Saturday 31 December 2016

Global Integrity 25

Summary and Summons
A Global Integrity Movement
Moral Wholeness for a Whole World

This entry is very special.
This is the 300th entry since the weblog began 10 years ago (December 2006--December 2016). Many thanks Michèle for your input and inspiration to me! This entry is also special because it is both a summary of the global integrity entries and a summons for a global integrity movement. This strategic topic is a capstone marking this 10 year learning journey to share "resources, research, and reflections for good practice."And it reflects my yearnings--and I think lots of people's yearnings throughout the ages--for peaceful, just societies; for well-being for all; for virtuous living; for the better world for which we were created. Ad majorem Dei gloriam. Kelly

Integrity is moral wholeness—living consistently in moral wholeness. Its opposite is corruption: the distortion, perversion, and deterioration of moral goodness, resulting in the exploitation of people. Global integrity is moral wholeness at all levels in our world—from the individual to the institutional to the international. Global integrity is requisite for “building the future we want—being the people we need.” It is not easy, it is not always black and white, and it can be risky. These entries explore the many facets of integrity with a view towards the global efforts to promote sustainable development and wellbeing.
Let’s Be the People We Need
We have certainly traversed a variety of terrain in our exploration of integrity at the individual-institutional-international levels. These 25 entries, listed below by title/topic, have helped us to get an initial feel for how global integrity is part of the corporate, faith-based, UN, social, environmental educational, psychological, moral, and philanthropic areas. Three of the overlapping themes that we have regularly encountered on this year-long trek, and which we have endeavored to highlight, can be summarized in these assertions.

--Integrity begins with oneself. Personal transformation is foundational for social transformation.
--Integrity requires external referents and accountability. Trust yourself...but verify, don't self-justify.
--Integrity, with its emphasis on endeavoring to live consistently in moral wholeness, is a core dimension needed in the global efforts for human-planetary wellbeing. There is no development without moral development.

1. Definitions—Global Analysis article (2015), Lausanne Movement
2. United Nations Personnel—UN Competency Development (2010)
3. We Have A Problem—research on leadership qualities, Lausanne Movement
4. Facing Ourselves—Facing Up to the Challenge of Evil and Suffering (2013)
5. Corporate Integrity—United Nations Global Compact, Principle 10: Anti-Corruption
6. Living with Our Deepest Differences—Global Charter of Conscience (2012)
7. Anti-Integrity—personal reflections, Transparency International
8. Corruption Connections—EXPOSED Campaign
9. Hiding Hypocrisy…at all levels—Ten Psychological Tactics for Avoiding Accountability
10. Affirming all levels—Ten Psychological Tactics for Avoiding Accountability
11. Pro-Integrity—Global Declaration Against Corruption, Anti-Corruption Summit: London 2016
12. Education for Global Citizenship—Gyeongju Action Plan (2016), UN DPI/NGO
13. Integrity in Professional Psychology—Universal Ethical Principles for Psychologists (2002) etc
14. Positive Psychology and Integrity—Authentic Happiness
15. Integrity Needs External Referents—personal reflections
16. Integrity Training—Integrity Action
17. Executive Integrity—Managing Executive Health (2008)
18. Creation Integrity—World Council of Churches, UN, Vatican, Earth Charter, Earth Day
19. Public Integrity—Center for Public Integrity
20. Philanthropic Support for Integrity—John Templeton Foundation
21. Christian Integrity—Cape Town Commitment (2010), Lausanne Movement
22. Christian Missional Integrity—Serving Jesus with Integrity (2010)
23. International Anti-Corruption Day
24. Living in Integrity—Trio Gatherings
25. Summary and Summons—A Global Integrity Movement

Let's Build the World We Want

Global integrity is a multi-level global good. It belongs to us all. But it must be discussed, debated, understood, emphasized, and cultivated. Global integrity does not happen by chance. Rather it takes intentionality to see it take root in our personal, organizational, social, and national lives. Like the character and virtue in which it is embedded, it is refined in the caldron of life’s tough challenges and choices. 

I believe our common identity and shared responsibility as global citizens can be leveraged to "integrate global integrity at  all levels." I believe it is a propitious season to undertake a new (and renewed) joint initiative--a strategic, skilled, relational coalition/alliance that resolutely and unhypocritically emphasizes integrity on behalf of our "precarious, perilous, but precious" world.  Invest in integrity. 

I envision a growing Pro-Integrity Platform that can help to shape and support a sustainable Global Integrity Movement. Some ideas for the entities that could help form such a Platform-Movement are listed below, several of which have been described already in the 25 weblog entries. As for the overall objectives, value-added benefits, relevant products, funding sources, and functional structure that would embody such a global effort for global good…well, that is TBD.

Investing in Integrity: Civil Society
--Templeton Foundation. Character and Virtue Development is one of its four emphases. Foundations—Initiatives for Change.  Caux Forum 2017—Just Governance for Human Security
--Lausanne Movement-Global Integrity Network, Lausanne Movement.
(next consultation: in USA April or May 2017)
--Center for Christian Thinking, Biola University.
--Trinity Forum. “The Trinity Forum is a nonprofit organization that works to cultivate networks of leaders whose integrity and vision will renew culture and promote human freedom and flourishing.”
--Center for Study of Global Christianity.
--World Council of Churches. (see Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace)
--International Partnership on Religion and Sustainable Development.
--Transparency International.
--International Anti-Corruption Conferences. (17th in December 2016--Panama; 18th in 2018 in--Copenhagen).
--World Bank (see the Integrity Vice Presidency)
--Positive Psychology Center, University of Pennsylvania.

Investing in Integrity: UN and UN-Related
--UN Office on Crime and Drugs
--SDG 16, (to be reviewed at the High Level Political Forum in 2019)
--UN Convention Against Corruption.
 (various meetings in UN Vienna)
--UN Anti-Corruption Day (9 December). (theme for 2016: United Against Corruption)
--UN Task Force on Religion and Development (see Engaging Religion and Faith-Based Actors in 2016)
--UN Academic Impact.
-- Etc.

I want to note that this vision for a Pro-Integrity Platform--Global Integrity Movement is profoundly influenced by the Global Integration framework (GI) that we have been promoting over the past six years. GI involves actively integrating our lives with global realities by connecting relationally and contributing relevantly on behalf of human wellbeing and the issues facing humanity, in light of our integrity and core values (e.g., ethical, humanitarian, faith-based) for God's glory. Global integration requires global integrity. And both are inseparable for global integrators.

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