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Reinventing Organizations at the second tier rests on a core organizational process that is centered on Purpose.

On Purpose Organizations - What if They Connected?

On Purpose Organizations – What if They Connected?

When organizations are seen as living entities within an evolutionary worldview, it is natural that they discover the Purpose that they are alive to serve. Organizationally they are answering the question: How does our organization serve what customers, located where, for what Purpose?

This Purpose emerges from fitting the organization’s function to serve a larger ecology of organizations. Such an ecology is usually called an “economy”, but from Integral City’s perspective this ecology is the city itself. The ecology is made up of the 4 Voices of the City dynamically interacting with each other as an evolutionary living system.

If we are using the fractal patterns of living systems to notice the scaling role of Purpose, we can see that at the micro-scale, individuals within the city also enact a Purpose. (We have written about the interconnections of Purpose, Passion, Priorities and Prosperity here.)

When we tap into the wisdom of living systems through the science of biomimicry, we can relate Purpose at the macro or city scale – what I call the “Human Hive” – to the function that the beehive serves within its eco-regional ecology. The beehive seems to have evolved the Purpose of pollinating and recycling the biological energy sources from which it gathers the raw ingredients (nectar and pollen) to produce the 40 pounds of honey that it needs to sustain itself.

Within the city, organizations emerge at the meso-scale, because individuals organize themselves to serve a Purpose together. At the second tier evolutionary stage, Laloux suggests that, the organization is not merely formed to work for efficiencies, effectiveness, productivity or social enterprise – but for a Purpose that is evolutionary.

Laloux proposes that organizations with a second tier Purpose act as if competition is irrelevant. So-called competitors – aka other organizations – have their own Purposes. All can co-exist in the organizational ecology/economy to pursue Purposes that support life.

We can notice organizations have entered this stage of evolution, when we see that most people in the organization are acting as sensors (to the inner and outer environments). They are asking the question – What is happening in here and out there that we need to be aware of? Individual actions are subsumed into large group processes – where collective intelligence can emerge and we discover that the multiple sensors, sensing each other, expand the base of intelligence that we work from.

Within organizations who are operating on Purpose, individual inner intelligence-processes are encouraged and enabled through shared cultural practices like meditations, guided visualizations, visioning and values discoveries.

At the same time the organization becomes spontaneously able to respond to requests and prompts from the outside world. This happens at every level of the organization because the Purpose is a shared intelligence throughout the organization.

When I consider the possibility of many organizations working on Purpose within a city, it becomes conceivable that they might work together towards an even higher Purpose. What would happen if many organizations within the city, discovered they could embrace a Purpose for the city itself?

What are the evolutionary stages that individual cities progress through in order to discover that they serve an evolutionary Purpose that might be in service to the whole Planet (and in fact, a whole Planet of cities)?

Can we reinvent cities to serve such a planetary life-giving Purpose, without Reinventing Organizations with a Purpose, who then connect with each other through a group Purpose, as a necessary precursor to seeding On-Purpose cities?


This blog continues an exploration of what we can learn if we applied some of Laloux’s ideas from Reinventing Organizations to recalibrating the complexity of the city.

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Council of Cities? Budapest, May 8 2014

Council of Cities? Budapest, May 8 2014

Could there be a council of cities?

How to concentrate level of cities aside from national interest?

To agree on having one city that could be like the hive level …

We have to start at the village level.


I remember when I vistited in Moscow in scientific community …

Clear energy field of thinking


Whatever we do in a Place it stays there.

Disorder has energy that must be unblocked.


It is possible to do something different.


Urban victories.

Changed perspective from  inner to outer, individual to collective.

How wonderful Basel became City of Art,

How encouraging!

Intellectual acupuncture point for global affairs.

Small incentive … collective learning.

We created an energetic field of consciousness.

Importance of city development for whole global development.


Question of Purpose …

Out of conflict – What is Purpose of City as a whole?

Purpose  important for city.

What a diverse group!


