Category Archives: August 2018

Momentous Leap

08/29 – Beloved Community: Can Spirituality as Community Realize An Integral Vision?

August 2018 / Book Excerpt

Jim Lockard

“Don’t search for heaven and hell in the future. Both are now present. Whenever we manage to love without expectations, calculations, negotiations, we are indeed in heaven. Whenever we fight, hate, we are in hell.

~ Shams Tabrizi

NOTE: This article is excerpted from my book, CREATING THE BELOVED COMMUNITY: A HANDBOOK FOR SPIRITUAL LEADERSHIP, and largely rewritten for this publication. I use the Graves/Beck/Cowan colors to identify spiral stages.

In exploring the idea of an integral …

08/29 – Predicting the Unpredictable The Good and Bad Effects of Capital on the Momentous Leap

August 2018 / Feature Articles

Said Dawlabani

“It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future”

Yogi Berra, American baseball philosopher

Welcome to the Age of Disruption

Over the last few years, I have been obsessed with finding answers to the myriad of questions that address the nature of change. More specifically, I’ve wanted to know why so many futurists and management gurus got so many things wrong about the future in such a short period of time. It is the Age of Disruption they …

08/29 – Emerging Technologies Guidance from the Past and for the Future

August 2018 / Feature Articles

Michiel Doorn

This paper explores whether inventions and technologies can be “civilized” such that their embedding in our social, biological & economic fabric leads to the flourishing of all life on our planet in ethical, thriveable ways. The paper also explores the power of “story” to disseminate the wisdom that Spiral Dynamics can offer and thus assist the unfolding of consciousness.

The Past – The Story of Easter Island

It was mid-morning and adjunct professor Patrick Snyder was engaged in …

08/29 – A 2nd Tier Approach to a 1st Tier World

August 2018 / Feature Articles

Keith Rice

The Spiral Dynamics Summit on the Future (Dallas, 20-22 April 2018) was a fairly awesome event. A gathering of leading Gravesian practitioners (both on the stage and in the audience), partly to honour Spiral Dynamics co-developer Don Beck and partly to focus on how the Gravesian approach can be used to tackle the current malaises afflicting the world. (Many of the presentations are reflected in the articles comprising this special edition of ILR.)

Speaker after speaker gave …

08/29 – Interstate Bus Lines:  A Tribal Centre of Gravity in Need of Functioning Blue

August 2018 / Feature Articles

Rica Viljoen


In his 2006 book, The Crucible – Forging South Africa’s Future, Don Beck[1] described that thinking systems are deep-core intelligences that form as a coping response to changing life conditions. He promised Clare Graves[2] that he would always work theoretically purely, and over the years highlighted the following assumptions:




  • Human nature is not static; it changes as it adapts to new systems. Yet, the old systems must be integrated and transcended, or the

08/29 – Facilitating the Emergence of a Thriving Global Civilization

August 2018 / Feature Articles

Nicholas Beecroft

 For the first time in human history, a global civilization is emerging. It was initiated by the European empires which first connected together the whole world with trade and has been super-catalyzed by the technologies of the airplane, television and internet.

In the West, Governments are becoming increasingly authoritarian, invading our privacy and suppressing freedom of speech. Our pensions, welfare and health care are unsustainable. Inequality is rising. The American Dream is out of reach for many. We’re …