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Spirit of Integral City - Global Oneness Day

Spirit of Integral City – Global Oneness Day

I tune into the heart-beat of the earth.

I receive impulse waves from the cosmos.

I exist in time and space and beyond both in Mystery.

I am Essence and I am Spirit.

I want to be linked with the Spirits of cities who are ready to light up the world as Indra’s Net.

I long for an honoring of the multi-dimensionality of place —

the different realms that co-exist in any location,

the historical roots of who and what came before,

the ongoing re-generative and generative expressions of place that are called “cities.”

To understand and recognize how to be ONE WITH ALL

I call to you to expand and use the Master Code:

Take care of yourself/ Take care of each other/ Take care of this place/

Take care of this planet/ Take care of the Whole/

Take care of the Totality

All-that-is expressed in all dimensions!

HO!

 


#ecointel #navigatingintel New Curating the Conditions for a Thrivable Planet – Systems Research & Behavioral Science – http://ow.ly/CSF62


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 Place.

… When we consider the complexity of hierarchies and centers that make up a city, it is easy to see why cities represent the pinnacle of human social emergence. With their concentration of human populations in focused time-space continuums, they require the most complex forms of social system management ever created. In addition the translation and transfer of the extensions of human systems into built form demands the most complex form of structural system management ever needed by life. 

Hamilton, M. (2008). Integral City: Evolutionary Intelligences for the Human Hive. Gabriola Island BC: New Society Publishers, p. 158

 

Equinox Reflections on the Tilt of Adaptiveness

Many observers of the human condition suggest that we are naturally resistant to change. Actually I think the exact opposite. The Earth is such a constantly dynamic home, that adaptation derives from our evolutionary lineages and is built right into our histories and daily lives. The combination of the Earth’s rotation around the sun, the presence of our moon, spinning its gravitational pull about the Earth and the axial tilt of the Earth’s spin keep every Earth-based system – including our cities – in constant flux. The September Equinox can serve to remind us of all this fascinating scientific information – or simply be a marker for northern and southern hemispheres, that indicates a shift in how we use that information to adjust our use of energy and matter.  Because during the Equinox the difference in daylight is much greater from one day to the next, in terms of our Places on the planet, the equinoxes seem to be times of far more rapid change in our relationship to the great cycles that impact us through sun, light and seasons. Thus it is not surprising that Equinox times somehow seem to heighten our senses to the “tilts” in our Life Conditions that make themselves known through our food systems and signal oncoming harvest season or spring planting. What’s tilting in your Place on this Planet?.

September Equinox: Thank, Remember, Celebrate Abundant Places

September Equinox opens us into a season of many Thanksgiving celebrations around the world. We remember the Places where we have put down our swords and have taken back our pens and ploughshares. We use the celestial signs to celebrate Islamic New Year, Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival, Hanukkah and Advent. And now we can even “ascend into the heavens” and view not only our home Place, but gain an overview (and overview effect) of the whole ofGoogle Earth from space. Which abundant Places could you thank?

Integral Life PlanetCity2

First World City Day October 31, 2014: Celebrate the Most Complex Human System

Two years ago, writing for Integral Life, I lamented:

When I look around the world at the many days we set aside as celebrations I am struck by a major omission. We celebrate the planet with Earth Day. Most nations celebrate a Nation … We celebrate causes such as Pride Day or recognize health awareness like Heart Month. We have Festival Days that vary with the geography and the season … We have drama festivals, sports festivals and ethnic celebrations … We have parades for Saints …Mother’s Day… and some places even have Family Day. But in a planet of cities, why don’t we have City Day for our individual cities??” (Read the whole article here.)

As if in answer to my plea, UNHabitat has created an opportunity for all cities to celebrate themselves on October 31, 2014. It turns out that, in 2013, the United Nations General Assembly during its Sixty-eighth session designated every 31 October, beginning in 2014 as World Cities Day.

World Cities Day is expected to promote global urbanisation, encourage cooperation among countries in meeting opportunities and addressing challenges in urbanization towards sustainable urban development. Read more about it here.

But I suggest that every city should use World City Day to celebrate itself as an important member of our Planet of Cities – with a parade through the four quadrants of the city, led by core representatives of the 4 City Voices (Citizens, Civic Managers, Civil Society and Business) , enlivened by street parties and culminated with celebrations in all the faith systems of the city (see my article for more details).

Because our cities are now repositories of so much wealth and complexity, they are precious and vulnerable living systems, whose existence deserves to be celebrated. This consciousness can contribute greatly to their future thriving and flourishing.

How will you celebrate your City-Place on October 31? How might you invite others to celebrate?

 

 

What is the Relationship between our Place in the Human Hive and Inner Work?

