Integral City 4.0 Co-Creating the Future of Cities Now – An Update from Findhorn

Our Integral City 4.0 project brought together 16 participants from around the world – Australia, Russia, Spain, France, Netherlands, Mexico, Canada. The intention of the 3.5-day workshop was Co-creating the Future of Cities Now through Placecaring and Placemaking.

We explored experientially key maps from the Integral City framework – the Integral map of wholeness; the holarchic map of the 4 Voices of the City; the map of Leadership; and the Map of Spirituality. In the process we invited 4 Voices from Findhorn to share with us what is working/not working/ envisioned – from perspectives of Citizen (RD had been resident for 30 years in the ecovillage); Civic Manager (MH was Director of Findhorn College and past Chair of the Board of Trustees); Business/Innovator (GM had started Moray Carshare and manages it for the county); Civil Society/Integrator (DH acts as the Listener-Convenor – a unique role in Findhorn).

After the Interviews we used Open Space to explore Burning Questions that Participants brought; and then the last day we created 3 parallel Charrettes based on challenges Findhorn now faces. The 3 teams presented to the Findhorn “client”. What came out of the charrettes was: a community engagement design to engage from the lower chakras and v-memes on the Spiral to light up embodied energy BELOW the heart (aha!!!);

A 2nd design was offered for Integral City Practitioner practices that would align with Clients – using the whole spiral to design more complex structural engagement derived from Findhorn’s newly drafted purpose statement.

A 3rd design focused on a housing policy to integrate the 4 Voices of the community plus the voice of the LAND/GAIA in relation to the local district.

The combination of the international participants and Action Research at/with Findhorn Voices was powerful – nicely overlighted by our Angel of Transformation – a quality chosen to inspire us from the Findhorn Game of Transformation.

FYI our Integral City group definitely brought a different ethos to the Community Learning Centre of Findhorn International Centre of Sustainability – because we used intentional design with the Master Code of Caring and had intentional engagement with the Spirit.

As a result, we worked a lot outside the box with the Conversations we had with peer Practitioners (some of whom wept to be finally fully met); multiple tribes within Findhorn (and outside); and with an intentional community seeking new governance.

Participant Practitioners and Findhorn co-researchers are reviewing the Proceedings of the Inquiry. We look forward to releasing an update when the review is completed.

About the Author:

HI I am the Founder of Integral City Meshworks Inc. and Chief Blogger. Working with cities and eco-regions, I ‘meshwork’ or weave people, purpose, priorities, profits, programs and processes to align contexts, grow capacity and develop strategies for sustainability and resilience in the Integral City. You can read more details about me here http://integralcity.com/about/about-the-founder/

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  1. Robin May 16, 2018 at 6:19 pm - Reply

    Looks like a successful event was had by all Marilyn- congrats!

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