Updated Mar 27, 2019

Anne Glick

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One Globe Kids is a digital play program for elementary global citizens, designed to encourage cross cultural friendship with the help of stories & education resources. Raising changemakers, living together as equals in diverse democratic societies.

•One Globe Kids targets 4–10 year olds, a formative phase where biases are formed, and imagination and imagery are key components of learning.
• We travel the world to visit children and their families and spend multiple days recording their story. These are developed to help kids draw connections between their life and that in other countries.
• We use technology to ...
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•One Globe Kids targets 4–10 year olds, a formative phase where biases are formed, and imagination and imagery are key components of learning.
• We travel the world to visit children and their families and spend multiple days recording their story. These are developed to help kids draw connections between their life and that in other countries.
• We use technology to simulate inter-group friendship. Child users feel that they actually meet, visit and befriend a peer elsewhere. There is no actual contact, it is entirely safe for both participating children and users.
• The friendship experience is created through both the depth and breadth of the visual story (90+ images), the life-like audio (narrated by a real child, not a child actor), and friendship features, currently:
o Visual proximity - add a photo of yourself, creating a sense of proximity
o Story adventure - in each story choose what to do next together
o Tell me about yourself - record listen to the pretend conversation
o Count/Speak with me - record and listen to yourself practicing your friends language
o Fun country facts - Each friend shares friendly and basic facts about his/her location
• Lots of offline activities help to get to know a friend/country/language/global theme even better.
• Free aligned education resources encourage schools to use the program on a daily basis.
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Stage 4: Transition to Scale

A small storytelling project in 2010, turned into a researched based non-profit program with the help of private donations. Currently at 80K app downloads & 500 online users. Ready to go after program income, take on school markets around the world.

Focus Areas:

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Key Partner
80,000
Customers
$47,000
Funds Raised to Date

Problem

Implicit biases are formed in children as young as 6 years of age. They influence choices throughout a lifetime: whom to befriend, whom to help, whom to trust, whom to hire, whom to elect. In adulthood, amplified by economic and security concerns, biases feed division, hatred and inequality worldwide. Research shows that cross-group friendship is the most powerful way to overcome bias. Unfortunately, the opportunity to form cross-group friendships during early childhood is often limited.

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Solution

Using digital play, in collaboration with researchers and educators, we translate evidence-based approaches for prejudice reduction into scalable and impactful friendship experiences for young kids around the world. The One Globe Kids program is a digital library of global friendship stories and activities, for children 4 - 10 years old, designed to explore friendship beyond socio-economic, cultural, religious, and other borders of their familiar groups.

Target Beneficiaries

Primary beneficiaries are English, French and Dutch-speaking 4 – 10 year olds and their parents and educators. From social psychology research, we know that simply observing others engaged in successful intergroup interactions can change attitudes and behaviour, giving our program a potentially very large positive ripple effect.

Mission and Vision

We intend to demonstrate that technology-mediated, positive friendship experiences help children explore their own identity and feel confident in contact with diverse others. Results from our latest research, with schools in the UK and funded by the Equality and Human Rights Commission, show that the One Globe Kids program was found to significantly increase cultural openness and perception of similarities in children, the foundation for 21st century global citizenship.

Competitive Advantage

One Globe Kids:
• targets the youngest learners: Most global education books/videos/games for this age rely on generalities and stereotypes, focus on country facts, or provide little story depth. One Globe Kids connects with children in an intimate and emotional way.
• is based on 70 years of research: a partnership with experts in intergroup-contact ensures maximum impact. New academic research has found that imagined contact can positively impact attitudes and behavior towards people in other groups, with a particularly strong impact on children. Using technology to simulate cross-group friendship is a new field of study.
• collaborates with real children to create a real experience: Each story is structured to help users appreciate similarities.
• uses safe technology to create emotional closeness: The program replicates the friendship-making process, it is entirely safe, offering only simulated contact.

Planned Goals and Milestones

Now that we added a curriculum for US public schools to use One Globe Kids to cover Common Core Standards for ELA, it is time to get it into the classrooms of as many kids as possible.
Funding Goal500,000
Projected Cumulative Lives Impacted1,000,000
New Implemented CountriesBurundi, Australia, United States, Haiti, Palestinian Territories, Netherlands, Israel, United Kingdom, Indonesia
Recruit2 board, 2 volunteers, 1 staff
New FeatureMore friends: Asher in Israel, Layth and Bara’a in Palestine and Nora in Norway -Development of One [Country] Kids program, to increase intergroup contact close to home -Continue Phd impact research with University of Kent

The Team Behind the Innovation

The diverse Globe Smart Kids team is spread around the world, intentionally giving the organization an international perspective and network. We all work remotely, giving us access to the best local resources, while being able to work where we are and save on operational cost. The custom One Globe Kids CMS makes it possible to improve our program in all time-zones. The executive team consist of 2 co-founders and 3 board members.

EXECUTIVE TEAM INCLUDES WOMEN

Milestone

Mar 2019
Recognition ReceivedPENDING
Oct 2018
Jul 2018
New Product Or Service
New online platform, added K-2 CCS aligned curriculum
Jul 2010
Created
Date Unknown
Funds RaisedPENDING
Unknown Amount
Date Unknown

Supporting Materials

Teacher-Guide-2nd.pdf
Research-behind-One-Globe-Kids.pdf
180402-Globe-Smart-Kids.pdf