By: Jairo Carbonell
Globalization is featured almost everywhere in my daily life. We learned in the video by Thomas Friedman that we are now living with globalization built around individuals. For example, I am a student employee with UMD’s Division of IT. Since the university has numerous multi-million dollar contracts with Cisco’s equipment, those with Cisco IT certifications are able to get more hands-on experience and a higher pay. Cisco Networking Academies are translated into multiple languages via an online learning platform, thus making me a possible connector, collaborator, or competitor with other IT employees with Cisco certifications around the world.
As a first generation college student, I see how globalization has impacted my near and extended family. I realized how western culture is slowly integrating with Spanish culture and how multiple countries are benefiting from it. My parents are both immigrants from Peru and my mother came to the U.S. through the Diversity Immigrant Visa program. Peru, among many nations are no longer eligible for the program and it has left many behind in poverty. Therefore, my family continues to work hard to help support our families back in Peru.
Globalization has been good for the US as many immigrants address both STEM shortages and low-paying occupations that others would rather not have. Ethereum Foundation, a Swiss nonprofit, created a custom built blockchain, with contributions from intellects around the world. This benefits the US because there is now an Enterprise Ethereum Alliance that connects Fortune 500 enterprises, startups, academics, and technology vendors with Ethereum experts as this technology ensure trust, privacy, and performance. Companies like Microsoft, Intel, J.P. Morgan, and over 100 other companies in the alliance are making their research and resources as open sourced software for all businesses to learn, study, and use.