August-November 2016
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8/31 – August Cover
Eric Reynolds
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8/31 – Original Cover Art – Gaia Orion
Gaia Orion
Gaia Orion [caption id="attachment_14988" align="aligncenter" width="2400"]Gaia Orion - Integral Map 1-0 - 36x36 Integral Map 1.0 Integral Map 1.0[/caption]

Creation of the painting Integral Map 1.0*

I have to admit that it took me a long time to grasp the full scope of Integral theory (and I am still working on it!). It is primarily  a comprehensive map of a complex whole while being beautifully simple and elegant. Many of my themes already explored the stages of one’s life in a spiral motion so when I came across the integral world it felt only natural to tackle the ambitious task of translating the stages of development and quadrants into a painting. My goal was to create a harmonious design that doesn’t only touch and transform the viewer but also contributes to inform and teach the world about the ground breaking framework of Integral thought. Integral-Map-Structure The Structure: These four shapes are the structure of my integral map: – a spiral for the levels of development that are evolving. – gold concentric circles to represent expanding consciousness from egocentric to cosmos-centric. – I see this expansion as our heart centre (where spirit and body meet) opening up. For this reason, the gold concentric circle after post-Integral is a heart lotus creating a mandala which gives the painting a spirit of wholeness. – the circle divided into 4 sections represents the quadrants as we know them. Having the quadrants was Bence Ganti’s contribution which made the painting a true useful tool to understand Integral theory.

There is such harmony in this diagram, it is really telling about what integral is.

The Colors Then the colors! One of the most confusing (and annoying) parts of integral learning is this mix up of colors between Ken Wilber and Don Beck. It’s difficult enough to figure out the whole thing that is supposed to be simple and elegant! Even Jeff Salzmann admitted to me that he hates it every time he has to say ‘amber-blue’ or ‘yellow-turquoise’.  I guess it’s part of life, it just can’t be perfect, it has to put this little annoying rock in our Integral shoe! Also as an artist I never understood the logic of either color chart. I find Wilber’s a little bit more sensible since it uses the rainbow sequence. We said rainbow, right? So where is yellow? It’s a primary color and it’s not even in the chart! That bugged me for the longest time, I could never get that.. until… When I painted the integral map I had my aha moment: Ken decided to use the diffracted light color sequence but in the spirit of being ‘inclusive’ he did his best to match Don Beck’s existing colors. This way some stages match: red, orange and green stages. Anyway in my painting I used Wilber’s colors (if you know my art you’ll know that I love rainbows) and I added a ribbon of Don Beck’s colors unfolding along each stage.
Integral theory levels of development

Levels of development

Integral- Stages of development The stages From the Big Bang to Integral I found simple symbolic scenes to express each level so that when we look at them we can get an immediate ‘feel’ of each stage in their respective quadrants. For instance, amber upper left is someone bathed in the shining light of an almighty god; orange upper right is a marathon runner reaching for high performance; lower right green is a new city line built in nature with renewable energy; teal lower left is a spiral of people evolving together. This Integral map – created to be presented at the 2016 European Integral Conference in Hungary – is called ‘Integral Map 1.0.’ I invite everyone to participate in the evolution of this painting by giving their feedback, ideas and suggestions to make this Integral Map painting project an on-going  developing theme. The point is to make it better, clearer, to find ways to express the various aspects of Integral philosophy in a playful and colorful visual manner. Throughout the history of humanity art has always been a beacon of every era, staying as a long lasting testament of what emerged in each culture at different periods. Let’s invite the artists to participate in Integral world culture with their visions! This painting is only one of them. I am honoured to be part of this avant-garde movement, participating via my artwork in this incredible evolution! Note: On my way back from the 2016 Integral European Conference in Hungary I lost my Integral Map 1.0 in the subway in Paris… to read about this crazy story click here *This article was originally posted at

About the Artist

Paris-2015-3Gaia Orion is an integral artist that has gained international recognition by participating in many worldwide projects that are working toward constructive world change. She has exhibited in Spain, Germany, Hungary, Mexico, the U.S.A and Canada with a recent solo show in Paris, France. In sharing the artwork and connecting with others she discovered that these transformational themes are part of a larger visionary movement that is active in society today... as deep ecology, social justice, conscious politic, alternative economy, and so on...

