Category Archives: Feature Articles

12/21 – Wayfinding for Perpetual Well-Being in Higher Education

December 2019 / Feature Articles

Devon Almond

Devon Almond

When a meditation college from Mainland USA identified the most remote place in the world as an ideal location for higher education study-abroad programs, the college initially looked within for commitment from 10 of its current undergraduate students who together formed the initial cohort of an experimental semester in sustainability education. For the college that pioneered the first Sustainable Living degree in North America, the Big Island of Hawai’i would become home to a series of …

12/21 – A QUEST FOR THE QUALITY OF LIFE AND WELLBEING: focus on people and societies living in a complex world towards dynamic stability and ecosystem resilience

December 2019 / Feature Articles

 Alexandre de Faria, Patrick Smytzek, Zsuzsanna Gaspar, and Maximilian Manderscheid

Alexandre de Faria
Maximilian Manderscheid
Zsusanna Gaspar
Patrick Smytzek









Glossary[2]

Socio-ecological system: A socio-ecological system consists of ‘a bio-geo-physical’ unit and           its associated social actors and institutions. Socio-ecological systems are complex and adaptive and delimited by spatial or functional boundaries surrounding particular ecosystems and their problem context.  
Sustainability: A dynamic equilibrium between a socio-ecological system and its environment, which enables the system to maintain itself and its

12/21 – Innovative Leadership Approaches for Compassionate-Ecological Development

December 2019 / Feature Articles

Robertson Work

Robertson Work

More and more people are becoming aware that we live in a critical moment of human history and evolution. We are facing system-wide crises including climate chaos and ecological collapse; patriarchy and misogyny; economic and social deprivation; oligarchy and corporatocracy; racism and xenophobia; and perpetual warfare and violence. In order to save humanity and much of life on Earth, we must do what is necessary to realize a sustainable and regenerative environment, gender equality, socioeconomic justice, …

06/29 – Transdisciplinary Curriculum: Educational Philosophy and Rationale

June 2019 / Feature Articles

Sue L. T. McGregor

Higher education is one of the most important arenas in which the transdisciplinary (TD) approach should be applied (Güvenen, 2016). Fortunately, educational institutions are “evolving [so they can] answer the demand for transdisciplinary skills” (Güvenen, 2016, p. 75). In concert, “educators are recognizing the vital significance of designing a transdisciplinary curriculum” (Smyth, 2017, p. 64). Indeed, it is a growing phenomenon in higher education as evidenced by several recent initiatives (see Albright, 2016; Babadi, Varaki, Khandaghi, …

06/29 – More Statesmanship, Less Leadership Please!

June 2019 / Feature Articles

Edward Kelly

According to this model of adult development, less than 10% of our leaders have the developmental capacity to match the complexity of the issues they face, and that includes President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Theresa May. This mismatch, which gets resolved at the next stage in our or their development, looks more like statesmanship than leadership.

How much better off would we be to have statesmanship as our model of good leadership, rather than the more conventional, …

06/29 – Limitations of Frankfurt School Hauptseminars From a Perspective of the Dialectical Thought Form Framework (DTF)

June 2019 / Feature Articles

Otto Laske

While resurgent interest in the writings of the Frankfurt School, especially Adorno, is over-focused on the ideological content of his writings, a much more relevant aspect of Adorno’s work is that of a teacher of ‘deep’, or dialectical, thinking. Adorno’s ‘Negative Dialektik’ spells out his teaching only in a form once-removed, rather than giving an experience of his and Horkheimer’s practice in real time. This practice found its focus in what an admirer of Adorno and himself a …

06/29 – Gandhi’s Integral Leadership to Greatness for All (Sarvodaya): With Truth (Satya), Nonviolence (Ahimsa), and Self-Rule (Swaraj)

June 2019 / Feature Articles

Ray Gehani

Many prominent leaders and major media have almost unanimously acknowledged Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869 – 1948) as one of the 20th Century’s greatest leaders for humankind (Time, 1999).  Gandhi is also recognized as a firm believer and practitioner of truth and nonviolence with high integrity.  Albert Einstein noted, “Generations to come will scarce believe that such a one as this, ever in flesh and blood, walked upon the earth.”  His message of truth-based persuasion (…

06/29 – Transnational Considerations in Equity Work in Three Contexts: Higher Education, Philanthropy and Public Policy

June 2019 / Feature Articles

Cristina Alcalde, M. Gabriela Alcalde and Gonzalo Alcalde

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s 2019 and racial equity is increasingly put forth as a promising framework for understanding and undoing centuries of racist and colonialist power structures. The framework of equity is both an important and urgent one to consider, given that a convergence of demographic, environmental, political and economic trends emphasizes the need to at least consider the strong possibility that inequities may be significantly contributing to our …

06/29 – Toward a Technology Infrastructure for the Second Tier

June 2019 / Feature Articles

Don Dulchinos

Integral thinkers Don Beck and Ken Wilber have both cited Pierre Teilhard de Chardin’s noosphere as a model or metaphor for the Turquoise stage of human development.  Teilhard spoke of “a harmonised collectivity of consciousnesses equivalent to a sort of super-consciousness.” [1] I published a book entitled Neurosphere (after noosphere), in 2005, the same year I completed Don Beck’s Spiral Dynamics training.[2] In some ways, I think I would have written a different book had I

06/29 – An Attempt at a Trans-Contextual Learning Model: Extracting a Meta-Model Across Time, Space, and Discipline

June 2019 / Feature Articles

Ian Roth

It is self-evident that the most useful education is one that facilitates learning-how-to-learn.  While the reasons for past failures to provide such an education are undoubtedly multivariate, among them must certainly be counted the apparent difficulty of delivering such an education.  The more bureaucratized and institutionalized the educational context becomes, the more this guiding principle must appear overly idealistic.  Yet, considering the fundamental conundrum of education—that it is intended to prepare learners for a world that does not …