Study of Globalization Resources

The page below is ARCHIVED information related to a past initiative of Global Source Education, the parent organization of EduCulture. Though these are not current projects of EduCulture, we feel there are valuable resources and information for educational purposes.


Suggested Source Material for the Study of Globalization

The following list of suggested source materials is by no means exhaustive. It is meant to serve as a point of departure for educators and students to begin examining issues of globalization. We’d be happy to hear your responses and suggestions.
You will find the following topics below: Globalization, WTO (World Trade Organization), The Purpose of Work, Corporate Responsibility, Labor Issues, Environmental Issues, Media Literacy, Countries in Conflict, Peacemakers/Peace Studies, Sustainability/Simplicity, Videos, Websites, Human Rights Education.


The Case Against the Global Economy
Edited by Jerry Mander and Edward Goldsmith, Sierra Club Books, San Francisco, 1996. In the first anthology of critics of the global economy, 43 leading economic, agricultural, cultural, and environmental experts who charge that free trade and economic globalization are producing exactly the opposite results from what has been promised. They argue to reverse course, turning away from globalization toward a revitalized democracy, local self-sufficiency, and ecological health.

Creating a World That Works for All 
By Sharif Abdullah, Berrett-Koehler, San Fransisco, 1999. Sharif Abdullah argues that our fundamental problem is exclusivity, since We live in a world that works for only a few. He argues that we can put an end to these complex problems by embracing inclusivity–the realization that all of our lives are inextricably linked, and that the answers lie at the heart of all the world’s spiritual traditions.

Economic Apartheid in America: A Primer on Economic Inequality and Insecurity 
By Chuck Collins and Felice Yeskel with United for a Fair Economy, The New Press, New York, 2000.
This guide explains how the great disparity of wealth in America came to exist, including an in-depth analysis of the economic policies and shifts in power that have fueled the growing divide. The authors argue that with wealth and power in the hands of a select few, the majority of people in this country will be shut out of the discussion about the rules of governing our shared lives. It is filled with charts, graphs, and political cartoons–an action-oriented guide to closing the gap between rich and poor.

Economics Explained: Everything You Need to Know about How the Economy Works and Where Its Going 
By Robert Heilbroner and Lester Thurow, Touchstone, New York, 1998. This is an introduction to economics with an emphasis on important aspects of our global economy, such as inequities in wealth distribution, the appearance of a new globalized capitalism, and the specter of inflation. In straightforward, accessible language, two of Americas leading economists reveal how to be both a savvy investor and an informed citizen.

Field Guide to the Global Economy
By Sarah Anderson and John Cavanagh, The New Press, New York 2000. This guide makes the international economy comprehensible to everyone while reevealing the effects of corporate-driven globalization. It describes how the global flow of goods, services, money, and people affects communities, workers, the poor, and the environment. Illustrated with charts, graphs, and political cartoons. Appropriate for grades 10-12.

Field Guide to the U.S. Economy
By James Heintz, Nancy Folbre and the Center for Popular Economics, The New Press, New York, 2000.
This book brings key policy issues to life, reflecting the collective wit and wisdom of the best economic literary activists in the country. Includes charts in income inquality, liverly illustrations, and wry cartoons which make it easy and compelling reading for the classroom or for general readers.

A Future Perfect: The Challenge and Hidden Promise of Globalization 
By John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge, Crown Business, New York, 2000. The is an optimistic view of globalization and how it will continue to change our lives. The authors analze, demystify, and expose the global forces reshaping our world, and they detail both the challenge and the promise those forces hold for individuals, businesses, and governments.

The Global Soul
By Pico Iyer, Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 2000. Iyer floats across three continents as he tries to grapple with the “transnational village” that our globalizing world is rapidly becoming. He tries to understand what the notion of place means in the modern world where people spend so much time in limbo places like airports and hotels.

Globalization and Its Discontents
By Saskia Sassen, The New Press, New York, 1998.
In a collection of essays the author tackles issues of gender and migration, information technology, and the new dynamics of inequality. She takes on common political, cultural, and economic misconceptions of globalization and offers a thoughtful new look at our increasingly global society.

In the Absence of the Sacred: The Failure of Technology and the Survival of the Indian Nations
By Jerry Mander, Sierra Club Books, San Fransisco, 1991. Mander argues that modern technology has created a culture of robotized citizens and depleted a sense of the sacred in everyday life. He urges a return to the values of indigenous peoples before we lose both our natural resources and the sacred essence of humanity.

Jihad vs. McWorld
By Benjamin R. Barber, Ballantine Books, New York, 1996. Barber examines one of the central conflict of the modern era: consumerist capitalism versus religious and tribal fundamentalism. On one hand global capitalism is dissolving social and economic barriers between nations and homogenizing people, yet on the other other, ethnic, religious and racial hatreds are fragmenting the political world into smaller units. Jihad vs. McWorld is the paradoxical relationship these forces create.

