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Before modern man can gain control over the forces that now threaten his very existence, he must resume possession of himself. This sets the chief mission for the city of the future: that of creating a visible regional and civic structure, designed to make man at home with his deeper self and his larger world, attached to images of human nature and love. Lewis Mumford, writer

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"All this requires a significant reality check, and a sense of humbleness about what each actor can achieve’. He adds, however, that we should be hopeful and accept that because ‘we only have influence (and not control) over development processes, we must not lose our courage and ambition. The fact that the large-scale, long-term change that is required cannot be planned in advance, or achieved based on any one actor’s goals and intentions, is not a reason to give up the drive for change. Lessons from the concept of self-organization in complex systems show us the power for change within systems of heterogeneous and connected agents. The role that mindsets, feedback, leadership and sense-makers have in shaping the behaviour and interactions of interacting agents shows the true potential for change’.” Harry Jones, co-author of a recent ODI paper on complexity

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Urban Hub Content Preface Introduction Context A Broader View Mindsets Visions – past & future Visions - current WorldViews – other worlds Evaluation & Reporting Evolving Cities Way Forward Gems

This document is not about clicking our links and following our path of discovery but about engaging and searching your own path in collaboration with us and others and developing a pathway for our combined action. www.integralmentors.org

Preface This book is one in a series of presentations for the use of Integral theory or an Integral meta-framework in understanding cities and urban design. Although each can stand alone, taken together they give a more rounded appreciation of how this broader framework can help in the analysis and design of thriveable urban environments. Key to an Integral approach to urban design is the notion that although other aspects of urban life are important, people (sentient beings), as individuals and communities, are the primary ‘purpose’ for making cities thriveable. All other aspects (technology, transport & infrastructure, health, education, sustainability, economic development, etc.) although playing a major part, are secondary. Urban Hub 6 : Visions & WorldViews 2 – Thriveable Cities is the second volume of a live document Urban Hub 5 : Visions & WorldViews. The pdf and hardcopy versions will be up dated periodically. Urban Hub 7 ‘Visions & WorldViews 3’ will be the next in this series. Pdf versions are available free to at https://issuu.com/paulvanschaik Hardcopies and Kindle versions of Urban HUBs 1 to 6 are available from Amazon in many countries. www.integralmentors.org

Preface It has become clearer and clearer to me that the work I am engaged in involves building our capacities to cope with phenomena—that is, the mess of the world, “the swamp,” the heat, the smell, the emotionality, the conflict and all the things that come from engaging as whole people with whole people. This means leaving our desks, holding our models lightly and engaging our senses. The reward being work that is deeply rooted in the complexity of the world, owned by the people who are affected by them instead of opaque, unaccountable agencies. Slouching Towards Flatland, Zaid Hassan, 2007

“Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.” Jane Jacobs, The Death and Life of Great American Cities

"Would you tell me which way I ought to go from here?" asked Alice. "That depends a good deal on where you want to get," said the Cat. "I really don't care where" replied Alice. "Then it doesn't much matter which way you go," said the Cat. Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865)

Subjects do not perceive worlds but enact them. Different states of subjects bring forth different worlds.

Urban Hub Introduction “A city is more than a place in space, it is a drama in time� Patrick Geddes

Introduction How to use this book – part 2 of Urban Hub 5

A taste of many visions in our world.

Visions both positive - utopian, and negative dystopian. Each claiming to be true and enfolding all the others. But in reality they are ‘true’ but partial – and some more ‘true’ than others. Each ‘shallower’ truth transcended but the best is included in the next ‘deeper’ or broader truth. It’s how we use them together and in collaboration that will define how successful we are. It is the morphogenetic pull of caring that will determine how we succeed as a human race. It is the ability to generate an equitable, fair, resilient and regenerative ‘system’ that must drive us forward. The means will be a combination of many of the ideas showcased here but many more still to be discovered on our exciting journey into the future. Held together through a syngeneic Integral Mythological Pluralism.

Too little courage and we will fail – too much certainty and we will fail. But with care and collaboration we have a chance of success. Bringing forth emergent impact through innovation, syngeneic enfoldment & collaborative effort. A deeper understanding of a broader framework will be required – that is; a more integral vision. Explore and enjoy – use as many of the ideas as possible, enfolding each into an emergent whole that grows generatively. At each step testing – reformulating – regrouping – recreating. Moving beyond, participating, thro’ stakeholding, thro’ share-holding, to becoming a thrive-holder.

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Introduction Walking in the world not talking of the world No one vision is sufficient in and of itself – visions can guide but only by collaborative action in a creative generative process can visions grow and become part of an ongoing positive sociocultural reality. Without taking into account the many worldviews that currently co-exist and crafting ways of including them in a positive and healthy form we will continue to alienate vast sections of all communities and humankind. It is through the growing healthy versions of all the different worldviews that we can attempt to move towards an equitable, regenerative and caring world. www.facebook.com/integralMENTORS

Through ‘right’ action we will move forward – through only ongoing talk we will stagnate and fail. "You cannot travel the path until you have become the path itself” These curation are to be dipped into – explored and used to generate ideas and discussion. A catalyst for collaboration and action. And most importantly grown and modified in a generative form. This is a living document - any suggestions for inclusion in the next volume send to: info@integralmentors.org



Introduction What is this book (from UH5) Integral theory is genuinely post-postmodern or trans-modern, vastly inclusive yet disciplined, so combining richness with rigour, breadth with depth, and giving equal value to the subjective and objective while also grounded in empirical evidence. It guides studies in various fields, providing a conceptual framework that stimulates new insights by highlighting neglected areas of investigation and unexplored relationships. Integral Theory provides a framework for understanding the evolving complexification of values, worldviews, behaviour, culture and systems. That is; subjective and objective worlds as well as intersubjective and interobjective worlds. Simplistically put: Consciousness and Cultures of interior subjective worlds and Capacities and Creations of exterior objective worlds. All based on ‘scientific’ studies appropriate to each domain. www.integralmentors.org

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Introduction Any time data feeds a predictive model, the human biases and structural discrimination embedded in that data can be perpetuated, creating a vicious cycle given credence by technology and statistics. We are in danger of creating a world of coaches and consultants rather than experimenters, collaborators working for a real future for all in praxis. To quote from an earlier commentary from Tibet 9th century: ‘ For every hundred students there are a thousand teachers And nobody listens to the divine dharma For every village there are ten masters And the number of tantric assistances in uncountable’ from Tibet, a history - Sam van Schaik PhD - Yale University Press 2011

THE ART OF CLEANING —Nyogen Senzaki Bamboo shadows sweep the stairs, But no dust is stirred. Moonlight penetrates the depths of the pool, But no trace is left in the water.

Working with Consciousness/Values; Cultures; Creations/Systems; & Capacities/ Behaviour

Why do you stay in prison when the door is so wide open?

Currently in most societies these are broken and don’t tetra-mesh to have a positive impact.

Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it. Rumi

But within all this despair there are GEMS to be found -the positive experiences of individuals, communities, subcultures & subsystems. (see later section)


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Urban Hub Context Setting “There are some people who live in a dream world, and there are some who face reality; and then there are those who turn one into the other.� Douglas H. Everett

Perspectives Subjects do not perceive worlds but enact them. Different states of subjects bring forth different worlds. this means that a subject might be at a particular wave of consciousness, in a particular stream of consciousness, in a particular state of consciousness, in one quadrant or another. That means that the phenomena brought forth by various types of human inquiry will be different depending on the quadrants, levels, lines, states, and types of the subjects bringing forth the phenomena. A subject at one wave of consciousness will not enact and bring forth the same worldspace as a subject at another wave; and similarly with quadrants, streams, states, and types (as we will see in more detail). Subjects do not perceive worlds but enact them. Different states of subjects bring forth different worlds.

WorldViews WorldView - a particular philosophy of life or conception of the world. A comprehensive world view or worldview is the fundamental cognitive orientation of an individual or society encompassing the entirety of the individual or society's knowledge and point of view. A world view can include natural philosophy; fundamental, existential, and normative postulates; or themes, values, emotions, and ethics.

integrallife.com Subjects do not perceive worlds but enact them. Different states of subjects bring forth different worlds.

WorldView - a particular philosophy of life or conception of the world. Additionally, it refers to the framework of ideas and beliefs forming a global description through which an individual, group or culture watches and interprets the world and interacts with it. Worldview remains a confused and confusing concept in English, used very differently by linguists and sociologists. It is for this reason that Underhill suggests five subcategories: world-perceiving, world-conceiving, cultural mindset, personal world, and perspective. Worldviews are often taken to operate at a conscious level, directly accessible to articulation and discussion, as opposed to existing at a deeper, pre-conscious level, such as the idea of "ground" in Gestalt psychology and media analysis. However, core worldview beliefs are often deeply rooted, and so are only rarely reflected on by individuals, and are brought to the surface only in moments of crises of faith. From Wikipedia Subjects do not perceive worlds but enact them. Different states of subjects bring forth different worlds.


Urban Hub A Broader View “Mistakes are the portals of discovery” James Joyce

A Broader Framework Integral View The word integral means: • comprehensive, • inclusive, • non-marginalizing, • embracing. Integral approaches to any field attempt to be exactly that - to include as many: • perspectives, • styles, and • methodologies as possible within a coherent view of the topic. In a certain sense, integral approaches are “meta-paradigms,” or ways to draw together an already existing number of separate paradigms into an interrelated network of approaches that are mutually enriching. – Ken Wilber Subjects do not perceive worlds but enact them. Different states of subjects bring forth different worlds

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An Integral View What can be said about a more integral model of human possibilities? Before talking about the application of an integral vision — in education, politics, business, health care, and so on — there needs to be some general notion of what it is that is to be applied in the first place. Moving from pluralistic relativism to universal integralism, what kind of map might be found? A more integral cartography might include: • multiple waves of existence, spanning the entire spectrum of consciousness, subconscious to selfconscious to super-conscious. • numerous different streams, modules, or lines of

development, including cognitive, moral, spiritual, aesthetic, somatic, imaginative, interpersonal, etc.

