This blog is the second prologue for a keynote at the FreshOutlook Feb. 27, 2012 Building SustainABLE Communities Conference.

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

Evolutionary Intelligence is an impulse present at the centre of our Integral City compass, that springs from our evolutionary history and impels us to reach forward into our evolutionary future. It assumes that life conditions will continue to change and the human species will change and adapt and evolve with such changes.

In framing evolution, Integral City draws on an integral geological map developed by Eddy (2003) which embraces three meta-spheres: the Cosmosphere that spans the universe; the Biosphere that includes the living global environment; and the Anthroposphere that embraces the human condition. Eddy’s map effectively integrates the human condition within the three spheres as massively entangled at all scales and times.

The Anthroposphere in the Integral City (Hamilton, 2008) is captured in the Integral City Compass with its five sets of capacities, twelve intelligences and thirty-six principles.

It is only by meshworking intelligences in the human hive in an evolutionary way that we will survive long enough as a species, to grow the capacities of collaboration, community, and urbanization beyond any context the human system has ever evolved.

In fact applying evolutionary strategic design will not just be useful for selecting appropriate approaches for sustainability for cities in the developed and developing worlds but it will be the necessary paradigm for all cities with a plurality of cultures to integrate their many worlds into a workable evolutionary operating system.