic devices, I use items that have been a result of globalization. The each of the components in my laptop and cell phone likely originate from a variety of countries around the world. Both were produced by multinational corporations with global supply chains that bring the product from inception to local store. Globalization has allowed this process to work efficiently and effectively, while increasing competition keeps the price of these devices down.

    Global companies have greatly impacted the lives of my immediate family. We own Hondas, a company which competes with other global corporations to provide the best vehicles for consumers worldwide. Globalization also allows us to eat imported fruits year round that wouldn’t otherwise be in season. I also have extended family living in Argentina. As a result of widespread internet and cell service, it makes it easy to stay in contact. Also, whenever I ship a present to Argentina, I rely on global companies to to deliver the product quickly and properly through their extensive supply chains.

  12. 1. How does globalization feature in your daily life?
    Globalization affects my life every single day. Since I and my generation were raised in a globalized world we do not necessarily realize the extent that this concept interacts with our lives. However almost all aspects of my life are affected by globalization. I drive a Japanese car to work each day, where I work on a computer that was designed in the US but assembled in China, I eat Chinese food for lunch and Italian for dinner, and I take an online course which is taught by a man who was born in India and resides in the United States. These are just some examples of some of how I interact with economic and cultural aspects of the current globalized world that we live in on a daily basis.

    2. How has globalization impacted your near and extended family?
    Globalization has had a major impact for the better on my nuclear family. My father was a poor American man who could not afford to go to college and instead chose to start his own business with a couple of friends. After years of growth his company sold into a national corporation which later sold into a global corporation. Despite not having a degree, my father was able to reach a level of great success and is now an executive member in a global organization. He works with and travels to employees in numerous countries and has been able to share his ability to travel with myself, my siblings, and my mother. Globalization has allowed my father the opportunity for great success and for my family to live the life that we have.

  13. How does globalization feature in your daily life?
    Globalization features in my daily life, in such a way that I drive a car that was manufactured In Germany. A place that I have never been to but am able to use an automobile manufactured from there. Due to the improvement in the development of the Internet I am also able to sell and buy items from countries like China, United Kingdom and other states through online retailers like Amazon and E bay.

    How has globalization impacted your near and extended family?
    Globalization has impacted my near family in such a way that , if there is a war in one part of the world, this can usually affects the gas prices. If the gas prices increase, this affects my family in such a way that we have to spend more money on gas to get to any planned family events.

  14. How does globalization feature in your daily life?
    How has globalization impacted your near and extended family?

    Having spent several months living in London, the effects of globalization were made particularly clear to me then and I have been more aware of them ever since. Many US companies that operate in the UK are particularly attuned with the need for “local responsiveness”, as was discussed in our lectures; that is, they adapted their branding and product offerings to fit the UK market. Lays chips were “Walkers”, for example; as such, this has made me aware that there are customers oversees enjoying the same potato chips (or “crisps”, as they would call them), yet referring to them by a different brand name. Marketing strategies differed as well and were adapted to the British consumer base. Beyond that, another example is the range of countries that the products I use on a day to day basis are produced in. It is hard to buy something that doesn’t have “made in China” written on the back. Because China has a comparative advantage in producing goods, companies can sell these goods to me at a lower price because of globalization; in turn, because of this, I can consume more goods overall. This is just an example of how globalization has affected my daily life.

    Globalization has had a profound effect on my family. Three of my cousins’ families are missionaries in Africa. Before the advent of global communications services such as Skype, my family that lived in Africa was unable to communicate with us on anything nearing a regular basis. International phone calls were expensive and as a result, infrequent and short. As a result of services such as Skype moving to practically every country around the globe, communicating with my family on another continent has become infinitely easier. In fact, it’s no more than a click away. Beyond that, international shipping services make it easier to exchange presents with them, and falling flight costs make it easier to see them more often. Two hundred years ago, my family in Africa may have never seen me in their lifetime. Now, we see them all the time, whether via the internet or in person.