• multiple

states of consciousness, including waking, dreaming, sleeping, altered, non-ordinary, and meditative.

numerous different types of consciousness, including gender types, personality types (enneagram, Myers-Briggs, Jungian), and so on.

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An Integral View A more integral cartography might include: •

Cultural factors the extraordinarily important impact of numerous cultural factors, including the rich textures of diverse cultural realities, background contexts, pluralistic perceptions, linguistic semantics, and so on, none of which should be unwarrantedly marginalized, all of which should be included and integrated in a broad web of integral-aperspectival tapestries (and, just as important, a truly "integral transformative practice" would give considerable weight to the importance of relationships, community, culture, and intersubjective factors in general, not as merely a realm of application of spiritual insight, but as a mode of spiritual transformation).

• Social system the massively influential forces of the social system, at all levels (from nature to human structures, including the all-important impact of nonhuman social systems, from Gaia to ecosystems). Subjects do not perceive worlds but enact them. Different states of subjects bring forth different worlds

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An Integral View A more integral cartography might include: •

the importance of the self as the navigator of the great River of Life should not be overlooked. It appears that the self is not a monolithic entity but rather a society of selves with a centre of gravity, which acts to bind the multiple waves, states, streams, and realms into something of a unified organization; the disruption of this organization, at any of its general stages, can result in pathology.

Such are a few of the multiple factors that a richly holistic view of the Kosmos might wish to include. At the very least, any model that does not coherently include all of those items is not a very integral model. Ken Wilber www.kenwilber.com

“Between current technologies and the emergent potential of collective action, a plethora of solutions exist. Ultimately, however, the problem of sustainability is a human problem, the greatest challenges of which are socially constructed. In other words, “only a major shift in moral reasoning, with greater commitment given to the rest of life, can meet this greatest challenge of the century” (Wilson, 2016). The good news is that the shift has already begun on the grass roots level where local sustainability initiatives are becoming prototypes for the potential inherent in a globally connected, post-formal society. Even better, these localized initiatives mark the beginning of a move towards a truly regenerative culture. Complexity theory holds that a small, local, wellleveraged change can transform entire systems. Collective Evolution and Next-Stage Organizations – Eric Reynolds 2017

Urban Hub Mindsets “Things derive their being and nature by mutual dependence and are nothing in themselves.� Nagarjuna 100-200 CE

Mindsets At the Orange-Green interface “You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” — Jane Goodall

Eight principles can be used to describe the underlying nature of mindsets. These principles have been adapted from David Gray’s book ’Liminal Thinking..’ 1) Mindsets are unique to everyone 2) Mindsets are created by our experiences 3) Mindsets are imperfect models of reality 4) Mindsets govern our actions 5) Mindsets create our shared world 6) Mindsets are self-protective 7) Mindsets create blind spots 8) Mindsets can be changed medium.com/benefit-mindset/the-nature-of-mindsets-18afba2ac890

Mindsets At the Orange-Green interface “Your beliefs become your thoughts, your thoughts become your words, your words become your actions, your actions become your habits, your habits become your values, your values become your destiny.” — Mahatma Gandhi




……. there is no way to avoid the subconscious influence of our mindsets. Its hidden web of influence permeates everything — all the time. What’s inside us, our beliefs, attitudes and assumptions — manifests outside, pulling the strings of our future possibilities on both an individual and a collective level. www.benefitmindset.com/index.php/about/

Mindsets At the Orange-Green interface Are we teaching to survive or teaching to thrive?

Imagine a school where teachers and students tend to each other’s wellbeing on a daily basis. A school where everyone is aware of the conditions that create thriving learning communities. A school where teachers and students alike openly discuss their strengths, weaknesses, hopes and dreams for themselves and the world.


Surviving simply means ‘to continue to live or exist’ after uncertainty or crisis.


In psychology, resilience is defined as an individual’s ability to adapt to life challenges, social disadvantages or highly adverse conditions.


Thriving is a condition beyond resilience and surviving. The concept is drawn from evolutionary sciences, in which successful adaptations have three characteristics: •

preserving what it needs to survive

discarding or rearranging what it no longer needs, and

creating new arrangements that generate capacity to flourish in more challenging conditions.


Mindsets Emergence of Second Tier Mindsets have a deep structure and surface structure: - Deep structure is common to all those holding a particular mindset - Surface structure is the manifestation of deep structure under different life conditions Mindsets also can be static or dynamic: - Static mindset are those with an altitude from Crimson to Green – that is because they only see their mindset as significant and all others need to adopt their superior mindset. - Dynamic mindsets are those with a 2nd Tier altitudes – currently Teal & Turquoise. For the first time these dynamic mindsets can appreciate and understand 1st Tier mindsets. Dynamic mindsets understand the need to accept people where they are and to work towards a world where healthy versions of each altitude/mindset can work together. This will require both 2nd Tier leadership and governance. Graphic from - Integral Politics: A Summary of Its Essential Ingredients : Ken Wilber 2007


Integral Mindset


Holonic-Communion holistic integral self

Integral Mindset


Integrative-Flow integral self


Benefit Mindset


Human-Equality sensitive self


Growth Mindset


Strive-Drive achiever self

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Truth-Force hierarchical self



Impulsive-Power egocentric self



Tribal-Bond tribal self



Survival-Sense instinctive self


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Turquoise Mindsets in Relation to Stages



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WorldViews Spiral Dynamics & Mindsets


Mindsets The Look of a Feeling: The Importance of Post/Structuralism No society has ever been without its vision holders; the only difference has been in the nobility of the vision. To whom are we to look? —awakened sages or Wall-Street advertisers, shamanic revelations or deconstructive narcissism, growth to goodness or wallowing in ego? Structuralism, by whatever name, has always pointed to the deeper and higher waves of awareness that are the birthright of all sentient beings. Therefore, choose your visions carefully, for as even the earliest sages counseled: you become what you contemplate. The Look of a Feeling: The Importance of Post/Structuralism Kosmic Karma & Creativity © 2006 Ken Wilber.

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Beware all metaphors or of biomimicry analogies – they all contain hidden dangers when taken too literally. Use lightly and with skillful means Subjects do not perceive worlds but enact them. Different states of subjects bring forth different worlds.

Urban Hub Visions Past & Future Mix a little foolishness with your serious plans; it's lovely to be silly at the right moment. Quintus Horatius Flaccus, Roman poet (65-8 BC).

Visions Visions of Utopia A utopia is an imagined community or society that possesses highly desirable or nearly perfect qualities for its citizens. The opposite of a utopia is a dystopia. You could also say that utopia is a perfect 'place' that has been made so there are no problems. Utopian ideals often place emphasis on egalitarian principles of equality in economics, government and justice, though by no means exclusively, with the method and structure of proposed implementation varying based on ideology.

The problem with ‘Talking Heads’

… there is little ‘Walking that Talk’ Subjects do not perceive worlds but enact them. Different states of subjects bring forth different worlds.

Visions Visions of Dystopia Famous examples are George Orwell's 1984 and Aldous Huxley's Brave New World. Dystopias are often characterized by dehumanization totalitarian governments, environmental disaster, or other characteristics associated with a cataclysmic decline in society. Dystopian societies appear in many sub-genres of fiction and are often used to draw attention to real-world issues regarding society, environment, politics, economics, religion, psychology, ethics, science, or technology.

Subjects do not perceive worlds but enact them. Different states of subjects bring forth different worlds.

Visions Visions of Technotopia-dystopia but seen as Utopian by the designers Myopic Designs City of Mériens French architect Jacques Rougerie has envisioned a giant floating city which bears a striking resemblance to a manta ray. He discusses his love for the ocean in an interview, where he calls himself a “mérien,” a term he coined which translates to “one belonging to the sea.” His dream is for like minded individuals to populate his City of Mériens, to conduct research on the surrounding ocean. Subjects do not perceive worlds but enact them. Different states of subjects bring forth different worlds.

Visions Visions of Design-dystopia but seen as Utopian by the designers Myopic Designs “In accordance with modernist ideals of progress (which encouraged the annihilation of tradition), The Radiant City was to emerge from a tabula rasa: it was to be built on nothing less than the grounds of demolished vernacular European cities. The new city would contain prefabricated and identical high-density skyscrapers, spread across a vast green area and arranged in a Cartesian grid, allowing the city to function as a “living machine.” Le Corbusier explains: “The city of today is a dying thing because its planning is not in the proportion of geometrical one fourth. The result of a true geometrical lay-out is repetition, The result of repetition is a standard. The perfect form.” Subjects do not perceive worlds but enact them. Different states of subjects bring forth different worlds.

Visions Visions of Design-topia seen as Utopian by the designers Myopic Designs ‘There should be somewhere on earth a place which no nation could claim as its own, where all human beings of goodwill who have a sincere aspiration could live freely as citizens of the world and obey one single authority, that of the supreme Truth; a place of peace, concord and harmony where all the fighting instincts of man would be used exclusively to conquer the causes of his sufferings and miseries, to surmount his weaknesses and ignorance, to triumph over his limitations and incapacities; a place where the needs of the spirit and the concern for progress would take precedence over the satisfaction of desires and passions, the search for pleasure and material enjoyment.’ Subjects do not perceive worlds but enact them. Different states of subjects bring forth different worlds.

Urban Hub Visions Some Current Ideas “So much of what is created in the built environment is hostile to the people, and yet, people make do.�

Visions An Ecological Worldview An ecological worldview as basis for a regenerative sustainability paradigm for the built environment ‌ a broad outline of a sustainability paradigm that sees the production of the built environment as a means of regenerating, co-creating and evolving social-ecological systems from the local to the global scale. This paradigm flows from a relational worldview encompassing the cross- scale complex and adaptive dynamics of the whole living system that is our world, and which transcends old dualities (mind and matter, humans and nature, change and persistence). It is suggested that the purpose of this sustainability paradigm is not to conserve the status quo, but to strengthen the health, adaptive capacity, and evolutionary potential of the fully integrated global social-ecological system so that it can continue regenerating itself, thereby creating the conditions for a thriving and abundant future – not only for the human species, but for all life. Chrisna Du Plessisa and Peter Brandon


Visions An Ecological Worldview Firstly, the process of design and construction expands to become a process of co-creation that continues long after the construction or the physical product (building or infrastructure). What is created is not just an object, but also a wave of change – a ripple that restores, regenerates and opens up new opportunities for growth and development within communities and their ecosystems. Secondly, the technologies, design strategies and materials used aim to reintegrate human habits and habitats with nature – not merely reducing negative impacts, but merging and working with nature to produce a net positive impact. And,

“How do you get people to re-connect and listen to their place, listen to their children, listen to themselves, and try to imagine a different kind of future?” Phaedra Svec Supporting tools for regenerative development and design practice are “tools for thinking and making connections, rather than tools for measurement or certification”. As such, they are process-based tools able to do the following: • Develop an understanding of how the proposed project fits into and contributes to the wider system within which it is situated. • Make visible the connections, relationships and flows between the different elements of the system across scales. • Enable meaningful and inclusive dialogue that will build ownership, ongoing commitment and personal transformation.

