August 2018
Table of Contents
8/29 – Cover
Eric Reynolds
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    
Leading Comments
08/29 – Integral Leadership Review Special Edition – Closing the Momentous Gap With A Momentous Leap!
Robin Wood
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 […]
Leadership Quote
08/29 – Graves
Clare Graves
“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, […]
Feature Articles
08/29 – The Momentous Leap to a Flourishing World in 2050: Why, What, and How!
Robin Wood
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 […]
08/29 – Systems and Legal Systems: Perspectives of Law, Justice, Rights, and Peace
J. Kim Wright and Luemara Wagner
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 […]
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 
Bjarni S. Jonsson
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 […]
08/29 – Predicting the Unpredictable The Good and Bad Effects of Capital on the Momentous Leap
Said E. Dawlabani
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 […]
08/29 – Emerging Technologies Guidance from the Past and for the Future
Michiel Doorn
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 […]
08/29 – A 2nd Tier Approach to a 1st Tier World
Keith Rice
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 […]
08/29 – Interstate Bus Lines:  A Tribal Centre of Gravity in Need of Functioning Blue
Rica Viljoen
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:       […]
08/29 – Facilitating the Emergence of a Thriving Global Civilization
Nicholas Beecroft
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 […]
Notes from the Field
08/29 – Into the Collective Heart – On the Road to Super-Coherence
Anne-marie Voorhoeve and Diana Claire Douglas
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 […]
08/29 – Future of Democracy and the “Beta-Condition” – The Scandinavian Experience
Teddy Hebo Larsen
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:   From a memetic point of view numerous countries in Europe (primarily in Northern Europe) are right […]
Book Excerpt
08/29 – World Crisis, Our Tipping Point, and a Radical Integral Ecology
Terry Patten
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 […]
08/29 – Beloved Community: Can Spirituality as Community Realize An Integral Vision?
Jim Lockard
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 […]
Book Reviews
08/29 – Secular, Sacred, Scientific
Graham Mummery
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 […]