Consciousness of bee metaphor

Dying out

Something seemingly dying out

We have to recreate that capacity within

If we take this warning seriously

We can help bees survive for what we do.

It’s always 2 ways – emotional … consciousness pushing it.

Brotherhood – sisterhood on very deep level

Connecting to wisdom

Scientifically provable


Connection of caring

Essence of me.


This is the Check-Out Wisdom-Poem from Learning Lhabitat, Working Together, Opening Gateways in the Human Hive,  Integral Europe Conference, May 8, 2014

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Civil Society has a new opportunity in the city. It was voiced a little tentatively at the ITC2013 Learning Lhabitat .  Participants asked, ” are we on the right track?”

Civil Society: The New Integrator Voice of the City

Civil Society: The New Integrator Voice of the City

We have written, in an earlier blog about the new integrator voice open to a significant sector of Civil Society – faith communities.  We suggest that the voice of Civil Society speaks from the collective intelligence of the Integral City’s Lower Left Quadrant  – where I have called it the voice of the city’s heart. This new role for Civil Society asks us to step beyond our natural bridge-building role between diverse relationships in the city,  into the more generative role of Whole System Integrator.

In their own words Learning Lhabitat Civil Society participants described themselves as:

  • Creating a sense of “home” in the city
  • Discovering needs, purposes, and values of city voices, groups and cultures
  • Checking in with the intentions and experience of Cityzens
  • Overcoming apathy and isolation
  • Aligning all voices on a shared track
  • Creating conditions for all three voices to be in “right relationship” with each other and the city
  • Discovering who are the key stakeholders in all three voices and the city as a whole
  • Creating a “climate change” where all voices share a mindset that is open to future-focused thinking
  • Integrators of diverse values systems in the city
  • Organizers of intergroup exchanges within the city; e.g. art, science, business
  • Helping all to gain a “feel” of the city

This new role for Civil Society calls it to create Learning Habitats for Visioning for the City. In this capacity Civil Society can help all three voices to discover a common Purpose for the City and rise above the differences within the other voices and between the three voices (of Cityzens, Civic Managers and Business) to open up truly City-Centric possibilities. Only by taking this next step to align around the City as a Whole Human System (that holds all-at-once the potentials of individuals, families, teams, organizations, sectors and neighbourhoods) can we  create the conditions for thrivability of our Planet of Cities.

A key outcome of Civil Society assuming our new Integrator voice in the City, will be for all voices in the city to “sound and re-sound” greater capacities for caring (and greater carrying capacity) as we voice the Master Code. It will be a lot like singing “a capella” as we:

  • Care for our own voice
  • Care for all other voices
  • Care for the emerging voice of our place(s)
  • So we can all care for the voice of this planet.

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What is the equivalent for the Human Hive of producing 40 pounds of honey in the bee hive?

That is the question that I have been inquiring into through the lenses of bio-psycho-cultural-social-mimicry.

Honey Bee Ingredients

In the generative seed bed of my recent visit to San Francisco, glimpses of the ingredients for producing “Honey” in our Human Hive  Honey have emerged. It has to do with the conjunction of Passion, Priority, Purpose and Prosperity.

I have learned that it is the symbiotic relationship of the Bee Hive’s survival (or thrival) through Pollination of Plant Life that meets their need to survive and thrive. Bee Hives can “measure” their success through the production of 40 pounds of honey per year. This symbiotic relationship generates enough Energy (aka Prosperity) to not only fulfil their Purpose but to create renewable energy sources for next year.

Human Hive Honey

In the Human Hive – our thriving arises from feeling fully alive – this Passion is expressed as Joy. Our great Purpose arises from the fulfilment of Caring Service to the world’s Priorities or Needs. This is just as much a symbiotic relationship with Gaia, as the bees have with her plants. What is more, it generates the same kind of Energy (which we call Prosperity) that rewards us for acting from Joy and creates renewable Energy to continue to meet Gaia’s bio-psycho-cultural-social Needs on an ongoing cycle.