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Leading Comments
11/30 – Mni Wiconi – Water is life!
Eric Reynolds
  With this release we offer the final five articles of 2016. They are: Otto Laske’s How Roy Bhaskar Expanded and Deepened the Notion of Adult Cognitive Development: A Succinct History of the DialecticalThought Form Framework (DTF). Jim Ritchie-Dunham and Maureen Metcalf’s Co-hosting: Creating Optimal Experience for Team Interactions. Eugene Pustoshkin’s Transformations on the Path to Really Teal […]
8/31 – Und Jetzt? And now?
Eric Reynolds
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Leadership Quote
11/30 – Why We Can’t Wait: Quotes by Martin Luther King
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8/31 – Anderson and Adams on Mastering Leadership and the Integral Self
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Leadership Coaching Tips
8/31 – Teal – Do you see and work on the whole picture?
Heidi Hornlein
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Fresh Perspective
8/31 – Dennis Wittrock on IEC2016 and beyond.
Eric Reynolds
Eric Reynolds Dennis Wittrock, M.A. (philosophy), partner at, founder of Integral Europe, director of the Integral European Conference, certified Holacracy® Facilitator, MeetingDoctor consultant, served 5 years as CEO and board member of Integrales Forum and the Integral Academy in Germany. His purpose is to create spaces for the emergence of integral consciousness.   […]
Feature Articles
11/30 – How Roy Bhaskar Expanded and Deepened the Notion of Adult Cognitive Development: A Succinct History of the DialecticalThought Form Framework (DTF)
Otto Laske
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11/30 – Co-hosting: Creating Optimal Experience for Team Interactions
Jim Ritchie-Dunham and Maureen Metcalf
Jim Ritchie-Dunham and Maureen Metcalf This paper provides a high-level framework for leaders to refine their approach to increasing team effectiveness by leveraging the concept of “room to roam.” Room to roam looks at five key variables we believe are foundation when looking at leadership successful performance in groups. For people working in groups, we […]
11/30 – Transformations on the Path to Really Teal & Turquoise Organizations
Eugene Pustoshkin
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11/30 – Integral Essence of Russian Philosophy. Part 2: Through Tragedy and Exile
Alexander Malakhov
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11/30 – The Truth, the Goodness, and the Beauty: Integral Essence of Russian Philosophy
Alexander Malakhov
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8/31 – From Abrasive to Impressive Leadership
Lynn Harrison
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8/31 – You look pretty good for your age!
Mark Davenport
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8/31 – Trusting Desire: A Trans-lineage ‘Living Spirituality’ that Actually Leads to Action
Zach Schlosser
Zach Schlosser Abstract In this paper I outline a trans-lineage spirituality rooted in our intrinsic and discovered desires. I begin with a critique of Buddhism and then draw on insights from Saniel Bonder’s work developing the contemporary awakening school Waking Down in Mutuality, Bonnitta Roy’s Process Model of Integral Theory and her notion of View, Bruce […]
8/31 – The Pathway to Integral Operational Leadership
Greg Park
Greg Park Abstract In today’s successful twenty first century business organisation the operational leader is to be regarded less as the “dinosaur”, to be culled in the interests of efficiency, but rather as the pivotal leadership role in re-defining and effectively implementing an alternative organisational logic. This new leadership logic takes into account, in an […]
Integral European Conference #IEC2016
8/31 – 3D-Management: An Integral Business Theory
Marco Antonio Robledo
Marco Antonio Robledo Abstract 3D-Management is an integral meta-theory of management that integrates organizational knowledge in an integral, balanced and non-marginalizing framework. It stands for Three-Dimensional Management, in reference to the three fundamental and irreducible dimensions (the Big Three) that integral management should address: science, arts and ethics, which refer respectively to the techno-economical, the […]
8/31 – From Knowledge Intensive to Wisdom Based Services
Detlev Bohle
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8/31 – If Capitalism is Dead, then what?
Said E. Dawlabani
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8/31 – What has Eros/Power got to do with Teal Organizing? Quite a lot!
Heidi Gutekunst, Hilary Bradbury and Dana Carman
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8/31 – A Couples Line of Development
Tom Habib
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Learner Papers
8/31 – Policy by Tautologies: The Circular Reasoning and Divided Leadership Over Iraq
Todd J. Barry
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Notes from the Field
8/31 – Social Acupuncture: SDG’s & the Future of Humanitarianism, Nexus at the United Nations, 2016
Mary Ann Thompson-Frenk
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8/31 – What can we learn from tradition and conflict?*
Alain Volz
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 […]
8/31 – Leap into Life – Dipaliya*
Alain Volz
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Book Reviews
8/31 – Excellence through Mind-Brain Development: The Secrets of World Class Performers.
Ádám Olgyay
Ádám Olgyay Harald Harung and Frederick Travis (2016). Excellence through Mind-Brain Development: The Secrets of World Class Performers. London, UK. Routledge. We all want excellence and happiness. Thousands of books have been written on the topic of high performance and the secrets of success. There are two basic challenges. First, there are many competing ideas of […]
8/31 – John Stewart reviews Laske on Dialectical Thinking
John Stewart
John Stewart Otto Laske, Dialectical Thinking for Integral Leaders: A Primer. Tucson: Integral Publishers, 2015. Gregory Bateson famously said: “The major problems in the world are the result of the difference between how nature works and the way people think.” This statement of Bateson’s identifies a serious issue for humanity. If our thinking does not enable us […]
8/31 – Flow-Based Leadership Book Review
Jackie Damrau
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