Category Archives: October 2012

SIETAR Forum 2012+38 in Berlin

Notes from the Field / October 2012

Sergej van Middendorp, Kazuma Matoba and Barton Buechner

From 27 to 29 September 2012, a community of scholars and practitioners gathered in Berlin for the SIETAR 2012+38 forum. What drew them together was their strong desire to help bring about Global Integral Competence and Cosmopolitan Communication.

To invite the leading edge of practice and thought to become present, we imagined a world, in 2050, where integral consciousness had become the average level of development of individuals throughout all cultures, and …

The Conscious Organization: Workplaces for the Self-Transcended

Feature Articles / October 2012

 John Renesch

Abraham Maslow’s famous Hierarchy of Needs defines “self-actualization” as a state sought by all human beings once we have satisfied the more basic needs of survival, sexual gratification and belonging. Carl Rogers, a colleague of Maslow’s and one of the founders of humanistic psychology, defines it as people’s tendency to actualize themselves, to become their potentialities. But there is a still higher aspiration once people access this top level of Maslow’s pyramid, a level championed by Viktor Frankl …

SQ21: The Twenty-One Skills of Spiritual intelligence by Cindy Wigglesworth

Book Reviews / October 2012

Cindy Wigglesworth. SQ21: The Twenty-One Skills of Spiritual intelligence. New York: Select Books, 2012.

Michael McElhenie

Let’s get one thing straight right from the start. If you scour the planet, I am probably the least objective reviewer of Cindy’s incredible, ground breaking book. I have had the great pleasure of knowing Cindy for over ten years, have shared part of Cindy’s journey as she developed the SQ21 concept and was a member of her research team. And, more importantly, …

SDi Confab: Are you an app?

Notes from the Field / October 2012

Reflections on the 2012 SDi Confab – Dallas, Texas

Jon Freeman

I don’t want to offend anybody – really I don’t – but from the depths of my being I have to say this.   There’s a lot of unconsciousness about conscious evolution.  Conscious Evolution is not the same as personal development, enlightenment or raising personal consciousness.   It’s a step beyond.

Evolution happens at the level of a species.  So Conscious Evolution is only partly about me and only partly about …

Values Driven Leadership

Feature Articles / October 2012

Kenton Hyatt and Cheryl De Ciantis


This exploration into leadership is not yet another leadership prescription, offering what should be done. It is an approach that offers a multi-prism lens that allows for a variety of leadership needs and styles, and yet keeps their description at manageable levels. It is descriptive, not prescriptive, and decidedly not judgmental. This approach promotes a clearer observation of what passes for leadership, which also provides some insight about how to proceed in the …

Transdisciplinary Reflections: Transdisciplinarity as Play and Transformation

Column / October 2012

Alfonso Montuori

Americans have historically been a very practical people. Delving too much into the realm of theory and ideas, let alone epistemology, has often been viewed askance; a somewhat effete egghead distraction from the business of getting things made and done. Theory is a complex and problematic term, and it’s also far more pervasive than we may think—even among those inclined not to be sympathetic to too much, or even any, theorizing. I suggest that there is a danger …

Three Steps to the Democratization of Enlightenment

Feature Articles / October 2012

Marc Gafni

Part One: Stepping Beyond “Local Means Global”

I was looking with my son at Google Earth the other morning. I wanted to show him my old neighborhood in Jerusalem, which I loved. We were able to find the exact location and see it – pretty clearly in front of us. Although I knew this was possible, I had never actually done it before and it kind of blew me away. For my son it was no big deal …

Integral Consulting with Michael McElhenie

Fresh Perspective / October 2012

Russ Volckmann

Russ: Welcome Michael. It’s a great pleasure to have a chance to talk with you. I first learned about your work with the formation of ILiA – the Integral Leadership in Action group – many years ago. And you were one of the very first contributors of articles to Integral Leadership Review in your report about the  United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Africa, Cambodia and the Caribbean. Weren’t you based in Philadelphia and part of a consulting …

Interpreting Along the Deckled Edge: The Artist’s Place in Leadership

Learner Papers / October 2012

Diane Meyer

Life is—or has—meaning and meaninglessness. I cherish the anxious hope that meaning will preponderate and win the battle. (Jung, 1998, p. 359).

Art reflects the soul of humanity, its beauty, dissonance, and struggle. We can’t imagine our world without art. But artists, unless they have received the acknowledgement of the great museums, are not considered for any essence of wisdom or reflection within the high-rise architecture of the corporate world. Today more than ever the artist stands in …

Integral Design Leadership: “Envisioning Pure Land @Taiwan”

Column / October 2012

Lisa Norton

Face it, Accept it, Deal with it, Let go of it.
Venerable Master Sheng-yen

Our pervasive designed worlds have powerful impacts on our consciousness, attitudes and lifestyles, and vice versa. Living and working in Asia over the last decade, has given me an experiential grasp of cultural dispositions that disclose the built world as created-destroyed, fluid-structuring, given-potentiated, intended-unintended through daily life practices.

In 2008 through the introduction of my American friend in the NGO world in Taiwan, I …