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.
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.
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.
|Projected Cumulative Lives Impacted||1,000,000|
|New Implemented Countries||Burundi, Australia, United States, Haiti, Palestinian Territories, Netherlands, Israel, United Kingdom, Indonesia|
|Recruit||2 board, 2 volunteers, 1 staff|
|New Feature||More 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 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