Transdisciplinarity in Higher Education
The Path of Arizona State University
by Sue McGregor and Russ Volckmann
This is the second article in a five-part series about transdisciplinarity (TD) in higher education. In an attempt to profile universities on a journey towards transdisciplinarity, we are starting with Arizona State University (ASU), a major and growing American university. Its president, Michael Crow, has billed ASU as a model for the New American University. ASU has created a powerful video of its vision …
Four Quadrant Coaching:
A Conversation with Myles Downey
by Debby Hallett
I first came across Myles Downey while I was in coach training, and someone recommended his book, Effective Coaching, Lessons from the Coach’s Coach, as one of the best they had read.
Myles often refers to a coachee as a “player,” as in “you are the player in your game of life”. This reflects his roots in Tim Gallwey’s Inner Game, where the job of the coach is to …
The Empathic Civilization by Jeremy Rifkin
Bruce L. Gibb
Jeremy Rifkin. The Empathic Civilization. New York: Penguin, 2009.
If you are a spiralcrat, you are going to love Jeremy Rifkin’s book, a wonderful compilation of historical, psychological, and sociological stories chronicling the human journey through the vMemes of the Spiral.
One might conclude that Rifkin’s COG is at green because the values he espouses and the demons he denounces are typically those of a person at green. …
Frame Breaking Leadership
by Keith Merron
The concept of a paradigm is no longer new in organizational parlance. It is, in fact, quite commonplace to talk about paradigms and the importance of shifting paradigms in shaping an organization and keeping it fresh and alive. However, talking about and acting are two different things. Many leaders can talk about the importance of shifting paradigms, but few leaders truly know how to lead in a way that a shift occurs.
For three …
John Marshall Roberts. Igniting Inspiration: A Persuasion Manual for Visionaries. Self-published, 2008.
First, I am surprised that this book has been out so long and only recently showing up on my radar screen. Why? Because I think it is an important book, particularly for those who wish to go beyond theory and model into the world of implementation. We have reported numerous items about application of integral and adult developmental approaches to cultures, organizations and individuals. One of the …
International Leadership Association Webinar
May 26, 2010
Grady McGonagill and Tina Doerffer
by Russ Volckmann
Consultant McGonagill and Doerffer of the Bertelsmann Foundation presented their report of a study they did of leadership development in the United States. Their presentation was one of the best hours I have spent online for some time. I probably am greatly influenced by the fact that included in the presentation are many of the themes we have been exploring in Integral Leadership …
The Magnetic Leader as Crucible – How to Create a Transformative Space without Scorching People
by Zoë Routh
Change and learning can be difficult and painful–hence the notion of “crucible” experiences: an event that was challenging or even harrowing acts as a transformational experience, much like a crucible provides a container for huge temperatures that initiate a re-structure of its contents.
Leaders too can act as crucibles–creating a stable steady environment to contain the fury within as change crackles and …
Integrally-informed Management Development:
the Art of the Gentle Nudge
by Pierre A. Gauthier
An ongoing challenge for Integral Theorists remains the practical application of Integral Theory in the world around them. The ideas and models they produce and discuss amongst themselves do occasionally translate into integrally-informed policies, programs and real-life development, but often only after a painful birthing process. In my work as a management training specialist in the Public Sector, I have experienced many of the challenges of …
by Marc Quinn
On March 27th, 2010, a group of 25 people (all but 2 being men) gathered in South London to discuss the state of men in the UK, and what could be done to bring more purpose, power and meaning to their lives.
Man Collective was started last November when Alex Linsley, an economics student at Oxford University, wanted to start a men’s group to gather a close-knit community of men to challenge and inspire him …
Frederick Darbellay, Moira Cockell, Jerome Billotte, Francis Waldvogel, Editors.A Vision of Transdisciplinarity: LayingFoundations for a World Knowledge Dialogue. Laussanne, Switzerland: EPFL Press, 2008.
This book deserves a far more in depth review that I will be able to offer at this time. It represents something that is very much at the heart of transdisciplinarity: given the growing complexity of the challenges we face in the world (or, at least, our appreciation of complexity), the pursuit of intelligent responses …