The Lexus and the Olive Tree
By Thomas Friedman, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, New York, 1999. Arguing that globalization is the international system that replaced the Cold War system, Friedman dramatizes the conflict between “The Lexus and the Olive Tree”–the tension between the new system and the ancient forces of culture, geography, tradition, and community. He details the powerful backlash against globalization by those who feel brutalized by it, and he spells out what we need to do to keep this system in balance. Friedman’s book is a good introduction to a defense of free trade.

One World, Ready or Not
By William Greider, Simon and Schuster, New York, 1997. Greider aims to expose the myths and the realities of the global economy in terms of human struggle. Based on interviews with workers and CEOs, government officials and economists, he contends that the global economy is sowing “creative destruction” everywhere; while making possible great accumulations of wealth, it is engaging in widespread human exploitation.

Preparing for the Twenty-first Century
By Paul Kennedy, Vintage Books, New York, 1993. In one of the first books to foresee the effects of globalization, Kennedy explores such themes as population growth, cross-border trade, and huge disparity of wealth. He tackles global problems from the environment to immigration and raises potent questions for citizens preparing for a new century.

The Prosperous Few and the Restless Many 
By Noam Chomsky, Odonian Press, Tucson, AZ, 1993. Essays on topics ranging from the new global economy, NAFTA and GATT, U.S. foreign policy in Somalia and Yugoslavia, to the roots of racism. Chomsky shows that the prosperous are also the powerful, while most of the worlds population is not at the table when decisions are being made.

Savages and Civilization
By Jack Wutherford, Crown Publishers, New York, 1994. The renowned anthrologist writes about indigenous peoples who are facing the loss of their cultural identities and demonstrating a growing resistance to the global civilization that threatens to engulf them.

Uncommon Grounds: The History of Coffee and How It Transformed the World
By Mark Pendergrast, Basic Books, New York, 1999. From its discovery on an ancient Ethiopian hillside to its role as millennial exilir, coffee has dominated the economies, politics, and social structures of entire countries. This is history of the modern world as seen through a coffee mug.

When Corporations Rule the World 
By David C. Korten, Berrett-Koehler Publishers and Kumarian Press, San Fransisco, 1996. Written by one of the architects of the movement against corporate domination, Korten exposes the devastating consequences of economic globalization for most of the worlds population, yet he also offers a message of hope to move towards a more equitable world.


WTO (World Trade Organization)

Approaching WTO Education: World Trade Organization (WTO) in the Classroom Curriculum, including two lessons developed by Global Source Education:

Free Publications by and from the World Trade Organization (email WTO Publications:

Focus Magazine free subscription upon request. Also downloadable from the Internet site:

The World Trade Organization: Trading into the Future, Free on request.

Video: Ministerial Conference, Singapore 1996 – Global Challenges English, French, Spanish versions available. Length: 24 minutes. Available in PAL, SECAM, NTSC. Free on request.

The Battle in Seattle: The Story Behind and Beyond the WTO Demonstrations 
By Janet Thomas, Fulcrum Publishing, Gulden Colorado, 2000. In the first published account of the protests against the WTO ministerial meetings in Seattle in November 1999, Janet Thomas examines who was behind the protests, why they were so important in galvanizing a global movement, and where the alliance of activists will go from here.

Whose Trade Organization: Corporate Globalization and the Erosion of Democracy
By Lori Wallach and Michelle Sforza, Public Citizen, Washington, D.C., 1999. Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch produced this citizen guide book to the WTO after documenting the World Trade Organization for 5 years. The group makes the case that the U.S. and other governments favor corporate interests above the interests of citizens, and that multi-national institutions such as the WTO are anathema to democracy.

The WTO: Five Years of Reasons to Resist Corporate Globalization
By Lori Wallach and Michelle Sforza, Seven Stories Press, New York, 1999. A pamphlet on the expanding corporate economy from the point of view that the interests of big business is undermining democracy. Intro. by Ralph Nader.

The Purpose of Work
Teaching and Learning about the Purpose of Work and Money

The Hungry Spirit: Beyond Capitalism, a Quest for Purpose in the Modern World
By Charles Handy, Broadway Books, New York, 1998. From one of the worldsÍ most respected business and social philosophers, this is a groundbreaking book that challenges us to question our reliance on traditional definitions of success and inspires us to find meaning and fulfillment in our professional, personal, and spiritual lives.

Mindfulness and Meaningful Work: Explorations in Right Livelihood
Edited by Claude Whitmyer, Parallax Press, Berkeley, CA, 1994. Some of the most renowned leaders of our time share their insights on the practice and value of working, and on finding work that is meaningful, life-affirming, and non-exploitative. The authors illuminate the Buddhist idea of Right Livelihood and shows us how to overcome the obstacles in our path so that we can find meaningful work, and live in a way that encourages inner peace, self-worth, and purpose.