  15. The evidence of globalization surrounds use on a daily basis. It has become so fundamental featured in our daily lives that it is blindly overlooked. The cotton clothing I’m currently were, very likely could have been grown in the United States, shipped to China to be processed and manufactured into clothing and then shipped back to the United States for sale. Within an arm’s reach of me are three different devices which can easily communicate will anyone around the world, whether it’s placing an order, business communications, or talking to a family/friend. Globalization has expanded so much in corporations that moving raw materials around the world is the most profitable way to manufacture. It has become so individualized, that any persons can with (relatively) cheap internet connected device, communicates and participates in markets on a globalization scale.
    The impact to my family is very similar to the impact other generally localized families in the United States. We all live in a very privileged nation which has prospered with globalization. The general wealth of the nation has enabled us to live very comfortably with abundant access to all of life’s basic needs and many forms of luxuries. The vast amount of globalization has created goods which would have otherwise been unavailable to the economic status which my family exist in.

  16. In regards to myself, globalization has been impactful in ways that offer me a wider variety of choices. One thing that globalization does is lead to more opportunities for financing, or in other words it gives companies a broader base of worldwide financial markets and capital from other countries. This access to financing leads to increased production and therefore more goods available for myself to purchase as well as the rest of the consumers worldwide. In a previous class, I hypothetically created a business plan for an application in which the coding would be impossible for me to finance personally. I then researched outsourcing opportunities, which is another beneficial impact of globalization.

    When it comes to the impact globalization has had on my family, it is impossible to deny the effects it has had within technology. The use of social media not only for connecting or reconnecting with old friends/co-workers, but also for business purposes and marketing has been extremely useful within my family and obviously the business world in general. Being able to have business meetings over Skype or having the opportunity to Face-time my family when traveling abroad really show how far we’ve come as a worldwide community.

  17. How does globalization feature in your daily life?
    Globalization features in my daily life in various ways, including the technology I use everyday, and my future career as a programmer. I’ve learned over the years that globalization is a big deal and is prevalent in many industries, and the field of computer science is one of them (programmers in particular especially). Apparently, many jobs are outsourced to countries such as India and China. Besides this, pretty much all of the technology I use everyday (computer, tv, smart phone…) were manufactured in china, in other words, work was outsourced to them. Thus I experience the effects of globalization daily.

    How has globalization impacted your near and extended family?
    Globalization has impacted my near and extended family in the same ways it affects me as described above. We live in a technology driven society, and a lot of the technology we enjoy everyday was manufactured in different countries around the world.

  18. Today I am wearing a Ralph Lauren button down shirt, Perry Ellis pants, and Sandro loafers. Just from my attire we can see how globalization is featured in my daily life. My Sandro loafers that I am wearing were made in Spain, however, the company that produces these shoes are headquartered in Paris, France. Both Perry Ellis and Ralph Lauren have headquarters in the USA, Miami and NYC respectively, but are actually manufacturing their products outside the US. These Perry Ellis pants were made in Bahrain, while this Ralph Lauren button down was made in China. Here we can pretty easily see how globalization and outsourcing is factored into all of our lives, simply starting with the clothing we wear.

    I currently do not have any family that lives outside the US, however, my immediate family and I were able to take a trip to Costa Rica about 4 years ago. While driving in Costa Rica, we stopped at a mall-like shopping center and headed to their small food court. Right then, we got a literal “taste” of globalization by noticing that they offered Wendy’s and KFC. The menus had some slight differences and the food quality wasn’t as good as a fast food restaurant you would find in the US, however, they still got the job done. At that moment we were able to understand the impact of US globalization, specifically from the food we ate in this developing country of Costa Rica.

  19. Globalization is a term that features in my daily life through both excitement and fear; excitement for the fact that the world is melding into one big global community connected through means of the internet and cheaper travel, and fear for the notion that it is unclear as to what negative impacts this connected world will bring forth in the coming decades. This does make me realize that this may just be a natural human response; fear to that which is unknown. I feel that it is heavily important not to judge other cultures and nations as harshly as we can, for that which we do not yet understand may provide prosperity to the entire globe soon enough.

    A personal example I can give as to how this globalization has impacted my extended family is one of personal adventure; I have traveled to Northern India 7 times to visit them. Each time I end up doing so, it amazes me to see many american chains like KFC, Subway, etc. existing within India’s economy. I find it humorous that there exists a McDonald’s sandwich in India called the “Maharaja Mac” which I’ve tried several years ago, and have really enjoyed.

  20. Every morning, I wake up after too little sleep on a bed made in China. I proceed to check my email on my Taiwanese phone which runs an operating system from an American firm. I drink English tea from a Emirati teacup and make a breakfast sandwich with the aid of a microwave manufactured by a Korean company. I wear clothes manufactured in Bangladesh, put on shoes cobbled together in Vietnam, and then I leave my home in a German car. But, in the midst of all this, I remain in the same place. This is just globalisation rearing its head in my daily living.

