Posts Tagged ‘Principles’

What better way to celebrate Canada Day than to flash the fireworks of July 1 onto the 4 Quadrants of Canada’s cohort of Integral Leaders?

©2014 Aboriginal Nations Education, Greater Victoria School Board, BC, Canada Artist Jamin Zurowski Bear/UL. Wolf /LL. Raven/UR. Salmon/LR.   This Totem is a Gift used with permission on this Canada Issue. Please do reproduce without © Permission.

©2014 Aboriginal Nations Education, Greater Victoria School Board, BC, Canada
Artist Jamin Zurowski
Bear/UL. Wolf /LL. Raven/UR. Salmon/LR.
This Totem is a Gift used with permission on this Canada Issue. Please do reproduce without © Permission.

A whole Quadrivium of Integral Leaders were featured in the Integral Leadership Review – Canada Issue at the beginning of 2015. But the plenitude of contributors and the depth of their insights deserves a special reminder today.

Click here to read the Profiles of all the Authors of the Canada Issue – Integral Leadership Review

Here is the Table of Contents in the Canada Issue – with links to all the contributions – including the original 4 Quadrant aboriginal Totem artwork of the Cover (with poetry, thought pieces, research reports, organizational histories, pedagocial principles for teaching leaders, environmental and sustainability insights, inspiring quotations, in-depth interviews … and more):


1/15 – Cover


2/15 – Cover


Leading Comments

1/15 – A Totem for Curating a Story of Leadership in Canada

Marilyn Hamilton

2/15 – From Totem Guides and Lock Masters to World Legacy Light

Marilyn Hamilton


Leadership Quote

1/15 – Marshall McLuhan 

2/15 – Adrienne Clarkson, 26th Governor General of Canada (1999-2005)

Lead Poem

1/15 – Lead Poem

Tim Merry

Leadership Coaching Tips

1/15 – Leading Generative Change

Tam Lundy

2/15 – It’s not just what you do, but also how you think!

Natasha Mantler

Fresh Perspective

1/15 – Integral Coaching Canada with Laura Divine and Joanne Hunt

Marilyn Hamilton

2/15 – Dialogic Development: a Conversation with Gervase Bushe

Russ Volckmann

Leading Self

1/15 – Inching Towards Leaderless Leading

Edith Friesen

1/15 – Re-membering My Inherent Wilderness

Beth Sanders

Leading Others

1/15 – Is True Integral Leadership Possible?

Linda Shore

2/15 – Deep Presencing: Illuminating New Territory at the Bottom of the U

Leading Organizations

1/15 – Building Water Leaders and Waterpreneurs

Julia Fortier and Karen Kun

1/15 – Giving birth to Authentic Leadership in Action

Michael Chender

Leading Cultures

1/15 – A Circle of Aiijaakag, a Circle of Maangag: Integral Theory and Indigenous Leadership

Janice Simcoe

Leading World

1/15 – Integral Transformation of Value Chains: One Sky’s Integral Leadership Program in the Brazil Nut Value Chain in Peru and Bolivia

Gail Hochachka

2/15 – How ARE We To Go On Together? Our Evolutionary Crossroads

Brian and Mary Nattrass

Continuous LearningContinuous Learning

1/15 – Integral Dispositions and Transdisciplinary Knowledge Creation

Sue L. T. McGregor

1/15 – The Long and Winding Road: Leadership and Learning Principles That Transform

Brigitte Harris and Niels Agger-Gupta

2/15 – From Practice to Praxis – as Transformative Education: Leading at the Integral/Professional Interface?

Ian Wight

2/15 – Will the Next Buddha be a Sangha? Responding to the Call to Influence the Future of Collaboration

Rebecca Ejo Colwell

Book Reviews

1/15 – The Pulse of Possibility – A Retrospective Review of the Work of Bruce Sanguin

Trevor Malkinson

2/15 – (Re)Joining the Conversation: Commenting on Integral Voices on Sex, Gender, and Sexuality: Critical Inquiries

Diana Claire Douglas


1/15 – Integral Design Leadership: Healthcare Design as Extraordinary Service: An Interview with Peter Jones

Lisa Norton

Poetry Gallery

1/15 – 1. Forgotten Places

Tim Merry

1/15 – 2. What’s It Gonna Take to Stay Awake?