Money and the Meaning of Life
By Jacob Needleman, Currency Doubleday, New York, 1991. Needleman explores the historical significance of money and compares the idealism of money with the realistic role it plays in society. He tries to answer the essential question of how to cultivate a spiritual life while living in a society that worships money.

Your Money or Your Life
By Joe Dominguez and Vicki Robin, Penguin, New York, 1992. In this practical guide to stepping out of the work more/spend more cycle, the authors offer their personal plan for taking back control of their lives. Their nine-step program tells how to get out of debt, develop savings, reorder material priorities and live well for less, resolve inner conflicts between values and lifestyles, convert problems into opportunities to learn new skills, attain a wholeness of livelihood and lifestyle, and save the planet while saving money.

Social Responsibility
Teaching and Learning about Social Responsibility

The Call of Service: A Witness to Idealism
By Robert Coles. Houghton Mifflin, New York, 1993. A primer on social responsibility from an internationally recognized authority on the inner lives of children, who has inspired many in education. A great book for discussing idealism in the context of community service, civil society, citizenship, social movements and international work.

The Kid’s Guide to Social Action
By Barbara A. Lewis, Free Spirit Publishing, Minneapolis, 1998. Designed for individual or group use, this guide contains stories about kids and teens who are leaders and activists, step-by-step guides to social action skills, ideas for working with government and the courts, real social action tools such as petitions and news releases, plus an up-to-date resource guide with addresses, etc.for contacting other social action groups. Appropriate for grades 6-12.

Taking Back Our Lives in the Age of Corporate Dominance
By Ellen Schwartz and Suzanne Stoddard, Berrett-Koehler Publications, San Fransisco, 2000. Drawing connections between daily life and the global economy, the authors use real-life stories to show that choice is the tool we have for renewing our world and ourselves. Also includes 75 action steps to bring your personal life into balance while working more powerfully in the outer world.

Corporate Responsibility
Teaching and Learning about Corporate Responsibility

Ben & Jerry’s Double-Dip: How to Run a Values-Led Business and Make Money, too
By Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, Fireside, New York, 1997. Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Ice Cream has pioneered a model for ethical business while earning huge profits. This is the insiderÍs guide to creating a values-led business that makes money while benefiting the entire community. With practical information on everything from how to hire employees to choosing suppliers, they show how a commitment to worthy social causes will result in unprecedented customer and employee loyalty, as well as increased profit.

The Coffee Book: Anatomy of an Industry from Crop to the Last Drop
By Gregory Dicum and Nina Luttinger
A fresh look at one of the most popular products in the world. It covers coffee from its first use in Ethiopia in the 6th century to the dramatic rise of Starbucks in the 1990s. It also tells the story of international trade and speculation for a product that can make or break national economies.

Levi’s Children: Coming to Terms with Human Rights in the Global Marketplace
By Karl Schoenberger, Atlantic Monthly Press, New York, 2000. Using the example of Levi Strauss as a model of corporate responsibility, the author critiques the company’s decisions and places them in the larger context of the human rights debate. He makes a case for corporate transparency and systemic regulation of business. While sensitive to the interests and limitations of multinationals, he calls on them to engage pro-actively in protecting the rights of foreign workers.

No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies
By Naomi Klein, Picador, New York, 1999. Klein argues that global corporations have succeeded in branding consumers from schoolbooks to sporting arenas, but a new generation is beginning to fight consumerism with full force. No Logo uncovers the insidious practices and effects of cooperate markteing,and the powerful potential of a growing activist movement of young people.

The Sneaker Book: Anatomy of an Industry and an Icon
By Tom Vanderbilt.
An entertaining, informative look at the $11 billion-a-year sneaker industry. How (and by whom) are sneakers made? Where does your money go when you buy a pair? Who are the companies behind the logos? Why is Nike heralded by economists and lampooned by human rights activists? This book is full of facts, figures, cartoons and literary excerpts about sneakers from figures like Spike lee and Ray Bradbury.

Labor Issues
Teaching and Learning about Labor Issues

Iqbal Masih and the Crusaders Against Child Slavery
By Susan Kuklin, Henry Hold and Company, New York, 1998. A journey through the history of child labor and slavery through the lens of Igbal Masih, a Pakistani boy who under bondage was forced to work in a carpet actory. He became an international human rights activist by risking his life to tell his story and work to end the system of child slavery in his country and around the world. Groups of American and European middle school students actively took up his cause and raised tremedous awareness of the plight of children like Iqbal.