    To me, globalisation means being able to take a philosophy class online at the University of Amsterdam with a diverse crowd or being able to freely choose from goods produced around the world at my local mall. Globalisation means unfettered daily access to the best of the world.

    Like most contemporary families, my family is a transnational one. The forces of globalisation have induced movement across international borders. The result has been relatives in different corners of the globe. Globalisation has made it easier for us to keep in touch with each other. The proliferation of fibre optic cable has quickened the pace of digital communications, allowing me to communicate nearly instantaneously with them over a variety of messaging platforms. Globalisation, paradoxically, has moved my family apart and also brought us closer together.

  21. 1. How does globalization feature in your daily life?
    At this point, globalization is pervasive throughout almost every aspect of day to day life. For example, just in my immediate vicinity, I’m currently typing this assignment on my Sony laptop, a company based in Japan. The software I’m using, Microsoft Windows 8, was developed by a company whose largest research and development lab is located in China, and my iPhone, which is connected to my Japanese laptop and charging, was created by Apple, who creates highly standardized products that market the same general appeal throughout dozens of distinct cultures. Aside from technology based products, there are dozens of other products that I use daily that I obtained from a globally sourced company (mostly Amazon).

    2. How has globalization impacted your near and extended family?
    In regards to my family, I feel that globalization is responsible for an increased sense of connectivity that, in a sense, breaks down the barriers of national boundaries. My uncle works for an international firm, so his business takes him to countries such as China and Egypt on a fairly regular basis. Before technologies such as Facebook, Facetime, and Twitter were widely accepted by the global market, communicating with my uncle while he was overseas was a bit of a hassle. We usually waited for when the entire family was together, mostly on holidays, to make the long distance call and talk to him. However, due to the expansion of multinational firms and their creative innovations, I can talk with him through Facebook chat or email whenever I have a wifi signal. These changes have made long distance communication exponentially easier, quicker, and cheaper, and this growing connectivity brings a whole new meaning to the phrase, “It’s a small world.”

  22. Globalization is a very fragile yet extremely influential part of our daily lives. In today’s age, as opposed to a former, less technologically advanced society, I am able to purchase items, exchange money, invest in stock, or even just browse Facebook instantaneously through my mobile device. Merchandise I buy can easily be shipped overnight with a click of a button. I was able to apply to college and receive an education by just clicking my mouse a few times. None of that would be able to happen if it were not for the integration of many existing cultures and education systems from around the world. All of the technology I use to even write this post is a result of globalization.

    My family primarily lives in Puerto Rico. They can seamlessly connect their laptop and video chat with me via skype whenever they want to. Globalization has made it easy for them to connect with me and others around the world. Not only can we communicate, but we can also update each other on what is new in the world and what is new in our lives, which is our own form of inter-globalization.

    -Daniel Medina

  23. I am a product of globalization. I eat fruit grown in Central America for breakfast, wear clothes that were made in India, and program on a computer that was designed in California, but manufactured in China. Thanks to the internet, I’m able to work in tandem with people living in India as if they were in the same room as me. Globalization has empowered the world to act as one, spreading culture, information, and ideas faster than ever before.

    Globalization has made a tremendous impact on my family. My father is a first generation immigrant to America. He has 7 brothers and sisters that live in other places around the world. Thanks to the interconnected world that we live in, its possible for us to talk with relatives over Skype that are thousands of miles away.

  24. Nowadays, it is very common to see foreign cuisines in other countries. In my case, I eat Asian food which were not available in U.S. many years ago. They are not only available in special restaurants; however, we can buy ingredients marts. There many Asian grocery marts which will allow people to consume ingredients of their traditional dishes. In addition, I could order Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and other countries’ products when they first release on those countries; therefore, it is unnecessary to visit or ask friends to deliver the products. Not only materialistic features, but globalization of entertainment also features in my daily life. In detail, I can easily access any television series, shows, music and so forth. There are some frictions on some contents due to laws of few countries. In general, entertaining contents are becoming accessible to other counties. As a result, I see many people who watch Korean television series which became popular in China, Japan, Philippine, and other countries. About 20 years ago, it was not common.

    Globalization also impacted on my family members and relatives. As an example, my parents have estates and banking accounts in other country. If they want to trade or rent the properties out whenever there are potential tenants, they can access their properties through internet banking system and international calls.