Thirdly, assessment and evaluation tools shift from being competitive and/or compulsory performance measurement systems, to decision-making and monitoring tools based on a growing understanding of system dynamics and feedbacks – tools for reflection that enable the making of wise decisions. Chrisna Du Plessisa and Peter Brandon


Visions Designing For HOPE : Pathways To Regenerative Sustainability Central to this book is the idea that the problems of climate change, biodiversity loss and dysfunctional ecosystem services are not the real problem, but merely the symptoms.

How shall I know whether my actions are consistent with the values of the ecological worldview? Here are a set of questions you can ask yourself. Mutuality: If this action would be returned to me, will it benefit my life? Am I prepared to live with the consequences of this action? Positive reciprocity: If I were on the receiving end of this action, how would I feel? Would I consider it a fair and just action? Will this action result in a positive outcome for all parties considered and, if not, is there a different way to proceed? Will this action add value to and improve the relationship between the parties involved? Inclusivity: Are all points of view considered? Are we considering the impacts of this action on all spheres of existence in the system in which we are working? Are we privileging or excluding certain types or levels of knowledge? Integrity: Is this action consistent with my core values and with the laws/principles that guide existence at the level(s) on which we are operating? Is this action threatening the functional integrity of the system within which it is planned? Harmony: Is this action creating harmony or dissonance? Respect: Does this action acknowledge the intrinsic worth of all that it affects? Does it consider the other parties involved, or are these parties treated as mere means to an end? Does it respect the laws of both humans and nature? Humility: Do I understand the possible consequences of this action? What is my motivation for this action? Is this motive for my own bene t or does it also consider the benefits for my extended self, i.e. the rest of the community of life? Non-attachment: Am I prepared to let go of this idea if it is no longer relevant or if a better one is presented? Am I keeping an open mind? Does this point of view continue to benefit the greater good? What am I holding on to that is holding positive change back?

Chrisna Du Plessisa and Dominique Hes


Visions Designing For HOPE : Pathways To Regenerative Sustainability Integral sustainable design Mark DeKay uses the four quadrants and the currently prevalent (in Western/ industrialised countries, at least) blue to turquoise levels of development (traditional, modern, postmodern, integral and transpersonal) as a guide for meeting people where they are and then reconnecting them to nature through design strategies appropriate to these different levels of development in each of the quadrants. He proposes that each of the four integral perspectives (provided by the quadrants) have “different intentions for form-making and different criteria for good form”. Integral sustainable design would then consider “multiple levels of developing complexity in the intersecting domains of self, culture and Nature”. Furthermore, he suggests that different sustainable design strategies correspond to different levels of development. De Kay, M. (2011). Integral Sustainable Design – transformative perspectives. London & Washington DC:Earthscan. Chrisna Du Plessisa and Dominique Hes

Visions Ecological Strategies As we evolve we begin to identify with larger and larger systems, recognizing the nested nature of subsystems and the uncountable interconnections between them. Using the terminology from Reed, we can see this process of transforming identity (role & relationship) as a function of expanded human consciousness and pattern harmonization. The more aware we become of how nature works, the more clearly we recognize that we are an integral part of the planetary system (Gaia). The separation between man and nature perpetuated by those lingering narratives is wilting away — though there is a lot of important work to be done to send it on its way once and for all. The above graphic highlights what Bill Reed calls “Ecological Strategies” in the movement from a degenerating to a regenerating function of human activity. Those operating from the regenerative paradigm have a deep-seated belief in the potential of the human race — that we are capable of much more than merely “minimizing our impact” or “leaving no trace.” In fact, and contrary to popular belief, many indigenous peoples understood this well and actively managed the land to create greater states of health than would have been if left alone.” https://blog.p2pfoundation.net/stages-human-regenerative-consciousness-activity-graphic-via/2016/04/27

Visions Urban Profiling The Urban Profile Process is primarily intended as a way of developing a comprehensive and interpretative description of the sustainability of an urban region and its immediate hinterland. There are many such tools for measuring sustainability, but most of those tools either depend upon developing hugely expensive banks of statistics or turning to one-off, narrow and limited surveys. The profile template can be used for a region of any size including a city, metropolis, town, municipality, or village.



Visions Cities Today - Integral City Meshworks

Cities are Gaia’s Reflective Organs. They pulse with Life when we live the Master Code


Visions Nested Holarchy of City Systems

Three rules for applying Integral City Living Intelligences


Visions 12 Intelligences of Integral City An Integral City integrates qualities that create optimal conditions for human innovation and emergence and eco-regional resilience. Our Master Code connects intentions and interactions: to Care for Self, Others, Places and Planet simultaneously. We have created a Global Positioning System (GPS) to track the 12 intelligences that align these capacities.

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Visions Integral City Meshworks – 4 Voices of the Human Hive FOLLOW THE ENERGY When we listen to the voices within the Integral City Quadrants we can recognize the many discourses and practices of human systems such as psychology, coaching, counseling, and organization development. All of these human practices exist at scales that are combinations of individual and collective human systems — leaders, teams, departments, organizations, and sectors. The city — or the “human hive” — is the most complex human system yet created and contains all of these scales. But because the Integral framework is a “fractal” — a pattern that is repeated at multiple scales — we can see the Integral quadrants and how the 4 Voices can describe the city in terms of individual and collective voices who have capacities that are both interior and exterior. I think of the interior capacities (Upper Left, Lower Left) as Placecaring Capacities. I think of the exterior capacities (Upper Right, Lower Right) as Placemaking Capacities. Integral City Inquiry & Action : Designing Impact for the Human Hive - Marilyn Hamilton


CITIZENSHIP Citizen Voice of Individual Awareness, thought, feeling Attitude, values, beliefs Intentions Inner health & Wellbeing, self- esteem Sense of safety, trust Sense of connectedness Caring & responsibility for others & environment Motivated as conformity enforcer of participation & contribution

Civil Society Voice of collective integration Shared worldviews Culture of participation & contribution Shared meaning Shared language, symbols Shared history Collective norms, ethics Shared values, attitudes, beliefs Shared myths & artist expression Shared vision & Goals Inner Judges of city quality of life & Master Code


Civic Manager Voice of City Hall & Civic Institutions – Health, Education, Justice Emergency, Security Support for bio-physical health & wellbeing, diet, fitness Program administration through actions, capacities, behaviour Actions towards others & environment Resource allocation for participation contribution

Business Voice of collective systems & structures Built environment, human systems Programs & services Laws, politics & protocols Infrastructure – water, energy, communications, mobility, matter Governance systems & structures Business economic eco-system Diversity generators of systems & structures for innovation and diversity generation


Visions The Thriving Cities Project WHAT DOES IT MEAN AND TAKE TO THRIVE IN MY CITY AND HOW CAN I CONTRIBUTE? The Thriving Cities Project is a group of unconventional urbanists that provides insights and resources to an array of institutions and stakeholders—foundations, planners and designers, municipal leaders, arts organizations, and more—to equip them to answer these critical, interwoven questions for the common good of their communities. With roots in rigorous scholarship and a set of innovative, actionable tools, Thriving Cities digs deeply and gazes holistically into the complex ecosystems of cities—their histories, their modern predicaments as well as triumphs, and their hopeful futures. Thriving shifts thinking from conventional deficit perspectives to an asset orientation, empowering leaders and citizens to see beyond common problems to collective possibilities. This starts by securing a basic threshold of material security and civic empowerment, which then underwrites deeper prospects for both the good life and the public good. In this way, thriving rests equally upon the fullest realization of internal capacities as on having the necessary external circumstances in which those capacities can become realized. In essence, Thriving means both doing and faring well. www.thrivingcities.com/ © integralMENTORS

Visions The Thriving Cities Project THRIVING CITIES FRAMEWORK: A HUMAN ECOLOGY APPROACH The Thriving Cities paradigm builds upon a “human ecology” framework. Human ecology stresses the fact that cities are neither collections of autonomous individual or discrete problem areas, each hermetically sealed from one another; nor do cities behave like mechanical systems that can be managed and controlled by rational experts from on high. A human ecology approach sees cities as complex, asymmetric, and dynamic social systems that both empower and constrain the ways of life and life chances of their residents. The concept of human ecology encourages us to think about the shape, character, and normative purposes of actual places and people in culturally and historically interactive terms.

THE SIX ENDOWMENTS OF HUMAN ECOLOGY Our framework is based on the concept of human ecology that examines six fundamental areas of community wealth and wellbeing. They form the most recognizable horizons of human experience and the building blocks of a thriving commonwealth. THE TRUE | the realm of human knowledge and learning THE GOOD | the realm of social mores and ethics THE BEAUTIFUL | the realm of creativity, aesthetics, and design THE PROSPEROUS | the realm of economic life THE JUST AND WELL-ORDERED | the realm of political and civic life THE SUSTAINABLE | the realm of natural and physical health www.thrivingcities.com/ © integralMENTORS

Visions The Thriving Cities Project HUMAN ECOLOGY PATHWAYS The Human Ecology Pathways are the individual interconnections that make up the Human Ecology. Understanding the historical, present, and future trajectory of community requires us to understand how institutions and individuals relate to one another. Pathways are the interconnected relationships of critical upstream inputs and downstream outcomes within the complex social system of a community. Ranging from exploratory connections to critical linkages, a pathway is built upon a verity of sources. Pathways are meant to capture the breadth of the research on a given topic and situate that within the context of our places, all with the aim of equipping practitioners and stakeholders with practical information needed to inform their actions and decisions. Subjects do not perceive worlds but enact them. Different states of subjects bring forth different worlds.