While in Budapest at the first Integral European Conference (IEC), Marilyn Hamilton was interviewed by Alex Howard of Conscious2 TV. They talked about her book Integral City, and the relationship between city life and inner work. Watch the Video of the interview here.

 

Marilyn Conscious2 re Human Hive

Some key points marked by the interview time include:

2:56 – Honey bees are most intelligent species of invertebrates on tree of life

3:43 – Humans are a very young species

9:44 – The 4 different voices of a city

13:35 – Creating a vision for a city at the grass roots

15:57 – What supports people in engaging more in their community?

18:12 – Agriculture has become an urban experience

20:00 – We have to create the conditions that allow us to align our intelligences

21:20 – We need to create a safe space for people to talk about what is in their hearts

23:40 – Listening is such a gift we can give each other

24:34 – Listen, respect and be open

 

How Does Integral Spiritual and Life Practice Cross-Train Us for Thriving in City Places?

Also at IEC Terry Patten (co-author of Integral Life Practice and a key Thought Leader forIntegral City 2.0 Online Conference) was interviewed by Alex Howard of Conscious2 TV. They explored how Terry sees life as a school that continually gives you the lessons you need until you learn them. Terry explains Integral Life Practice without jargon and comments on the value of “cross-training” the spirit and the body and hanging out with people who stretch your capacity to reflect on self and others. Watch the Video of the interview here.

 

How Can You Facilitate the 4 Voices to Engage and Enrich Place?

Last year we introduced our Learning Lhabitats to encourage the convergence of the 4 Voices of the City. (Read more about Learning Lhabitats here.) In order to strengthen and catalyze these Voices, Integral City has created a scaffold of learning modules to guide Practitioners, Catalysts and Meshworkers to gain skills and knowledge for waking up the “Integral City” that lies dormant in so many Places. This year, we are delighted to let you know about two programs being delivered by Integral City colleagues that further unpack the scaffold.

1. Learn to co-create places where there is just enough chaos to evoke collective wisdom, and just enough order to discover wise action.

This framing for training that engages self, other and places, comes from co-developer of the Learning Lhabitats, Beth Sanders and her team from Populus. They are delivering The Art of Hosting BIG Decisions While Looking After Self, Others and PLACE. This will take placeNovember 25-28, 2014 in Edmonton, Canada.

This program will teach participants how to ground yourself in the artistry of circle to:

Unveil and explore the choices and BIG decisions that you face in your life and work

• Learn hosting practices to engage self, others and places that lead to wise, intentional action

• Advance or evolve to a new level of expertise in leadership and co-creation

• Strengthen your presence and clarify your purpose

 

2. Cultivate authentic presence, clear purpose and agile perspective-taking.

We want to introduce you to our Integral colleagues, Rebecca Colwell, Diane Musho Hamilton, Cindy Lou Golin and Rob McNamara. They are offering the second Integral Facilitator® Certification starting October 29, 2014 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Integral Facilitator® is a 9 month professional training program in the advanced competencies of facilitative leadership and masterful facilitation, designed for leaders, facilitators, coaches, trainers and professionals working with groups.

By combining the core skills and techniques of masterful facilitation with leading insights from the fields of developmental psychology, integral theory and mindfulness practices in the Zen tradition, Integral Facilitator® provides core training for self-actualizing individuals who wish to unlock the subtleties of human interaction that can make a difference in waking up the Human Hive. Read details and how to register here.

 

Blog Series for Optimizing Integral City Impact, and Reinventing Cities

In this last quarter I have written 2 Blog series. The first explores the injunctions on Optimizing the Impact of Integral City Practices inspired by Dr. Roger Walsh at Integral Europe Conference; the second taps into the research of author, Frederic Laloux and what Reinventing Organizationssuggests for Reinventing Cities.

Here is a link for the series on Optimizing the Impact of Integral City.

Here is the link for Reinventing Organizations to Reinvent the City.

 

Celebrating “Place-focus” in the Coming Quarter of 2014

September 21 marks the start of what IC is calling the Place Quarter (from September 21 to December 20). What do you think of the new World Cities Day? How do plan to celebrate your city — whether that be as an individual, a family, an organization, a community, a Voice? Or????? We would love to learn from you how we can amplify the celebration of our Planet of Cities. Visit us at Integral City Collective on Face book LINK and post a short update or a photo.

 

Meshful Blessings for September Equinox from

Marilyn Hamilton and the Integral City Core Team

 

PS

Here are some resources for empowering Place in the Human Hive:

1. FREE video of Reinventing Organizations – delivered by Frederic Laloux

2. BY DONATION – download of Reinventing Organizations.

3. Register for the third Integral Living Room Oct 9-12, 2014 – Theme: COSMOS TO KOSMOS: An Integral Spacetime Odyssey. ILR plans to explore an awesome universe governed by natural forces such as gravity and electromagnetism, expanding them into the gravitational pull of goodness, truth and beauty, and the magnetism of attraction and love as forces we can work with to co-create a better world.

