When I see the passion shown by children as young as five years old in transforming the world for the better by recycling or raising money for charity, I think about what age parents can begin to communicate to their children global problems and challenges. Should we keep silent until middle school about climate change, inequality, hunger, food insecurity, water shortage, or child labor, or implement those issues as soon as they understand the subject?

Empowerment and reassurance are two fundamental concepts in raising children. We want to empower our children to stand up for themselves, believe in their abilities…

What does global mind mean?

For me, a global-minded person is someone who knows about different cultures, beliefs, challenges for people, and the planet and how each decision has an impact on others all over the world.

Global mindedness sums up important characteristics we want our children to nourish, such as curiosity, open-mindedness, empathy, and embracing differences (instead of just tolerating them). It is the foundation for making a difference in the world, and for succeeding in the interconnected world of the 21st-century. And it gives our children a sense of place and being grounded in their own home.


How do you respond when someone asks you what the one thing is that you want your kids to be when they grow up? For me, the answer has always been unconditionally “global citizens.” I raise my own children in a particular way that inspires them and makes them excited about the world.

Children of the 21st century live in a “global village” and in communities with people from all different backgrounds, cultures, and beliefs. They grow up facing global challenges for people and planet that affect all of us, not just an isolated few. …

In his famous poem “On Children,” Khalil Gibran writes, “… (your children’s) souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams”. The world, which is changing at a never seen before pace, will look very different for our kids when they are grown up. For me, that is a disconcerting fact. The questions that I continuously ask myself are: What will the future be like for my children? How am I supposed to set them up for success in the interconnected world of the 21st century?

What I do know for sure is…

Constanze Niedermaier, Whyzz

Constanze is the founder of Whyzz, a company that develops online and offline tools for young global minds. She is a mom and global citizen and loves to travel.

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