DMINLGP

DMin, Leadership and Global Perspectives: Crafting Ministry in an Interconnected World

Visual Ethnography

Written by: on July 1, 2013

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528VE – Mark Steele

This past year has been an opportunity to begin to explore how a United States Company is trying to help China solve the housing shortage for aging adults. This visual ethnography documents the steps taken to understand the problem and seek solutions to help.

ABHOW(American Baptist Homes of the West) CEO is asked by Ambassador Gary Lock to attend a trade mission to explore the problem: this is a model Retirement Community that is being built in China. CEO meets interested parties who wish to partner with ABHOW to help solve the problem.

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The Problem:

        China population: 1.4 Billion

        2009 over 60 pop: 167 million

        2050 over 60 pop: 480 million

        2000-6 workers for every over 60 person

        2030-2 workers for every over 60 person

        The one child policy has caused a crisis

        Shortage of existing programs and facilities

       10,000 applicants waiting for 1,100 beds in Social Welfare Home in Beijing

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Mark consulting in China with companies looking to build a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC)

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Chinese partners tour ABHOW CCRCs in California to learn about operations.

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Mark visits Social Welfare Home in Tianjin

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Relationships and decisions are made during meals

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Partnership is negotiated

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Speeches are given and gifts exchanged in relationship building

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Letter of Intent is signed in China to agree to work towards a partnership.

This next year will be an exciting year for ABHOW as we reach across the seas and language barriers to help solve a global problem of serving our aging adults and meeting their needs.

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