Relationships may be the prime “currency” of the Integral City. Our interpersonal relationships tell us do we have the capacity to survive together? connect with our environment (including other people)? and reproduce? recreate? regenerate?

In a living system, relationships are the bonds that link identities (holons) and information. Relationships make exchanges possible. The formation of relationships is central to the emergence of new patterns, new intersubjective intelligence and new complexity.

Relationships can be scaled along a spectrum of: simple (transactional), plural (transformational) and complex (transmutational).

  • Our transactional relationships tend to serve our bio-physical behavioral needs.
  • Our transformational relationships tend to serve our intentional needs.
  • Our transmutational relationships catalyze shifts in meeting collective needs of the whole system.

As the culture of the Human Hive expands through the inclusion of more ethnic voices it also deepens through the complexifying of the values that cross-connect families, friends, neighbourhoods, work places, sectors and communities.

As we study the intricacies of these relationships we see that they have fractal qualities.  The relationship-based patterns and processes enable the recalibration of what works in the Human Hive. This creates the rich mesh of multiple cultures that co-creates an ecology of vibrant, responsive relationships that has the capacity to grow consciousness and aliveness in the Human Hive.


This blog is a prologue to the Integral City webinar conference  City 2.0 Co-Creating the Future of the Human Hive . We are inventing a new operating system for the city.  Click to get more details re the Free Expo and eLaboratory membership  scheduled September 4-27  2012. You are invited to attend and participate.