  25. Globalization, as explained in today’s lecture, can be seen at different levels: world, national, industry, and company. One way that globalization features in my everyday life is the very simple question of “what do you want to grab for lunch?” This is a question that is loaded with globalization. World globalization is evident when picking a restaurant that comes from a different part of the earth. National globalization is seen when choosing a chain that has propagated through the US like wildfire, such as Chik-Fil-A. Going to a food court gives off an awareness of industry globalization because there becomes a single market aspect to the industry. Lastly, restaurant advertising and increasing number of location speaks to the company globalization side by expressing a strong market presence.
    My family has been affected by globalization in one direct manner. For the better part of the last 10 years, my father’s company has been expanding to open offices across the US. For us, this meant the possibility of relocating or increasing travel. This is an example that is not severe but made it very evident that companies have to become globalized to increase their ability to grow. Globalization is becoming an unavoidable force for corporations as well as for individuals.

  26. The idea of globalization in my daily life can be looked at by the lifecycle of the T-shirt I’m wearing. This cotton is harvested several times a year by machines designed in the U.S, and built most likely in China. The raw cotton is deseeded, and is exported all around the world. Lets use Thailand as an example. The raw cotton is processed and spooled in a factory, where it is then shipped to; lets say Bangladesh, to be tailored. The shirt is then purchased by some company in the U.S, and imported. This t-shirt finally makes it onto a shelf in some store, where I had the ability to purchase it, in US dollars. The entire lifecycle of that shirt is encompassed in the cost of that shirt. A $10 t-shirt is made possible entirely by globalization, where sourcing, labor, and trade contribute to minimizing the cost of production, and maximize the quantity of product generated.
    As an international student, globalization affects the way I interact and maintain relations with my family, which still lives in Venezuela. I would say the aspect of globalization that impacts my family most directly is the platform that telecommunication and Internet access have crated; I wouldn’t have otherwise been able to pursue my undergraduate degree outside of Venezuela.

  27. Globalization affects each and every one of us every day, whether we realize it or not. I, along with countless other Americans, see the effect of globalization with almost every product I use. As I sit here writing this, I am using a MacBook computer designed in California and with parts from Mongolia manufactured in China, while sitting at a desk from Ikea designed in Sweden and manufactured in China. Just from my laptop and desk alone there are 5 countries represented where an integral portion of product development took place. Most companies we buy products from have factories or plants in other countries. One of the most noticeable effects of this is that the products are much cheaper than if every company strictly performed all operations of their business domestically. Things like that are often taken for granted. Not everyone may notice the impact of globalization constantly, but for people like my dad who works for Raytheon feel it every day. Raytheon has offices in 19 countries and customers in over 80 more, so it’s safe to say my dad has to do business globally. While you may not have traveled to any other countries or you may try to buy only “Made in America” products, it is impossible to escape the fact that in today’s world, everyone is global.

  28. Globalization features in my daily life in many of the things I do on a daily basis. For example when I put gas in my car the prices of gas are impacted by the price of oil in global markets. Another example can be seen in the many multinational corporations that I might use on a daily basis. From using my Microsoft computer to google where the closest FedEx store is, global companies are in everything I do every day. Each of these companies have been able to become more effective by going global, which means that they can do more for me. Most of the major stores or companies that I would visit daily are all global, so Globalization is huge in my life.
    Globalization has impacted my immediate family in some of the jobs my parents have previously had. My mother’s last job was for a non-profit that was a global company; she did a great deal of work with the Japanese based part of the company, placing exchange students from the U.S. in Japan, and from Japan in the U.S. My father spent time working at his company’s headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland when I was younger. As for my extended family, I do not believe globalization has had quite the same impact on the rest of my family.

  29. Globalization has affected my everyday life in more ways than I realized. For starters, I’m writing this paper on an Apple computer that was most likely assembled in a foreign country like China or Korea. Globalization has given me access to thousands of products produced across the world. Right now I could go online and purchase nearly any type of product I want from nearly any country. And not only does globalization give me access to products produced abroad, it also provides them to me at a very cheap price. Outsourcing is a highly controversial concept in the U.S. but because of it, I have the ability to purchase a brand new pair of Nike sneakers for under $100. Had those same sneakers been produced in the U.S. they would have cost much more.

