I simply have to find a new word to describe the nature and direction of GI. Let's go with a troika term: "tran(s)pan": trans = across, pan = all, and span = range. This term then means that GI is universal, at least aspirationally. I wonder to what extent the integration field is influenced (dominated?) by academic, American, Caucasion, Evangelical and male influences (including perspectives and agendas)? Is integration, for all of its incredible contributions the past 40+ years, heading towards the way of many good movements, becoming institutionalized and an industry? Does I do not know and I would sure like to hear what othes have to say about this.
Nonetheless, I think that for the GI commons to become tran(s)pan, it just will not need more non-whites, nor more non-Americans, nor more people from other countries to be invited to be part of the current (”our”) integratation world. Rather I think that something new needs to emerge that fits with the diversity of humans and the major issues facing humanity. I think it will involve in its core a shift in mentality and a shift in lifestyle. It will involve what Patel et al (2011, page 90), in describing the global mental health movement, refer to as the “selfless moral struggle” needed for equitable, quality resources for everyone.
For more perspectives on the GI Commons, have a look at these three links which provide us with some quick and fascinating glimpses of the bigger picture.
1. Perspectives from 15 years ago:
2. Current perspectives:
Reflections and Discussion
2. Perhaps you like the the notion of heading fuirther into a “tran(s)pan” direction for your life and lifestyle. If so, in what areas? And are there limits, cautions, and hindrances in doing this?
3. List three ways that the member care field could help GI further become a tran(s)pan reality.