Integral City holds a Vision that is planetary as well as city-level.
Imagine Gaia as Thriving Planet
Imagine Gaia is flourishing in her new golden age, in the universe of planets, as a thriving mature living system where human contribution reflects how magnificently Creation has evolved on Planet Earth.
Imagine Gaia has awareness of all her evolutionary life and we have complete awareness of her on a spiritual Cosmo-Bio-Anthropo-centric basis.
Imagine that Integral Cities are aware of our contribution to the evolution of Gaia as her Reflective Organs. Imagine that individuals are cells, organizations are organelles, cities are organs of Gaia’s Reflective Organ System.
Imagine that we, humans and our hives (cities), are all aware of being part of an evolving Earth (along with other species) – in a resilient ecology of all living beings. That as Cities, being Gaia’s reflective organ means, we balance giving and taking through the practice of the Master Code.
The Master Code enjoins us to:
Take Care of Self
Take Care of Others
Take Care of our Place(s)
Take Care of our Planet.
We have a responsibility for stewardship, at the level of all voices in the Human Hive, as well as at the individual level. Imagine that we are responsible for Earth’s foot-mind-heart-spirit-print in the universe.
The Mission of Integral City Meshworks is: to Wake Up the Human Hive as it evolves through the Traditional, Smart, Resilient and Integral stages, by Reinventing How Cities Work to Nurture Life, Optimize Life Conditions and Care for People, on a Planet of Integral Cities.
- Wake up the Human Hive so/as we live the Master Code: when we take care of our Selves, each Other, our Places and our Planet. This connects our Caring Capacity to our Carrying Capacity and is the core of Wellbeing (and Happiness).
- Build on the metaphor of the Human Hive because it offers us an integrated whole picture of the city aligned with the Master Code (Self, Others, Places, Planet) and City Purpose.
- As the Human Hive, embrace the relationship between 4 types of cities and how they are interrelated: Traditional Cities, Smart Cities, Resilient Cities and Integral Cities.
- Recognize and empower 4 Internal Voices (and 1+ External Voice) in the Human Hive to contribute to city and eco-region wellbeing.
- Align each type of city with its relevant energy sources (Traditional @ bio-fuel; Smart @ carbon; Resilient @ renewable; Integral @ evolutionary/spirit) by using IC GPS for recalibrating our cities with the Master Code, City Purpose and key indicators.
- With Integral City GPS align City Types, City Voices, City Energies and City Purposes with the Wellbeing indicator of the Master Code (Happiness). Align the natural evolutionary potentials and Purposes of the Traditional City, Smart City, the Resilient City and the Integral City. Create conditions for the feedback to recalibrate Capacities for Strategic Carrying, Ecological Contexting and Human Caring for a Planet of Integral Cities.
Integral City applies Principles that could guide a Planet of Integral Cities:
Values are built into Integral City Principles. Integral City Values evolve through multiple scales in individuals, organizations, communities and the city itself (see Figure 1).
Figure 1: Integral City Values (adapted from Spiral Dynamics (1996))
Our values for business are the same values that drive Integral cities in the world, especially the Master Code – Take care of Self / Others/ City / Planet.
Continuous learning drives and evolves our values.