Tim Merry

1/15 – 3. Thank You

Tim Merry

1/15 – 4. Build the Arks (King Kong Song)

Tim Merry

2/15 – 1. The Mother

Tim Merry

2/15 – 2. Human Family Tree

Tim Merry

2/15 – 3. Superman

Tim Merry

2/15 – 4. Switch it on

Tim Merry

Notes from the Field

1/15 – Integral City Development in the Russian City of Izhevsk

Eugene Pustoshkin



We wish you a Happy Canada Day of Reading and Inspiration – with Gratitude to  all the Integral Leaders in Canada.

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Pope Francis thinks as big as a Planet of Integral Cities.

Pope Francis has gifted the world with a Kosmic view of the environment and the implications for climate change. He instructs the faithful that God has not given dominion to man to dominate the environment but to respect all Life. He explicates what Integral City calls the Master Code – emphasizing that man’s individual expression, must be viewed in relationship to others (particularly those in the developing world and the poor) and nature.

Integral City Thinking

Integral City Thinking

By implication that so many of the poor now live in cities, Pope Francis’ encyclical reveals the inextricable interconnected relationship of cities to their eco-regions and that cities everywhere have an obligation to steward not only the health of people but the health of the environment.

Pope Francis’ sweeping views that marry spirituality and science bring together the inner and outer worlds of peoples everywhere. He explicitly references our need to embrace Beauty and Goodness with our pursuit of Truth.  Without question Pope Francis has opened the door to an explicit Integral Ecology (the name of a whole chapter of the May 2015, Encyclical). In fact, in the May/June 2015 Encyclical on the Environment (now being conflated with the Encyclical on Climate Change) the Pope has used the word “integral” 23 times.

In the future, those of us in the Integral movement may argue, which came first – the  Integral Ecology Book (by Sean Esborn-Hargens and Michael Zimmerman) or Pope Francis’ sensitivity to “Integral Ecology”? But it already seems to me a moot point as Pope Francis has claimed the meme of “Integral Ecology “as core to his argument to value the poor and the environment.

In doing so Pope Francis renews our foundation for Integral City and the 4 Voices that we propose contribute to the survival, resilience and evolution of a Planet of Cities. In fact Pope Francis calls on all 4 Voices to act – whether they be Citizens choosing local food; Civil Society speaking truth to modern developers; City Managers enabling free access to potable water for all; and Business and Developers using technology wisely and growing enterprises organically.

Pope Francis does not equivocate with his warnings to egocentric modern business and calls for them to reinvent themselves with a worldcentric sensibility in thinking and acting on climate change as a planetary issue. In fact he enjoins Catholics and believers of other faiths to make common cause to create an impact (a word he uses 19 times) that can mitigate damage and adapt to change as quickly and as integrally as possible.

Many of Pope Francis’ points to make impact resonate with our series “How to Optimize Integral City Impact” (inspired by Roger Walsh’s 2014 Keynote at IEC). In this set of blogs we framed optimizing injunctions for the implementation and impact of Integral City Principles:

  1. How to Optimize the Impact of Integral City Work
  2. How to Optimize Integral City Impact Through Adult Development
  3. How to Optimize Integral City Impact by Getting Ideas Out Into the World
  4. How to Optimize Impact of Integral City Work from Direct Experience & Deep Wisdom
  5. How to Optimize Integral City Impact through Transconventional Religion
  6. How to Optimize Integral City Impact with Community of Practice
  7. How to Optimize Integral City Impact as Spiritual Practice
  8. How to Optimize Integral City Impact as Accomplice to the Divine

Now is the time for all good people to come to the support of our sister/mother Earth (as Pope Francis calls our planetary home) to optimize our impact on our Planet of Cities enacting the Master Code:

Take Care of Your Self

Take Care of Each Other

Take Care of this Place/Planet.

