Having Muslim friends removed my fear


One Globe Kids focuses on cross-group friendship because it’s the most powerful way to move beyond prejudice. Researchers describe the mechanisms through which this occurs as building affective bonds, self-disclosure, trust, anxiety and empathy. I describe them a little differently. I feel emotionally connected to my friends because we share things about ourselves, which makes … Continue reading Having Muslim friends removed my fear

The Story Behind my TEDx Talk – Ideas Worth Spreading


“Over millions of years humans have learned to be wary of things that feel foreign, to back away rather than approach.  But in our globalized world, this is no longer a smart instinct.  World citizens of the future will be happier and more successful when they are Globe Smart.” That’s the summary of the 300-word … Continue reading The Story Behind my TEDx Talk – Ideas Worth Spreading

How to Reduce Prejudice? What the Research Tells Us


If we’re serious about creating a better world for our kids (and we are), we need a serious plan with proven strategies for reducing prejudice. Most of what I do at One Globe Kids is focused on creating a positive, virtual cross-cultural experience for children.  The app is designed to simulate a real friendship with … Continue reading How to Reduce Prejudice? What the Research Tells Us

How Kids do Chores Around the Globe


Helping at home is a universal thing.  (However much my own kids wish it weren’t!) Every family is different, and every child helps in their own way.  But, working together to keep our homes happy and healthy (aka: chores) is one important thing we all have in common. Here are some of the things that … Continue reading How Kids do Chores Around the Globe

It’s crazy how similar we all really are


I was 15 years old the first time I went to France.  Before I left Wisconsin, I distinctly remember driving in the car with my mother and thinking, “Really, how different could it be?  There will be streets and houses and sidewalks, just like here.”  Well, it was really different – the streets weren’t asphalt, … Continue reading It’s crazy how similar we all really are

Exploring the world one friend at a time: A few things I’ve learned while making One Globe Kids


Besides all the technical things I’ve learned making One Globe Kids (such as how to try and anticipate what a child will do before they do it and make sure you’re physically in a good location for getting an interesting photo of it in a location you’re visiting for the first time), I’ve learned many … Continue reading Exploring the world one friend at a time: A few things I’ve learned while making One Globe Kids

One Globe Kids: An Adventure-filled Journey


Since I started working on One Globe Kids some three plus years ago, I have traveled to 7 countries and spent time with 14 incredible children and their families.  I have hired four translators, spent 104 hours in airplanes, and filled five and a half pages in my passport.  I have recorded 24 different children, … Continue reading One Globe Kids: An Adventure-filled Journey