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Imagine Durant has created a bold invitation to the 4 Voices of Durant Oklahoma, USA to imagine a vision for the future and develop the strategies to implement it.

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Building on the economic boom of gaming tourism, and their own journeys as integrally informed leaders, the President of First United Bank and the (now) Chief of the Choctaw Nation, invited Integral City to visit Durant in 2013 and make a proposal for a community development process that would grow community-wide support from grassroots participation.

A Formation Team created in 2014, hired a part-time coordinator and commenced a series of presentations to Civil Society groups, collecting survey data that started to paint a picture of Durant’s values. With evidence for expanding support, the Team, framed a partnership with the Chamber of Commerce to provide an office; created a not-for-profit organization; formed a Board of Directors (from the 4 Voices of Durant); and hired an Executive Director – all for lift-off in January 2015.

Demonstrating commitment, collaboration, and leveraging Integral intelligences (also being taught as organizational development in the bank and Choctaw organizations) Imagine Durant is the natural winner of the Meshworkers of the Year Award, 2015.

The practice of Meshworking is usually considered to be an advanced alignment of stakeholders, objectives, goals and activities in service to a superordinate goal.

Meshworking intelligence creates a “meshwork” by weaving together the best of two operating systems — one that self-organizes, and one that replicates hierarchical structures. The resulting meshwork creates and aligns complex responsive structures and systems that flex and flow.

Imagine Durant has systematically documented the process, results and interconnections amongst a series of three Dialogues on the Economy and the Community. Imagine Durant brought together 24 Thought Leaders, 39 Community Members and 24 Policy Makers to learn what was most important to the community. From the contacts made through these representatives of the 4 Voices of the city, it is estimated that Imagine Durant touched thousands of Durant stakeholders – including all of the councilors of City Hall and other governance systems in the County, State and Choctaw Nation; many of the 48 Civil Society organizations; many of the hundreds of highschool and university faculty and students; and all the key businesses of the city (and their customers).

Imagine Durant Harvest Reports for all 3 Dialogues are available on the Imagine Durant website and form an important contribution to Integral City research and development.

The 2015 Dialogues establish a foundation for two subsequent Dialogue series scheduled to be held in 2016 on:

  • Health and the Environment
  • Education and Culture

As Imagine Durant has reached out to the 4 Voices of the city, it is obvious that an enormous value of meshworking is that it embraces both the realms of the subjective inner lives of the 4 Voices and the intersubjective cultures that have a history embedded deeply in both Native American and non-Native American stories.

At the same time Imagine Durant has acted on an “early win” idea from the first Dialogue and spawned a parallel project in a cross-city walking trail – now called Nowa Oka – that has won the support of a grant for planning the trail, from National Parks.

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The commitment to taking the time to Creating Value through defining the purpose, vision and interconnections amongst these stories means that when Durant shifts into the future stage of Realizing Values, it will be able to design with assurance that it has alignment and coherence to the city’s Vision when it invests in tangible structures.

Imagine Durant’s meshworking intelligences are actively contributing to engagement of three levels of government, influencing city change and impacting community connections.  Integral City is proud to award Imagine Durant the Meshworker of the Year Award, 2015.



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What happens when business leaders expand their skills in service to thriving that is greater than just the success of one organization? The Integral Community hopes and dreams that leaders will transfer their leadership skills into their organization and impact the success of their employees. In turn the improvement of leadership skills throughout the organization should impact how business departments operate successfully. In turn, both internal and external stakeholders enjoy the benefits of greater effectiveness, more efficiency and authentic caring. And when they work together within a sector and even across sectors, everyone in the city can be set on a road to success and thriving. This grows opportunity in a virtuous circle.

Business Voice Catalyses 4 Voices of  Durant

Business Voice Catalyses 4 Voices of Durant

The five segments of the stakeholder model [employees, customers, partners, communities and stakeholders] are interdependent and equally influential over one another, and as such shape the business ideals of our organization. (Quotation from First United Bank website.)

This is what happens when leaders, organization and employees notice that their city needs to join hands to improve the wellbeing of the whole system using a multi-stakeholder approach they have learned builds success in their organizations have implemented. In Durant Oklahoma, it turns out that two business leaders set out to find a way to apply the integral principles of leadership and organization development to other stakeholders in the city. Greg Massey of First United Bank and Gary Baton of the Choctaw Nation, working together. inquired how could they  make a difference that will make a difference at the scale of the city of Durant?

Following a suggestion from their organizational development consultant and coach, (Stagen) they invited in Integral City Meshworks for a discovery tour of the city. The 2-day tour brought together the 4 Voices of the city (1) into several dialogues that inquired:

  • What works well around here?
  • What is not working so well around here?
  • What do we envision for the future of our city?

By the end of the tour the business leaders had demonstrated that bringing together the 4 Voices of the city coalesces authority, power and influence in service to a cause greater than any one of them could accomplish alone – namely the wellbeing of the whole city. Greg and Gary, as conscious business leaders have started to pay forward the core lessons of their own leadership and organization development, acting as catalysts for collaboration across the sectors, voices and values of the city. Now they are broadening the involvement of other businesses and organizations in the city in order to prepare for a visioning process that will embrace all 4 Voices of Durant.

This is a powerful role for the Voice of Business to initiate and support in any city – aligning the whole city system to co-develop a strategy for future development that involves all 4 Voices in the city.


(1)     4 Voices of the City: Citizens, Civil Society, Civic Managers, Business

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