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This blog continues to share the Findings from the research conducted in three Learning Lhabitats exploring the 4 Voices of the City in the United States, Canada and Europe in the last year. Today we compare the results that open wider understanding of the role of the Civic Manager Voice in the city,  from Learning Lhabitats at the Integral Theory Conference 2013,Federation of Canadian Municipalities Sustainability Conference 2014 and Integral Europe Conference  2014. Civic Managers include the administrative institutions at City Hall, Education, Health Care, Justice, Emergency Response and other City Agencies. (Integral City has characterized them as the Resource Allocators of the Human Hive.) 


IEC 2014: Civic Managers Organizing Feedback

IEC 2014: Civic Managers Organizing Feedback


AQAL Profiles of the Co-Researchers

In collecting this data, it is interesting to note the profile of the participants in each conference from an AQAL perspective. The Integral Theory Conference 2013, located in San Francisco, USA, attracted thinkers and theorists with a major interest and focus on integral points of view – a group that were heavily weighted in the Upper Left /Consciousness Quadrant of the Integral Model. At the same time, this group self-identified as being strongly biased in favour of Innovators and Business or Diversity Generators.

The Federation of Canadian Municipality Sustainability Conference 2014, located in Prince Edward Island, Canada, attracted Mayors, City Managers and Civic Leaders with an interest in sustainability and action orientation. So from an integral perspective this group were heavily weighted in the Upper Right/Action and Lower Right/Systems Quadrants of the Integral Model. This group by definition were Civic Managers or Resource Allocators.

Finally the Integral Europe Conference 2014, located in Budapest, Hungary, attracted a diversity of cultures and actors from across Europe (with smaller representation from other non-European nations) who were heavily weighted in the Lower Left/ Cultural Quadrant of the Integral Model. This group had a strong predisposition to be Inner Judges from Civil Society (with a strong showing from Business as well.)

These three groups give us an in interesting sampling of the I/We/It/Its perspectives on the Civic Manager in the Integral City. Figure 1 sets out the comparison of the 3 Groups for Civic Managers.


Figure 1: Comparing Voices of Civic Managers: ITC, FCM, IEC

Figure 1: Comparing Voices of Civic Managers: ITC, FCM, IEC


 Qualities of the Voice of Civic Managers

Each Learning Lhabitat was asked to define the qualities of the Civic Manager Voice. This voice was driven by the value of structure in service to the bigger picture and finding out what is best for the community. Civic Managers were called “bridge builders between the unconnected”.

The voice of Civic Managers often triggered the next steps to a larger or spiritual consciousness.

This voice acted as connectors to the community and the resources required to build structures as well as allies with the Inner Judges of Civil Society. Acting as a hub or centre piece between Council, Citizens and Developers, Civic Managers can guide the Citizen Voice for collaboration on community interests.

Its bureaucratic systems can advocate toward long term visions (including sustainability) while using access to information to frame an objective view of issues that assists in staying on course.

Civic Managers can build consensus in an intelligent way, fearlessly delving into root causes of concerns, dispelling misconceptions and providing a synopsis of the issues to expedite workable solutions.

At their best, Civic Managers operate on a principle of majority [rules], but as professionals make sure they listen without pushing their own agenda.

As Resource Allocators it is the job of Civic Managers to innovate and introduce change and improvement, even supporting unpopular positions if that makes most sense. In doing so they must use systemic thinking, identifying the highest impact leverage points. At the same time they are called on to balance new approaches with the values of heritage.

It is the job of Civic Managers to act as responsible decision makers (and expenditure managers)  to plan for short, mid and long term change, using processes (and motivating staff) that allow them to frame, deliver and maintain structures that work (implemented with considerations for justice and flexibility).

Civic Managers were seen as ensuring that the “wheels on the bus keep turning”, utilizing expertise and assets for measurable results.

While Civic Managers were viewed as positive Resource Allocators, they were also recognized as speaking from the Voice of the Skeptic. They are always balancing the needs of the community with a diversity of opinions. Thus, they hold powerful positions that enable them to reward success, as well as punishing failure.


