Author Archives: Mark Edwards and Russ Volckmann

Dialogue: Integral Theory into Integral Action: Part 12

October 2008 / Dialogue

Mark Edwards

Russ VolckmannIn the previous episode we focussed on comparing the Obama and McCain candidacies for the American presidency as a way oif exploring the mediation lens. Mark suggested that a mediation lens would be helpful and offered a way of seeing the relationship between the vision and action domains. Russ shared an exploration of the differences on issues between the two campaigns. and closed the episode with an exploration of mediation and its many aspects. This is,

Dialogue: Integral Theory into Integral Action: Part 11

August 2008 / Dialogue

Mark Edwards

Russ Volckmann

Russ closed the last part of this dialogue, “A challenge before us, then, is to demonstrate how multiple lenses can reduce perception of demi-reality and increase perception of reality.” Furthermore he suggested a set of criteria for a case study of the application of multiple lenses to a phenomenon of leadership.

Mark: I will make a few comments on each of the case study criteria you’ve outlined before we go into the details of the leadership …

Dialogue: Integral Theory into Integral Action: Part 10

June 2008 / Dialogue

Mark Edwards

Russ VolckmannMark closed the last installment of this dialogue with something of an extraordinary burst of light in the integral heavens—Table 9.2: Integral Lenses and Theories of Radical Change Leadership. This extraordinary presentation summarizes twenty-four theoretical lenses and our understanding of leaders. Please be sure to review Table 9.2 before continuing in Part 10.

Russ: Mark, you’ve done it again. Allow me to stand in awe for a millisecond or two…

Or forge ahead and let the …

Dialogue: Integral Theory into Integral Action: Part 9

March 2008 / Dialogue

In Part 8 of this dialogue Mark laid out six morphological categories of conceptual lenses. These categories are grouped according to their conceptual shape. The idea is that our explanations are deeply metaphorical and those metaphors can be categorized according to basic visual patterns. This is a kind of vision-logic at its most fundamental level of application. So the six types of lens morphologies are:

  • Holarchical (what)
  • Bipolar (why)
  • Cyclical (how)
  • Relational (when)
  • Standpoint (who)
  • Multimorphic

Dialogue: Integral Theory into Integral Action: Part 8

January 2008 / Dialogue

Mark Edwards

Russ VolckmannIn the Part 7 of this dialogue, Mark pointed out the importance of including an ecological lens along with a developmental lensin redressing the imbalanced focus on developmental to the exclusion of ecological in much of the theory related to integral development.So far in our discussion we have identified several lenses that can be used in examining leadership,that broader lenses can be used with flexibility,identified how more nuanced analyses are possible,touched on the integrally neglected issue

Dialogue: Integral Theory into Integral Action: Part 7

November 2007 / Dialogue

Mark Edwards

Russ VolckmannIn the Part 6 of this dialogue, Mark laid out an elegant way of mapping and thinking about 1st 2nd and 3rd person at micro, meso and macro levels, as well as the mediating factors in the relationships among these. My discovery is that the track we are on is leading to the necessity for an Integral Mapping Atlas in developing an integral approach to leadership. This is challenging for those of us who appreciated the

Dialogue: Integral Theory into Integral Action: Part 6

August 2007 / Dialogue

In the last episode of this dialogue, our conversation turned to process and mediating factors in development. I closed that episode with the following paragraph:

The question I will leave us with for our next installment is this: How can the “Basic Activity Triad” and the “Mediating Holon” help us make sense of all of this. For example, what can we see about the relationship between leader and follower and context? What are the mediating variables?

Dialogue: Integral Theory into Integral Action: Part 5

June 2007 / Dialogue

In the last episode our conversation we reached a tentative acceptance of a more relational model of leadership within the multilevel contexts of individual, group and organizational life. Also, the question has been raised about the “space between”, a concept from Martin Buber that Edwards has applied in his integral theory building. Edwards has discussed this elsewhere (2002-3) and Volckmann (2004, Edwards and Volckmann, 2007) has introduced a Spiral Dynamics model to begin this conversation and

Dialogue: Integral Theory into Integral Action: Part 4

March 2007 / Dialogue

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volckmann imageINTRODUCTION: This is the fourth in a series of email exchanges framed as a dialogue between Mark Edwards, an Australian PhD candidate who has written extensively about integral theory and a member of the Integral Leadership Council, and Russ Volckmann, editor and publisher of the Integral Leadership Review . Our goal is to clarify how integral theory and mapping might be helpful in comprehending the subject of leadership and guiding the construction of transdisciplinary, developmental approaches

Dialogue: Integral Theory into Integral Action: Part 3

January 2007 / Dialogue

INTRODUCTION: This is the third in a series of email exchanges framed as a dialogue between Mark Edwards, an Australian PhD candidate who has written extensively about integral theory and is a member of the Integral Leadership Council, and Russ Volckmann, editor and publisher of the Integral Leadership Review. Our goal is to clarify how integral theory and mapping might be helpful in comprehending the subject of leadership and guiding the construction of transdisciplinary, developmental approaches