Wednesday 28 January 2015

Global Integrators--2

Working in the trenches, the towers, and everything in between

We think that the time is coming for a diversity of colleagues to come together intentionally, visibly, and practically on behalf of global integration. (GI). GI put simply is how we skillfully integrate our lives and values on behalf of the issues facing humanity. Likewise we think that the time is coming for colleagues to carefully reflect and act on what it means to be good global learners-practitioners--to seriously consider what it means to be what we are calling global integrators (GI-People).

"I want to consider another term that I recently introduced into the member care field: trans-practitioner. This term sounds a bit theoretical, but it is actually very practical. Trans-practitioners in member care and other fields are learners-helpers. They are skilled, passionate humans who intentionally cross a variety of sectors, usually with others, for mutual learning and good practice. They regularly “stretch” their experiential levels for the sake of benefiting other humans. Some may even be considered “social entrepreneurs”: transformative forces who creatively and resolutely initiate and advocate for important causes, changes, and resources to help others (Bornstein 2004).

In addition to crossing sectors, trans-practitioners regularly cross other borders such as disciplines, organizations, networks, and cultures, and are particularly adept at working in “clusters” (groups of people with a diversity of backgrounds and skills focusing on a special topic/problem area). Further, they also willingly cross “deserts” as they sojourn through the refining hardships in life and work. Trans-practitioners in member care and other fields are thus committed to go broadly as helpers (connecting and contributing professionally with sectors, disciplines, networks, cultures) and to grow deeply as persons (developing personally through difficulties and through their commitment to lifelong learning). Trans-practitioners are good practitioners who help pave the way forward in our increasingly globalizing world."  (Charting Your Course in the Sectors,, page 11, in Global Member Care (volume 2: Crossing Sectors for Serving Humanity (2013).

Trans-practitioners are "good global learners-practitioners" 
who can work well in the towers, the trenches, 
and the tearooms in-between!

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