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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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How do you prepare for a book launch of the Russian translation of Integral City: Evolutionary Intelligences for the Human Hive? Dmitry Baranov, Publisher of the Russian Translation and Founder of iPraktik asked for an interview. And special thanks to Victor Shiryaev for the translation – which Dmitry then published in Russian in the Theory and Practise Blog here. (Note: the automatic online English translation of the Russian doesn’t quite capture the original – so I share it with you below).
Dmitry Baranov, Founder iPraktik, Moscow

Dmitry Baranov, Founder iPraktik, Moscow

Dimitry: 1. Dear Marilyn, could you please share with us what happens nowadays in the city development sphere?
MH: What is happening in city development depends on where the city is located – both what country and also what is the eco-region or the habitat of the city.
Every city in the world faces 5 great threats: Climate, Water, Energy, Food, Finance. Each city has to respond differently to them depending on what are the life conditions that are going on there? What is the state of the economy, the environment, the culture and the structures/systems of the city.
So in Perth Australia there is a great interest in ecologically sensitive development. They are concerned about their water supply. The same goes for desert cities in most places of the world – from Phoenix Arizona to Arab cities. Chicago and Vancouver both want to be the greenest cities in the world – so they are building structures with green roofs. The leading architects like Bill McDonough, Richard Register, Mark DeKay are designing their buildings to be “smart” to respond to local climate and environmental conditions. They have projects in China, Egypt and the USA. Charles Landry and Richard Florida have both been trying to understand how culture plays a major role in making cities smarter. The engineers from the Big Data movement want to collect data to make cities smarter – so traffic flows and communications inform everything from cars to smart phones. The Mayors of cities in the developing world are interested in economic prosperity and how to solve the basic challenges of maintaining and improving infrastructure that is aging, and falling apart and needs to be replaced.
Dmitry: 2. The most noticeable trend in Russia is this regard has to do with city space improvement and infrastructure – mostly in design, transportation issues, human involvement. In Europe the biggest trend was green orientation towards ecology of living. So what happens now on the leading edge of city development in the world?
MH:  I have pointed to what cities are spending time, energy and money on – they must create the conditions for Resilience in the face of the Big 5 Threats. But in order to do so they must invest in human creativity and development. Cities have been treated as though they are just bricks and mortar – but in fact they are really living systems of the human species – the “human hive” as I call it. As a species we need to make sure our human hives are as resilient for humans as the beehive has been for honey bees. And we need to take a lesson from the honey bees and their problems with colony collapse disorder. We need to ask ourselves what will prevent collapse of human hives and what will make them most resilient as living systems? That means we need to work on what makes us distinctive as a species – and that is our consciousness and cultures – the inner lives of cities is what will strengthen the outer life of the city.
Dmitry: 3. There is a famous example from Moscow: city activists from the School of Urban Studies began improvement of one of the city’s yards and got into conflict not with the government or bureaucracy structures, but with the inhabitants of that yard. Those were very disappointed with the results of the urbanists’ endeavors, saw complete lack of taste in the innovative modern design of the children’s playground, and even accused the activists in corruption and price fixing. What is the point here?
MH: This is an interesting story with many facets related to what I might call the 4 Voices of the City.
In order for a city to thrive, it needs to be treated as a “whole” as a living system, made up of many “wholes” or “holons”.  Each person is a holon, and all the ways we associate in collectives or groups are what we call “social holons”.  Think of our families, teams, organizations or in this case a community or neighbourhood – they are all social holons – wholes – with 4 voices: Citizens, Civic Managers, Civil Society and Business/Developers. All the voices need to be present and contribute to workable solutions to city problems or opportunities. If only one or 2 voices dominate, then the other Voices resist or undermine or confront or refuse solutions that do not include them.
So in this example I see that a group of outside “experts” – with good intentions by the sounds of it – came together as City Activists (Civil Society Voices) and brought in Modern Designers (Developer/Business voices) to solve a problem that the Bureaucrats (Civic Managers) ignored or didn’t give high priority to. The Inhabitants (Citizen Voices) don’t seem to have been consulted. The “solution” was “parachuted” into their neighbourhood and they didn’t like it. Perhaps their accusations of corruption and price-fixing were true or not true – but it is a way to accuse the Voices with Good Intentions (Activists-Civil Society and Designers – Developers) of not including them in the process.
The point of this story – is that all 4 voices need to be present for creating solutions that serve the whole. That is how the honeybees and all other living systems have figured out how to thrive (for 100 million years). We are a young species still trying to figure this out. We need to keep learning from our mistakes and try to live in our cities so we make decisions that serve the wellbeing of all the holons – and the only way to do that is to keep the whole in mind.

Dimitry: 4. It is quite obvious that in polarity to the urban activism is urban nihilism. Do you know any examples in world’s practice where a positive solution to such nihilism was found?