Jessie De La Cruz: A Profile of a United Farm Worker
By Gary Soto, Persea Books, New York, 2000. Jessie De La Cruz was the United Farm Worker’s first female organizer. This story of her life begins with her childhood in southern California, where she was born into a poor migrant family and started working at the age of five. She fought for worker’s rights, including the right for workers to own farm land and she eventually became an owner of a cooperative farm herself. Her story is an inspriational account of one woman’s fight against injustice. Appropriate for grades 6-12.

Levi’s Children: Coming to Terms with Human Rights in the Global Marketplace
By Karl Schoenberger, Atlantic Monthly Press, New York, 2000. Using the example of Levi Strauss as a model of corporate responsibility, the author critiques the company’s decisions and places them in the larger context of the human rights debate. He makes a case for corporate transparency and systemic regulation of business. While sensitive to the interests and limitations of multinationals, he calls on them to engage pro-actively in protecting the rights of foreign workers.

The Lexicon of Labor
By R.Emmett Murray, The New Press, New York, 1998.
This book features informative descriptions of over 500 key places, people, and events in American labor history, from Eugene Debs to Cesar Chavez. It also includes explanations of major legislation, definiations of key legal terminology, and complete listings of all the member unions of the AFL-CIO in the U.S. A practical, handy resource for students and an ideal introduction to the history of labor in America.

Made in America: Immigrant Students in Our Public Schools
By Laurie Olsen, The New Press, New York, 1997.
the author spent over 2 years at Madison High School attending classes and interviewing members of the school community about the changing demographics of the student body, where over 20 percent were born in another country and over a third of the students speak English as a Second Language. Through their stories we discover the contemporary version of the Americanization of immigrants. Olsen explores what it looks and feels like to got to school and to teach in a time of increasingly complex cultural relations.

Environmental Issues
Teaching and Learning about the Environment

Ancient Futures: Learning from Ladakh
By Helena Norberg-Hodge, Sierra Club Books, San Fransisco, 1992. This renowned anthropologist explores a culture at the top of the world, in the Himalayas near Tibet. She has worked with the Ladakhi people to protect their culture and environment from the effects of rapid modernization, helping them sustain their sustainable models of small-scale agriculture and the Buddhist tradition.

Beyond the Limits: Confronting Global Collapse, Envisioning a Sustainable Future
By Donella H. Meadows, Dennis L. Meadows, and Jorgen Randers, Chelsea Green, Vermont, 1992. The sequel to the ground-breaking, The Limits to Growth which became an international bestseller 20 years ago. Arguing that the planet will reach its limits in the next 100 years if present growth trends continue, the authors believe that sustainability is possible. They help us see the possibility of global collapse in order to envision the possibility of a sustainable future.

Dharma Gaia: a Harvest of Essays in Buddhism and Ecology
Edited by Allan Hunt Badiner, Parallax Press, Berkeley, CA, 1992. Exploring the link between Buddhist beliefs and the goals of the environmental movement in the west, this anthology of prominent Buddhist leaders frames the discussion of ecological consciousness in spiritual terms.

Earth in the Balance: Ecology and the Human Spirit
By Al Gore, Houghton Mifflin, Boston, 1992. Gore dismisses critics of the enviromental crisis and shows how human civilization has brought the earth to the brink of catastrophe. He traces the roots of the problem primarily to timid politicans who refuse to enact long-term solutions to problems. In a concrete plan for action, he calls for a worldwide mobilization to put the earth back in balance.

Earth in Mind: On Education, Environment, and the Human Prospect
By David Orr, Island Press, Washington D.C., 1994. In these essays, Orr examines the dangers, problems, and business of education and calls for a new pedagogy which would train a new citizenry to protect, not to exploit, the earth’s natural resources.

The Ecology of Commerce: a Declaration of Sustainability
By Paul Hawken, HarperBusiness, New York, 1993. In this now classic treatise, Hawken makes the case that business must be responsible to environmental concerns if we are to sustain our civilization. Though he foresees a bleak future if we do not act soon, HawkenÍs vision of the present is hopeful and ennobling. It breaks down the business vs. environment dichotomy to show that a healthy planet is not revolutionary, but essential to sustaining life.

The Geography Coloring Book
By Wynn Kapit, Addison-Wesley, New York, 1999. This coloring book is filled with detailed maps of the U.S. and world nations. The text provides a reference book of facts regarding population, land size, languages, religions, exports, and climate, etc. Special attention is given to shapes, locations, and comparative sizes that contribute to the visual approach to learning and recall, and to the fun of creating your own atlas.

A Green History of the World
By Clive Ponting, Penguin Books, New York, 1991.
Ponting shows how all great civilizations, from Rome to ancient Egypt to pre-Columbian North America, have prospered by exploiting the earth’s resources until those resources can no longer sustain the population, which leads to the decline and collapse of that society. This answer has urgent relevance for our modern global civilization.

