Global Citizenship Action Plan
– In Part A, students will submit to an editor of a major business journal such as Forbes Magazine: a 2-page proposal for an article they wish to have published.
– Students are encouraged to draw on a provided communications strategy planning document and best practices in business writing to develop their proposal.
– Part A is a pitch to get support from the editor to write the story so it must be clear and strategic, compelling and persuasive.
– You should seek out and reference in your work learnings from the course and materials offered.
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Pitch – Everyone is a Global Citizen Leader: Embrace your Responsibility
Dear Editor (Forbes Magazine),
I would like to propose a feature story for your publication regarding the ongoing challenges facing the world as people’s living conditions continue to deteriorate following our socioeconomic exploits. It suffices to highlight that modern news articles and academic discussions have identified sustainability as a major goal that ought to be pursued by organizations and countries across the globe. Such a progressive vision has been embraced by various stakeholders, thus leading to the emergence of commendable strides including carbon capping in the UK and China as well as recycling of plastic materials for 3-D Printing (Unruh, 2018).
Inasmuch as global economic actors have made noteworthy steps to facilitate sustainability, the system is not designed to safeguard the human race in the long-run. Such a controversial sentiment is rightly embedded in the observations of Maak and Pless (2009). According to these pundits, organizations and countries cannot resolve global challenges in solitude. They further observe that even though corporations are expected to deliver “more” in terms of safeguarding the human race, most if not all stakeholders do not trust them. The fact that stakeholders cannot envision a future where economic actors operate as global citizens is quite disheartening.
My disappointment is worth expression, especially since, the so-called “stakeholders” include individuals with effective resources that can be utilized to create a future where corporations operate as global citizens (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), 2015). These stakeholders include common citizens, industry pundits, policymakers, and small-to-medium-sized economic entities. It should be understood that global citizen leadership is not a task reserved for giant corporations such as Amazon Inc. Coca-Cola, and Nike alone. These skeptical stakeholders should also assume their responsibility by doing the little they can to foster the transition they desire rather than just naysaying.
A similar supposition is presented by Maak and Pless (2009) when they argue that as much as an organization like Nike cannot control the working conditions of people working in low-budget labor economies such as China and India, it can compel its suppliers and distributors to operate within specific standards if they are to cooperate in the long-run. This scenario proves that even the least powerful stakeholder in the chain can participate in the same by setting standards that ought to be met by corporations and governments. When placed into perspective, this kind of global citizen leadership can be leveraged by any member of the society.
In light of the presented argument, I wish to embrace my responsibility by sharing this content through your platform. The fact that your audience included leaders from all walks of life implies that the message will reach the right people at such a critical time. I also believe that the Forbes brand will equally play its part in the promotion of global citizen leadership by publishing the proposed article.
I am a Communications student, and a justified leader for that matter. I have been a keen follower of international trends for years now, and I believe that the lessons I have learnt through observation, exploration, and practice might be useful to some members of the global society. As a leader, I am inspired by a sincere need to inspire other people to pursue a common vision that benefits the entire human race without jeopardizing the livelihood of future generations.
Maak, T., & Pless, N.M. (2009). Business leaders as citizens of the world. Advancing humanism on a global scale. Journal of Business Etthics. 88(1). DOI: 10.1007/s10551-009-0122-0
United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). (2015). Global Citizenship Education. Paris, France: UNESCO.
Unruh, G. (2018). Circular economy, 3D printing, and the biosphere rules. California Management Review, 60(3), 95-111. Retrieved from https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0008125618759684