MH: Urban nihilism – do you mean active undermining of urban wellbeing? Of existential angst? Of inner and outer attacks on the success of the city?
We know from an emerging science of cities, that cities actually outlast organizations and even the countries they “belong” to. So if you look back in history many if not most cities go through stages of destruction – think of Rome burning, or London losing 50% of its inhabitants from the plague, or Lebanon destroying “Venice of the Middle East” or Detroit going bankrupt or all the cities suffering from terrorist attacks from Moscow to New York or cities destroyed by war. Each of these city destructions are different examples of the growing pains of the human species. They are symptoms of nihilism caused by dissonance in the city systems – generally because of “growing pains” in the human species located there. If the cities survive these attacks from within it is because cities are ecologies of people (social holons) at different stages of development. Nihilism can be outgrown – but it needs the wisdom of those people who can think beyond the short-term pain/angst of the nihilists themselves – and gather the resources within those who want to survive – and reinvent the city for a higher purpose than nihilism wants to destroy.

Dmitry: 5. Marilyn, what is an integral city?

MH: An Integral City is a way of looking at the city as a whole – as a living system – with its 4 Voices, a trajectory of values, a living system with evolutionary spirit.
Dmitry: Can this concept become reality in any region of the world with any kind of population and government?
MH: The approach to looking at a city as a living system can emerge at any time. But how the population and government embrace it and adapt it to cultures and infrastructures and systems depends on the developmental levels of complexity of those people.
Dmitry: Or is it a certain stage with gradual ascent towards that stage?
I think of an Integral City as embracing all stages of complexity. As a living system it is an ecology that contains and embraces a nest of human systems from individuals to families, organizations, communities, sectors, etc. all at once. That is why it is so complex. So it is not about ascending to a particular stage but how all those stages co-exist together.

Dmitry: 6. A question about globalization. A known problem for Russia’s regions is federal-size networks forcing out and replacing local small businesses. Is it a normal process, after which there is some kind of a new step, or do we have to try and influence this process somehow?

MH: The imposition of governments that do not respect eco-regions is a world-wide dilemma. I see 4 stages in the development of human systems – including cites – that go from egocentric to ethnocentric to worldcentric to kosmocentric. From a worldcentric and kosmocentric perspective the only way that city alignments will make sense over the long run is how they are in service to the wellbeing of their eco-regions and the earth as a whole. So the tensions between current forms of government is another example of our growing pains as a species – the symptoms of species teenagehood!!

Dmitry: 7. Finally, what are you planning to talk about during your presentation in Moscow on May, 16th?

MH: I have written Eugene Pustoshkin an article on City Trigger Points as Country Tipping Points  – so considering how cities of the 21st century must become worldcentric – and how this is causing all our countries great problems as the nations “don’t get it”. I plan to talk about how the basic reframing of a city to look at it as the “human hive” can help us discover gateways that help us work together for the wellbeing of the city and the wellbeing of the planet.
E-book "Integral City"
Thanks to Dimitry Baranov for hosting me in Moscow and for publishing the Russian Translation of  Integral City: Evolutionary Intelligences for the Human Hive. Readers who would like to access the excellent translation (by Eugene Pustoshkin, edited by Alexander Narinyani) can order the e-book here.
And access the Presentation Slideset for the Moscow lecture of Opening Gateways to Wellbeing in the Human Hive here.

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Civic Managers gained the most empathy from the other voices of the ITC2013 Learning Lhabitat .  In the closing circle, Cityzens in particular, were heard to declare, “I never realized the role of Civic Manager was so challenging. I have a whole new respect for Civic Managers.”

Civic Managers Managing City Systems

Civic Managers Managing City Systems

Here is how Civic Managers described their voice in the City.  They recognized that the Civic Manager voice speaks from the Integral City’s Upper Right Quadrant  – where I have called it the voice of the city’s brain – the voice of City Hall, Education, Health Authorities, Justice, Emergence Response and other city institutions.

In their own words Learning Lhabitat Civic Managers described themselves as:

  • Voice of the skeptic
  • Measurers of results
  • Rewarders of success
  • Punishers of failure
  • Staying on course
  • Have an objective view orientation
  • Subject to information overload
  • Allied with Integrators / InnerJudges
  • Keep the structures that work in place with justice
  • Balance the new with valuable heritage
  • Guide Cityzen Voice

Learning “Lhabitants” recognized that the role that Civic Managers play is to identity the values, needs and goals of the city, and invite conversations with multiple stakeholders – especially those in the Lower Left Quadrant where Civil Society is present.

As it becomes ever-more urgent to pay attention to the five BIG threats to the city (climate change, water, energy, food and finance) Civic Managers need the participation of multiple voices. Civic Managers want to identify needs and goals so that all Civic Managers, can work together.  Their role calls them to make relevant resource allocation  to balance and makes workable, what is necessary to maintain the heritage of city life that Cityzens value, with what is emerging that is new and necessary to adapt to threats and align opportunities that Diversity Generators are creating.


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Come with me on a journey through the eye of beauty across an ocean of grief … and beyond.

Filmmaker Jan Vozenilek of Copper Sky Productions shared one of the most moving stories of human-caused assault on the natural world at the Building Sustainable Communities Conference (BSC) in Kelowna. I have just returned from there and am still assimilating BSC’s ultra-intensive agenda connecting sustainability perspectives, people and planet.