Nature and Madness
By Paul Shepard, Sierra Club Books, San Fransisco, 1982. Shepard seeks to explain the cultural roots of our ecological crisis. In the sense that madness is an expression of infantilie characteristics, he asserts we have gone mad. In this psycho-history of Western civilization, he shows how we have lost our connection to nature on a spiritual and pragmatic level, and we could lead ourselves to the point of consuming our own planet.

Spirit and Nature: Why the Environment Is a Religious Issue
Edited by Steven C. Rockefeller and John C. Elder, Beacon Press, Boston, MA, 1992. What can the religious traditions of the world teach us about how to save the earth? As featured in the Bill Moyers PBS Special Spirit and Nature, leaders from major traditions around the world speak out in this volume about what spiritual resources we may turn to in our age of unprecedented danger to the planet.

This Place on Earth: Home and the Practice of Permanence
By Alan Thein Durning, Sasquatch Books, Seattle, 1996. This book is a personal journey toward, and a working blueprint for, a way of life tha can last. After traveling the world, Durning returned to the Pacific Northwest to devote his time to nourishing a sense of place and helping cultivate a sustainable future. Advocating for Practice of Permanence, he calls for a comprehensive approach to healing our culture and our species.

Media Literacy

Censored 2000: The Year’s Top 25 Censored Stories 
By Peter Phillips & Project Censored, Seven Stories Press, New York, 2000. Every year an increasing number of important news stories are not reported in the mainstream media. In these stories and in orginal essays, the authors examine issues such as “How multinational corporations profit from international brutality”, and U.S. military intervention in the Balkans.

We the Media: A Citizen’s Guide to Fighting for Media Democracy
Edited by Don Hazen and Julie Winokur, The New Press, New York, 1997.
This book features over 100 of the leading journalists, media critics, and experts in the country on who owns and controls the media, how the rapidly expanding corporate media empires and conglomerates affect what you see, hear and read, how political considerations influence what gets on the air, and how advertising pervades modern media. It also highlights the alternatives who are successfully fighting the conglomerates and demanding that media and democracy go together. It is a survival guide to navigating the new media landscape.

By Istvan Banyai, Puffin Books, Hong Kong, 1995. In this wordless picture book, prepare to be disoriented. You are never where you think you are, and as each page turns your perspective stretches and grows. A great book for teaching how to look at the world from a different angle.

Countries in Conflict
Teaching and Learning about Countries in Conflict

After Such Knowledge, What Forgiveness?: My Encounters with Kurdistan
By Jonathan C. Randal, Westview Press, Boulder, CO, 1999. Throughout the history of the Kurds, world powers have promised to help them achieve autonomy, and each time the Kurds have been betrayed. But they are also masters of betrayal. In this book we are taken behind the scenes of the Middle East conflict, following interviews with Kurdish leaders, diplomats, warriors, and journalists.

Balkan Ghosts: a Journey through History
By Robert D. Kaplan, Vintage Books, New York, 1996. Tracing the troubled history of the Balkans from the assassination that triggered World War I to the ethnic warfare sweeping the present Yugoslavia, the Balkans have been the crucible of the twentieth century, the place where terrorism and genocide first became tools of policy. This political travelogue deciphers the ancient passions of the Balkans and the intractable hatreds for outsiders.

The Coming Conflict with China
By Richard Bernstein and Ross H. Monro, Vintage Books, New York, 1998. Two former Beijing bureau chiefs look at the potentially disastrous collision course now taking shape in U.S./China relations. The authors argue that this tense global rivalry between east and west is shaping the course of the twenty-first century.

Hungry Ghosts: Mao’s Secret Famine
By Jasper Becker, Henry Holt and Co., New York, 1996. Journalist Jasper Becker writes the first full account of the four-year famine during the Great Leap Forward, an attempt at utopian engineering gone tragically wrong. In hundreds of interviews Becker tries to understand what really happened between 1958-1962 in rural China, and why it has been kept secret for so long.

Iraq under Seige: the Deadly Impact of Sanctions and War
Edited by Anthony Arnove, South End Press, Cambridge, MA, 2000. Leading voices against the sanctions, including Noam Chomsky and Howard Zinn, document the human, environmental, and social toll of the U.S.-led war against Iraq, ending with concrete ideas on how people can help end the sanctions.

No Pretty Pictures: a Child of War
By Anita Lobel, Avon Books, New York, 1998. This finalist for the National Book Award for younger readers tells the story of survivors of the Jewish Holocaust. The theme of the book is bearing witness, told from the perspective of a child.

State of the Peoples: a Global Human Rights Report on Societies in Danger
From Cultural Survival, Beacon Press, Boston, 1993. Arranged by geographic region, this guide contains information on hundreds of indigenous peoples, articles on critical issues facing specific groups, more than 90 photographs, charts, and maps, plus a Resources for Action section for activists, academics, and the press.