4. Download Podcasts of the interviews with the 12 Thought Leaders from Integral City 2.0 Online Conference 2012 (IC2OC). They explored Place through each of the Integral City Intelligences. Podcasts are available here at a 30% discount for Reflective Organ readers. Individual Thought Leaders can be downloaded for $10 each).

 

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Can you invent Tier 2 organizations without being embedded in an ecology/economy of Tier 1 organizations?

Spiral of Oranizations (Adapted from Spiral Dynamics, Beck & Cowan, 1996)

Dojos of Oranizations (Adapted from Spiral Dynamics, Beck & Cowan, 1996)

As I consider how Reinventing Organizations casts light on Reinventing the City, I am speculating that so-called Tier 2 organizations cannot exist without the competencies of the workers and capacities of the Tier 1 organizations in which they are currently and necessarily embedded.

All the organizations that Laloux explores have gained their capacities from the contributions of individuals who have learned basic skills and grown their capacities to organize, team, partner and collaborate in the Tier 1 system.

If we fail to recognize the essential “background” support of this ecological space (of the city) we will be blind to the functions offered by the city as a living system. The city is like a mega-dojo where players can learn their way through a series of organizational practices that earns them the privilege and freedom to articulate those competencies like a black-belt master (and thereby Reinvent Organizations). In most cities, a whole spectrum of Tier 1 organizations offer a series of dojos where players can learn the rudiments of reinventing themselves, their teams and organizational forms. If for no other reason than to gain the advantages of building on our skill sets we must thank the spectrum (and holarchy) of Tier 1 organizations that co-exist in our cities who accomplish these competency outcomes as a by-product of their existence.  (Thank you to families, sports teams, military and para-military organizations, professional associations, social networks, systems innovators, environmental invigorators, global connectors).

All living systems must be able to survive, connect with their environment and reproduce. (These are axiomatic to a circular economy). If we consider organizations to be living systems, then we must recognize the necessary and inextricable connections each organization has with all the other organizations and people that exist where they do business – especially because they provide the very context of (mostly) Tier 1 (and a few Tier 2) capabilities.

We cannot reinvent the city, if we do not respect the fundamentals of the circular economy and the dojos where the members of our human hive learn how to manage self, others, organizations and the city system as a whole.

 

This blog continues an exploration of what we can learn if we applied some of Laloux’s ideas from Reinventing Organizations to recalibrating the complexity of the city.


Eleven organizations contributed to the research behind the book Reinventing Organizations, by author Frederic Laloux.  If so few organizations passed the filter of Tier 2 qualifications will we have to wait centuries for enough organizations to mature to this stage before we can reinvent our cities?

Upside Down City

That is a sobering thought – and one that should motivate us to get on with the work of growing our capacities as individual leaders and redesigning our organizations so that we can expand the circles of care and thrivability from Tier 1 to Tier 2.

But the Integral City has three natural Strategic Intelligences that can accelerate the maturing processes of organizations and communities – the WE space of the city.

  1. Inquiry Intelligence opens us up to learning, discovery and innovation.
  2. Meshworking Intelligence creates the conditions where self-organizing capacities in the city combine with structuring capacities to create a scaffold that enables a hierarchy of complex organizations and individuals to co-create a resilient ecology.
  3. Navigating Intelligence gives us the systemic feedback that lets us know if we are proceeding in the right direction to achieve our Purpose (and correct our course of action in order to achieve our intended goals).

Reinvented Organizations can play special roles as actors, agents and catalysts of Strategic Intelligences within their cities of operation.

As Inquirers, they can take the lead in “calling the question” – How can we do this differently (e.g. redesign a mature neighbourhood). Who else should be here? How can we call the 4 Voices of the City into this conversation?

As Meshworkers, they can call together the 4 voices of the City (Citizens, Civic Managers, Civil Society, Business) and help other organizations, economic sectors and communities identify the Purpose that they serve in common. They can facilitate and/or call in facilitators who can help reveal the life conditions and align the values of the community for resilient outcomes.

As Navigators, they can co-create feedback loops that inform everyone of the city’s progress, through designing Vital Signs Monitors that track wellbeing and resilience for communities and the city.

If City Halls, as key organizations in the City Voices we call Civic Managers, choose to reinvent themselves, they can quicken the reinvention of the whole city. City Halls who reinvent how they conduct the business of the city, must draw on the Strategic Intelligences of an Integral City either implicitly or explicitly.  If you want to look at how one city has chosen to implement such a strategy to reinvent its mature neighbourhoods – look at how Strathcona has implemented Integral City Strategic Intelligences, engaging facilitators to engage the 4 Voices of the City to complete the groundwork that may incubate the reinvention of the city as a whole.

