10 03, 2017

Rediscovering Aliveness from Grieving: The Third Win

By |March 10th, 2017|E. Evolutionary Intelligences, Emergence, Inner, Lifecycle, Master Intelligence, Storytelling - Cultures|0 Comments

Aliveness requires three processes: surviving, connecting to my environment and regenerating. Grief has a way of interfering in the practice of all three activities that make aliveness feel no longer attainable and seemingly not winnable. But grief also calls forth a recovery process that uses the relationship between these three practices like a scaffold [...]

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 [...]

26 02, 2017

Blessings of Grief: Darkness & Dissonance

By |February 26th, 2017|B. Individual Intelligences, C. Collective Intelligences, Emergence, Inner, Lifecycle, Storytelling - Cultures|1 Comment

The experience of grief is deeply personal. It is so all consuming, that the world shrinks to a very self-centered size. But the experience of grief is also universal. No consciousness nor culture is untouched by it. Pet owners know that not only do they grieve for lost pets, but pets – like [...]

17 02, 2017

Circles of Compassion Seize the Day, Size the World

By |February 17th, 2017|E. Evolutionary Intelligences, Lifecycle, Master Intelligence, Spiritual intelligence, Spirituality, Storytelling - Cultures|7 Comments

2017 is moving so quickly it has been difficult for me to seize any day as it has waxed, wholed and waned. The cultural markers of New Year, Presidential Inauguration, Family Day, and Valentines have already come and gone. Wars flare. Peace is threatened. Borders are breached. For me the world outside my doorstep [...]

16 12, 2016

Enjoy Your Facilitator Role and Relationships

By |December 16th, 2016|B. Individual Intelligences, C. Collective Intelligences, E. Evolutionary Intelligences, Inquiry, Learning Lhabitat, Meshworking, Navigating - IVSM, Storytelling - Cultures|1 Comment

This is one of series of blogs that are a retrospective reflection on Integral City Community of Practice’s experience in taking the In This Together (ITT) course on basic facilitation The ninth and final class of the course focused on enjoying our roles as facilitators. We started with a reminder that facilitators do well to consider the old wisdom that [...]

14 12, 2016

Give and Receive Feedback

By |December 14th, 2016|A. Contexting Intelligences, B. Individual Intelligences, C. Collective Intelligences, D. Strategic Intelligences, Inner, Inquiry, Master Intelligence, Navigating - IVSM, Storytelling - Cultures|1 Comment

This is one of series of blogs that are a retrospective reflection on Integral City Community of Practice’s experience in taking the In This Together (ITT) course on basic facilitation skills taught by Diane Musho Hamilton and Ten Directions. In the seventh module of the course we out of the “refiner’s fire” of conflict into the opportunity to give and [...]

17 09, 2016

What Month Should Celebrate City Day?

By |September 17th, 2016|C. Collective Intelligences, city, E. Evolutionary Intelligences, Emergence, Integral Maps, Storytelling - Cultures|1 Comment

If I were going to choose a month to celebrate City Day, I would propose September. Why?  Because it is the start of Spring in the southern hemisphere and the start of Fall in the Northern Hemisphere. One season embraces new life and the other early harvest. Both seasons hold promise and natural impulses for celebration. [...]

16 09, 2016

Celebrating the City Has Evolutionary Impact

By |September 16th, 2016|A. Contexting Intelligences, B. Individual Intelligences, C. Collective Intelligences, city, E. Evolutionary Intelligences, Integral Maps, Storytelling - Cultures|0 Comments

If we created City Day to celebrate our cities, this celebration would bring a focus to the value of the city to the majority of humans world-wide. It has the possibility of connecting silos, stovepipes and solitudes within the city. Regular city celebration would create a pattern of aligning diverse individual intentions to a celebratory purpose, [...]

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 [...]