The Value of Collecting Intelligence from Multiple Sources

These Learning Lhabitats are helping us see how Civic Manager Voices see themselves, each other, their city and the world. In these LLhabs, Civic Manager Voices are discovering how to strengthen their organizing capacities to build lasting foundations for the Integral City, so that the vitality of the other three Voices is well supported.

In the companion blogs (Citizens, Civil Society, Business) we look at the other three Voices of the City revealed in our trio of Learning Lhabitats.


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Like community musical impresarios, Beth Sanders and Dnyanesh Deshpande are innovators in composing, scoring and conducting an Integral City 2.0 planning process for mature neighbourhood planning. In 2013 this civic meshworker (Beth) and city planner (Dnyanesh) guided the 4 Voices of Strathcona County, Alberta, through a planning process that inspired  uncommon participation, intelligent engagement and sustainable futures.

Strathcona 4 Voices Participatory Circle

Strathcona 4 Voices Participatory Circle

I would like to recognize their accomplishment and explain why it enacts a significant performance occasion for Integral City 2.0.


Firstly the Planning Maestros (PM) took a meta-design approach to creating an expertly informed self-organizing process. Like composing a 3 movement symphony, they designed the project in 3 phases each of which related to a core Integral City Strategic Intelligence: Asking Questions (Inquiry Intelligence); Coming Up With a Strategy (Navigation Intelligence); Implementing a Strategy (Meshworking Intelligence).

With this meta-design in place, they were able to use many Integral City Intelligences as they  applied Integral City Practical Steps to clearly provide the context for environmental performance analysis (Eco Intelligence);  situate the Purpose for the Mature Neighbourhood Study  (Structural Intelligence); summarize the Assumptions behind the people, priorities and place (Storytelling Intelligence); and explain the comprehensive Consultation Framework of the first phase of the project (Integral Intelligence).

They set out “to listen to the community, to seek their input regarding issues and opportunities … [referring to available data] using a variety of methods to catch a wide range of perspectives”.  To do so they adapted the core Integral City design tool of the 4 Voices to create a Stakeholder Wheel. This gave them the organizing relationship of  the 4 Voices of  the Strathcona County mature neighbourhood and guided the sequence of their engagements, the choice of engagement methods and demonstrated the inter-relationships of data findings and analysis (see Figure 1).

Stakeholder Wheel

Stakeholder Wheel

Public Engagement

To do their work, the PM called on the 4 Voices of the community:

  • Citizen/Residents
  • Civic Manager/Local Government
  • Civil Society/NGO’s & Service Providers
  • Civic Developers/ Development, Builders and Business Community

The Stakeholder Wheel acted like a choir master’s “pitch pipe” to provide a powerful reference frame to organize engagement processes and sessions with each of the stakeholder groups separately. Like scoring the sections of a symphonic work, appropriate options for engagement were offered to optimize the quality and volume of voices (e.g. Social Media and Survey for Citizens; World Café for Civic Manager; Interviews for Civil Society; one on one sessions with Developers; and a Circle Gathering and Open House for the Combined Voices). The Stakeholder Wheel helped to situate when and where to bring in experts not to present relevant expertise like arrogant soloists, but as melodic sparks that highlighted collective expression. The Wheel gave logic to the sequence of the rehearsal and performance timelines, analysis of themes and finally to bring all stakeholders together into a participatory gathering where all voices were not merely assembled, but re-engaged like a multi-part choir, at another level of complexity.

This Planning Maestros created conditions (like spontaneous “call and respond” choruses) where mutual, trust and respect were built into the ground rules of engagement so each stakeholder group could express their perspective(s),  while the other groups could actively listen, improvise and even generatively challenge.

I think the design of this mature neighbourhood planning process was powerful and comprehensive because it allowed for conflict to be voiced without hijacking the process. It also tracked individual voices (used as quotations in the report to illustrate findings from each group) and offered elegant ways to track collective values and tensions, improvements and concerns and summarize and present data in many valuable tables (in the final public performance at the Open House and in the signature composition that has become their Public Report).


