GCN Initiatives

GCN Publishes "One Another"

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Here is a memoir written for our increasingly impersonal, lonely, and distrustful age. Author Ken Lottis demonstrates that it is possible to develop strong, intimate, long-term friendships in the midst of stressful professional demands.

One Another—written with humor, spiritual insight, and transparency—will inspire readers to live and work for what matters most: the people in our lives. You can purchase the book in print and digital formats from Barnes and Noble or Amazon.

In the mid-1960s, Ken and his college friend, Jim Petersen, along with their wives and small children, embarked on a surprising Brazilian adventure. Moving from the United States to Brazil, they settled in the southern city of Curitiba during an era of deep political and social turmoil.

Overcoming false suspicions that they were CIA agents, Ken and Jim began to develop friendships with university students. They presented the students with an authentic opportunity to think about life’s biggest questions and to strengthen friendships within the context of normal Brazilian routines. Gradually, these relationships extended organically to include classmates, hometown sweethearts, and relatives.

What emerged—and continues today—is a simple but powerful expression of friendship and faith. The Brazilians taught them that our deepest human needs are best served when we love one another and live for God in daily life.

One Another will fill your mind with ideas for how to invest in your relationships and deepen your faith in God without religious structures.

GCN Launches the First My IPO Conference

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Over Labor Day weekend, Global Commerce Network launched its first My IPO event with 13 young men who are beginning their professional careers. My IPO (my initial public offering) is a program designed to support, equip and encourage young professionals as they transition from college into their professions.

Most young people finish their educations well-prepared within the context of their specific areas of study. However, schools and colleges often don't help them develop in other areas that are foundational for long-term personal growth and professional success. My IPO is set up to fill that gap.

GCN offers its extensive theological research on the meaning of work, workplace relationships, and economics to the My IPO participants. By broadening horizons about the profound spiritual meaning of work, these theological perspectives are vital in our materialist modern era, which offers us a lot to live with but very little to live for. During the most recent event, prominent writers and business leaders discussed the theological roots of innovation, entrepreneurship, calling and vocation, and the importance of strong character.

In addition to theology, this My IPO event included a site visit to a local business start-up. During the visit, the company owner shared his powerful story of what it takes to develop a business from an idea into a reality. The participants also saw first-hand how a business can bring well-being, or shalom, to an entire community. We also heard from a renowned artist, who spoke on creativity, risk, perseverance, and relationships in the workplace.

The My IPO group also learned about time management skills from a Fortune 500 executive coach and author. We toured lower downtown Denver, an area that had been dilapidated but is now a thriving center of cultural life—thanks to entrepreneurs. Rounding out our program was business leader Dan Woodridge who spoke on “How to Thrive in the New Economy.”

My IPO is designed to be small—not more than 15 participants. This enables each person's specific questions to be addressed. Friendships develop and strengthen. Perhaps some will go on to work with each other, including in their own business start-ups. GCN leaders will provide ongoing support, mentoring and networking for those who attend.

For more information on this program, you can visit the My IPO page on this website.

GCN Publishes New Book on Entrepreneurship

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Global Commerce Network is pleased to announce the release of its new book titled The Entrepreneurial God, written by Donald McGilchrist. 

The book can be purchased at this link

McGilchrist shows, through a study of the Scriptures, God as the grand innovator who, motivated by love, initiated the first "start-up"--our world. 

Despite this reality, the philosophical wedge driven between what our culture deems "sacred" and "secular" makes it difficult for business leaders to think about entrepreneurship and innovation through a theological lens. As a result, we miss out on the grandeur of how our enterprises fit within God's overarching purposes for the world. Our perspectives leave us with a narrow view of what it means to be entrepreneurs. 

The Entrepreneurial God helps us expand our vision and learn from the model of the grand innovator. We see that our enterprises can and should contribute to the shalom, or well-being, of our communities, our economies, and our workers. 

Donald McGilchirst, a founder of GCN, was born in London, England. He holds an MA from the University of Oxford. He worked for ten years in business in the UK before serving as an international vice president of The Navigators in the US. In this capacity, he focused on cross-cultural studies, communications, and international strategy.

In addition to The Entrepreneurial God, he has authored several studies on the cultural and biblical significance of commerce and enterprise, with a focus on our daily work in the world, including The Meaning of Work (2015) and other books in GCN's six-book series titled Scriptural Roots of Commerce.

GCN Contracts with PMMI to Expand Health Care Access to Ghana

We at Global Commerce Network believe that entrepreneurs can and should innovate products and services that serve people. Primary Mobile Med International is on the front lines of doing just that. Based in Topeka, Kansas, this business is equipped to expand low-cost, high quality health-care access to millions of underserved people in Ghana.

GCN, an NGO with 501(c)3 non-profit status since 1994, has had a long relationship with PMMI. We have contracted with PMMI to implement GCN’s Ghana Health Care Initiative. As GCN’s vendor, PMMI will be using its mobile medical clinics (MMCs) in Ghana to provide standardized health screenings in coordination with the Ghana Health Service. PMMI has established a contract with Ghana's Ministry of Health to place up to 3000 MMCs in Ghana, in urban and rural areas.

This is a game-changer, not only for millions of people who will now have access to health care, but also for Ghanaian and international health-care researchers.

PMMI has developed a proprietary electronic medical records system (EMR) that is simple to use, even in places like Africa. The EMR is installed in each medical container, which opens the doors to multiple possibilities for patient care and health-care research.

Patients will be registered into the system and receive an ID card with their unique patient identifier. Once registered into the system, they will be screened for hypertension, diabetes, general vision wellness, hepatitis B & C, neurological identifiers, TB, and environmental risks. Medical professionals will be able to communicate electronically with patients—to send appropriate reminders and manage follow-up care.

To strengthen GCN’s Ghana Health Care Initiative, PMMI is also coordinating efforts with distinguished professors, two universities, physicians, and other health-care organizations.
With the implementation of the screening program in Ghana, PMMI will help deliver the necessary preventative care, resulting in measurable outcomes that in turn can be shared with medical research facilities, global health reporting agencies, and government health officials.

PMMI's CEO, Tom Petersen, says that GCN played a vital role in shaping PMMI's business culture and ultimate goals. GCN and our scriptural foundations for business inspired him to develop products and services that benefit communities and underserved populations. 

Laurie Garrett, a Senior Fellow for Global Health at the Council on Foreign Relations, has worked with Petersen to turn the initial MMC idea into a cost-effective, practical solution for offering basic health care services without the high cost and time required to build brick-and-mortar clinics.

Working with Dr. Edith Clarke, a leading physician in Ghana, as well as other African doctors at Mayo Clinic and in Africa, Petersen last year set up multiple MMCs in the heart of Ghana’s bustling capital, Accra. Immediately, the five mobile clinics positioned strategically together gave health-care access to thousands of men and women, right in the industrial complex where they work.

For more information about how to help fund this initiative, write to: 

glenn@globalcommercenetwork.com