GI–Overview

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Global Integration
Actively integrating our lives with global realities by connecting relationally and contributing relevantly on behalf of human wellbeing and the major issues facing humanity, in light of our integrity and core values (e.g., ethical, humanity, faith-based).

To review some initial reflections about Global Integration, see the 10 foundational entries on the CORE Member Care weblog (July-December 2011). Click here:  Global Integration–connecting mental health, mission/aid, and member care in the service of humanity. Here is a summary of the 10 areas (entries) as well as some of the main points for each entry. See also the 25 entries on Global Integrators (January-December 2015).

1. Foundations and Directions. GI involves: growing deeply and going broadly; building on foundations; developing new competencies; breaking bubbles; crossing sectors; taking risks; and challenging the status quo. And doing all these things on behalf of humanity in need.

2. Windows and Agendas. Depending on the work-life expectancy for those involved in integration, there is a 10-40 year “window” of development. What will integration be like and where will it be during this time period—from now until say 2050? Should we intentionally shape it in different ways? If so, how?

3. Tran(s)pan in the GI Commons. We must go further and deeper if we are to truly develop GI, or better, a “GI Commons” in which a diversity of humans can meet on a level field for mutual exchanges and mutual support. Something new needs to emerge…I think it will involve in its core a shift in mentality and a shift in lifestyle.
4. Global Integration and Psychology International. As we stay in touch with global mental health resources and developments, including psychology international, we will be better equipped to provide member care in mission/aid and beyond.
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5. Mapping GI. Based on my recent article on global mental health, six initial categories of resources and involvement are suggested for “mapping” GI. These include: organizations, publications, conferences, training, human rights, and humanitarian action.
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6. Finding Our GI Voices. How can we practically connect and contribute, with some current examples involving global health and the United Nations.
7. GI Footprints . Explores where GI is making its mark and where it is not. Where does integration need to go globally?
8. Climbing or Confining: Three Commitments for GI. Reviews the need for staying current, reviewing resources, and being actively involved in GI.
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9. Drafting Your GI Statement. Suggestions for writing a short personal statement about how your work, life, values, and aspirations connect/contribute to the global world.
10. Conclusion: Moral Courage and Global Duty. Humanity is waiting. So what are we waiting for?
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Notes:
1. Global integration–with Mental Health applications in the Christian faith-based sector (GI-MH): “GI-MH is defined as an emerging domain with roots in the integration of mental health and theology, in which colleagues actively seek ways to connect and contribute as “forces for good” who skilfully address the challenges facing humanity. It involves practitioners with character, competence, and compassion who caravan together into GI, crossing cultures and countries, disciplines and sectors, time zones and comfort zones in order to stretch our thinking, practice, and impact on the world. It is mental health AS mission. ” (Global Integration, 2011).

2. This slidecast by Kelly and Michele O’Donnell a few years ago is a precursor to Global Integration, in the context ofmembercare..  God in the Global Office: Practicing Member Care in Mission and Aid

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