We Wish to Inform You that Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families:
Stories from Rwanda
By Philip Gourevitch, Picador, New York, 1998. In April of 1994 the government of Rwanda called on the Hutu majority to kill everyone in the Tutsi minoiry. Over the next 3 months 800,000 Tutsis were murdered in the worse act of genocide since Nazi Germany. This wok is a history of the genocideÍs background, an anatomy of the killings, and an account of what it means to survive in its aftermath.

Zlata’s Diary: A Child’s Life in Sarajevo
By Zlata Filipovic, Viking, New York, 1994. The diary of a girl during the tumultuous years of 1991-93 when her life changed from her carefree days as an eleven-year-old in Sarajevo, to hiding in her parents cellar as bombs rained down on her home city. At times innocent and at others wise, Zlata’s Diary awakened the world to the horrors of war seen through a child’s eyes.

Peacemakers and Peace Studies
The Study of Peace and Peacemakers

The Art of Peace: Nobel Peace Laureates Discuss Human Rights, Conflict and Resolution
Edited by Jeffrey Hopkins. Snow Lion Publications, Ithaca, NY, 2000. In November 1998 nine Nobel Peace Laureates convened at the University of Virginia to share their views about the importance of basic human rights, their concerns about conflicts that arise when these rights are denied, and their practical ideas for achieving reconciliation. At the core of their agenda is the conviction that an ethical concern for the welfare of others is essential for personal, political, social, and economic balance. The book includes short biographies of each of the laureates. Each presentation is followed by responses from the participants as well as questions from the audience.

Bearing Witness: A Zen Master’s Lessons in Making Peace
By Bernie Glassman. Bell Tower, New York, 1998. A powerful story about the experience of bearing witness and making peace one moment at a time. The author, who founded the Zen Peacemaker Order, describes leading retreats at Auschwitz and on the streets of New York City. He explains the practice of engaged spirituality and lessons learned which we all can apply to our lives.

Being Peace
By Thich Nhat Hanh, Parallax Press, Berkeley, CA, 1996. In this book of talks to American peace activists and students of meditation, Thich Nhat Hanh thoroughly discusses the importance of being peace in order to make peace.

The Disciplined Mind
By Howard Gardner, Penguin, New York, 2000. The first to propose the idea of multiple intelligences, Howard Gardner now argues that education should enhance a deep understanding of three core principles: truth, beauty, and goodness. Gardner envisions a new kind of educational system that would inspire students to rise to the challenges of the future while preserving the goals of a traditional education.

Ethics for the New Millenium
By His Holiness The Dalai Lama, Penguin Putnam, New York, 1999. The Dalai Lama discusses a Buddhist view of ethics with a universal lens for addressing global issues in the next century and beyond. This book is a great pathway to engage a dialogue in any classroom or educational circle about the human condition and what it takes to cultivate humanity in a global society, from one who is felt by many to be one of our greatest models. Its no accident this book has been a NY Times Bestseller for months.

Freedom From Fear
By Aung San Suu Kyi, Penguin Books, London, 1991.The moving collection of writings of a courageous leader of Burma’s National League for Democracy who was put under house arrest by the ruling military junta that took over Burma during the process of a democratic election that she eventually won. Winner of the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize, Aung San Suu Kyi has become a global leader on human rights, peace and social justice.

In The Footsteps of Gandhi: Conversations with Spiritual Social Activists
By Catherine Ingram, Parallax Press, Berkeley, CA, 1990. Twelve interviews with a variety of inspirational leaders, including The Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, Cesar Chavez, Joanna Macy, Ram Dass, Joan Baez and Gary Snyder. A great source of wisdom to help examine issues of social justice and social responsibility.

The Heart of Learning: Spirituality in Education
Edited by Steven Glazer, Penguin Putnam, New York, 1999. This anthology of important teachers and spiritual figures of our time will help students, teachers, parents, and lifelong learners understand more about why we learn and teach. It provides a unified, inspiring, practical new paradigm for how learning can mean more, accomplish more, and inspire the best in each of us.

The Human Rights Reader: Major Political Essays, Speeches, and Documents, from the Bible to the Present
Edited by Micheline Ishay, Routledge, New York: 1997. A comprehensive anthology of primary source material for the study of human rights throughout the growth of Buddhist, Christian, Muslim, Greek, and Roman civilizations, through the Enlightenment and Industrial Age, and up to the present. A recommended tool of study for any human rights education.

