Global integrators who are trying to connect and contribute meaningfully in our globalizing world are perpetual learners. They understand that there are no terminal degrees in professional perfection, no Ph.D.eities awarded. There really are not to many of us who are multi-XYZ-savvy experts. Rather we are much more like "global interns" who need to be and want to be constantly learning with/from/under a diversity of colleagues who themselves are global interns.
So we are global integrators who are interning in global matters. We are dependent on one another, since our knowledge and skills, though substantial, are nonetheless limited. Authentic and pragmatic humility helps us to maintain this perspective and to freely acknowledge our dependence on one another (not to mention doing a variety of more mundane clerical things out of the limelight). So as I see it, the fact of our all being global interns provides very solid and substantial common ground for working together.
Prioritizing special learning events once a week
Here are three upcoming events in the next three weeks that on a personal level reflect my ongoing internship status (and interests!) as a learner-practitioner. I am not invited to speak at any of these events. That's ok. The presenters/conveners and participants likely have no idea who I am. That's ok too. I even periodically feel overlooked, undervalued, not so appreciated, and wish that someone out there would recognize me more. That's still Ok. At my core as a global integrator is the desire to just keep at it. I want to to keep learning as I cross sectors in order to help me connect and contribute as meaningfully as possible in our needy world--and of course, if you know me a bit by now, to do so ad majorem Dei gloriam.
Friday 18 September 2015, webinar
Faith in Action at the United Nations General Assembly
UN Inter-Agency Task Force on Religion and Development
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