    I have family in many different parts of the U.S. and countries around the world including Ireland, England and Australia. Globalization has made it possible for us to visit each other quickly and cheaply. Technology also gives me the ability to communicate with my family members across the world at the touch of a button across many different forms of communication.

  30. -How does globalization feature in your daily life?
    In the morning, I get up and check the current news all thought the world. Next, I get on canvas and participate in an online classroom that is about 70 miles away. When looking to order an item, I can choose many different distributors from around the globe and expect a timely delivery. And of course I always have my phone close by so that I am always “connected” to the world.

    -How has globalization impacted your near and extended family?
    My family and I moved from Belarus to USA about 12 years ago, so that I now have friends and relatives in USA, Belarus, Russia, and even Ukraine. Also, my parents have learned to use a computer and can now listen in on the world news.

  31. Companies such as Apple use globalization to create the products that everyone knows and uses. Globalization brought me the phone and computer that I use in my daily life as well as many other things. Globalization is present with the Internet and computers, which is something that is part of my life. With the Internet and websites such as Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube, the already small world becomes even smaller. These websites allow people to share, view, and teach each other things from all over the world in the comfort of their own living room. They bring people even closer together and allow people to experience different cultures.

    Globalization affects my family in many different ways. We can buy certain foods year round in the grocery store even if they aren’t in season where we are thanks to globalization. WE can buy goods and products that our cheaper thanks to globalization. Globalization also affords us more opportunities for business with new markets that we can expand to.

  32. 1. There are two main ways the globalization as affected me. One is that I have access to a variety of products which are available in stores here for a much lower price. This is because manufacturing jobs and factories are in other countries where labor costs cheaper. This way I can save money every monthto buy even more products year round. The second is through the culture. Because of globalization, I have become more aware of different cultures and ideologies across the world. In my case, they seem to have been mashed together to create a new culture. For example, when songs in other countries become viral worldwide and I learn more about their popular culture. Additionally, I have access to so many different types of food which also expand my knowledge of different cultures.
    2. My parents are immigrants from India so they were able to see the difference between their hometown and the United States. They are able to work and earn more money here than my extended family is able to in India. Additionally, they bring their traditional culture to the states where they are able to share it with new friends.

  33. hdesai1 – How does globalization feature in your daily life?
    Globalization takes place in my daily life because I drive Toyota Corolla or Hyundai Elantra, both of which are foreign cars. In addition, I have dell laptop and the company outsources its IT service. Even my cell phone Apple iPhone is also assembled in China.

    How has globalization impacted your near and extended family?
    We migrated to the United States leaving behind our friends and family back home. Several applications connect people from all around the world. For instance, we regularly do video calls on Skype to stay connected with each other. In addition, during festivals and special occasions we are able to send and receive gifts in matter of couple days because of the Internet.

  34. Andrew McCormick

    How does globalization feature in your daily life?
    Globalization is an aspect that I have always dealt with in my own lifetime as I have been fortunate enough to grow up in an era defined by constant advances in technology. From the Twitter and Facebook posts I peruse to the Canadian and Caribbean contracts I work on for the Real Estate Advisory firm I work for, it is not hard to notice how easily I can interact with people from across the global, whether intentionally or not. From news stories about the conflicts across the Globe to the Nintendo 3DS my younger cousins play with, it’s not hard to find a global impact all around.

    How has globalization impacted your near and extended family?
    Globalization has allowed many members of my extended family to reach areas of the world in the blink of an eye. My aunt and uncle were able to sponsor and become legal guardians of my Zimbabwean cousin thanks to expanding educational programs. Also, many of my relatives that practice medicine are able to use their smart phones and the teleconferencing to speak with colleagues around the world regarding new practices.

  35. Globalization features itself in my daily life in a number of ways. Living in places like College Park & DC, I am lucky to be exposed to such a wide array of culture. Almost every day I’m meeting new people with different stories to tell, eating the most authentic foods, and hearing languages that I’ve never heard before. All of these factor into globalization, and it is important that everyone, at some point, is exposed to culture in the same way.

    Globalization has also had an impact on my near and extended family. My father’s side of the family being from Germany and my mother’s from Italy, lots of traditions and values from both sides have been passed down and implemented in our daily lives, and especially around holidays.

