I recently contributed a post with the title above to the Verifeed blog. Verifeed is a new company and service that is helping make our feeds and conversations more relevant and our sources more credible.
The full post is here: http://verifeed.com/learning-to-swim-in-the-global-conversation/.
Here is an excerpt specifically about global conversations:
I want to be able to have conversations about things that are important to me, with people I like, and with others I’d like if I knew them better;
And I would like to be able to see the local and global connections between my conversations and the conversations of others who share my interests, but who don’t always share my perspectives.
That is, (getting further out), I would like to see how my thinking and conversations fit with the rest of the conversations in my communities and the world. Are we each getting only a small part of the picture; are we getting more or less fragmented; are we actually learning from each other – and if so, what are we learning. Etc.
Some of this is further in the future, but I think it’s doable.