Economics and Entrepreneurship

Global Economy

We live in a world connected by global trade. Explore the driving question: How might we make our local economy more circular to get the most from globalization?

Recommended Timeframe: 2-3 months, 4-5 hours/week

We live in a world connected by global trade. The complex flow of imports and exports around the world shapes our experience every day, whether we realize it or not. From the price of our belongings, to the availability of our jobs, to the impact on our natural spaces, globalization leaves its mark in our modern era. We will dive into the trading data using colorful infographics and interactive maps, connecting it back to our own communities as we quest to shift our local economy in a meaningful way.

Key Topics

  • Read Bamboo People, by Mitali Perkins
  • Address common misconceptions about U.S. trading
  • Discover the story of how common objects travel the world before getting to us
  • Think deeply about the cultural, economic, and ecological impacts of world trade, both positive and negative
  • Observe your local ecosystem and compare it with the economy
  • Become graphic designers tasked with marketing a product overseas
  • Expand world views through literature, exploring how economics shift the experiences of young people growing up in a country very different from ours
  • Interview members of your community to figure out the impacts of your local imports and exports
  • Think beyond ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ to reshape your local economy in some sustainable way