There are many social issues that extend well beyond national borders, such as poverty, food insecurity, violence against women, and lack of access to healthcare. These issues require collective action and an ability to respond quickly to wherever the need is. Since the inception of Doctors Without Borders, a groundbreaking organization dedicated to providing life-saving medical care all over the world, many other organizations have followed suit and are addressing a number of global social problems in innovative ways.

You will focus on one of these organizations and examine some of the innovative strategies that are used to address global social issues and problems. You will also consider how the organization takes culture, ethics, and power into account when addressing global issues and problems. 

To Prepare

  • Review the Learning Resources on global social change organizations. Select one organization to focus on for this Discussion. Consider how the organization addresses global social problems or issues.  
  • Review the Learning Resources on innovative strategies for global social change. Think about how the organization that you selected uses innovative strategies to effect positive global social change.  
  • Review the Learning Resources on culture, ethics, and power. Reflect on how the organization that you selected accounts for culture, ethics, and power in its mission and initiatives. 

Post a brief description of a Beyond/Without Borders organization of interest to you. In your description, be sure to include their social change mission. Then explain how the organization uses at least one innovative strategy to address the global social issue or problem and/or bridge the geographical gaps. Be specific. Finally, explain the degree to which the organization takes culture, ethics, and power into account when addressing the global issue or problem. Use what you learned about the organization’s mission and major initiatives to support your explanation.