By ANASTASIA ASHMAN
Glo· bal· niche, n.
psychic solution to your global identity crisis
Don’t coin too many terms, warn the smart search engine optimizers. “No one will know what you’re talking about plus they won’t be able to find you!” At expat+HAREM we like to talk about unconventional, unbounded and unmapped life as we experience it, and if we could find the lingo we need in common usage, we’d certainly use it.
If you’ve arrived in the expat+HAREM community, perhaps you do know what I’m talking about. Or maybe you want to see what’s next in neoculture (another coined term to-be-explained).
Here’s the deal.
WE’RE ALL BORN GLOBAL CITIZENS even if that knowledge gets trained out of us. A global identity seems nebulous, and ungrounded. Better to bond with the more concrete: family, culture, nation.
Problem with concrete though: it cracks over time, in quickly changing conditions, and sometimes even under its own weight.
Globalization means we’re entering a permanent state of psychic limbo about who we are and where we belong in the world.
Mixed blood. Crossculture. Third Culture. International work, study, travel. Fusion faiths, dual nationalities. Many of us know the bittersweet liminality of living between multiple worlds, and the soul-sprung righteousness of refusing to settle on just one.
The more we move around the less home is one place – not to mention the mirage home becomes as soon as we leave it — so our associations spread and bifurcate and split again. Our capacity for inclusion grows, and our sense of self expands along with it.
Our concrete center will not hold.
OUR PEOPLE ARE NOT WHO THEY USED TO BE We also recognize we’re unbounded by the communities in our physical midst and traditional markers like geography, nationality or even blood.
Now we find inspiring new kinship in interest and outlook.
Virtual technologies like social media and mobile devices help identity adventurers, global nomads and digital citizens integrate even faster across out-moded boundaries.
- We’re segregating along the lines of our true selves. Joining tribes. Ning networks. Realtime Twitter chats.
- Finding ways not to be limited by where we are, and methods to be who we are, doing what we love, regardless of location.
- In the exquisite pull of online social networking — as opposed to the usual blunt force push of actual social circumstance — we demand more value and relevance from our connections. They demand the same of us, filling our interactions with dynamism and serendipity.
To become the global citizens we truly are, we need to find our place in the world.
This has always been the case. But the 21st century offers new ways to find where we uniquely belong, and a new urgency to actualize our global citizenship.
Here at expat+HAREM we believe you can create a psychic solution to your global identity crisis.
Call it psychic location independence.
She’sNext interview: Here I’m talking about how multifaceted, 21st century women can find their global niche.
TAPPING INTO OUR OWN GLOBAL BEING When we discover our psychic peers and foster a global community with them – fashioning a hybrid identity and a ‘salamander’ life that intersects and honors the many worlds we belong to — we’ve found our global niche. It’s good to be home.
GOT THINGS TO SAY? A briefer version of the global niche definition appears on the blog so you can comment to your heart’s content.