Friday 31 July 2015

Global Integrators--14

GI Corelitions

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).
We are still feeling our way through the GI terrain, especially considering how to further mainstream it and develop it...

Global Integration (GI), as we envision it, is a framework for connecting relationally and contributing relevantly on behalf of people and our planet. This framework includes things like:
--a mentality that influences how we live our lives
--values that guide and goad our work
--practices resulting in deliverable products
--people who are learners-practitioners (global integrators).

GI is thus not an entity per se nor an organization. Rather, as a framework that shapes and supports "the future we want to build and the people we need to be."  We think it would be great to see GI continue to take root "in the trenches, the towers, and everything in-between."

We also think it would be good to form a variety of GI corelitons (noting that broadly speaking, many exist already in one way or another already). A corelition is a core group of colleagues and a coalition of organizations (or groups) committed to the wellbeing of people and the planet. The members could reside within or cut across countries, disciplines, sectors, associations, etc. The corelition would be highly relational, a platform for mutual support, mutual development, joint projects, and as a tangible rallying point pursuing the emphases of the corelition itself and its members. There could thus be a variety of corelitions with special foci, as in the proposal below focusing on global mental health (GMH).

 The link below is for a proposed type of corelition called a net-hub to be based in Geneva and focusing on GMH. It gives an idea (one of many!) of what a corelition could look like. The two-page proposal also includes a diagram emphasizing networking and developing GMH along with four primary services-products: Consulting, Advocacy, Research, and Training (CART).

Corelitions from our vantage point would emphasize: a) providing and developing relevant products (services, resources) that benefit some of the most vulnerable people and planet areas; b) building mutually supportive personal-professional relationships; c) promoting personal and organizational integrity and clear, guiding values; d) staying current with context developments (e.g., global issues) as well as the core developments in the area of focus (for an example of this see our June 2015 article on staying current  with GMH in Psychology International--it is organized into context resources and core resources:

Finally, it would be great to see a special corelition emerge (i.e. intentionally formed) that is devoted to the four GI emphases mentioned in the previous paragraph. It could also offer consultancy, advocacy, research, and training (CART). This type of corelition indeed is what is envisioned in the identical paragraphs that introduce each of the entries on Global Integrators.

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