Jan is part of a crew making a film on the plight of the albatross that nests on Midway Island in the middle of the Pacific, 2000 miles from other land. The birds are horrifying ambassadors to the human species of the bio-cide our manufacture of plastics and how our careless disposal of everything from bottle caps, to cigarette lighters, to plastic straws imperils other species. The Midway Film shows the life-decimating graveyard of these plastics is not the apocryphal plastic island swirling in the gyre of the Pacific but the guts of the baby sea birds who ingest the plastic as food – inedible food that fills their guts and guts their life.

Jan shared the advice of the Hawaiin elder who warned him not to feel sorry for the albatross – but instead to take their story as a gift to us – a message to change our ways. Jan told us that the plastic killing the sea birds is sourced from the casual disposal of plastic along the river banks of the world. He demonstrated this uncomfortable truth by collecting a box of plastic junk from the city of Kelowna, along the shores of Lake Okanagan – (where our conference hotel was located – 1000 km from the ocean). Like the canaries in the coal mine who save miners from poison gas, or the bees dying of colony collapse disorder, the albatross has a message for the human species.

Jan is a modern day Goya (who with his painting of the Disasters of War documented the brutality of war and the atrocities that mankind inflicts upon itself).  Jan is holding up the horrifying beauty of the dying colony of albatrosses (whose plastic-filled skeletons are unnervingly beautiful sand paintings with their feathered bright and pastel shades of plastic entrails). The man-made guts are literally gut-wrenching – an atrocity we can take as an object lesson of the (unintended?) consequences of our irresponsible polluting behaviour. The film enjoins us to steward nature and respect other species, by first taking responsibility for our actions. Clean up our mess wherever we are so we don’t spoil nature for others – who might be half a world away. You can support Jan and colleagues work by contacting him at Copper Sky Studios.

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I have just finished editing an interview I did with one of Integral City’s Advisors,  Will Varey, of Emergnc in December, 2010. It will be posted for readers’ listening pleasure on Meshcasts later today.

We had a most wide-ranging dialogue that explored cities as living systems. Will’s grounding in sustainability provided a “pingable” trampoline to explore the ecology of the city’s values, perspectives, experiences, cultures, healths and wellbeing.

We shared the discovery that a city is not just one simple location. Rather it is one location that is experienced differently by every person in the city, because each person has their own unique values, worldviews and perspectives. They may be influenced strongly by the family and ethnic culture to which they belong, but essentially, each citizen is walking around with their own distinctive inner map of the city. This is mind-boggling to consider. I imagine everyone’s  inner lives floating above and around and through each person like cartoon balloons. They are constantly bumping into each other, overlapping, dissolving, being assimilated, re-forming, shape-shifting. They are invisible fields of inform-ation that become accessible when we communicate. Is there any wonder we have such a need to communicate? Isn’t it a wonder that we can make meaning of these myriad versions of the city at all?

In fact Will pointed out a major dilemma of these multiple cities in one location is that they have to make use of one infrastructure – like a water system. The location and its outer infrastructure tend to be a singular reality on which the multiple inner cities must come to agreement on how to share. It is the job of policy developers and administrators to frame and manage such agreements. And when you paint the challenge that faces these (often faceless) managers, that they must make sense of multiple inner cities to operate a single outer city,  it ought to call forth from us a new respect for every city infrastructure manager (think water, waste, transportation, communications) who does their job well.

One of the great advantages of the Integral Model for the city, is that it helps to notice the patterns in the multiple cities that people experience and make sense of them in this one location. As you negotiate your city today, be curious about the multiple cities that surround you and appreciative of the one location (and its managers) that supports you (with a little help from its imported footprint of resources).

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One of the things I like about the Holland America cruises is the ship’s log they give at the end of the voyage. It is an interesting accountability document for key resources, especially water and fuel.

My recent cruise on the MS Rotterdam used 120 tons/day of fuel to travel a toal of 3529 nautical miles, moving a 780 foot vessel weighing 59,885 gross tons with a total of 1910 people for 12 days. While ships tend to be one of the dirtier transportation systems in use, what matters here is that the fuel consumption is reported.

More encouraging are the figures on water production — the ship produced 700 tons (185,000 gallons) of potable water per day. And we consumed 600 tons (158,000 gallons)of potable water.

That is what interests me — that the ship is generating usable resources — and that it is being transparent in the usage of both fuel and water. The floating city offers a useful template for shoreside cities to adopt as navigational tools for resource transparency and accountability.

What if cities reported household, business and total city resource consumption per day? How would that help us to become aware of how many planets our resource demands were consuming?

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If you want to find out how complex the relationship between ecology, water resources and human food supplies is becoming, check out this item on Endangerd Species Act Ruling and food production in California. In order to even grasp the players in this scenario one has to gain some altitude and look at it systemically. It is interesting that nowhere in the article is there an exploration of the assumptions about the rights of humans to populate requiring the responsibility of understanding the carrying capacity of the eco-region for all life. This article seems locked into post-modern (green) worldviews of entitlement.


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