The 4 Voices and Views of the Integral City

People in the Integral City speak through four archetypal voices. These voices resonate with the roles that contribute to the successful resilience strategies of other living species (most notably the honey bee). Each voice is vital to the life of the city and the life of each individual and group of people. Many of us speak through more than one voice – and becoming aware of the importance of each voice can help us appreciate the flow of energy and contribution we are making to the relationships of dynamic city life. The core city voices are-

The 12 Intelligences of the Integral City

An Integral City integrates qualities that create optimal conditions for human innovation and emergence and eco-regional resilience. The Master Code guides our 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.


Ecosphere intelligence is an awareness and capacity to respond to the realities of a city’s climate and eco­region environment. More…


Emergent intelligence looks at the city as a whole, through the lenses of, aliveness, survival, adaptiveness, regeneration, sustainability and emergence. More…


Integral intelligence uses four essential maps of city life to see the whole city. More…


Living intelligence relates to the aliveness of each citizen through each of its lifecycle stages and the aliveness of the city through its lifecycle stages. More…


Inner intelligence is ‘I’ space of the citizen ­ the seat of intentional consciousness, attention, interior experience and lines of development. More…


Outer intelligence is the biological “It” space of the citizen — the space where the body acts and behaves. More…


Social intelligence is the ‘its’ space of the city that gives us the capacity, to structure and systemize our environment. More…


Cultural intelligence represents the ‘we’ life of the city­the relationships in the city which transcend boundaries that both contain and separate. More…


Inquiry intelligence asks key questions that reveal the meta­wisdom of the city. More…


Meshworking intelligence attracts the best of two operating systems­ one that self­organizes, and the other that replicates hierarchal structures ­ to align systems that flex and flow. More…


Navigating intelligence monitors and discloses the wellbeing or general condition of the city. More…


Evolutionary intelligence is the capacity to transcend and include the intelligences, we currently demonstrate, in order to allow new intelligences to emerge. More…

Integral City Books, Newsletters, Blogs

The frameworks and stories of  Integral City are captured in core Resources like our Book Series, Newsletters and Blogs.

Book 2 is our newest addition. It is the Inquiry, Action & Impact Field Guide to Book 1. Click on the links below and find out more …

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Upcoming Events & Programs

Integral City offers a variety of scheduled and custom workshops, trainings and public programs to further the development of Integral City concepts and to nurture the growing community of Integral City practitioners, catalysts and meshworkers.

Click here to view our 2018 and 2019 presentation schedule.

Integral City Practitioner: Just the Basics


This short course introduces practitioners to the framework of the Integral City model, so that you can see the common patterns that impact the lives of individuals, organizations and communities within your city.

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Integral City Catalyst: Placecaring & Placemaking

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This course introduces you to new ways to think about, act in, relate to and co-create the city of the future. We invite “catalysts” to inspire productive interactions with the 4+1 Voices of the Integral City (Business, Local Government, Civil Society and Citizens, plus actors from other regional cities).

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Integral City Meshworker: Aligning People Place Purpose

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In this event we imagine the human hive as a living innovation eco-system. We enable “meshworkers” to identify the internal and external connections between the 4+1 voices of the city so they create a legacy of generative collaborations through people, place and purpose.

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Integral City Constellation

Integral City works with clients, wisdom circles, communities of practice, spheres of influence and constellations  around the world. We’ve worked in all of the cities shown in the map below. Our clients include businesses, non-profit organizations, coalitions and task forces, as well as city and regional governmental organizations.