Category Archives: Notes from the Field

8/31 – Social Acupuncture: SDG’s & the Future of Humanitarianism, Nexus at the United Nations, 2016

Notes from the Field / August-November 2016

Mary Ann Thompson-Frenk

Note to reader: Traditional humanitarianism seeks to alleviate a symptom. Integral humanitarianism views an individual project as a Systemic remedy. Identifying where within the ecological, social, cultural and economic systems one can have the greatest positive impact and what methods should be used is Social Acupuncture. The people’s transformation into conscious cultural creators (people who have become consciously aware of how their choices are creating their current culture, economically, spiritually, environmentally, etc.) and can respond strategically with …

8/31 – What can we learn from tradition and conflict?*

Notes from the Field / August-November 2016

Alain Volz

This article is an English translation of an article previously published in Dutch on July 2nd 2016. With special thanks to Michiel Doorn who helped with the translation.

Those that know me are aware that, already for five years, I have been traveling between Ghana and the Netherlands. In Ghana, I work with the Dagomba tribe in the North. The Dagomba are generally traditional people and religion is important in their lives, as it is in many

8/31 – Leap into Life – Dipaliya*

Notes from the Field / August-November 2016

Alain Volz

Story of an emerging Social Economy that combines tradition with innovation. 

In this article I will describe the journey Umar Mohammed and I are travelling as Leap into Life Dipaliya and how my journey started. Those who know the Star Trek series recognize the first sentence written here above. Though we haven’t left planet Earth – on the contrary, we are more closely connecting with Her – is what we do quite different from what is commonly known

4/28 – And so it begins: The Inaugural Conference of the Human Science Institute

Notes from the Field / April-June 2016

K. Keyvne Baar

As we, the Human Science Institute (HIS), prepare for our second conference (8-10 September 2016 in Salt Lake City), it was decided that a recap of the experiences from the inaugural conference was in order. I was nominated for the assignment.

In many ways I am the least obvious person to take this on. I am an academic who shuns academic speak: I have never used epistemological in a sentence (until now), yet I thrive among those …

1/18 – Gaining Maturity on the Path (Notes from the Russian Fields)

Notes from the Field / January-February 2016

Lev Gordon

Photo Lev Gordon Russian

Last two months I was going through an interesting period, which was over yesterday… On November 12 I turned 42 (an age often referred to as “middle age crisis”) and so it seems that a month before and a month after were some sort of cutting ties with the past and searching for new clarity, crystallizing new vision of the future and my role in it.

I would not say that it was easy as life was testing …

1/18 – To Russia, with love of extremes

Notes from the Field / January-February 2016

Anouk Brack, MSc.

Anouk Brack

In 2015 I traveled to Moscow twice to teach about Leadership Embodiment in the Embodiment Facilitator Course (EFC) by Mark Walsh and Alexandra Vilvovskaya. I was asked to reflect on my experience teaching in Russia for this special edition of Integral Leadership Review.

Context: the Embodiment Facilitator Course

This course is aimed at body workers who want to offer their services in business and organisations, and for HR professionals and (executive) coaches who are looking to include …

11/30 – Leveraging Integral Leadership to Shift Sustainability Mindsets into a ThriveAbility Paradigm

Notes from the Field / August-November 2015

Bill Baue and Robin Wood

To achieve sustainability, we need to transcend the sustainability paradigm – a limiting mindset that (counter-intuitively) has only succeeded in solidifying unsustainability. We need to transcend and include sustainability by integrating it into a new meta-paradigm that spawns systems designed to thrive, sustainably. To get from here to there, integral leadership turns out to be a key that unlocks the conundrum of how to shift mindsets from wherever they are now (indeed, many leaders are …

11/30 – ILR at the ILA

Notes from the Field / August-November 2015

Mark McCaslin

Recently, I had the pleasure of representing Integral Leadership Review and the School for Advanced Studies, University of Phoenix, at the International Leadership Associations’ annual conference.  Being involved as I am with the Integral Leadership Review I am often questioned by the affiliates of the Center for Leadership Studies and Educational Research, the Center I lead, about the purposes and intentions as well as the meaning of integral leadership. These questions set me to considering not only the …

11/30 – The Amara Adventure: Bringing Transformation to Life in Organizations

Notes from the Field / August-November 2015

Assembled & edited by Jane Allen and Nick Owen

Snapshots of a transformational leadership conference with inputs from

Bill Torbert & Frederic Laloux

Amara is a collaboration of likeminded leadership practitioners formed earlier this year with the stated purpose of doubling the number of leaders with transformational leadership capacity worldwide within 25 years. The founders are Heidi Gutekunst (Finland), Irena Pranskeviciute (Lithuania), Jane Allen (UK), and Bill Torbert (USA). The Amara Collaboration, as it is formally known, already has several …

10/9 – Review of The Third Act Workshop

Notes from the Field / August-November 2015

Edward Kelley

ed kelly


 Over the past 2-3 years we have run a number of retreats on The Third Act in life. In April of this year we also ran a successful Third Act Conference. More recently we have been running Third Act workshops in which we have moved our attention to what work we can do and what organisational structure might be best suited to support that work. Here is a short update.


The Third …