Irrepressible Spirit: Conversations with Human Rights Activists
By Susan Kuklin. G.P. Putnam’s Sons, New York, 1996. A cultural and biographical survey of human rights issues inspired by the work of the international NGO Human Right Watch. Through meetings with human rights practitioners and professionals from Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas author introduces you to an entire division of labor of human rights work, from those who work on the ground to those who work behind the scenes to address international human rights violations. One of few book like this written for secondary school students. A great primer on human rights education.

Lives of Moral Leadership
By Robert Coles, Random House, New York, 2000. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author creates a portrait of moral leadership what it is, and how it is achieved through stories of people who have led and inspired him, from Robert Kennedy to a Boston bus driver. He tells how moral leaders both change the course of history and influence the day-to-day quality of life in our homes, schools, communities, and nation. He also explores how each of us can be engaged in a continual and mutual life-giving process of personal and national leadership development.

Respect: An Exploration
By Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot, Perseus Books, Cambridge, MA, 2000. This book examines the nature of respect in all relationships, whether professional, personal, or in public life. Drawing on moments in daily life, Lawrence-Lightfoot probes into the fundamental ingredient of respect in human connections.

Revolution: Faces of Change
Edited by John Miller and Aaron Kenedi ThunderÍs Mouth Press, New York, 2000. In 25 portraits of world leaders, this book explores themes of resistance in the face of oppression, perseverance against formidable odds, and visions for change. Along with stunning photographs, we hear the stories of Nelson Mandela, Malcolm X, the Dalai Lama, Aung San Suu Kyi, and many other figures who have risked their lives for social change.

Talking Peace: A Vision for the Next Generation
By Jimmy Carter. Puffin Books, New York, 1995. This former President sets a model for global citizenship to young people through his reflections on working for conflict resolution and peace during office and currently through The Carter Center. Jimmy Carter discusses issues of war, peace, global conflict, mediation, The Middle East Peace Process, and human rights. A primer for teaching about global citizenship and social responsibility.

Teaching and Learning about Sustainability and Simplicity

The Cost of Living
By Arundhati Roy, The Modern Library, New York, 1999. In two essays titled The End of Imagination and The Greater Common Good, the award-winning author of the The God of Small Things harshly critiques the Indian Government on two key issues: the nuclear arms race it has recently entered with Pakistan, and the building of a mega-dam that threatens to uproot hundreds of thousands of indigenous peoples. She describes a society where the lives of many are sacrificed for the comforts of a few, peeling away the mask of democracy and prosperity to show the true costs hidden beneath.

The Ecology of Commerce: a Declaration of Sustainability
By Paul Hawken, HarperBusiness, New York, 1993. In this now classic treatise, Hawken makes the case that business must be responsible to environmental concerns if we are to sustain our civilization. Though he foresees a bleak future if we do not act soon, Hawken’s vision of the present is hopeful and ennobling. It breaks down the business vs. environment dichotomy to show that a healthy planet is not revolutionary, but essential to sustaining life.

The Hungry Spirit: Beyond Capitalism, a Quest for Purpose in the Modern World
By Charles Handy, Broadway Books, New York, 1998. From one of the world’s most respected business and social philosophers, this is a groundbreaking book that challenges us to question our reliance on traditional definitions of success and inspires us to find meaning and fulfillment in our professional, personal, and spiritual lives.

This Place on Earth: Home and the Practice of Permanence
By Alan Durning, Sasquatch Books, Seattle, WA, 1996. After traveling the world, Durning returned to Seattle to focus on the local in a global world. His journey asks questions like, how do we create an environmentally sustainable society, and what does it mean to practice permanence? He offers his views in this inspiring, hope-filled book.

Your Money or Your Life
By Joe Dominguez and Vicki Robin, Penguin, New York, 1992. In this practical guide to stepping out of the work more/spend more cycle, the authors offer their personal plan for taking back control of their lives. Their nine-step program tells how to get out of debt, develop savings, reorder material priorities and live well for less, resolve inner conflicts between values and lifestyles, convert problems into opportunities to learn new skills, attain a wholeness of livelihood and lifestyle, and save the planet while saving money.


Lesson Plans and Curricula Developed by Global Source

Approaching WTO Education: How to Bring WTO into Your Classroom by Engaging Students in International Trade Disputes, a Curriculum for Grades 6-12
Curriculum written by Global Source Education and co-developed by educators from the World Affairs Council of Seattle, the University of Washington School of Business, and the Center for International Business Education and Research at the University of Washington, November 1999. Includes introductory readings to the WTO, multiple perspectives surrounding the debate, and four classroom lessons on various controversial policies. Download for free at:

Who is Making your Sneakers? A Case Study on Trade, Human Rights and the Individual: Social Responsibility and the Consumer
By Global Source Education, 1999. This case study and lesson plan offers a microcosm of the globalization debate. Using the production of sneakers by Nike, Inc. as a model, the lesson introduces students to the debate and dialogue over Free Trade versus Fair Trade. The debate examines the balance between economic opportunity and economic exploitation on the world stage. Through reading the primary and secondary source mateirlas included in this lesson, students will draw out and identify these multiple perspectives, and be able to make their own informed choices as to where they stand in this debate, how this debate relates to larger global issues, and how they can make their voices heard through inquiry and participation.

