Category Archives: Column

09/3 – Integral Design Leadership: An Ecological Gateway to 21st Century Co-Development

Column / August-November 2013

Lisa Norton


“Design creates culture. Culture shapes values. Values determine the future.”
– Robert L. Peters in Berman

Design thinking methods and approaches are gaining credibility in mainstream corporate, nonprofit and educational contexts.  But what exactly is design thinking and how can it serve integrally informed change work? As with any left quadrant form of expertise, design methods may appear idiosyncratic or ‘fuzzy’ until we find ways to translate efficacies into right-hand quadrant measures of real innovation.

Although over-hyped as …

08/15 – Entering the Flow: Exploring A Model of Integral Leadership

Column / August-November 2013

Scott Pochron

“No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.”

— Heraclitus

Note to Readers: As a new contributor to Integral Leadership Review, I thought it appropriate to share some of my personal journey that has shaped my understanding of leadership. I present this in the form of an interview.

Entering the Flow – What does this mean to you?

Taking a transdisciplinary approach, I have come …

Integral Design Leadership: Collective Designing in the Anthropocene

Column / June 2013

Lisa Norton

“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”
― Richard Buckminster Fuller

What is the role of design in change work today and how can integral approaches to designing enhance distribution of social benefits? What if we could imagine ways to design collectively, as a species – a human tribe of tribes – in anticipation of our collective challenges? The age of the Anthropocene …

Transdisciplinary Reflections

Column / June 2013

Teaching an Introduction to Leadership Course When Leadership is “Dead.” (Part 1)

Alfonso Montuori

How do we teach an Introduction to leadership course when Leadership is allegedly “dead?” The discourse and practices of Leadership are undergoing dramatic changes, as we see in these pages. The heroic leadership model has been strongly challenged, not least because of the demands of the new, more collaborative, uncertain, networked distributed environment, as well as the emergence of women as both leaders and scholars of …

Integral North: Teaching to Potential

Column / March 2013

Creativity, Empowerment, Inspiration and other Acts of Human Courage

Mark McCaslin

…the isolation that prevails everywhere… has not fully developed, not reached its limit yet. For every one strives to keep his individuality as apart as possible, wishes to secure the greatest possible fullness of life for himself; but meantime all his efforts result not in attaining fullness of life but self-destruction, for instead of self-realisation he ends by arriving at complete solitude.

~Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov

Hope …

The Master Code and Integral Politics in Polarized America

Column / March 2013

Don E. Beck

Regardless of your own political views, memetic codes, or location on the intensity spectrum (from flame thrower to pragmatic) you must be both concerned and confused as to the current issues in Washington DC. While the words “stalemate, “crazy,” “polarized and soaked with acrimony,” define the condition, it appears the huge gaps in our society continue to grow and expand. The fiercely fought presidential campaign has not abated one bit. President Obama’s campaign team continues to work …

Integral Design Leadership

Column / March 2013

STEM to STEAM: Negative Capability in Service to Empowered Creative Participation

Lisa Norton

At once it struck me, what quality went to form a Man of Achievement, especially in literature, and which Shakespeare possessed so enormously–I mean Negative Capability, that is when man is capable of being in uncertainties. Mysteries, doubts, without any irritable reaching after fact and reason. (Keats)

Often described as the fusion of art and science, design is now publicly poised at the center of the STEM …

Transdisciplinary Reflections: It’s the End of the World as We Know It

Column / March 2013

Obama, Clinton, Pelosi, and the Creative (R)evolution.

Alfonso Montuori

When the Going Gets Weird…

When historians look back on the beginning of the 21st century, and around 2008, I believe they will view it as a time of great historical significance. We are in a “postnormal age,” according to the British futurist Zia Sardar, a time when everything is changing, uncertain, ambiguous, complex. Zygmunt Bauman, the Polish sociologist, calls ours Liquid Modernity. We’ve moved from the solid world to …

The Integral North – Integral Leadership: Boundaries, Theories, Practices and Intersections

Column / January 2013

Mark L. McCaslin

Being involved, as I am, with the Integral Leadership Review, I am often questioned about its purposes and intentions as well as its meaning. These questions set me to considering not only the scope of Integral Leadership but also its place and purpose within the wide domain of leadership studies. I believe it would be fair to say that the Integral Leadership Review is a unique publication within this domain. It is a publication that spans and/or …

Transdisciplinary Reflections: The Sound of Surprise

Column / January 2013

On Order, Disorder, Creativity, and Trust

Alfonso Montuori

History is not something ‘back there,’ something we browse through occasionally for purposes of erudition and arcane knowledge of bygone eras: history is in our flesh and bones–and in our minds. Darwin’s great revolution was to show us that we are our history (Bocchi & Ceruti, 2002). The great revolution of complexity and chaos shows us that history is not determined, that it is the contingent co-creation of individuals and their environments. …