Category Archives: Notes from the Field

06/29 – Up! (Ten Years After . . .) – Building Community-Based Equity

June 2019 / Notes from the Field

Brian McConnell

This segment of Notes from the Field reflects the shared experience of a small band of reflective practitioners originating in Roanoke, Virginia and interfacing with each other as participants, along with some 300 other such teams from around the world, in the Presencing Institute’s recently launched, “Societal Transformation Lab”. Drawing from a set of theoretical frameworks sharing parallels related to “consciousness” which include Integral, Theory U, the Systems View, and Spiral Dynamics; “Showing

06/29 – A Mindful Society (symposium), 24-27 May, 2019, Toronto Canada

June 2019 / Notes from the Field

Blake Poland

A Mindful Society ( is an annual forum for those interested and/or active in taking mindfulness practice ‘off the cushion’ and into all sectors of society. In addition to pre- and post-conference workshops, led this year by Dr Dan Seigel and Thupten Jinpa (the Dalai Lama’s personal translator) respectively, over 500 delegates were treated to two days of plenary concurrent sessions include practice sessions, presentations from leaders bringing mindfulness into health care, education, prisons, law enforcement and other …

06/29 – Spectrum of Leadership Gifts – A Personal Perspective

June 2019 / Notes from the Field

Ryan Nakade & Devon Almond

The ways of the world evolve as we evolve. Our lenses of life shift as we shift. Each way of the world has its place, its value, and its limitations. Each way of the world also offers its leadership gifts. While leadership, itself, is as developmentally diverse as our inner and outer worlds, for the purpose of this article, we draw on conventional leadership scholars, like Jim Clawson (2008) and Warren Bennis (2009), as well …

08/29 – Into the Collective Heart – On the Road to Super-Coherence

August 2018 / Notes from the Field

Anne-Marie Voorhoeve, with contributions from Diana Claire Douglas

In this article Anne-Marie Voorhoeve shares the development of THC-The Hague Center for Global Governance, Innovation and Emergence as a Second Tier organization, how it develops Meshwork practices, how it is using Action Research for its own development and applying outcomes and learnings for challenges. Action Research is understood to be a systemic inquiry into problems and challenges in order to better understand their complex dynamics and develop real world applications and …

08/29 – Future of Democracy and the “Beta-Condition” – The Scandinavian Experience

August 2018 / Notes from the Field

Teddy Hebo Larsen

What lessons can be learned from highly developed democratic societies, and how relevant are those lessons to developing nations?



These most relevant questions are of high interest for (at least) the following reasons:


  1. From a memetic point of view numerous countries in Europe (primarily in Northern Europe) are right now exiting the Green meme and are facing either a fixation at the current level (6’th code), a move upwards the spiral to the 7’th

05/31 – Mindfulness Plus: Practices for Developing Street Smart Awareness and Inquiry-in-Action

Notes from the Field / May 2018

Jane Allen & Heidi Gutekunst

“We experience a world with great beauty and potential yet with too much stumbling and misuse of power, a world dominated by dysfunctional structures, fear and foregone potential.” 

(Allen and Gutekunst 12)


We need new ways of thinking, being and acting to deal with the opportunities and challenges we face in 2018 and beyond from the recurring mass-shootings in the USA, gender power dynamics, climate change, the development of Artificial Intelligence to the stress …

05/31 – Third Act In Life

Notes from the Field / May 2018

Edward J Kelly

 “When the facts change, I change my mind; what do you do sir”? John Milton Keynes

It is self-evident that each one of us is an individual and that as individuals we are impacted, directly or indirectly, by the organisations we are associated with. In turn, organisations and individuals are all enmeshed in a society of which they are part. Each is therefore inter-dependent; individuals on organisations, and organisations and individuals on society and vice versa. So …

8/31 – Leap into Life – a new business model for a Sharing Economy*

Notes from the Field / August-November 2017

Alain B. Volz

Based on traditional values of the Dagomba tribe in Ghana Northern Region and 21stcentury Holistic principles we are developing a Sharing Economy called Leap into Life. The last 2 years we have been working from grass root level in Ghana and The Netherlands on the design of an informal economy where people and planet are more important than profit.

Key principles Leap into Life Business Model

The Leap into Life Sharing Economy is to preserve traditional values in Ghana by creating life

4/22 – Integral Thinking in Society As a Development Path for Humanity

Notes from the Field / April-June 2017

Aleksandr Drobiazko

“Only the whole makes sense” – G.W.F. Hegel

As it has been pointed out by Ken Wilber in his work “Introduction to Integral Theory and Practice”, over the last three decades we have witnessed a situation that is unprecedented in history: from now on we have access to all the cultures of the world. In the past, if you were born, say, in China, you were likely to be destined to spend your whole life within one culture, …

4/22 – Proactive emotional management through the integral perspective

Notes from the Field / April-June 2017

Galina Svirina (Susloparova), Ph.D.

What can be more important than harmony in personal and working relationships? Yet, it seems that this area of our life tends to be challenging, even for the most successful people. Many thinkers, psychologists, religious and spiritual leaders, have been trying to find a philosopher stone, one secret element necessary for achieving harmony. The initial meaning of the very word “harmony” is an integral unity of all parts, which suggests using an integral approach to finding …