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Globalization and technology have bought miraculous advances in technology, travel, and business, yet people are still stuck in an era of divided nation states – or are they? For Jeffrey Eker, a U.S. national, and Sarang Shaikh, a Pakistani national, the time has come for humanity to embrace the idea of being a truly international, global citizen and break out of the notion that humanity is divided. 

Their idea – and roadmap for readers’ personal transformations – is outlined in their new book, Living Globalized, which features their experience along with twenty-two others from ten different nations in a short story format. The book shows how embracing global citizenship can make a huge impact, and how anyone can work to learn and benefit from the lessons in the own book to improve their own life. The book is available from Amazon in paperback and on Kindle pre-sale (ending December 4, 2018).

“You could say that this book was born in an elevator in Sri Lanka, which is where I first met Sarang! We almost immediately became friends as we shared so many ideas and thoughts – even though we came from almost the exact opposite backgrounds,” said Eker, who co-authored the book with Shaikh.

“Living Globalized is almost like a guidebook to becoming an impactful global citizen. Each chapter teaches a specific lesson with a real story to back it up and finishes off with exercises that people can follow to start their own process of becoming a truly global citizen. We’ve lived it, and so have other people – now we want to help make this a truly global movement.”

The book comes at a time when global tensions are reaching levels not seen since the end of the Cold War in 1989. By traveling, volunteering, and working internationally, people are now able to leverage global opportunities across the whole planet, rather than just locally.

At the same time, the immense perspective gained from global citizenry provides people with the perfect antidote against an international political system. As the caravan reaches the U.S. border at Tijuana, many are watching, waiting to see what action President Trump will take next. With the recent scandal of 1,500 lost refugee children still fresh in many people’s minds, those who believe in global citizenry are doing all they can to foster better relationships at a personal level with those from around the world. 

As political resentments and controversies between nations simmer in the pot, Living Globalized is a reminder that friendships and connections between people across borders and cultures remain as strong as ever – and with modern technology, travel, and communication has never been easier.

Jeffrey Eker and Sarang Shaikh are not the only ones pushing people to explore the opportunities offered by this new, globalized world. In a recent Forbes piece, journalist Mei Mei Fox highlighted the importance of adopting an open-minded attitude toward other cultures, pointing out that ‘global awareness’ was critical for business success and development.

“Our story is just one of thousands out there. Although Sarang and I are just two people from two small towns on opposite sides of the world with different religions, our chance meeting in that elevator made a positive international impact,” added Eker. “What we have been able to accomplish since is amazing – and something that everyone can accomplish!”

Eker (CEO) and Shaikh (Chief Philosophy Officer) are also partners at Tediferous, the tech company which created CultureCloud – an app that allows people from around the world to connect with others who share their interests. The story of the creation of CultureCloud is described in Living Globalized and a clear statement of intent from two men who are determined to change the world by putting their money where their mouth is.

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