Today I searched the surprisingly niche Google topic “how online education improves healthy diets in the futureâ€. I came across several American and UK publications, but very few publications from other places around the globe. One related post I found talks about the First Lady’s Let’s Move! Campaign. Its Healthy Lunchtime Challenge recognizes 54 children as winners who will attend a Kids’ “State Dinnerâ€ at the White House hosted by Mrs. Obama. The group will join The First Lady for a healthy lunch, featuring a selection of the winning recipes, followed by a visit to the White House kitchen garden. This seems to me like a very inspiring event- kids getting governmental encouragement to eat and cook healthy meals.
I then came across a blog from a Malaysian publication called The Star. The article talks about the importance of starting healthy eating at a young age, and it gives great tips to help parents implement a healthy diet for their children. I posted the article to my social media channels and realized I was surprised that this blog post was from Malaysia. Why? My search results, although unfiltered and open to any information on the internet, oftentimes come up with American, UK, and Canadian publications when I search for trends, innovative ideas and projects for the future. It’s hard to say if this is the internet’s fault, or foreign publications lacking presence online, but it got me thinking of how important it is to keep communication and ideas flowing openly on a global scale, and how it will only disadvantage us if we stick to reading and watching national news and publications.
Cross-posting blogs from different countries is a good thing. It promotes global communication. Here at Futurist.com we get visits from an average of 120 nations a month. We know that this promotes culture sharing, but at the same time know this could be expanded greatly if we could put our site out in multiple languages, or at least set up SEO so that it searches better in other languages and regions. One need only travel internationally once to discover how insulated and isolated we tend to be, despite the reach of the Internet, and so using the net to foster international dialogue is an excellent goal. And most importantly we can do more to promote learning and sharing innovative ideas that cure global issues and inspire new inventions. The world will have 8 billion people before too long, and to make that work will require an ever-increasing level of international learning, cooperation, and innovation, if we are to live in relative comfort and peace.