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Visions Contextual Research and New forms of Information Symmathesy: A Word in Progress I would like to propose a new word for “System” that refers specifically to living systems – that is, to systems which emerge from the communications and interactions of living vitae (another new term, one which will be defined later). The new word, and concept, for “system” that I propose is one which highlights the expression and communication of interdependency and, particularly, mutual learning. The existing word, “system”, while useful for discussion of many kinds of systems, does not communicate contextual fields of simultaneous learning as is necessary for life. The inclusion of mutual learning in the terminology is specifically meant to preclude the models of engineering and mechanism that are implicit in much systems theorizing today. We have learned that when dealing with living systems, the many variables of developing interaction become untenable to consider in such mechanistic parameters. This change in concept should spark a significant shift in our work, in the sciences, applied professions, communication, arts, that addresses or depends upon our understanding of life and evolution. Symmathesyby Nora Bateson

Nora Bateson

The discourse with which we discuss and study the living world should be representative of the living world, and should cautiously avoid connotations that imply or are derived from engineering. The notion of systems as being an arrangement of parts and wholes has become a distraction from the new systemic vision, which we are trying to encourage, that sees life as relational mutual learning contexts. As studies ranging from cognitive science to epigenetics, social science, ecology and evolutionary theory, are increasingly showing, evolution emerges in inter-relationality, not in arrangement. Therefore the need is acute to create a differentiation between living systems and other systems.


Visions Contextual Research and New forms of Information – Warm Data Utilizing information obtained through a subject’s removal from context and frozen in time can create error when working with complex (living) systems. Warm data presents another order of exploration in the process of discerning vital contextual interrelationships, and another species of information. “Warm Data” can be defined as: Trans-contextual information about the interrelationships that integrate a complex system. Information can come in many forms, depending on what is being studied. There is a need now for a way to gather and impart relational information when what we need to study is relational in nature. Warm Data is a category of information to develop in tandem to existing forms of data. This kind of information is a slippery mess of variables, changes, and ambiguities. It does not sit nicely in graphs or models, and it takes longer to produce. Warm Data by Nora Bateson

The Theory: There are several theories at work within this process. Here are a few: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14.

Patterns that connect Difference that makes a difference Multiple description Symmathesy: Contextual Mutual learning and calibration Autopoiesis, and Mind (Maturana, Varela, Thompson and Bateson) Systems and Complexity Theory Ecology of communication Double binds Conscious purpose Epistemological frames Change in complex systems Interdependency Abduction (Pierce) Transcontextual Research


Visions Visions of The Making of Meaning The Making of Meaning About The Project Viktor E. Frankl once said that, “The meaning of life is to give meaning to life.” But in the 21st century, what does it mean to live a meaningful, purposeful life? Furthermore, how can we, as citizens of the world, help build more opportunities for people to create and realise their own meaning? ‘The Making of Meaning’ is a collaborative research initiative looking to get to the heart of these core questions. Using a novel distributed ethnographic approach, ……, we will collaborate with partners and citizens to create various global projects that aim to explore connections to people and to place, and go beyond the surface appearance to something deeper. For individual storytellers, our method utilizes a participative research method, which will provide the space for reflection across a variety of areas of life and living. This project represents the chance for us to make new discoveries, to understand different perspectives and to allow for unexpected connections. emergentmeaning.wordpress.com

Visions Spaceship Earth

Buckminster Fuller

Origins of specialization The Great Pirate concept is explained in depth, and the source of their power is that they are the only masters of global information in a time where people are focused locally. Specifically, the Great Pirates are aware that resources are not evenly distributed around the world, so that items which are abundant in one area are scarce in another. This gives rise to trade which the Great Pirates exploit for their own advantage. Power struggles for waterways ensue, requiring people like Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo to design better defences for the Great Pirates. The Pirates establish governments in various areas and support leaders who will defend their trade routes. As engineers become involved with the Great Pirates many new concepts appear, but the main one was of the Navy. As the size of the people in the Great Pirates' employment grow, training becomes a necessity, and the beginnings of schools and colleges ensue. Monarchs are encouraged to develop civil service systems to provide secure but specialized employment for their brightest subjects, which prevents them from competing with the Great Pirates in their lucrative global trading. Thus the Great Pirates guarded the advantages that their unique global perspective revealed. www.bfi.org

Visions Spaceship Earth

“We are on a spaceship; a beautiful one. It took billions of years to develop. We’re not going to get another. Now, how do we make this spaceship work?” “Humanity is taking its final examination. We have come to an extraordinary moment when it doesn’t have to be you or me. There is enough for all. We need not operate competitively any longer. If we succeed, it will be because of youth, truth & love.”

Buckminster Fuller Spaceship earth "We are all astronauts" says Fuller. The idea of the earth is as a vehicle that requires maintenance, and that if you do not keep it in good order it will cease to function.” In 1950 – 1970 these concepts, among many others, were stressed. •

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Buckminster Fuller “We must do away with the absolutely specious notion that everybody has to earn a living. It is a fact that one in ten thousand of us can make a technological breakthrough capable of supporting all the rest. The youth of today are absolutely right in recognizing this nonsense of earning a living. We keep inventing jobs of this false idea that everybody has to be employed at some kind of drudgery because, according to Malthusian-Darwinian theory, he must justify his right to exist. So we have inspectors of inspectors and people making instruments for inspectors to inspect inspectors. The true business of people should be to go back to school and think whatever it was they were before somebody came along and told them they had to earn a living� www.bfi.org

Visions Holistic Management SUMMARY The following is a very basic summary of what the Holistic Management process looks like. IDENTIFY THE WHOLE 1. A group of decision makers agree to use Holistic Management in their business, community, family, government agency, etc. 2. They identify anyone else whose decisions will affect the entity that they are managing and invite them to become part of the process. This includes owners, administrative assistants, volunteers, laborers, agency heads, elected officials, and so forth. 3. Next, they identify all the resources available to this group of decision-makers including physical resources and financial assets. They identify as a resource, anyone who will be affected by the decisions -- clients, suppliers, family members, community organizations, homeowners, farmers, etc.

Allan Savory 2. They then create a list of what they will need to produce to meet each quality of life need. Allan Savory gives an example from his book, Holistic Management, "If one of your desires was 'to enjoy what we do everyday,' that could be met in part by producing 'a balance between our work and personal lives', 'sufficient time for strategic planning', or a host of other things." 3. Finally, the group takes the future resource base into consideration. This includes the people, land, and community of the future which will sustain what you have to produce to meet your quality of life need. This step can be framed in terms of what you would like to be said about you in the future. The next step is to combine all of these elements into a short statement.

DEFINE THE GOAL 1. The group produces a quality of life statement. This takes into account individual needs as well as group considerations. It takes into account what constitutes economic well-being, what they want to achieve in relationships with others, how they will find challenge and growth, and what they see as their particular contribution to the community, family, workplace, etc. www.savory.global/

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Allan Savory

TESTING Once the holistic goal is established, future decisions will be tested by whether they are in line with the holistic goal. These are some questions which can help with this step: • Are we fixing the right problem? • Are there other reasons why a problem might be occurring than the one we think we're fixing? • Will the solution address the most vulnerable piece of the whole? • Are we getting the biggest bang for the buck? • Are we weighing expenditure of time and energy against output of money -which will best help us accomplish our holistic goal? • Will the decision be beneficial to our resource base in the future? • Will the decision help us meet the quality of life goals stated in our holistic goal?

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Visions Holistic Management How To Conduct Holistic Design? Yves Behar, the founder of fuse project and renowned designer, offers 7 key principles for designers (of any type not just architects) to incorporate holistic design in their work: 1. Begin with questions rather than answers. Instead of acting on a brief which already dictates the answers – it’s important to ask questions which put the problem in its holistic context. “How could this solution be more sustainable?” for example. 2. Deliver more, not less. Don’t reduce functionality to meet holistic goals – improve the functionality and meet holistic goals. 3. Create your own theories. Borrow shamelessly from other disciplines (other than design) and adapt theories from those disciplines to deliver greater designs. 4. Use 360 degree design. Look at the whole customer lifecycle of a product and design from marketing to disposal. 5. Consider alternative business models. Behar’s business recognizes how hard it can be for clients to trust the iterative holistic design process and often trades royalties or equities rather than charging traditional fees. 6. Do better. Look at projects which seem impossible and then aim to deliver them anyway. The $100 laptop benefits the world and the design team. 7. Find what you want that everyone else wants. Create change and meet unmet needs. Change the game forever.

Here we see some of the areas that a holistic designer might need to consider in smart city design when using a holistic approach.


