Category Archives: Coda

Asking Appropriate Questions

Coda / June 2013

Mark McCaslin

“In the final analysis, we count for something only because of the essential we embody, and if we do not embody that, life is wasted.”
– C. G. Jung

This much I know to be true, the easiest way to cripple a person for life is to make them blind to their greatest potentials. Without an eye held on the potentialities of those sitting before us educational pursuits will always fall short of satisfactory.  As Einstein states, “…

Transforming Capacity Building and Sustainability into Generativity

Coda / March 2013

Mark McCaslin

The original idea I had held for this piece was to begin to engage our readers around the notion of sustainability. Many of you are aware of our ongoing conversations concerning how we sustain the current efforts being made to create the Integral Leadership Review. Before going further I, for one, celebrate the efforts of so many individuals who willingly work to create this very important publication. I also revel at the quality of work being contributed …


Coda / January 2013

How can we not think about transitions at this time of year? We have just gone through the transitions of the Mayan calendar to a new era. And we have transitioned into the beginning of a new year according to the Gregorian calendar. In a week from writing this we have a full moon in the United States, foreshadowing the entry into a new lunar cycle. According to the Hijri or Muslim calendar, the new year began in 2012 on …

Health, Poverty and More

Coda / October 2012

The New York Times published an article on September 20, 2012, by Sabrina Tavernise:

Life Spans Shrink for Least-Educated Whites in the U.S.

The life expectancy for black women who had not graduated from high school surpassed white women of similar standing. As for the other sex, ”White men lacking a high school diploma lost three years of life. Life expectancy for both blacks and Hispanics of the same education level rose, the data showed. But blacks over all do …

Integral: The “New” Human Potential Movement

Coda / August 2012

I am old enough to have lived and worked through most of the years of the Human Potential Movement. This was a period that saw the establishment of the Esalen Institute, the rising popularity of a wide range of therapies from gestalt to transactional analysis, to neoReichian body therapies and Rolfing, to sensory awareness and primal scream, to name just a few. This was a time that saw humanistic psychology programs in higher education at the Humanist Psychology Institute (now …

CODA: Saturn, Death and Integral

Coda / June 2012

I think we all get that we are but miniscule elements in a vast universe, perhaps but one universe among many. Perhaps this sense of awe underlies much of spiritual and religious practices around the world. I was recently reminded of this provoker of humility by this photograph.

 Source: Nasa

If you look very, very closely you can see Earth near the upper gray ring at about the 280° position. If you increase the size of this picture or …


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

Coda: Change is on My Mind

Coda / January 2012


Do you think you can just take over the universe and improve it?
I do not believe it can be done
The Universe is sacred
You cannot improve it
If you try to change it, you will ruin it.
If you try to hold it, you will lose it.
So sometimes things are ahead and sometimes things are behind;
Sometimes breathing is hard, sometimes it comes easily;
Sometimes there is strength and sometimes weakness;
Sometimes one is up and

CODA: Steve Jobs – In Memorium

Coda / October 2011

What has Steve Jobs got to do with Integral Leadership, you ask? I am not sure I can fully answer that nor do I want to take the time now to do so. The point is that Steve Jobs is dead. This man touched the lives of so very many of us, even those of you who still think that in the long run owning a non-Apple computer is less expensive and those of you who have been oppressed for …

Coda: The State of Integral

Coda / August 2011

The State of Integral

Russ Volckmann

As some of you may remember I did an interview in the October 2010 issue of Integral Leadership Review with Ken Wilber on the state of integral work in the world. We (or should I say, I) only scratched the surface of this topic. The Integral Leadership Collaborative Conference should be clear evidence of this with over 50 presenters, well more than 300 participants, this online conference offers to fill the intellectual coffers of …