Instructions for Posting

The best way to post your thoughts and to see what your classmates had to say is to click on the title of any given post. You'll see a comment box and the string of posts that have already been made.

So really...where are you wearing?

1. Check the tag of your T-shirt, jeans, or shorts. 

2. What brand is it? What country is it from?

3. Share your findings in your comment. Then, determine if there are there any commonalities with your classmates.

4. Discuss.


Visit and look around. Learn what you can about this organization. Do you think this site can change lives?

If you are inclined to make a loan, post your thoughts about the process and who you chose to support.

Child Labor

It is estimated by the International Labour Rights Organization that 1.3 million children work more than 43 hours per week. In Chapter 7, Timmerman discusses how Bangladesh defines "child."

Ultimately, how young is too young to work in your opinion?

Those Who Make Levi's

Levi's aren't for sale in Cambodia. What does this say about the lives of the people who make blue jeans?

Sim Sweatshop

Okay, so you guys love to play games...this much I know for sure. Here's your chance. Put yourself in the shoes (no pun intended) of a sweatshop worker. Go to this Sim Sweatshop and try your luck - you'll find that completing the task required is not as easy as you think.

Now, how did you do? Comment with your score and your thoughts about the fairness of this horrific world.

Growing Pains

In Chapter 21, some folks are displaced by the Chinese government. If the government told you they needed you to move for the "greater good," what would you do?


How has Clarksville been affected by globalization? Do you think locals think the change is good or bad?

Parting Note from Kelsey!

Things like sweatshops, child labor, and people working for $24/month, are all just symptoms of the extreme poverty that is prevalent across our world. Yes, we should try to be engaged consumers (I have some tips here to educate yourself and think about the impact your school has), but it doesn’t end there. I believe we need to become glocals – global and local citizens. We need to be better donors (giving like Bill Gates gives), volunteers, and neighbors. Each of us needs to look at what we are good at and share that with the world to fight poverty in our own communities and around the world. I’m currently on a mission to Go Glocal. I'd love for you to join me.

We might not always be able to control the impact that forces like globalization have on our lives, but we can control the impact our lives have on the world.

Happy travels!