Category Archives: August 2018

Momentous Leap

08/29 – Graves

August 2018 / Leadership Quote

“As man moves from the sixth or personalistic level, the level of being with self and other men, the seventh level, the cognitive level of existence, a chasm of unbelievable depth of meaning is crossed. The gap between the sixth level and the seventh level is the gap between getting and giving, taking and contributing, destroying and constructing. It is the gap between deficiency or deficit motivation and growth or abundance motivation. It is the gap between similarity to animals …

8/29 – Cover

August 2018 / Cover

Momentous Leap Cover featuring Left to Right: Jane Loevinger, Don Beck, Russ Volckmann, Robin Wood, Clare Graves, Jean Piaget, Jean Gebser, Ken Wilber, Susanne Cook-Greuter and Abraham Maslow



08/29 – World Crisis, Our Tipping Point, and a Radical Integral Ecology

August 2018 / Book Excerpt

Terry Patten

(adapted from Chapters 1 and 5 of A New Republic of the Heart: An Ethos for Revolutionaries © 2018 available from North Atlantic Books)

There is overwhelming evidence that we are living at an enormous global tipping point—“the moment of critical mass, the threshold, the boiling point”(1). There are many signs—from actual weather and ecological events to volumes of shocking data—that point to the conclusion that our planet and biosphere, our life-support system, is in deep trouble. The …

08/29 – The Momentous Leap to a Flourishing World in 2050: Why, What, and How!

August 2018 / Feature Articles

Robin Lincoln Wood

During the 1960’s and 1970’s there was a growing awareness amongst political, cultural, business and scientific leaders around the globe that the spread of nuclear weapons and our excessive exploitation of the earth’s precious resources might spell the end of humanity as we know it. As Albert Einstein had put it a few decades earlier:

“The world we have made, as a result of the level of thinking we have done thus far, creates problems we cannot …

08/29 – Systems and Legal Systems: Perspectives of Law, Justice, Rights, and Peace

August 2018 / Feature Articles

J. Kim Wright and Luemara Wagner (with special thanks to Don Beck)







Kim:  I was a speaker at the Spiral Dynamics Summit on the Future in Dallas in April and was asked to write an article on the subject covered in my presentation: Legal Wizardry: What will the legal system look like from the values of the Second Tier.  Speaking to a predominantly non-legal audience, the presentation hit some high spots and introduced some …

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 – Social Tectonic Plates Model: A Concept Framework for holistic diagnosis of social dynamics and evolution based on the collective wisdom derived from the Iceland National Assembly 

August 2018 / Feature Articles

Bjarni S. Jonsson

Collective Wisdom

The Iceland National Assembly Social Experiment

Following the financial crisis, the Icelandic nation was in a state of shock, anger and despair. While it was a difficult period, it proved to be a very fertile ground to organize a dialogue event involving a large number of people to discuss honestly and sincerely the future of the Nation. The event, which was held in November 2009, involved about 1200 individuals chosen randomly from the National Register …

08/29 – Secular, Sacred, Scientific

August 2018 / Book Reviews

Graham Mummery

In the prefaces to the current book,

Spiral Dynamics in Action: Humanity’s Master Code (Beck, Larsen, Solonin, Viljoen, Johns 2018), the authors and editors explain that this is a successor to the earlier work Spiral Dynamics: Mastering Values, Leadership and Change (2006). This is very much the case in that it updates some of the discussions because of further work done by those in the Spiral Dynamics community. The authors suggest reading the earlier work before …

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

08/29 – Integral Leadership Review Special Edition – Closing the Momentous Gap With A Momentous Leap!

August 2018 / Leading Comments

Welcome to this special edition of the Integral Leadership Review on the momentous leap. It has been over four decades since Prof Clare Graves published his article on this topic. Twenty-two years ago I was one of the first readers of the book “Spiral Dynamics”, written by Dr Don Beck and Dr Christopher Cowan, based on the three decades of research by Prof Graves between the 1950’s and 1980’s, and the fieldwork done in South Africa and many organisations and …