What happens around the world can have direct and lasting impact on us. The outside world affects us; we are not an island. The Plan needs to build the awareness that the City is a player on a much larger playing field. Are we ready to take advantage of the opportunities that present themselves, or will we simply react after the fact and lose opportunities, or will we just let them slip by completely unrecognized? Are we ready to proactively address problems that may be headed our way or will we react to them, or will we allow ourselves to be willingly hurt and not be prepared? Change is a universal principle of organic entities, and we must understand the effects of changes at many different levels.