Why Global Connections Are Powerful

The world is so much larger than we think. A search engine cannot help us discover the world. Only through dialogue with others can we learn about things that we would not have even imagined to look for on Google, Bing or DuckDuckGo.
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July 13, 2023 02:04 EDT
Dear FO° Reader,

When I started editing at Fair Observer, I didn’t give much thought to the effect that engaging with an international network would have on me. I was excited to practice editing with thoughtful people and authors, but I didn’t realize that my experience at Fair Observer would be so eye-opening, even through short conversations with teammates. I regularly leave each meeting armed with unexpected new ideas, interesting stories and alternative lenses to view the world.

Recently, I was on a call with Roberta Campani, who heads partnership and outreach, and Atul Singh, the founder, CEO and editor-in-chief. In a natural flow of conversation, I learned about dentistry in India, the huge variance in education costs between the US and Europe, the Swiss French design origins of Chandigarh, Galileo Galilei treading staircases in the University of Bologna, Victorian design in Mumbai, and travel stories that were almost too wild to believe.

Created by Midjourney.
I certainly did not expect to exit the meeting with a new resolve to travel, brush up on my history, write and create art. I also did not expect to hear a story from Atul about an accidental car chase in Africa. But there I was, a few hours later, editing AI art inspired by what I had learned and writing this piece with a sudden and intense motivation.

Created by Midjourney.

Global World View

Even with so much information just a click away on the internet, there is no replacement for the energizing conversation you can have with people from different backgrounds. Fair Observer is one of a kind in this regard. Not only do I have thought-provoking conversations with teammates, I have the privilege of learning from many international authors. I have edited articles from people across the globe speaking about issues that they are directly connected to.

Created by Midjourney.

I edited a piece on the Iraqi government from someone who experienced the civil unrest of post-war Iraq. I also learned about farmer suicides in India, of which I regrettably had little prior knowledge.

You can read the news about what is happening somewhere, but it is very different to experience reading from someone who is intimately connected to the phenomenon. I am continually inspired by the range of voices I have learned from at Fair Observer.

Inspiration for a More Equitable Future

The people that comprise Fair Observer are eclectic, sincere and intelligent. This is reflected in the kaleidoscope of content published and the consistent priority placed on hearing from varied viewpoints. Fair Observer has been a treasure trove of inspiration for me.

Created by Midjourney in the style of Le Corbusier.

From a simple hour-long meeting to editing a full article, I always leave with a sense of wonder at how big the world is and how much is left to explore and learn. Good-faith debate is encouraged, a welcome invitation to bring your thoughts to the table.

Global issues are not just something happening in a faraway place as it sometimes feels in the US. At Fair Observer, these issues are connected to our experience. I am re-energized that the possibility of sharing stories can promote change and that by connecting with people and hearing their experience, we can collectively push for a more equitable future.

With best wishes,
Lane Gibson

P.S. I created illustrations throughout this newsletter on the basis of my conversations with the Fair Observer team using Midjourney.

Created by Midjourney.
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