Category Archives: Notes from the Field

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 …

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 …