Visions Handmade Urbanism Handmade urbanism is the way of providing urban change carried out by local residents in their own neighborhoods or communities, with their own hands and means. It starts with the residents recognizing a problem, followed by the active realization of an idea to solve that immediate issue. Community initiatives evolve from those active gestures and support the citizen’s active participation at the local scale. Their acts recognize chances in challenges, make creative use of existing resources, and forge partnerships and relation- ships to achieve predefined goals that address their daily needs and, eventually, ensure an improved quality of life for communities. The actions of handmade urbanism are unique, each shaped by the individuals and the field of operations that de ne them. They are carried out at the local scale, as products of culture and environment, and deal as much with soft infrastructure—physical and emotional wellbeing, education, etc. — as with the reshaping of the built environment. The study of handmade urbanism acknowledges that large parts of cities have been built by the residents themselves, without help from governments, planners or designers. It suggests alternative ways to approach planning other than the traditional methods currently employed. At a global level, handmade urbanism reveals overlaps in the characteristic ways of life of urban societies, clarifying common threads and differences among them. These provide us with opportunities to learn from the ways needs and problems have been addressed. www.handmadeurbanism.com/

Visions Good Urbanism: Six Steps to Creating Prosperous Places - the 6 Ps Good Urbanism Is . . . Asset-Based; Inclusive and Idealistic; Proactive and Pragmatic; Generative and Integrative; and

Complementary; Skilled and Professional; A Process as Well as a Product; Transformative

- Urban Desiderata: A Path toward Prosperity - The Tao of Urbanism: Rendering the Latent Manifest and the Possible Inevitable - Co-Creation: From Egosystem to Ecosystem - Going with the Flow: The New Design with Nature - The Art of Urbanism: A Practice Primer - From Good to Great Urbanism: Beyond Sustainability to Prosperity - Sideways Urbanism: Rotating the Pyramid Author Nan Ellin—the current dean of the College of Architecture, Planning, and Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Arlington—acknowledges that while there already is a broad consensus on what good urbanism looks like, getting to this desired outcome often proves painstakingly difficult. Readers are challenged through her book to re-orient their focus when examining urban places by refraining from pointing to all that is wrong and instead to focus on potential. Good urbanism requires uncovering a place’s inherent strengths, or “gems,” sharing that knowledge with others, generating workable concepts, and communicating them effectively. Ellin lists six steps to creating urban places that are prosperous due to the love they receive from those who inhabit them: prospect, polish, propose, prototype, promote, and present. Each is described in detail with various case studies from throughout the United States in a way that illustrates them in action. Far from calling for seductive and elegant plans crafted by outside designers and experts that once was so common, Good Urbanism: Six Steps to Creating Prosperous Places (Island Press) seeks to expand on the talents and passions of the people who live in and are deeply invested in the city. It calls on them to work collaboratively in order to affect positive change in urban places dear to them. spacing.ca/national/2013/06/04/book-review-good-urbanism-six-steps-to-creating-prosperous-places/

Visions Addressing Wicked Problems Encountered in the Development of Cities As Lewis Mumford put it: Man’s basic data are not in the least simple or elemental: what is basic is the highly complex structure of meanings and values produced and transmitted in history … complexity, contradictions, paradox, and mystery are original features of human experience; whereas simplicity and clarity and order are extremely sophisticated endproducts. The classic scientific attempts to picture the world, from Thales onward, confuse conceptual simplicity with the primitive and basic (Mumford 1951). As Iain McGilchrist put it concerning the human brain: Both [its] hemispheres are involved in almost all mental processes, and certainly in all mental states … But, at the level of experience, the world we know is synthesised from the work of the two cerebral hemispheres, each hemisphere having its own way of understanding the world … The hemispheres are thus involved in differentiating themselves … In general terms, then, the left hemisphere yields narrow, focussed attention, mainly for the purpose of getting and feeding. The right hemisphere yields a broad, vigilant attention, the purpose of which appears to be awareness of signals from the surroundings … The right hemisphere is drawn forward by exemplars of the qualities it values, where the left hemisphere is driven forward by a desire for power and control (McGilchrist 2009). www.globalpropertyanalytics .com.au

To address the wicked problems of cities as best we can, our teams must mesh our behaviours for the good of the whole city. We must then and integrate our operations as described by McGilchrist both within and between ourselves, to examine Mumford’s basic data towards addressing those problems, our effects on them, and their effects on us. We can do so by considering the left hemisphere as optimal for addressing simple to complicated problems (by building machines and, over time, megamachines such as nationstates, which are great for accumulating power (extrinsically valuable), and great about manipulating things, but deaf, mute and blind when it comes to intrinsic values (not intrinsically valuable). For complex problems like interpersonal relationships between intrinsically valuable holons we need to engage our right hemispheres, and for wicked problems we need to engage them both in an integrated way. Mike McDermott

Visions Addressing Wicked Problems Encountered in the Development of Cities As Brown Harris and Russell put it: A wicked problem is a complex issue that defies complete definition, for which there can be no final solution, since any resolution generates further issues, and where solutions are not true or false or good or bad, but the best than can be done at the time. Such problems are not morally wicked, but diabolical in that they resist all the usual attempts to resolve them (Brown, Harris and Russell 2010). As Stuart Kauffman put it: Multicellular organisms also exhibit coevolutionary processes, for the cells of the organism must mesh their behaviors for the good of the whole organism (Kauffman 1993)

To do so, imagine your right hemisphere’s broad, vigilant attention being toward a Holarchic Vortex Network in Heterarchic Fields (that is, as holons inter-relating with one another in all sorts of levels and ways: HVN for short). Then imagine your left hemisphere catching on to some of the trillions of happenings in HVN every second to analyse and ultimately manipulate them as things. For the left hemisphere to serve the right hemisphere so that together they can gain a differentiated, articulated and hierarchically, holarchically and heterarchically integrated understanding of the problem being addressed, I have created a framework called HBA.


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Visions Addressing Wicked Problems Encountered in the Development of Cities H stands for HIDEGRE: H: A Hexagonal Template; with three interior and three exterior foci for each holon. Its interior foci are its body (soma), its soul (including its mind, will, emotions etc.) (Psyche), and its skills. Its soma addresses the natural world exterior, the soul the world of values, traditions et al., and its skills- languages, dexterities etc. - provide the means of engagement and production. I: Identity: respect and understand each relevant holon’s identity construction and what it may imply. D: Regard development potential (towards greater differentiation, articulation and holarchic, heterarchic and hierarchic integration. E: Note emergences arising after development gets to the famous “edge of chaos”: a higher and simpler order (Mumford) pops up. G: Note that development only happens in the Goldilocks zone, where challenges are neither to great nor too little, and our memories help us address them via bite-sized chunks. RE: Note that all evolution is related evolution, and ask, “what evolutionary conditions are optimal to transcend the problems?” B stands for BIES: B: Butterfly Effects and Black Swans; expect the unexpected I: Intrinsic value: soma, psyche and skills can develop more intrinsic value via HIDEGRE via ever-higher levels of holonic emergence E: Extrinsic value: what is a holon or artefact good for? How can it be employed to address the problems? S: What is the systemic value? How does it fit, or not fit, in the problems or their resolution? A: AD: AL: AS:

stands for ADALAS: All domains and dimensions of the problems and strategies to address them; All levels and lines of the problems and strategies to address them; All scales of the problems, and solutions practicable at those scales.

Establish a feedback process between the HVN and HBA, which I depict as HVN↔HBA. Pursue reflectively and relentlessly until sufficiently resolved. If the fire flares up again, repeat or adapt: the above is not as recipe, but a training process to develop wise agilities and firmness towards emergent conceptual simplicity, and resist temptations towards primitive, basic and simplistic responses to wicked problems. Mike McDermott


Visions Systems Thinking in Action "Systems theorists are fond of saying that systems theory deals with the “whole of reality” and thus it covers all the holistic bases. For example, they point out that dynamic systems theory can even be used to successfully describe the traffic patterns in large cities. And that is true—the flow patterns of the automobiles follow specific patterns that systems theory captures well. But systems theory cannot tell you if the driver (i.e., the intentionality) of a particular automobile is red, blue, orange, green, and so on—and yet those interior domains contain the key not only to much of human existence and motivation, but to all of the feelings of sentient beings throughout the Kosmos. If all we do is describe the traffic patterns of sentient beings—using ecology, systems theory, chaos and complexity theory— then we have indeed reduced all first-person consciousness to third-person objects, its, and artifacts: we have killed all culture and consciousness." Ken Wilber

It is true that all exteriors have interiors, but those two dimensions don’t overlap in physical space, because the interiors do not exist in physical space. Cultural interiors are phenomenologically composed of items such as mutual understanding, shared values, fused horizons, interpretive spaces, shared feelings. While a rock might fall in a gravitational field, mutual understanding does not. Thus, “same geographical space” and “same cultural space” simply do not map in any one-to-one fashion. They are most definitely interrelated (all quadrants are), and it is certainly the case that in the real world, the cultural or collective interiors (the cultural dimensions) always have exterior correlates (or social systems), so that a collective holon is always a sociocultural holon. (The social and cultural dimensions together is what is usually meant by the terms “collective,” “communal,” or “societal” holon—or a “we/its”; which, of course, is really an I/it/we/its). But the interiors of those holons are not in a phenomenological relation of identity with exteriors, any more than are, say, the weight of a rock and the weight of suffering. (iM Graphic)

Visions Sustainability Thinking in Action When concepts are too complete they are bound for failure – The minimum needed: (this may also be possibly the maximum needed: ) - a morphic pull - that is, a vision or story – a metaphor or …..; - the need within that story to prioritise what elements are key in very general terms ; - an understanding of where we are and where we have come from (this with an understanding of our own and our community’s Kosmic address); - an understanding of the complexity of the system we are in and the lack of knowledge that will always be there; - an understanding of how at the simplest level - values, culture, social systems and behaviour - tetra-mesh;

If one is only working in one quadrant in this case the LRQ – that of functional fit & social systems (or URQ behaviour) - no matter how comprehensive or complete this may be felt to be - only ¼ of any analysis or ‘solution’ space is covered. No quadrant can be reduced or collapse into any of the others.

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Visions Thriveable Cities “In great cities, spaces as well as places are designed and built: walking, witnessing, being in public, are as much part of the design and purpose as is being inside to eat, sleep, make shoes or love or music. The word citizen has to do with cities, and the ideal city is organized around citizenship -- around participation in public life.”

“Walkers are 'practitioners of the city,' for the city is made to be walked. A city is a language, a repository of possibilities, and walking is the act of speaking that language, of selecting from those possibilities. Just as language limits what can be said, architecture limits where one can walk, but the walker invents other ways to go.”

Rebecca Solnit, Wanderlust: A History of Walking

Rebecca Solnit, Wanderlust: A History of Walking

“A soulless city creates soulless people!” Mehmet Murat ildan

Visions Innovative Self-Sustaining Village Model Could Be the Future of Semi-Urban Living Urban dwellers across the world work hard to pay the commodities of their homes, such as mortgage, energy, water and heating, cooling and food. We envision homes that work for you, producing clean energy, water, food off the grid at affordable land prices outside our big cities, says, co-founder of EFFEKT. An innovative new housing model dubbed ReGen Villages (short for regenerative) has been developed in response to some of the world's most pressing environmental, social and economic issues. Helmed by Dutch holding firm ReGen Villages B.V. and Copenhagen-based architecture firm EFFEKT, the new model facilitates off-the-grid, self-sustaining communal neighborhoods that can be deployed across the globe. The first project site will be in Almere, the Netherlands, with work starting this year.