  36. As I learned about globalization yesterday in lecture, many things stood out to me such as the high level of foreign trading, the interconnectedness of the world and the inter dependencies of the worlds individual countries and their economies. the results of a Globalized world are all around us constantly, currently I am typing this response on a computer designed in California, which was built in a factory in China and I purchased it in Maryland. Our globalized business world allows for better products to be made and it increases innovation worldwide as countries are becoming more modern and technology based.
    My family has been greatly affected by globalization.The impact globalization has had on my relatives is that I now have families who have had to move overseas or spent extended time in a foreign country for work. My cousin Jason who is a U.S citizen and graduate of a college in the United States now lives in Japan due to his work with a technology company that offered him a great position to run its Tokyo office. As Jason’s extended family all lives in Boston, he decided that he would pursue the position in Tokyo and raise a family there but have dual citizenship for his wife and two children to increase thier exposure to two different cultures. I think it was a great decision for Jason to move to Japan to further his career while also being able to experience a different culture. I believe they will eventually return to the United States as his children begin to start school.

  37. As I learned about globalization yesterday in lecture, many things stood out to me such as the high level of foreign trading, the interconnectedness of the world and the inter dependencies of the worlds individual countries and their economies. the results of a Globalized world are all around us constantly, currently I am typing this response on a computer designed in California, which was built in a factory in China and I purchased it in Maryland. Our globalized business world allows for better products to be made and it increases innovation worldwide as countries are becoming more modern and technology based.
    My family has been greatly affected by globalization.The impact globalization has had on my relatives is that I now have families who have had to move overseas or spent extended time in a foreign country for work. My cousin Jason who is a U.S citizen and graduate of a college in the United States now lives in Japan due to his work with a technology company that offered him a great position to run its Tokyo office. As Jason’s extended family all lives in Boston, he decided that he would pursue the position in Tokyo and raise a family there but have dual citizenship for his wife and two children to increase thier exposure to two different cultures. I think it was a great decision for Jason to move to Japan to further his career while also being able to experience a different culture. I believe they will eventually return to the United States as his children begin to start school. A couple of decades ago, this opportunity would have most likely not been available to him, and he would have most likely stayed in the same geographical area in the United States. As Jason works for a large corporation who has global interests, I think it will become a popular trend for United States citizens to relocate on a short or long term basis to other countries to further their careers within large corporations.

  38. Nathaniel Fikru

    How does globalization feature in your daily life?
    The most direct way globalization has impacted my life is through transportation. For the past 6 years I have been driving a Toyota Camry. Manufactured in Japan, the Toyota Camry is one of the most demanded automobiles worldwide. According to Steven Perlberg of the Business Insider, the Toyota Camry is the 5th bestselling vehicle in the United states ( Business Insider). Complementary to my Camry, I also own a TomTom navigation system. On a very minuscule level, everyday day I use my car I am exposed to both a Dutch and Japanese product as a result globalization. Interestingly enough, these minuscule exposures are fundamental parts of my life.

    How has globalization impacted your near and extended family?
    As a first generation American with lineage from Ethiopia, I can say that globalization has really affected the life of me and my family. In the early 1990’s my parents opened one of the first Ethiopian bakery’s in the Washington DC areas. For the past 15 years, the bakery has been manufacturing Ethiopian traditional bread while also promoting the growth of the Ethiopian culture in the surrounding community. In attempt to sustain the authenticity of the bread, the primary ingredients have always imported directly from Ethiopia. Over the last decade, the Ethiopia community has exponentially grown in the DC area and more Ethiopian bakery’s and restaurants have sprouting in the city. The Ethiopian culture , especially the language, has really been integrated into the city and its people.

    Perlberg, Steven. “The 21 Best-Selling Cars In America.” Business Insider. Business Insider, Inc, 03 Jan. 2014. Web. 23 June 2015. .

  39. I could honestly say that globalization plays a huge role in my life and has affected me in almost the most extreme ways. The first and foremost would have to be when I go into a halal meat store or a patel brothers and see all the different variety of foods which are imported from the many different countries whose “people” now make the United States the hub of globalization. However, I would have to say this even more so when I go back home to Pakistan, to see the Toyota Camry’s and the Honda Civics riding alongside the rickshaw’s of old really brings joy to my eyes. Being able to have the same old pizza hut pan style pizza half a world away in my honest opinion, is what globalization stands for.

