This newsletter is published quarterly using a cycle of perspectives on the Integral City viewed from: Planet, People, Place and Power. The theme of this issue is People.
The chronicles of cities show us with certainty that a people who do not know their history are doomed to repeat it. This knowledge combines the subjective and intersubjective life of the populace — the individual and collective consciousness— that must be mindful of the biological and structural life of the city.
Only in our conscious awareness (attention and intention) can we engage with the issues that are truly important in the external, visible, physical, objective and interobjective life of the city. It is yet again a reminder of the holographic nature of the city and how each of the four integral perspectives (subjective, intersubjective, objective and interobjective) necessarily includes all of the four integral perspectives.
Integral City: Evolutionary Intelligences for the Human Hive. Edition 2. 2019. Minneapolis, MN: Amaranth Press, p.21
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Spontaneous Unity Arising
It is June 2020 and the first season of pandemic life which is in full swing in the global south is sliding into the second season of tentative release from lockdown, in the global north. Out of the depths of despair that following the pandemic statistics can bring, other positive and lifegiving energies are emerging.
The Solstice marks the date of publication of this newsletter and also marks the commencement of World Unity Week (WUW).
Visionary author Dr. Jude Currivan , co-Founder of WholeWorld-View commented:
” Love lies at the heart of a growing and collective perception of the inter-connectedness and innate unity of the whole world. ”
WUW is launched to recognize civil society as the sleeping giant that has awakened to its power to create great global movements for the transformation of humanity. (Civil Society is one of the 4 Voices of the City, representing the WE and the Heart of the Integral City.) Beginning with an Indigenous-led global Opening Ceremony that follows the sun starting on Friday, June 19, 10:00 PM EDT, it leads to a World Unity Ceremony with over 100 NGOS and all the Interfaith and Inter-spiritual voices of Mother Earth on June 20, at 8:00 PM EDT.
The solstice broadcast and the week-long program are being carried by media platforms such as Unify, UPLIFT, the SINE Network, and Shift Network , comprising a potential audience of over 10 million people.
On June 23, 2020 World Unity Week is initiating the convergence of many of the different networks in the field of cities and regions. The Hague Center for Global Governance, Innovation and Emergence and Integral City will co-facilitate with partners the emergence of a visible global network of cities and eco-regions. We will use the Integral City GPS (see below) so that everyone can find their piece of the path in the emergent Cycle of Meshworking. We expect to progress through the stages of Networks – Community of Practices – Meshworks. Pragmatically this means that in WUW 20-27 June 2020 we will focus first on the Network phase.
We will create “a Convergence around Urban Hub 20” to explore how we an co-create meshworks in individual cities with the practitioners, catalysts and meshworkers who live and work there. In other sessions we will enable “Open Space” sessions to host critical conversations that lead to practical actions. We come together to collectively shape our common future, build momentum, inspire hope and catalyse deep transformation. Join us by registering here for the conference. Then find us on the Trello Board for the time and zoom room June 23, 9am EDT 1500 CEST.
WUW will end on June 27th with a celebration for the 75th Anniversary of the UN Charter.
World UNITY Week, is not intended to be a “one off” event, but is an open invitation for the global community to join in the monthly celebration of “The Global Days of Unity”, leading towards the 11 Days of Global Unity culminating in a large-scale global celebration across Peace Weekend 2020 (September 19-21), centered on the annual U.N. International Day of Peace (September 21).
Integral City Footnote: We plan to be part of the Caravan of Unity, aligning with Co-Creating Europe and the Hague Center for Global Governance, Innovation and Emergence to create the opportunity for cities to explore Lifemaps from mid-summer to the Peace Weekend.
Humanity Rising Up
Parallel to WUW, Humanity Rising Solutions (HRS) continues (it started in May 2020) with daily broadcasts from 5-7pm CEST. Convened by Ubiquity University, and lead by President Jim Garrison and Chief Innovation Officer, Peter Merry, HRS plans to continue until the pandemic has abated and/or lockdowns are lifted.
Humanity Rising represents a movement of people and organizations coming together to take counsel on how to leverage the crisis of the coronavirus pandemic into an opportunity for human renewal and increased resilience to future challenges.
The goal of the Summit is to create an international coalition strong enough to transform conversations that matter into actions that make a difference.
Readers are invited to register here, and come together to chart a global and local course to new specifications, navigate with sustainable coordinates, and embrace new models that take the wellbeing of our planetary ecology and all communities into account.
Each day’s events are recorded and accessible from the Library for download. Marilyn Hamilton of Integral City had the honour of contributing The Evolutionary Impulse of Integral Cities to the June 10 exploration of Whole Systems Change (along with Richard Barrett, Hans Andeweg and Peter Merry). Get the recording link here.
Integral City will be back on July 16, leading a panel on Solutions for the Human Habitat.
Integral City GPS Wakes Up All Paths
The publication of Book 1 Integral City: Evolutionary Intelligences for the Human Hive inspired the creation of the GPS. It is a tool to help us discover the intelligences in cities – and for Practitioners, Catalysts and Meshworkers to discover their piece of the puzzle that contributes to making the whole city fully alive.
For WUW, we offer the bonus of a podcast explanation of the GPS operation here.
The 12 Intelligences embedded in the GPS are explained briefly on the Integral City website here. They are also explained in each chapter of Book 1, Edition 2 Integral City: Evolutionary Intelligences for the Human Hive.
We share the explanation of the GPS design – and its 3 bezels (in this extract from Book 2 Inquiry & Action: Designing Impact for the Human Hive, Appendix C3).
Homo sapiens has built several types of cities—we focus on three types of cities: the Smart City driven by technology and industry; the Resilient city driven by ecological and eco-regional interdependencies; and the Integral City driven by the Master Code.
The Integral City GPS tool locates these 3 city types on 3 bezels that can move both independently and in synchrony.
At the core of the Integral City GPS lies the Evolutionary Intelligence, which provides the energetic impulse that drives all the other intelligences. Recognizing that every city emerges along an Evolutionary trajectory is also a core distinction of an Integral City . Read the full story here.
Congrats to Integral City Beyond Smart Online Grads
We are pleased to congratulate 4 Cohorts of the Grads from our Beyond Smart Online courses. Meet them as members of our Integral City Mighty Network. You can join and interconnect with the growing Integral Nest City Community of Practice – just click here.
Upcoming Integral City & Constellation Events with People Purpose
Keep abreast of our Integral City Events on the Mighty Network – just click here.
Integral City will be offering Beyond Resilient Online as an online course in September 10-26, 2020. Offered in 7 x 1/2 day sessions by Marilyn Hamilton and Beth Sanders – this is the natural next step for grads of Beyond Smart Online (or equivalent experience/training).
Join Marilyn Hamilton/Integral City monthly for our free zoom Views from the Balcony – 8am BST – 2nd Wednesday of month: July 15, August 12, Sept. 16, Oct. 14, Nov. 18, Dec. 16.
Or join Beth Sanders/Nest City monthly for our free zoom Street Corner Visiting – – 8pm BST – 4th Tuesday of the Month. June 23 is the next visit.
Explore how Living Cities Russia is convening the VII “The Time of the Creators” online in Moscow, Izhevsk, Zverevo, Rome, Amsterdam and other cities June 20 – July 4, 2020. Click here for the schedule and details.