Globalization and Social Responsibility: Bridging the Real World and the Classroom, Course Handbook 
Compiled and written by Global Source Education, 2000. This Course Handbook was specially developed for Global Source Education’s summer 2000 Teachers’ Institute on Globalization and Social Responsibility in Seattle, WA. The resource contains source material on the WTO, child labor, the environment, military interventionism, selective purchasing laws, world music as a vehicle for engaging in global issues, and student participation in a new civics. The guide also includes two lesson plans called “Who is Making your Sneakers?” and “Coffee: Connecting Local and Global Economies”. Extensive readings for both educators and students is included, as well as resources for further inquiry.

Lessons Learned from the WTO Experience
Handbook compiled and written by Global Source Education for a special workshop for educators on December 9, 2000.
Developed for the one-year anniversary of the WTO meeting and protests in Seattle which helped ignite a global debate on trade and human rights, this packet of readings and curricular suggestions is designed to help educators prepare for classroom discussions on trade. Readings examine the debate from both defenders and critics of free trade.

Suggested Videography

Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers
Documentary, 2 hours.

Environmentalists Under Fire: 10 Urgent Cases of Human Rights Abuses
By Amnesty International and the Sierra Club. 21 minutes. As part of the Humanr Rights and the Environment Campaign, the goal of the video project is to shine a light on nations where human rights abuses are being committed against environmental activists and to take action immediately to stop the abuses suffered by environmentalists who are being beaten, harasses, detained, raped, tortured, and murdered.

The Global Economy
Documentary by Junior Achievement, 1999.

Global Village or Global Pillage?
Documentary by Global Exchange, 2000. 25 minutes.

Globalization and Human Rights
Documentary by Globalvision, 1998. 57 minutes. (see )

Human Rights: Working for a Better World
NBC News Video, 1993.

Mickey Mouse Goes to Haiti: Walt Disney and the Science of Exploitation…
Documentary produced by the National Labor Committee, 1996. What is it like to work in a Haitian facorry sewing Disney children’s clothing for export and sale in the U.S.? This video is an investigation into Disney’s factories in Haiti where workers earn 7 cents for every pair of Disney pajamas she sews, or one-half of one percent f the sales price of the garment.

Showdown in Seattle
By the Independent Media Center, November 1999. Footage compiled from dozens of independent videographers on the streets of Seattle during the 1999 WTO protests.

Soldier Child
Directed by Neil Abramson and narrated by Danny Glover, 1998. This documentary reveals the story of the kidnapping of 12,000 children from their homes in Northern Uganda to be trained as soldiers in a rebel army in Sudan. It also documents the efforts put forth by the Northern Uganda people for their children who have escaped from the army.

Suffering in Iraq Due to Economic Sanctions
CBS newspiece from “60 Minutes” Program, May 12, 1996. 15 minutes.

This Is What Democracy Looks Like
By the Independent Media Center, 2000. A documentary about the WTO protests in Seattle 1999. Narrated by Susan Sarandon and Michael Franti with footage from hundreds of amateur videographers who filmed the protests from the streets. This is coverage of the historic protest and launch of a global movement from grassroots media-makers.

Welcome to Sarajevo
Feature film by Miramax, 102 minutes. An offbeat band of TV journalists stationed in Sarajevo during the heat of the war report from the front-lines. One of the journalists crosses the line and risks his life to smuggle an orphaned girl to safety in the UK.

Suggested Websites

Globalization with a Human Face United Nations 1999 Human Development Report, can be found at

180 Movement for Democracy and Education:

Business for Social Responsibility (BSR):

The Independent Media Center:

International Forum on Globalization (IFG):

Jubilee 2000 UK:

The Media Foundation:

People For Fair Trade – WTO Host Committee:

PGA (People’s Global Action against free trade):

PIPA (Program on International Policy Attitudes):

Positive Futures Network and Yes! Magazine:

Public Citizen:,, (800) 289-3787

Rainforest Action Network:

Resource Center of the Americas:

Third World Network:

Transnational Resource and Action Center (TRAC):

United for a Fair Economy:

United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD):

United Nations Global Compact:

USTR (United States Trade Representative):

WCIT (Washington Council on International Trade) WTO Seattle:

WTO (World Trade Organization):; WTO Information and Media Relations Division:

WTO Seattle Host Organization:

Human Rights Education
Source Material for Educators
Source Material for Students
Human Rights Education Sources On-line
Human Rights in China
Human Rights in East Timor