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Visions Innovative Self-Sustaining Village Model Could Be the Future of Semi-Urban Living This redistribution of density fosters "a model that adds not only environmental and financial value but also social value by creating the framework for empowering families and developing a true sense of community, reconnecting people with nature and consumption with production." It brings back a sense of achievement that accompanies the environmental and social benefits, making it a more sustainable long-term model. After enlisting the backing of sovereign wealth funds looking for sustainable investments, ReGen will acquire suitable areas of land and begin contracting local consultants to help tailor the model to the local environment. The housing model is therefore optimized for the conditions at hand, with different technologies being applied accordingly.


Visions Integral Permaculture - a segue to transition town & initiatives What is Integral Permaculture?

Integral Permaculture is a design practice based on a holistic & ethical science - that includes all levels of experience - internal & external, individual & collective, ancient & modern - united into a coherent & systemic whole, with the sole purpose of designing healthy & sustainable cultures & environments for all species. Permaculture Ethics, Directives & Principles Permaculture does not follow recipes, but is based on principles or guidelines that we take into account when designing. These principles seek to guide, inspire and help us create sustainable systems both physically and socially. It is clear that every place, every situation, culture, context, climate, etc. .. is different and therefore the applications of these principles will depend heavily on local resources and human resources we have. Principles can be classified into three types: attitude, ecological and design principles. www.integralpermaculture.org/

Visions Transition Towns

Transition is an ongoing social experiment, a movement of communities coming together to reimagine and rebuild our world through a process of creating healthy human culture. Transition is deeply ambitious. It wants to change the way the places we live feed themselves, house themselves, employ themselves, power themselves. That’s a big ask. And it will take time, determination and togetherness. But what’s vital to remember is that how you do your projects matters as much, if not more, than what the projects are. What we are doing here isn’t just creating projects that reimagine and rebuild the world. What is just as important is that the way we work, the organisational cultures we create, should also model the kind of world we want to create. There’s no use trying to create a new, healthier and more resilient culture if we end up replicating the unhealthy ways of relating and working that underpin our current culture. transitionnetwork.org

Visions Transition Towns

Transition is a movement that has been growing since 2005. It is about communities stepping up to address the big challenges they face by starting local. By coming together, they are able to crowd-source solutions. They seek to nurture a caring culture, one focused on supporting each other, both as groups or as wider communities. In practice, they are reclaiming the economy, sparking entrepreneurship, reimagining work, reskilling themselves and weaving webs of connection and support. It’s an approach that has spread now to over 50 countries, in thousands of groups: in towns, villages, cities, Universities, schools. One of the key ways it spreads is through telling inspiring stories, and that’s what we aim to do on this website. We really hope you feel inspired to take part, we’d be honoured if you did. transitionnetwork.org

Visions Sustainable Cities and Communities Making cities safe and sustainable means ensuring access to safe and affordable housing, and upgrading slum settlements. It also involves investment in public transport, creating green public spaces, and improving urban planning and management in a way that is both participatory and inclusive. More than half of the world’s population now live in urban areas. By 2050, that figure will have risen to 6.5 billion people – two-thirds of all humanity. Sustainable development cannot be achieved without significantly transforming the way we build and manage our urban spaces.

The rapid growth of cities in the developing

world, coupled with increasing rural to urban migration, has led to a boom in mega-cities. In 1990, there were ten mega-cities with 10 million inhabitants or more. In 2014, there are 28 megacities, home to a total 453 million people. Extreme poverty is often concentrated in urban spaces, and national and city governments struggle to accommodate the rising population in these areas. Making cities safe and sustainable means ensuring access to safe and affordable housing, and upgrading slum settlements. It also involves investment in public transport, creating green public spaces, and improving urban planning and management in a way that is both participatory and inclusive.


Urban Hub WorldViews Other worlds

Visions Toward an Ice City : Embryonic self-contained concepts

Self – contained living environments 2012

Subjects do not perceive worlds but enact them. Different states of subjects bring forth different worlds. www.bas.ac.uk/polar-operations/sites-and-facilities/facility/halley/

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Visions Toward a Space City : Embryonic self-contained concepts

Self – contained living environments Living on the moon or mars

Subjects do not perceive worlds but enact them. Different states of subjects bring forth different worlds. www.astronomy.com/news/2017/05/could-we-live-on-mars

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Visions Popup Cities with Common Purpose The 10 Principles of Burning Man Burning Man co-founder Larry Harvey wrote the Ten Principles in 2004 as guidelines for the newlyformed Regional Network. They were crafted not as a dictate of how people should be and act, but as a reflection of the community’s ethos and culture as it had organically developed since the event’s inception. • • • • • • • • • • •

Radical Inclusion Gifting Decommodification Radical Self-reliance Radical Self-expression. Communal Effort Civic Responsibility Leaving No Trace Participation Immediacy

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Visions Popup Cities with Common Purpose Glastonbury Festival is a five-day festival of contemporary performing arts that takes place near Pilton, Somerset (England). In addition to contemporary music, the festival hosts dance, comedy, theatre, circus, cabaret, and other arts. Leading pop and rock artists have headlined, alongside thousands of others appearing on smaller stages and performance areas. Films and albums recorded at Glastonbury have been released, and the festival receives extensive television and newspaper coverage. Glastonbury is the largest greenfield festival in the world, and is now attended by around 175,000 people, requiring extensive infrastructure in terms of security, transport, water, and electricity supply. The majority of staff are volunteers, helping the festival to raise millions of pounds for good causes.


Visions Toward an Organic Science City : embryonic self-contained concepts

Dynamic Organic Growth & Change Individual & Socio-centric 1972 Subjects not perceive worlds but enact them. Different states of subjects bring forth different worlds. P van Schaik projectdo 1971

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Integral Evaluation Reflective, experiential inquiry

Description: interior felt-sense, how one feels (about oneself, org, project, issue), Method Family: phenomenology Methodologies: personal ecology sheet self-reflection (can use this tool to guide the process, can be an ongoing cascading reflection-stream, and/or can be accessed through journaling).

Developmental inquiry

Description: interior personal change, developmental stages, changes in motivation, attitudes, and values. Method Family: structuralism Methodologies: developmental assessment (includes pre/post interviews that are carried out one-on-one with a sample of the population and the interviewer is trained to ask the same questions that hone in on indicators for motivational, attitudinal

Interpretive inquiry

Description: culture and meanings held by the group or community; for example, how do people generally feel and what do they know about “conservation”, what does “conservation concession” mean to them? Method Family: hermeneutics Methodologies: focus group (using a guided method, shared below, as a pre/during/post method of “taking the pulse” of the group—where motivation lies, what is working what is not, how can the project shift and flow.

Empirical inquiry

Description: quantitative measurement of seen changes in behaviours, for example: shifts in land-use practices, uptake of conservation practices in the household, behavioural change in gender relations. Method Family: empiricism Methodologies: measuring, ranking, and quantitative analysis (pre/during/post measurement that ranks certain behaviours from 1-10 and can compare/contrast to later assessment, after which time that data can be analyzed using quantitative methods to create graphs and figures of what percentage of behaviours changed through the lifetime of the project.)

Systems inquiry

Description: quantitative measurement of seen changes in social, economic, political systems in which the work is carried out. Method Family: systems analysis Methodologies: systems-analysis tool

Ethno-methodological inquiry 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

Consulting and Capacity Building Client’s Unstructured Data Structured Data Integral Indicators and Metrics Database Management Integral Analysis Dashboards

Description: changes in social discourse, implicit “background” social norms, and shared worldview. Method Family: ethno-methodology Methodologies: participant-observation (using a tool with focus questions on specific domains of change)

Integral Methodological Pluralism application - international development framework : Gail Hochachka IWB


Evaluation & Reporting Reinventing organizations mapping The MAP that represents the consciousness level of an organization and shows the strengths and areas with most growth potential “Our ultimate purpose is to help organization move toward and reach the Teal consciousness level in an integrated way. This can be achieved best by meeting the organziation where it is and helping it to strengthen the integrity level of itself and create hunger for more.� Circle43


Evaluation & Reporting Reporting 3.0 • Global Public Good: multi-stakeholder community generating knowledge to design future-fit reporting in a neutral, pre-competitive space since 2013 • Collaborative: co-creating solutions that spur deeper transformation than organizations can achieve individually within institutional constraints • Positive Mavericks: constructive engagers who transcend incremental progress to align reporting practices with the necessary ambition to achieve a regenerative & inclusive economy

Supported by international experts in the fields of reporting standards, accounting standards, data architects, new business model entrepreneurs, corporations, governments & multilateral organizations, financial market players

• Blueprinting the Future: After 3+ years of community-building through curated convenings, the Blueprint Projects shift Reporting 3.0 into action mode through Working Groups to identify, design and spur the needed changes at the systems levels through appropriate recommendations. reporting3.org/

Evaluation & Reporting


The Blueprint ecosystem addresses four major areas that represent a baseline of the minimum necessary ambition to achieve a sustainable economy (much less a thriving society). These four areas attract the following audiences:
















Four Blueprints and their Implementers, Users and Beneficiaries





Accounting: Accounting standard setters, accountants, CFOs, controllers; academics in accounting and controlling; Data: reporting standard setters, companies, CIOs, investors, software and analytics firms, data science experts, academics;


Reporting: Reporting standards setters, reporters, governments (including statistics offices), NGOs, academics, and financial markets players (including investors as well as credit and sustainability rating agencies);


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New Business Models: Circular, sharing and collaborative economy entrepreneurs, business model designers, investors, NGOs, new business model initiatives, corporate intrapreneurs, funders, venture capitalists, academics.”