It seems to me these ingredients and the recipe for making Honey in the Human Hive are fractal – that is they occur at every level of  scale in the Human Hive (individual, family, organization, neighbourhood, city).

Human Hive Honey_Page_3

It is the fundamental energy equation of the Master Code:

  • To Care for Ourselves (through Passion/Joy)
  • To Care for Others (in living our Purpose in service to Priorities/Needs)
  • To Care for this Place (as a natural result of Prosperity)
  • To Care for this Planet (as we align the Prosperity engine around Gaia’s wellbeing Needs)

Is this too simple?? Maybe just a BFO (blinding flash of the obvious)? Maybe just another step along the path for Human Hives to achieve the double sustainability system that the honey bee hives have created in their service to Gaia?

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Emergent Intelligence is the intelligence that drives resilience. This gives the city the qualities of aliveness: it not only survives, but it adapts and regenerates. This intelligence enables the city to emerge as the  bio-psycho-cultural-social behaviors, intentions, relationships and systems of its citizens interact with the environment they co-create as well as the eco-regional environment the city is situated in.

Emergence, like resilience is a phenomenon of complex adaptive systems. If the city were a bee hive,  we could easily see that the hive adapts through differentiation and integration for the purpose of achieving a hive survival goal – to produce the 40 pounds of honey per year that the hive needs to survive. In the bee hive differentiation exists in the definition of work roles that enable the hive to respond to life conditions. These roles are exhibited by its conformity enforcers (who do most of the work), diversity generators (who generate innovation options), resource allocators (who reward performance towards goal achievement), inner judges (who act as a hive mind to integrate all the roles) and intergroup tournaments (where competing hives ensure that the best local practices become species sustainability practices) . These five roles enable resilience because by optimizing the access to energy resources and the use of that energy for food production and infrastructure, they ensure individual survival, organizational sustainability and species resilience.

When we look at the Human Hive it appears that all these roles are in operation, but the key ingredient that is missing at this stage of city evolution is the agreement and focus on the city’s purpose – which would enable the achievement of a goal. Without that purpose, the goal is absent that clarifies why and how people manifest matter, energy and information for food production, infrastructure development and cultural vibrancy.

The question we must ask ourselves in order to mature our species is “what is the equivalent for the Human Hive of the Bee Hive’s 40 pounds of honey”? Perhaps we will be “coerced” into discovering a whole ecology of city purposes by the global crises that face us now? Only by purposefully working together will we solve the great challenges (aka wars) of climate, governance, technology developments and worldviews.


This blog is a prologue to the Integral City webinar conference  City 2.0 Co-Creating the Future of the Human Hive . We are inventing a new operating system for the city.  Click to get more details re the Free Expo and eLaboratory membership  scheduled September 4-27  2012. You are invited to attend and participate.

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Integral City proposes that all cities have a purpose that serves Earth’s sustainability and wellbeing. Glimmers that the value of purpose are breaking through into the world of organizational and business scorecards are showing up in the news and financial presss.

The Toronto Board of Trade just released a report showing how 7 major U.S. cities compare to 5 Canadian cities in 9 industrial sectors. We must recognize this opportunity to measure prosperity as the first step along the way to actually measuring wellbeing in cities.

The 9 clusters which effectively measure the success of business hubs in each city included:

  • Auto & Parts
  • Finance
  • Food & Beverage
  • Energy
  • Transportation
  • ICT
  • Bio-Medical
  • Aerospace
  • Entertainment

It is not surprising to notice that each cluster is still very hard asset oriented, with little nod to the Creativity or Innovation that underlies the capacity for each and all of these clusters to be successful. While it may be interesting to note that Calgary’s success could be attributed to the nexus of the Finance and Energy sectors in the city, it is only a first step to acknowledging that the expertise, relationships, consciousness and culture in the city enable those sectors to perform at world class levels.

However, the practise of Prosperity Scorecarding is a shift in the right direction for seeing cities as purposeful contributors to the prosperity and wellbeing of the planet. Can we anticipate that such a beginning will open up to a whole Integral Vital Signs monitor in the not too distant future?

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