“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 …
“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 …
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 …
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 …
In his 2006 book, The Crucible – Forging South Africa’s Future, Don Beck described that thinking systems are deep-core intelligences that form as a coping response to changing life conditions. He promised Clare Graves 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
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 …