Category Archives: Feature Articles

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 …

11/30 – Prolegomena to Art’s Transdisciplinarity

November 2018 / Feature Articles

Michael Schwartz

The Project

This paper is prolegomena to art’s transdisciplinarity, a project ontologically motivated through inquiry into the transcendental conditions of art. It opens with the question: “what does the socio-cultural world need to be like for art to have emerged and endured as a human activity and product?” A answer to this question, as retrodictive explanation (proper to critical realist social theory[1]), is that art emerges as response to the tetra-arising matrix of certain type of psychic, bodily, …

11/30 – Paths of Waking Up and Growing Up as Vectors of Growth to Greater Wisdom and Joy

November 2018 / Feature Articles

There are two foundational vectors of consciousness and self-development: vertical and horizontal.

Vertical Development is studied by developmental psychology. The psychology of child development studies stages of consciousness and selfhood formation in children. The study of Adult Development investigates the trajectory of an adult personality through the stages of increasing maturity of meaning-making and self-sense. Scholars and researchers discern about a dozen of major stages or fulcrums of development through which a person might go over the course of his …

11/30 – Gandhi’s Dialectic Struggle with Interior – Exterior Integration: 6s Lessons from Paradoxical Success of Integral Leadership

November 2018 / Feature Articles

The visionary philosopher Ken Wilber (1974) proposed integral leadership theory while exploring the role of human consciousness at the individual level. Wilber gradually added more richness with complexity, comprehensiveness, trans-disciplinarity, and inclusiveness. In the 1990s, Wilber also noted that the Western empirical orientation of leadership was often rooted in the external and material world, with a heavy reliance on statistical measurement and analysis of behaviorally observable variables. Gardner et al. (2001) and McCall (2004) noted that many leadership models are …