Category Archives: March 2012

Integral Design Thinking, Guessing the Future

Feature Articles / March 2012

Lisa Norton

Design is focused on solving problems, and as such requires intervention, not just understanding. Whereas scientists describe how the world is, designers suggest how it might be. It follows that design is a central activity for the military profession whenever it allocates resources to solve problems, which is to say design is always a core component of operations.

 Colonel Stefen J. Banach, U.S. Army (105)

(Photo credit: Project H Design)

Due to its ability to order, configure, synthesize, …

The Relationship between Spiral Dynamics and the Gell-Mann Curve

Feature Articles / March 2012

Raghu Ananthanarayanan

I had a very enlightening conversation with scientist Dr. S. Naranan who works in the area of cosmic energy and particle physics, but also bends his considerable intellect towards linguistics. He is part of a duo – Balasubramanian and Naranan, highly respected researchers who have published several papers on linguistics. The two papers in the journal Quantitative Linguistics discuss complexities of language and entropy. I was intrigued by the discussions and wondered if we could map Spiral Dynamics …

Leading Comments

Leading Comments / March 2012

In the following recent announcement from the International Leadership Association, Barbara Kellerman is raising questions, many of which we have been trying to address in the pages of Integral Leadership Review for years now. Read the ad and then think with me about some of the key points she is making:

The End of Leadership

Featuring Barbara Kellerman

Wednesday, March 28, 2012 | 2:00 – 3:00 PM EDT Registration is free for ILA members and only $24.95 for non-members.

Core Integral’s Advanced Integral Course: A Review

Notes from the Field / March 2012

Michael Kruse Craig

Editor’s Note: Since the author took the advanced integral course, two sets of CDs have been released by Core Integral ( as they continue to offer these learning opportunities both through online courses and sets of CDs. These are featured in the images on either side of this note.  A third course in under development. We appreciate Michael Kruse Craig’s review from the perspective of someone who has had an interest in integral, developed his own practice,

And then what…? The Aftermath of the 2009 Iceland National Assembly

Notes from the Field / March 2012

Bjarni S. Jonsson

In November 2009, Iceland residents were invited to engage in a dialogue on issues facing the nation following a total collapse of its financial system and resulting in a severe national crisis. The challenge was that of a general visioning for the society and to establish a desirable evolutionary pathway. The event was organized by a grassroots organization that called itself The Anthill. Public decision makers were wary of the idea and didn’t want to participate openly. …

Sacred Economics Author Charles Eisenstein with Integral New York

Notes from the Field / March 2012

Gregg Hill

One Spirit Learning Alliance on February 3, 2012

In deeply contemplating the ever increasing, ever more complicated and intertwining crises facing the world today, one can find a common thread: the financial system and the human species’ relationship to money.  No matter what the problem, if one looks deeply to the root cause, it’s nearly always money. “What does a money system look like that no longer destroys, but instead heals nature, culture, and the human spirit?” asks …

The Ecology of Occupy

Notes from the Field / March 2012

Gary Hawke

Once the London Occupy Movement had set up camp outside St Paul’s Cathedral there was a decision made to work towards occupying the mind through community education. To achieve this aim the movement occupied an abandoned Union Bank of Switzerland (UBS) building and created a community space known as The Bank of Ideas. The space was open to all and anyone could submit an event or workshop to take place at the bank. From November 2011 to January …

Cracking the Master Code: The Search for a New Metaphor to Facilitate Human Emergence

Column / March 2012

“Spiral Dynamics Integral is one of he first integral psychologies now available and, as presented by Don Beck, I give it my highest recommendation. It has profound implications for business, politics, education, and medicine, and it will give you the tools to begin applying these revolutionary ideas in your own field immediately. Don’t miss it!”                                                           

 Ken Wilber, author-philosopher and president, Integral Institute.

The Launch of the Master Code    

While Ken Wilber wrote this endorsement a decade ago, he continues to …

Mexico Revisited: Roberto Bonilla and Spiral Wizardry

Fresh Perspective / March 2012

Russ Volckmann

Russ: It has been all about seven months since we last talked. In the August issue of 2011 we had a conversation in which you were showing me how you were bringing Spiral Dynamics analysis in working both with business and in looking at the spread of the cartels in Mexico. So let’s see if we can spend a little time today catching up, what’s been happening since then.

Roberto: The war against crime and drugs is still …


Coda / March 2012

Ken Wilber, Stuart Brand and the Engineering of the Future with a Call to Action

On the Integral Life website there is the “Loft Series,” a set of questions and answers between Ken and some individuals who have gone through the Core Integral program basic course. Two of these questions drew my attention:

Q2: How Do We Bring Integral Into the World? Question: “Considering the various problems that we all see around the world, how do we elevate people’s consciousness