Evaluation & Reporting Reporting Blueprint (1) ASSUMPTION: Disclosure serves higher

ASSUMPTION: Data availability is not a

CONSEQUENCE: Need to describe

CONSEQUENCE: Need to showcase

· Purpose through connectedness · Success as total contribution and future value · Scalability is essential through advocation

· Seamless data flows (micro, meso, macro) · Contextualization of data · Integration, activation + acceleration

OUTCOME: Reporting clarifies

OUTCOME: Data allow for

· Contribution on micro / meso / macro level · Instigation of new level playing field discussion

· Seamless data on micro / meso / macro · Flows do not allow collateral damage · Support of wellbeing through contextualized data

purpose, describing contribution to a green, inclusive + open economy

restriction anymore; sensors, AI, big data allow for any necessary data to be made available







REPORTING 3.0 BLUEPRINT IMPACT ASSESSMENT Four Blueprints and their Expected Impacts

Reporting Blueprint (2) Offering a new impetus on ‘integral thinking & integrated materiality - The new impetus for integral thinking and integral materiality means disclosure on purpose, success and scalability, essentially needed for future-fit disclosure. - Integral materiality is embedded in a plan-do-checkact approach based on Reporting 3.0’s relevance principle, also cultivating the idea of ‘rightsholders’.




OUTCOME: Accounting supports

OUTCOME: NBM clarification leads to

· Embedded micro / meso / macro accounting · New necessary conventions and iterative learning over time

· Non 2-degree adaptable business will dissapear · Scaling up of compatible NBM · Circular, sharing, collaborative BMs will flourish

CONSEQUENCE:Need to account for

CONSEQUENCE: Need to spur

· Impacts across multiple capitals · Embracing multiple objects/units · Integral P/L + balance enlarge focus

· 2 degree global warming adaptability · Growth in well-being is ultimate goal · Taxation needs to benefit NBMs · Economic system design change essential

ASSUMPTION: Accounting needs to serve

ASSUMPTION: Sustainable, net positive and

accountability on micro, meso and macro level. The well-being intention needs to be accounted for on the basis of various capitals

gross positive businesses have a future license to grow, while others will disappear

Reporting Blueprint (3)




Developing disclosure needs based on the ideal of a green, inclusive & open economy - Disclosure with context embraces a seamless information flow from micro to meso to macro level and vice versa. - A recommended ‘web of principles’ as the basis of the ‘new impetus’ towards integral thinking and integral materiality (=> relevance)

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Offering a new impetus on ‘integral thinking & integrated materiality - The Reporting 3.0 Strategy Continuum serves as a tool to position an organization to be able to understand, implement and continuously improve becoming regenerative and thriving businesses. - Addressing purpose, success and scalability contributes to solving the 3-Gap-Problem: the Sustainability Context Gap; the Organizational Transformation Gap; the Socio-Cultural Leadership Gap (as identified by the ‘Leader’s Guide To ThriveAbility. reporting3.org/

Evaluation & Reporting Blockchain for Development Five recommendations for all development professionals thinking about or currently working on blockchain applications. Be hopeful but avoid the hype: There is still no evidence that it leads to social transformation. Although blockchain technology is transformational in theory, it is still unproven. Just as there is no reason that it will not work, there is no reason that it will. Look into the pros and cons: Along with enabling some behaviours, technologies can limit or hinder others. Given its rigid coded nature, the blockchain may make it difficult to tackle complex development issues that require continuous adaptations. Be contextually grounded: In order to work, blockchain-based solutions need to be able to navigate local political economies and power relations. Assessing this possibility from the onset is essential. Keep digital inequalities in mind: Not doing so risks further exacerbating inequalities (and thus digital and social exclusion) or creating new ones and opens the door for opportunistic behaviour by powerful actors that can make full use of blockchains. In order for a solution to be inclusive it needs to be designed with inclusivity as a focal point from the outset. Learn from the past, and the present: One-size-fits-all cookie cutter approaches to development do not work. Innovations that take context into account and are embedded in the social realities of those contexts are most likely to succeed. Above all, ensure an experimental learning mentality is built into all efforts, balancing technical creativity with a hunger for evidence and results. RapidResponseBRIEFING • BLOCKCHAIN FOR DEVELOPMENT – HOPE OR HYPE ISSUE 17 • APRIL 2017 : Institute of Development Studies

Urban Hub Evolving Cities

Stage Changes

2nd Tier Evolving Cities & Habitats

“It is always easy to create an ordinary city; what is difficult is to create an extraordinary one, peaceful and restful one, smart and tidy, artful and cultivated one, in short, a livable one!� Mehmet Murat ildan

Evolving WorldViews - Evolving Cities Teal

Life is a kaleidoscope of natural hierarchies [holarchies], systems, and forms. Flexibility, spontaneity, and functionality have the highest priority. Differences and pluralities can be integrated into interdependent, natural flows. Egalitarianism is complemented with natural degrees of excellence where appropriate. Knowledge and competency should supersede rank, power, status, or group. The prevailing world order is the result of the existence of different levels of reality (memes) and the inevitable patterns of movement up and down the dynamic spiral. Good governance facilitates the emergence of entities through the levels of increasing complexity (nested hierarchy).

Subjects do not perceive worlds but enact them. Different states of subjects bring forth different worlds.

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Evolving WorldViews - Evolving Cities Turquoise

Universal holistic system, holons/waves of integrative energies; unites feeling with knowledge [centaur]; multiple levels interwoven into one conscious system. Universal order, but in a living, conscious fashion, not based on external rules (blue) or group bonds (green). A “grand unification” is possible, in theory and in actuality. Sometimes involves the emergence of a new spirituality as a meshwork of all existence. Turquoise thinking uses the entire spiral; sees multiple levels of interaction; detects harmonics, the mystical forces, and the pervasive flow-states that permeate any organization.

Subjects do not perceive worlds but enact them. Different states of subjects bring forth different worlds.

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Mapping Interventions – Thriveable Cities Meaning & Purpose transcended & included Integral/ThriveAble Holistic Pluralistic/Sustainable Rational/Drive Mythic/One Truth


Mythic/Power each more complex stage: - enfolds - transcends the worst - includes the best

The content of the previous becomes the context of the next

of the previous stages

Subjects do not perceive worlds but enact them. Different states of subjects bring forth different worlds

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Stages of Self Development

each more complex stage: - enfolds - transcends the worst - includes the best of the previous stages Subjects do not perceive worlds but enact them. Different states of subjects bring forth different worlds.

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Visions To Kill Culture and Consciousness Ecology Contrasted with Structuralism Systems theorists are fond of saying that systems theory deals with the “whole of reality” and thus it covers all the holistic bases. For example, they point out that dynamic systems theory can even be used to successfully describe the traffic patterns in large cities. And that is true—the flow patterns of the automobiles follow specific patterns that systems theory captures well. But systems theory cannot tell you if the driver (i.e., the intentionality) of a particular automobile is ‘red’, ‘blue’, ‘orange’, ‘green’, and so on—and yet those interior domains contain the key not only to much of human existence and motivation, but to all of the feelings of sentient beings throughout the Kosmos. If all we do is describe the traffic patterns of sentient beings—using ecology, systems theory, chaos and complexity theory—then we have indeed reduced all first-person consciousness to third-person objects, its, and artifacts: we have killed all culture and consciousness. "In other words, similar exterior landscapes can support quite different interior landscapes, because there is no simple one-to-one mapping of interiors onto exteriors. They inhabit phenomenological spaces that are not photographic negatives of each other, but follow their own often-quite-different, if not separable, topographies. All of the methodologies on the interior or Left-Hand quadrants (such as phenomenology, hermeneutics, and structuralism) are attempting to elucidate these interior, non-physically-local phenomena, in both human and nonhuman sentient beings. "Of course these interiors are inseparably connected with exterior realities, including exterior social systems and ecosystems, but the threads of connection are not topological; the thinnest communicative thread will let a person in Moscow and a person in Iceland develop a very strong friendship (a strong LL or cultural “we”), even though they are otherwise physically separated by thousands of miles and dozens of local ecosystems. Conversely, I can live next door to you, in the identical ecosystem, and still not be friends.”

Excerpt D. The Look of a Feeling: The Importance of Post/Structuralism - Ken Wilber 2006 (from KKC unpublished) (iM Graphic)

Urban Hub Ways Forward Taking Stock “It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people’s minds.” Samuel Adams (1722-1803)

A Broader Framework True but Partial View - Systems & Complexity Theories : Lower Right Quadrant Connectivism is the integration of principles explored by chaos, network, and complexity and self-organization theories. Learning is a process that occurs within nebulous environments of shifting core elements – not entirely under the control of the individual. Learning (defined as actionable knowledge) can reside outside of ourselves (within an organization or a database), is focused on connecting specialized information sets, and the connections that enable us to learn more are more important than our current state of knowing. Connectivism is driven by the understanding that decisions are based on rapidly altering foundations. New information is continually being acquired. The ability to draw distinctions between important and unimportant information is vital. The ability to recognize when new information alters the landscape based on decisions made yesterday is also critical. Principles of connectivism: - Learning and knowledge rests in diversity of opinions. - Learning is a process of connecting specialized nodes or information sources. - Learning may reside in non-human appliances. - Capacity to know more is more critical than what is currently known - Nurturing and maintaining connections is needed to facilitate continual learning. - Ability to see connections between fields, ideas, and concepts is a core skill. - Currency (accurate, up-to-date knowledge) is the intent of all connectivist learning activities. - Decision-making is itself a learning process. Choosing what to learn and the meaning of incoming information is seen through the lens of a shifting reality. While there is a right answer now, it may be wrong tomorrow due to alterations in the information climate affecting the decision. - Connectivism also addresses the challenges that many corporations face in knowledge management activities. Knowledge that resides in a database needs to be connected with the right people in the right context in order to be classified as learning. Behaviorism, cognitivism, and constructivism do not attempt to address the challenges of organizational knowledge and transference. Connectivism: A Learning Theory for the Digital Age - George Siemens December 12, 2004

A Broader Framework Integral View The word integral means: • comprehensive, • inclusive, • non-marginalizing, • embracing. Integral approaches to any field attempt to be exactly that - to include as many: • perspectives, • styles, and • methodologies as possible within a coherent view of the topic. In a certain sense, integral approaches are “meta-paradigms,” or ways to draw together an already existing number of separate paradigms into an interrelated network of approaches that are mutually enriching. – Ken Wilber Subjects do not perceive worlds but enact them. Different states of subjects bring forth different worlds.

