Partnership for Whole School Change

A PROGRAM of COOPERATIVE ARTISTS INSTITUTE (CAI)

FIRST WORLD STATUS: WHAT IT IS AND WHY IT IS CRITICAL

Massachusetts’ residents are fortunate to reside in a local with a high first world status. Our proposal will show that globalization has changed the criteria for obtaining and maintaining a local's first world status. Most of our general public is not aware of this change. Our proposal will show that increasingly, the locals with the highest first world status will tend to be those locals that provide their entire population with the opportunity to benefit from:

  • wealth creation as an employee and an employer;
  • a high quality civil society, affordable transportation, affordable housing, and a great K-12 educational experience;
  • an effective democratic society that provides high standard public safety outcomes for everyone;
  • forums, symposiums, trade fairs, and other formal and informal opportunities for people to share what they are passionate about to spur innovation; 
  • healthy, beautiful communities where the quality of life is high; 
  • the opportunities and responsibilities of realizing economic success;
  • everyone having a seat at the table where decisions that effect the society are made;
  • living in a place where every culture is expressed and respected; and
  • public K-12 schools that prepare all their citizens to humanely succeed in the global marketplace.

Our proposal will show that in this world globalization is reshaping, our state must aim for outcomes like these, or its high first world status will slip away to other locals that achieve these outcomes.

Our state's high ranking must constantly be earned anew, because the global competition to acquire and maintain first world status is fierce. This intensity is the result of seven billion people craving the huge economic, technological, and quality of life advantages this ranking offers. To learn more, visit dynamics that threaten our state's first world status.

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