In the Strathcona County project from a planning perspective Integral City Principles (based on Living and Evolutionary System Intelligences) were used to embrace the complexities of land use planning, mature neighbourhood values and geo-spatial information. This Integral City planning process was based on a whole systems engagement of the neighbourhood. The key notes of sustainability lie at the heart of the  process because it essentially enacted the core melody of the Integral City Master Code:  Care for Self, Care for Others and Care for Place. This resulted in a strong memorable chorus (like recitative) for developing a sustainable strategy for Place Making that is also People Caring.

Using the Stakeholder Wheel as motif, the Integral City Planning Maestros created an attractive and extremely well organized online downloadable pdf report. This makes it accessible by all stakeholders who participated and easy to follow (like a song sheet) by all other city stakeholders and external consultants. Furthermore the alignment of the process can be easily referenced during the next stages of drafting the Strategy for Mature Neighbourhoods and  later when implementing it.

Report & Table of Contents

Report & Table of Contents

This dynamic Integral City Planning duo, Beth and Dnynanesh , created the conditions for future sustainable development through nurturing the relationships, stories, data research and recommendations from each group and all groups who participated in this experience. Because their team created  a coherent rehearsal hall for learning to optimize the qualities within each Stakeholder Group and  then discover the power of their combined voices across the entire set of Stakeholder  Groups, they enabled  the community to gain meta perspectives on itself that were not previously available to it.


It is noteworthy that our PM’s were able to context the entire process of social and cultural awareness with environmental sensitivity and economic realities by engaging a balance of Thought Leaders, Policy Makers and the Public from each Stakeholder Group. Like a full community choir, their final integrated process resonated with expectations and invitations for others to join in the next natural steps of the mature neighbourhood strategy.

Our Planning Maestros have demonstrated how to create the conditions for future learning process(es) to widen the community orchestra of engagement. And what is more, they did this as 2nd generation Integral City Meshworkers – innovating with the 4 Voice-Stakeholder Wheel, Integral City Principles, the Master Code and Intelligences. Their example inspires the whole Integral City Community of  Practice, with a keynote performance that serves a whole planet of emerging Integral Cities.

Brava Beth! ! Bravo Dnyanesh! ! Your way of  “planning” takes us beyond “singing for the community”, and even beyond “singing with the community” to “singing as the community”. That difference lies at the core of the Integral City planning process. Your “planning-as-the-community-performance” deserves a standing ovation!  And I happily recognize you with the first Integral City Meshworkers of the Year award.

Integral City Meshworkers of the Year: 2013

Integral City Meshworkers of the Year: 2013

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Here is the Integral City 2013 Meta Blog. It connects Integral City Practitioners, Catalysts and Meshworkers to the Planet, Principles, Prosperity, Practise and Potentials that energized us in 2013.

Integral City International Faces

  1. 15 Years of Integral City – A Brief History of the Basics (Meeting of the Minds Conference – Toronto, ON)

  2. Systems Thinking for Cities (Waterlution, Toronto, ON, Canada)

  3. Principles for Planet of Cities (Leon, Mexico; Durant ,OK, USA)

    1. Recapitulating 7 Sets of Principles for Planet of Integral Cities

    2. ABC’s

  4. 5 Maps for Integral City – Patterns that Decode the Human Hive (Vancouver, BC, Canada, PatternDynamics™)

  5. 4 Elements for Prosperity in the Human Hive (Centre for Human Emergence, Amsterdam, NL; HUB Oakland, CA)

  6. 5 Practical Steps for Applying Integral City Theory (Integral Spiritual Experience Webcast, CA)

