Citizen's voices

Dietmar K. Pfeiffer
Germany

1. What does global citizenship mean to you?

The conceptual combination of kosmos and polites (as known for 2 millennia) includes very different meanings and has at present frequently become a cliché which can mean everything and nothing. Based on a modern theoretical system’s perspective, global citizenship means neither the disappearance of nations nor the existence of a global brotherhood but the inclusion of all citizens of the world in a global communications network, where nations represent networks of higher density.

2. In what ways are you a global citizen?

On such a level of conceptual abstraction, global citizenship can assume a variety of concrete forms in accordance to different levels of systemic relations (interaction, organisation, society). I consider myself a global citizen because I participate in very different communicational contexts all over the world, including scientific cooperation, international social movements, personal mobility and, last but not least, through contributing to the social and economic development of nations other than my own.