Part 3 – BAM Glocal

GLOCAL BAM?

dollar-behind-cityscapeWhere are the “business as mission” initiatives among refugees who are being resettled in the USA?

Examples?

I have more questions than answers.


See REPORTS on refugees entering the USA, current through August 2016: http://www.wrapsnet.org/Reports/AdmissionsArrivals/tabid/211/Default.aspx

Do local agencies that help resettle refugees keep databases of their skills? Can BAM-entrepreneurs access and utilize that data?


Understanding HOME CULTURE.
“The classic barrier in Canada is being told you don’t have enough Canadian experience – it means you don’t have the soft skills or cultural understanding to work here.”  http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/small-business/talent/business-owners-turn-to-syrian-refugees-to-fill-job-vacancies/article29819925/

Above quote supports what I said in a previous blog – that there is little cross-cultural education for refugees . . .
. . . While concurrently there is little offered that helps typical Americans engage
other-culture people who are moving into their neighborhoods.

There is a huge difference between obtaining practical skills for living in a place – how to go to the bank, how to ride the bus, where to get medical care, what are the laws – and “cultural commonsense,” which resides invisibly several layers beneath the day-to-day surface. This includes awareness of Americans act individually or boldly, understanding American self-reliance and sense of freedom, knowing how to show respect to whom or not, sensing prejudices and rights, etcetera, etcetera.


What BAM initiatives could specifically help refugees?

open-for-businessYou may have seen the 2012 report* that says immigrants start business at higher rates than native-born Americans.

Immigrants not refugees
(Refugees have fled here.)
*http://www.renewoureconomy.org/research/open-for-business-how-immigrants-are-driving-small-business-creation-in-the-united-states-2/


Google-search of “Refugee BAM” produces one item about “business as mission.”
An amazing item!

A Syrian follower of Jesus in Brazil who is thinking BAM: https://refugeeoflove.wordpress.com/2016/09/28/refugee-bam/

Yet this Google-search: No results found for “Glocal Business as mission”.


No devaluing of Christian entrepreneurs who are salt and light every day.
My question is about business start-ups to advance the gospel among new refugees?

Consider this: 6 Ways BAM Can and Should Make a Difference to Refugees and Migrants. Brilliant at http://businessasmission.com/6-ways-refugees-migrants/

How will this work in the USA?

Is there such thing as Glocal BAM?

Refugee Glocal BAM.

 

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About rbuddglobal

Towards Business As Mission becoming skilled culturally. Alongside West African colleagues who train workers to go cross-culturally. Learning, teaching, communicating, and being with others to make disciples for Jesus who welcomes all.
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