7 03, 2017

Adapt: Re-calibrate. Re-story. Re-work. Re-act. Swarm

By |March 7th, 2017|Building - Structures, E. Evolutionary Intelligences, Ecosphere, Inner, Lifecycle, Navigating - IVSM, Storytelling - Cultures|0 Comments

If the first injunction of aliveness is to survive, the second is to “connect with my environment”. Survival may seem like a one-person job, but that is mere illusion – for I survive in an ecology of relationships, actions, structures and infrastructures and nature herself. This “I/me/mine” depends on right behaviours, responding to cultures [...]

29 12, 2016

Meshworkers of the Year Award 2016: Coalescing Future Cities Africa

By |December 29th, 2016|Building - Structures, C. Collective Intelligences, D. Strategic Intelligences, Integral Maps, Meshworking|0 Comments

Morel Fourman and his organization Gaiasoft have been working with cities and nations, for over a decade, particularly in Africa designing and implementing an electronic platform that enables strategic positioning for organizations within cities and across cities in the same country or continent. Morel’s work has provided systematic foundation building to strengthen city systems and [...]

15 09, 2016

City Organs on Parade

By |September 15th, 2016|A. Contexting Intelligences, B. Individual Intelligences, Building - Structures, C. Collective Intelligences, city, E. Evolutionary Intelligences, Emergence, Inner, Integral Maps, Outer, Storytelling - Cultures|1 Comment

Lovelock has proposed that humans are Gaia's reflective organ and I suggest that, in fact, individuals are cells in the cities who are the actual organs of a whole organ system now alive on Gaia.  So with those thoughts in mind, perhaps we are at the seminal moment for us humans to consider not just how we have [...]

14 09, 2016

Celebrate City as Gaia’s Reflective Organ

By |September 14th, 2016|B. Individual Intelligences, Building - Structures, C. Collective Intelligences, city, E. Evolutionary Intelligences, Inner, Integral Maps, Outer, Storytelling - Cultures|1 Comment

City of Organs Traditional Chinese medicine embraces a geography of the human body that reflects an energy flow model of the body, where energy cycles through the body organs along meridian pathways in daily rhythms. The Chinese refer to the body’s organs as “officials”. Map 1: 4 quadrant 8 level Map of City Organs [...]

30 08, 2016

Are Neo-Cities Human Hives?

By |August 30th, 2016|Building - Structures, E. Evolutionary Intelligences, Inquiry|2 Comments

I was intrigued to read recently about the Neo-Cities imagined by Yury Lifsitz. The concept seems very aligned to designing human hives. Bee - Human Hive - Tijmen Brozius By all accounts they design in many elements that give the city beauty, fitness to the environment and alignment with the intentions of the people who [...]

29 08, 2016

ZomBees versus Zombie Cities

By |August 29th, 2016|Building - Structures, C. Collective Intelligences, Lifecycle, Spiritual intelligence, Storytelling - Cultures|0 Comments

ZomBees? The Divine certainly has a sense of humour. Otherwise, I might not notice that in one week I read an article on the Zombie Cities in China – where the human hive has been built without a human to occupy them (yet) … and … An article on ZomBees – where the [...]

26 08, 2016

Burtynsky and Caemerrer Photographs Haunt Cities

By |August 26th, 2016|Building - Structures, Spiritual intelligence, Storytelling - Cultures|2 Comments

The hauntingly beautiful photographs by Caemerrer of China’s new – but empty – cities reminded me of Burtynsky’s photographs of industrial over-reach. Burtynsky Shipyard Burtynsky has recorded the disasters of the Modern industrial revolution in the form of photographs that display the patterns and textures of its very demise. But even in the [...]

25 08, 2016

China Why Not House the Refugees in your Empty New Cities?

By |August 25th, 2016|Building - Structures, C. Collective Intelligences, Master Intelligence|2 Comments

The sight of China’s empty cities prompted colleague, Anne-Marie Voorhoeve to ask – “Why not house the refugees here?” What a logical question – that provides a solution in one country (China) to a problem in another country (Syria). Even if China were a democratic country, like the USA, housing refugees is a problématique that does [...]

21 08, 2016

A City Without People is not a City

By |August 21st, 2016|Building - Structures, Inner, Spirituality, Storytelling - Cultures|5 Comments

A series of articles on China’s empty cities triggers a series of Integral City thought capsules and thought experiments. China Ghost City , Photographed by Caemmerer According to a Wired article, China has built 100's of cities to house millions of people over the next 20 years. Today they stand empty. No people in [...]

16 09, 2015

Human Hive: Roles & Types

By |September 16th, 2015|Building - Structures, C. Collective Intelligences, Master Intelligence|4 Comments

The biomimicry pattern of the Human Hive (aka city) draws on fractal patterns and systems in play in our global ecology and human species.   Homo sapiens sapiens is supposedly the most advanced species of the vertebrates. We have developed four types of cities in our Human Hive line. Moreover we have also developed four [...]