    Globalization impacted my near family, or more specifically my parents through the lottery program designed to increase diversity here in the States. This program I think, is a growing contributor to globalization in that it allows bridges to be made through people connecting from different parts of the world which then allow the passing of goods, services, and many many other things. My extended family have been impacted by this as well, every time we go back for a visit we are astonished to see the number of foreign products and culture which has entered into those peoples lives, from cell phones and mcdonalds to cinema and movies. As an example, back in Pakistan we say “even the “donkey cart person” has a cell phone these days”. This shows that even the most basic of people are being affected by globalization.

  40. Globalization is very prominent in my daily life. From the Toyota car in front of my house to the Samsung cell phone currently in my pocket, products that I use on a daily basis are have been available to me as a result of globalization. Even with brands that aren’t directly from another country, globalization has impact on how the product is delivered to the consumer. For example, Walmart, an American company, has the number one spot on the Fortune 500 list, which means they are the American company with the highest gross revenue. One thing contributing to their success is their use of outsourcing to different countries so a large portion of their project are sold in America but manufactured elsewhere. It is very hard to deny that globalization isn’t an impactful part of everyone’s life because of how prevalent it is in things you wouldn’t necessarily notice it to be affecting.

  41. Globalization started to impact on my day to day life when I first moved to the United States 6 years ago. Since then it has been playing a major role in my life. Both personal and academic lives of mine are heavily influenced by globalization. I can communicate with my family via Skype whenever I find time. Also I use Facebook, which keeps me updated about what my family and friends are up to. I also use the school’s canvas website, where I can be updated about necessary materials of the classes I take each semester. Online marketplace like Amazon, eBay and Chegg have enabled me to find products more easily and conveniently. In my academic life, I can research and get updated about the materials I have been assigned. I can also learn something online. For example, as an Economics major, I am constantly looking for additional resources which can teach me more about this major.

    Globalization has also impacted my family and friends big time. My uncle and aunt have four restaurants in the DMV area. They have installed CCTV camera system in the restaurants to check on the business. They also check the hourly report of sales just pressing a button on the tab. They pay bills online which saves a lot of time and energy. They also use social media platforms to keep connected with their friends and extended family. In conclusion, globalization is not only fulfilling people’s professional needs, but also academic needs.

  42. Globalization has become a major influence in my daily life. It gives me more appreciation to how much work people all around the world put into creating my MacBook and IPhone, in order for me to stay connected with my friends and family. Almost everything I use today is from some foreign country where inputs are taken from all over the world on how to develop the product. Inputs such as how to design the product or where to manufacture the product that will require cheap labor, so I am able purchase the product for a cheaper price. The goods and services of globalization has made my life easier such as being able to deliver a package through FedEx in two days.

    Through the advance in technology such as smartphones and online chatting like Skype allows me to stay connected with family. Through cell phones with instant messaging I can chat with my near family. Whereas I am able to use social media such as Facebook and Snapchat to see photos of my family back home. Globalization has allowed me to stay connected with my family all around the world due to the advance in technology and other applications.

  43. How does globalization feature in your daily life?
    Globalization is a factor that applies to so many aspects of daily life. I start my day off with a shower using the Swiss-brand shampoo, Pantene. I then get into my German car to drive to get a coffee from Starbucks; a brand with stores in 64 countries around the world. Later, at work, I connect with property owners who come from a variety of different countries but conduct business in the United States. The evolution of globalization has allowed me these privileges that were not always available on a worldwide level.

    How has globalization impacted your near and extended family?
    Globalization has impacted my near and extended family in similar ways. It almost goes without saying that the endless introductions of new technologies allow for new forms of communication that were once unimaginable. My grandfather recently was able connect with his relatives from Italy and arrange to visit them. Of course he was then able to instantly share pictures with us and chat about his visit. Globalization allowed for this the same way it allowed my uncle to travel to Europe in order maintain relationships with banking clients half way across the world.

  44. I experience the effects of globalization every day. On my way to class, I listen to music created by an English Artist that was remixed by a German DJ. My iPhone that I use all day, and the Laptop Computer that I am using to write this were produced in China. My clothes are all produced in other countries. When I am deciding what I want to eat for lunch, I have many options. Within two miles of my house in College Park, there are Mexican restaurants, Italian restaurants, Chinese restaurants, and Indian restaurants. All of these things are a result of globalization.
    I have extended family in India who is greatly affected by Globalization. American products can be found in most small stores and also in large supermarkets. Also, there is a lot of globalization in entertainment and media. They listen to American music and watch American movies. Bollywood, the Indian movie industry, has also begun to make their own versions of American classic movies. They have begun to wear American brand clothing, which has become popular in their society. Globalization is connecting and spreading cultures all over the world.