  7. 4 Voices in the Human Hive

    1. Learning Lhabitat (IntegralTheoryConference 2013 San Francisco CA)

    2. How to Occupy Cityzen Voice (ITC 2013 San Francisco)

    3. How to Occupy Civil Society Voice (ITC 2013 San Francisco)

    4. How to Occupy Civic Manager Voice (ITC 2013 San Francisco)

    5. How to Occupy Voice of Business (ITC 2013 San Francisco)

  8. 6 + Opportunities to Act in the Human Hive

    1. Start Small and Get Things Going

    2. Energize Elections (Mission, BC,Canada)

    3. Regenerate People, Generations, Genders

      1. Regenerativity is for All Classes (Sonoma State University, CA, USA)

      2. Regeneration Through 4 Generations (Sonoma State University, CA, USA)

      3. Regendrification (Sonoma State University, CA, USA)

    4. R’Evolutionize Spiritual Communities in the Human Hive (Nanaimo, BC, Canada)

  9. Measure Success in the Human Hive

    1. Integral Vital Signs Monitors (Meeting of the Minds Conference – Toronto, ON, Canada)

  10. Meta-Security in the Human Hive (International Society for the Systems Sciences 2013 Conference, Haiphong, Vietnam)

  11. Conclusion: Integral City as Sustainability Sweet Spot ( Integral Living Room event, Boulder, CO, USA)

 Note: Italics indicate Conference and/or location where Field Practise occurred.

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Let’s recap core blogs that explore the Principles that could guide a Planet of Integral Cities.


Recently we explored the evolutionary context of the life-giving Principles of  Anthro-Bio-Cosmo emergence (thanks to Integral Geographer Dr. Brian Eddy).

In a much earlier blog we introduced the Principles of Living Systems (developed by Evolutionary Biologist Dr. Elisabet Sahtouris)

Then we introduced the Complex Spiral of Anthropic Principles , derived from developmental evolutionary research of Spiral Dynamics integral (initiated by Dr. Clare Graves and Dr. Don Beck).

We have also explored the core Principle of the Master Code (derived from my exploration of the principles underlying the 12 Integral City Intelligences).

With these suite of principles in place we can then turn to the individual city and recall the Principles related to:

This summary of the Principles we have explored gives us a meta from which to notice how Integral City Process, Practise and Structures rest on these Principles.

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Anthropic Principles for a Planet of Cities can be derived from an examination of the levels of complexity.

Spiral Dynamics Emergent Spiral

Spiral Dynamics Emergent Spiral

These are nicely captured in the levels and colours of Spiral Dynamics integral. On reviewing this framing of Principles (which I first articulated in 2004) its seems that they address the Principles needed for Environment, Economy, Social and Cultural realms. These Principles also appear both to “unpack” the Master Principle and prove its evolutionary, universal qualities.

Here are the “A- Principles” I propose (named by Spiral Colour).


May the Anthropic Principles of living as a Planet of Cities embrace:

beige        to protect our individual needs for physical and spiritual safety and survival; and prevent harm to all individuals.

purple      to  honour the traditions and heritage of each group of persons so long as they do not threaten the health of *PPPPP; and honour the contributions of the elders so long as they do not threaten the health of  *PPPPP.

red            to defend the freedom of each individual to express their development and creativity without infringing on the freedom of others to express their development and creativity.

blue            to respect the value of order without imposing restrictions that harm individuals or groups; and honour the need for order that serves the entire *PPPPP.

orange        to promote the success of persons; to be accountable for the integral and fair exchange of products, services and ideas as long as resources do not accumulate for the benefit of a few interests, organizations and/or levels of development, at the expense of (or while depriving resources to) *PPPPP;  to publicly recognize the origination/originator of ideas, products and services.

green        to accept the dignity of groups; ensure fair opportunity for all persons to pursue happiness as long as no individual or group is prevented from doing likewise; to not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, gender, creed as long as such action ensures the health of *PPPPP; to not seek to favour any group at the expense of another group as long as such action ensures the health of *PPPPP.

yellow        to facilitate the integral flex and flow of energy across all aspects of *PPPPP; to unblock the barriers to the emergence of new ways of thinking, doing, being as long as they respect the health of *PPPPP; to mesh the elegance of natural patterns, processes and structures.

 turquoise    to value the geo/bio/noetic capacities of the planet; to respect the integral ecology of *PPPPP; to co-emerge the evolutionary intelligence of Life inherent in *PPPPP.



May the Principles of the Planet of Cities resonate the universal life-giving principles of

*PPPPP= Place, Plant, Phylum, Person, Planet

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