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Objective Framework How I do it:

the surface structure (‘communication’) within the context of what it is

Zone 5 Surface Structure

Cognitive Science:

methodologies for understanding behaviour surface structure States of individual internal communication

How it is done:

the contextual deep structure in which the ‘communication’ is taking place

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the surface ‘communication’ structure of what they are doing

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methodologies for understanding Society and Systems surface structure States of communal communication

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the deep structure of what they are doing

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methodologies for understanding Society and Systems deep structure. Structure-Stage of governance/systems




Broader Framework (IMP) Phenomenology: Explores direct felt experience

Autopoiesis: Explores self-regulating behaviour

by means of: • Meditation • Introspection, • Contemplation

Structuralism: Explores patterns of direct felt experience by means of • Genealogy, • Developmental Psychology

Hermeneutics: Explores mutual understanding by means of: • Interpersonal Values, • Global Ethics

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Surface Structure

Empiricism: Explores measurable behaviour

Zone 2 Deep Structure

Zone 3 Surface Structure

Cultural Anthropology: Explores patterns of mutual understanding by means of: • Ethnomethodology, • Cultural Studies, • Semiotics

by means of: • Biophenomenology, • Cognitive Sciences

Zone 5

Deep Structure

by means of: • Biochemistry, • Biology, • Zoology, • Behavioural Studies

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by means of: • Sociocybernetics, • Communication Studies

Systems Theory Explores functional-fit of parts within systems by means of: • Science of Politics, • Complexity Sciences, • Integral Economics

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Thriveable Cities Thriveable Actions "You cannot travel the path until you have become the path itself” Walking in the world not talking of the world These curation are to be dipped into – explored No one vision is sufficient in and of itself – visions can guide but only by collaborative action in a creative and used to generate generative process can visions grow and become ideas and discussion. part of an ongoing positive sociocultural reality.

A catalyst for collaboration Without taking into account the many worldviews and action. that currently co-exist and crafting ways of including them in a positive and healthy form we will continue to alienate vast sections of all communities and humankind.

It is through growing healthy versions of all the different worldviews that we can attempt to move towards an equitable, regenerative and caring world. Through action we will move forward – through only ongoing talk we will stagnate and fail. www.facebook.com/integralMENTORS

And most importantly grown, modified in a generative form. This is a living document - any suggestions for inclusion send to: info@integralmentors.org


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Urban Hub Gems

Positive Actions

“As for the future, your task is not to foresee it, but to enable it.” Antoine de Saint Exupery, poet and pilot (1900-1944)

Gems Working with:

Consciousness; Cultures; Creations; & Capacities. “In sum, the quadrants highlight four irreducible dimensions that all individuals have and quadrivia refer to the four fundamental perspectives that can be taken on any phenomena. In either case, the four quadrants or quadrivia are co-nascent—literally “they are born together” and are mutually implicated in one another. In other words, they co-arise and tetramesh. This understanding is useful because it honors the complexity of reality in a way that allows the practitioner to address problems in a more skillful and nuanced way. Further- more, the quadrants represent the native ways in which we experience reality in each moment and quadrivia represent the most common ways we can and often do look at reality to understand it.” MetaIntegral Foundation

Currently in most societies these domains are broken and don’t tetra-mesh to have a positive impact. Each domain being pursued individually without a sense of their interconnectedness in both span and depth.

But within all this there are Gems to be found - the positive experiences of individuals, communities, subcultures & subsystems. All working together to achieve the many little wins we see all around. .

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Gems Collaborative juxtapositions Burning2Learn Engagement In Action

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Motivating tomorrows adults today proposed

Burning2Learn enables Community Hub free will in creativity, that inspires change, that motivates self-belief, that builds confidence, that empowers partnerships, that challenges the status quo, that delivers hope and that has been built for the sole purpose to support the individual which in turn supports the local community."


Gems Visions in Action – Parables of development

Stories from the Road By Jock Noble For the complete story and many other stories see Amazon link below www.amazon.co.uk/Stories-Road-stories-international-development/dp/1519643829/

Gems Visions in Action – Effective Schools Project ESP was an attempt to allow integral theory inform the design and process of implementation of a pilot education reform process. The outcome requirements where not predetermined at the start only general principles were defined - child centred, community ownership, girls education, the actual project was then allowed to grow generatively from this point. Because the project existed within an existing system once the initial objectives of the first steps were defined the activities were broken down to a series of smaller projects [snippable sequences] that though connected through the objectives could to a degree operate independently. Thus if one or two fail they did not overly effect the others and could be abandoned or re formulated the next step. Towards the completion of each step the process and sequences were reviewed. Following this the next step objectives were defined based on the outcome of the previous step and any other relevant information. This process was repeated as many times as seemed necessary. The overall general goals were always kept in mind and each step objectives were adjusted to ensure that these principles [Morphic pull] were the focus of the project. Limited targets or outputs were never allowed to determine the direction of the project at any level.

Morpho-Generative Development - Worlds of Inclusion Effective Schools Project Egypt 2005 – 2007

Guides for Integrally Informed Practitioners 1 BASIC : Paul van Schaik 2016 - Amazon


Gems Visions in Action – Effective Schools Project

Guides for Integrally Informed Practitioners 1 BASIC : Paul van Schaik 2016 - Amazon


Gems Rebel Cities - Barcelona Spain What have some of the key actions been on the Barcelona agenda since then? One key point is access to housing. The government is not only tracking down big banks that leave apartments empty but also confronting platforms like Airbnb whose business model has a negative impact on affordable housing. Another big theme is energy transition and renewable energy. Barcelona wants to create a municipal energy company to fight the current monopoly. We are also looking into more distributed energy models, like smart grids, models that are more affordable and which allow citizens to be in control of their data. We are also rethinking urban planning with projects like the SuperBlocks (Superilles). Aimed at giving back public spaces to citizens, they were created in a very innovative process with a digital democracy platform for large-scale citizen participation. Opening the debate brought many great ideas, but it also showed us the complicated aspect of participation. There were many conflicting interests and it was learning by doing in an iterative way. Finally, instead of working only with big companies as governments typically do, we are also rethinking the economic model to support new economies like the solidarity, collaborative and digital economy. This also helps us fight corruption since often a lock-in of the public administration with big companies leaves little space for other players.

There is no lack of technical tools. But are we, both citizens and administration, culturally ready for it? Tools are not just technical devices, but regulation, economic models, technical infrastructure and cultural organizational change. Making them align is the difficult part, The problem is definitely not the tech, but the culture and the institutional boundaries. Even though at the moment there are citizens in the government who don’t think like bureaucrats, they still have to work within certain boundaries. Institutional hacking is great, but to truly expand these it must come from the bottom up. Sure you also need the right people in power, but if society can’t enter and do things, monitor and track activities, nothing will change.


Gems Rebel Cities - Barcelona Spain But the deeper point remains: How to integrate commons-based systems with the complex realities of city governments and markets as they exist today? Or must commons occupy a different sphere entirely? I confess that I do not have a fully satisfying answer to these questions. For a workshop held the next day, however, I did come up with a rough typology of hybrid commons that attempt to “make nice” with city government and markets. I’d love for commons to open up new lines of interaction with the logic of government and market, but it is paramount that in doing so commons affirmatively protect their sovereignty and integrity of vision. I am reminded of the grim conclusion of Lewis Hyde, the gift economy scholar. In his book Trickster Makes this World, based on his study of mythological tricksters as change-agents, Hyde argues that the inevitable fate of any subversive with dangerous powers is either to be cannibalized or exiled. Powerful institutions must “either expel or ingest their troublemakers.” A third, more precarious option is to “stay on the threshold, neither in nor out.” But is that sustainable?

Let’s fast-forward to the future. When citizens are fully empowered, what will be left for the public administration? We will see after the mandate in Barcelona, but the fact that you can have a citizen movement enter the institution, govern and take power shows that there is already a new approach in policy in terms of political class. This is not a cyber thing, a purely digital model, but the opposite. I think we are going towards hybrid models where citizens will have a type of self-governance and be directly involved in things like allocating budget, taking decisions and managing projects. I really believe that the future will be more and more of these political movements and approaches that are based on the common good.


Visions in Action

"The universe is composed of perspectives that you have taken in order to play a Kosmic Game of chess with yourself. The Kosmos is composed of sentient beings, each of whom is the one and only, nonlocal and nondual, First Person to the perspectives arising as its reflections, touching and loving its one and only Second Person, courting each and every Third Person, all of whom are, in turn, the one and only First, who is reading this right now. Your very own Original Face, the Face you had before the Big Bang—the I AM that I AM—is still looking out through your eyes, even here and now. Remember? "Well, if not, then you have slammed your foot down in the cascading stream, and all around you has sprung up the AQAL matrix of your own indigenous perspectives" - Ken Wilber. www.integralmentors.org

Visions in Action Visions in Action Positive Innovative Projects – this is a work in progress We will showcasing projects that have or are having a positive and innovative impact on: • communities, • education • businesses • environments • climate change • etc. or on synergising any number of interventions to have a holist emergent impact

Urban Hub 7 : Visions & WorldViews 3 Thriveable cities

out September 2017

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Visions & WorldViews 2 Mindsets Urban Habitats Thriveable Cities

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A series of graphics from integralMENTORS integral UrbanHub work on IMP and Thriveable Cities

This work shows the graphics from a dynamic deck that accompany a presentation on Visions & WorldViews and Thriveable Cities. The history of the co-evolution of cities, evolving WorldViews, Visions & Mindsets in urban Habitats and technology is presented in an integral framework. Integral theory is simply explained as it relates to these themes see UH 2 & UH 3 for more detail. This volume is part of an ongoing series of guides to integrally inform practitioners.

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Urban Hub 6: Visions & Worldviews 2 - Thriving Cities  

This book is one in a series of presentations for the use of Integral theory or an Integral meta-framework in understanding cities and urban...

Urban Hub 6: Visions & Worldviews 2 - Thriving Cities  

This book is one in a series of presentations for the use of Integral theory or an Integral meta-framework in understanding cities and urban...