  45. Globalization affects almost everything in my daily life from the products I use, to what I am wearing, the value of currency, and even what I am eating. However, these are all the almost invisible effects of globalization. One aspect that affects me directly is the outsourcing of jobs due to the effective means of communication over the Internet, and is a concern for the future of technology related fields. However, the Internet and the ease of communications are ultimately invaluable. I can read reports from the best professors, get news, and get different opinions on different topics from people all over the world via the Internet. I can collaborate with anyone and everyone, and the world is a lot more accessible. My life is so affected by globalization that it is often times hard to even realize it.
    Globalization has impacted my family in a number of ways. For one, my family can easily travel to different countries and experience all types of different cultures, which shape our view of the world positively. When traveling abroad, we also realize how our cultures are blending; American products and companies are very present overseas. Traveling abroad also seems less foreign, and you can almost feel as though you are not far from home. My brother was abroad for a number of months, and it was very easy to communicate him in real time due to smartphones and instant messaging apps. It is also not uncommon anymore for people to live elsewhere for a period of time to experience different cultures or advance their career. I have siblings and family friends that are moving to Europe to take jobs, and this is surprisingly not as uncommon as you would think. More and more people are placing less emphasis on country barriers, and viewing themselves as part of the global community.

  46. Globalization effects my daily life just like it does to everyone else, whether they accept it or deny it. We all use products that have been made by different companies around the world. I even work with team members in my company that sit in an office in India, London, and various other locations on this planet. I receive postal mail and packages that uses a transportation system that allow travel of objects and humans across the planet. My company uses products that were developed around the globe as well. Globalization is vital to my daily function as it is to everyone else’s. We all depend on each other and work together to create and provide services that many consider luxury or necessity.

    Globalization has greatly impacted my family. When I first moved to the United States at a very young age, my family missed the food, the culture, and the family members back in India. However now, with you can find Indian food in almost any urban area in United States. The culture is also celebrate here annually just like in India. Though most of my extended family is here in United States now, I remember the days when we used to video chat using the Yahoo messenger (long before Skype). Globalization has brought my family together and I am sure it has done the same for others. The technology that has become the product of globalization has made our lives easier and more comfortable to live with the mass number of communication methods as well.

  47. ELMS – aliberat

    How does globalization feature in your daily life?
    Globalization is seen in my everyday life. The car I drive is British, My mother’s car is Swedish, and my brother’s car is German. Every morning I drink english tea. I also order many clothes through a company based in England. I often sell items on Ebay and I have sold to buyers in Europe many times.

    How has globalization impacted your near and extended family?
    A few years back, my family welcomed in a foreign exchange student from Italy. Since then, we are very close with him. We use technology to keep in touch, whether it be texting, calling, or video chatting. It is also very easy for us to get on a plane and fly to Italy to visit, which we have done many times now. Without globalization, my family would not have had the opportunity to get to know him and more about Italy.

  48. How does globalization feature in your daily life?
    Globalization allows us to not only transport technology and communicate across the world but also allows us to exchange ideas, culture, and laws in more ways than one. This is evident in my life because I enjoy a lot of modern day technology such as my apple products which are manufactured outside the US, also a lot of household products and foods that you don’t think twice about are a lot of times transported from other parts of the world, especially clothes.

    How has globalization impacted your near and extended family?
    Globalization has affected those close to me in similar ways with regards to technology and communication with family members outside the US. I also have family members that have businesses and due to globalization they are able to communicate with companies across the world to import different goods and technology to advance their businesses here.

  49. How does globalization feature in your daily life?
    As an science and engineer major I find the globalization a fascinating aspect of life. Globalization has affected me in every aspects of my daily life. From automobiles to handheld devices and local news to international news, there is almost anything accessible from any place and on mobile. I also love the fact that globalization not only improves the standard of living but also helps increase the sharing of the knowledge and ideas around the globe for e.g. online classes at COURSERA, EDX, MIT online, Standford Online and more.

    How has globalization impacted your near and extended family?
    Apart from myself, the globalization has made life simpler and easier to do things in life. My family enjoys international TV shows, News, clothing and transportation. They like to be involved in the international values and norms and growing ideas and opportunities. They love using the high end technologies and use various social networks to keep connected to their friends and families outside their immediate reach.

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