Global Options and Linkages[1]: Towards an Evolutionary Complex Systems Approach to International Development

Special Articles / January 2013

Alexandre (Rico) de Faria

Development takes place as people learn how to change/improve their daily actions/behaviour. Innovation takes place when the new behaviour results from a change in values and beliefs – that is, when change on the ground is not simply a superficial external behaviour but a reflection of an internal change in people’s way of thinking, mind-sets. This leads to sustained change through time and implies a continuous process of change as people’s value systems evolve as they …

Leadership Coaching Tip

Leadership Coaching Tips / January 2012

The Power of Group Coaching in Developing the Self-Authoring Leader

Graham Ward

According to one theory of screenwriting, there are seven basic plots. Any book you read, play you attend or film you watch, will likely fall into one of these archetypal narratives. So what are these plots that so easily define our human condition? There are rebirth (Silas Marner), tragedy (Macbeth) and comedy (Arms and the Man), likely to be familiar to most. Slaying the monster (most James Bond …

12/21 – The Importance of Trust: An Analysis of Five Drivers of Trust in the Published Statements of 20 Notable National and International Leaders

December 2020 / Feature Articles

Irina Kopaneva, Pamela Shockley-Zalabak, Sherwyn Morreale

Irina Kopaneva
Pamela Shockley-Zalabak
Sherwyn Morreale 

There is much agreement that these are troubling times, characterized by high levels of distrust of many if not most U.S. leaders and institutions.  Indeed, political scientists and other observers of the national scene have noted that over time trust in the U.S. government has waned and never returned to the high-trust levels of the 1950s and 1960s (Keele, 2007).  Likewise, a review of literature on building trust …

7/31 – Pandemia as Limensphere: Placemaking via Collective Validation, Storied Systems Design, & Spiritual Co-Action for a Health System with an Economics of Heritage for All

July 2020 / Feature Articles

Dena Michele Rosko

Dena Michele Rosko

The power lines zapped overhead in the late September sky as I crossed the open field, past the new and empty play toy, and around the newly painted white building with tall and lean windows and vacant eyes. On that warm late summer day, I had finished photographing the 10th anniversary of September 11 at the local firehouse. In a pre-pandemia memory as a child, I stood inside the church building gazing at the …

7/31 – Corona-Crisis Exposes the Need for Transformative Leadership

July 2020 / Feature Articles

Jaap Geerlof

COVID-19: The Latest Pandemic

Jaap Geerlof

On the last day of 2019, health officials from China reported to the World Health Organization (WHO) about a group of 41 patients with similar symptoms of an unknown type of pneumonia. The outbreak in China became world news. On January 7, 2020, Chinese authorities identified a novel coronavirus as the cause of the symptoms. Scientists believe the novel coronavirus jumped from bats to pangolins to humans at the Huan Wholesale Seafood …

7/31 – What Lyme Disease Patients Teach Us About Living in a COVID-19 World

July 2020 / Feature Articles

Anna Frost

Anna Frost

When COVID-19 and the subsequent quarantines broke out in the United States beginning in March 2020, the news was unsettling but not incredible. Being that I have completed years of advocacy and research for another zoonotic disease—lyme disease—it was clear to me that lyme patients have insight and tools that may inform people adjusting to this “new normal” of living in isolation and contending with a disease that may affect them, loved ones, or people in …

7/31 – Evolutionary regularities of the “act of giving” across neo-Piagetian adult development stages and the transformative power of contemplative prayer

July 2020 / Feature Articles

Melita Balas Rant


Melita Balas Rant, PhD

A central regularity discovered by the neo-Piagetian school of constructive human development is that adults (like children) can further evolve in their cognitive, affective and behavioral tendencies. Second, the main tendency is an evolution towards greater complexity, to reconstruct more inclusive identities, and adopt more complex meaning-making and value systems. Third, regularity is that stage of adult development’s impact on the way people interact and form relationships. Thus we derived a premise …

08/29 – Secular, Sacred, Scientific

August 2018 / Book Reviews

Graham Mummery

In the prefaces to the current book,

Spiral Dynamics in Action: Humanity’s Master Code (Beck, Larsen, Solonin, Viljoen, Johns 2018), the authors and editors explain that this is a successor to the earlier work Spiral Dynamics: Mastering Values, Leadership and Change (2006). This is very much the case in that it updates some of the discussions because of further work done by those in the Spiral Dynamics community. The authors suggest reading the earlier work before …

08/29 – A 2nd Tier Approach to a 1st Tier World

August 2018 / Feature Articles

Keith Rice

The Spiral Dynamics Summit on the Future (Dallas, 20-22 April 2018) was a fairly awesome event. A gathering of leading Gravesian practitioners (both on the stage and in the audience), partly to honour Spiral Dynamics co-developer Don Beck and partly to focus on how the Gravesian approach can be used to tackle the current malaises afflicting the world. (Many of the presentations are reflected in the articles comprising this special edition of ILR.)

Speaker after speaker gave …

4/22 – An Integrative Vision: Worldcentric Guardians Using Integrative Dynamics in Our Current Crises

Feature Articles / April-June 2017

Gerard Bruitzman

Many of us understand that humanity is living amidst an unprecedented global meta-crisis, marked by many deep, complexly interrelated, and compounding local, national and global crises: educational, ecological, economic, health, moral, political, social, technological, et al.

We tend to respond with a mix of at least three ways to these crises. First, we tend to withdraw from the world’s complexity into more familiar, perhaps more comfortable places. Second, we tend to engage with the world’s complexity on …