Pioneering projects like Strathcona Mature Neighbourhood Strategy, are necessary models, for us to learn the early stages of how applying Integral City Strategic Intelligences, in the service of reinventing organizational patterns can reinvent the city.

 

This blog continues an exploration of what we can learn if we applied some of Laloux’s ideas from Reinventing Organizations to recalibrating the complexity of the city.


What is an organic strategy?

 City Meshwork

Reinventing Organizations, author Frederic Laloux differentiates Tier 2 organizations from Tier 1 in the ways that they relate to strategy.

Tier 1 organizations interpret strategy from the perspective of a worldview that uses strategy to produce results. Strategy arises from intentions to produce profitable bottom lines. Priorities tend to be profit and productivity driven with a focus on producing returns for shareholders.

As Tier 1 organizations mature, they expand the beneficiaries of operation from shareholders to stakeholders. Stakeholders generally include clients, employees, suppliers and in the most progressive organizations, also the community. These progressive organizations often use forms of Balanced Scorecards to track the effectiveness and efficiency of their strategic intentions (using selective indicators to measure the attainment of targeted outputs and outcomes).

Successful Tier 1 organizations may grow their spheres of influence from local to regional to continental to global. But as Tier 1 organizations their strategies are primarily focused in the systems and structures of the Lower Right (LR) quadrant.

Organizations who mature into Tier 2 organizations build on this LR performance platform and expand the understanding and implementation of strategy so that it integrates all 4 quadrants of reality. These organizations wake up to the impact they have through “liberating their corporate soul”. They come to realize that their Values (Lower Left) forms their Vision (Upper Left) and in turn their Mission (Upper Right) and that all of these realities co-arise with the Systems and Structures (LR) that manifest their organizational contribution to the city, eco-region, nation(s) and world.

Tier 2 organizational strategy also aligns Purpose, Priorities, People and Planet in a vertical trajectory – so that each of these become foundational values systems that support and grow one another in not just a logical sequence but an organic complexity hierarchy. This alignment of organic values systems expands the context and the complexity of the strategy beyond being organization and market centred to being ecologically, globally and life centred. These Tier 2 organizations see their operations as organic contributions in service to Life on this Planet.

Reinventing Organizations traces the processes, structures and patterns that eleven Tier 2 organizations (operating as living systems) have discovered. Laloux proposes that such organizations have strategies that have arisen organically amongst the people inside the organization as well as amongst the stakeholders served outside the organization. These organizational (or organic) relationships enable a recalibration of the organizational stakeholders into “steward holders”. Steward holders operate from the principles of living systems and have the capacity to respond and adapt to changing life conditions in flexible and non-linear ways. Thus their organic strategies are not based on fixed methods and goals, but can and do express themselves as systems of co-creative response to life conditions.

If we want to reinvent cities as evolutionary, integral, living systems, can we imagine that possibility without reinventing core systems of organizations with Tier 2 capacities who co-develop organic strategies that enable steward holding not only for themselves as organizations but in service to the City and its Purpose? If we think of the Integral City itself as a living system, it is natural to consider that it would have “organs” – or organizations – that enable it to function as an organic living system (the most complex system yet created by humans).

If we follow the lessons of organic systems, then I think we can also consider that the fractal patterns from the Tier 2 organizations will be critical to the Integral City aligning its Purpose, Priorities, People and Planet capacities.  And the only way an Integral City can develop a strategy for thriving at this level of complexity is using the self-organizing intelligences of people and the stabilizing (but organic) strategies of Tier 2 organizations in relation to each other. We call such a dynamic but strategic relationship a meshwork.

 

This blog continues an exploration of what we can learn if we applied some of Laloux’s ideas from Reinventing Organizations to recalibrating the complexity of the city.


Reinventing Organizations at the second tier rests on a core organizational process that is centered on Purpose.

On Purpose Organizations - What if They Connected?

On Purpose Organizations – What if They Connected?

When organizations are seen as living entities within an evolutionary worldview, it is natural that they discover the Purpose that they are alive to serve. Organizationally they are answering the question: How does our organization serve what customers, located where, for what Purpose?

This Purpose emerges from fitting the organization’s function to serve a larger ecology of organizations. Such an ecology is usually called an “economy”, but from Integral City’s perspective this ecology is the city itself. The ecology is made up of the 4 Voices of the City dynamically interacting with each other as an evolutionary living system.

If we are using the fractal patterns of living systems to notice the scaling role of Purpose, we can see that at the micro-scale, individuals within the city also enact a Purpose. (We have written about the interconnections of Purpose, Passion, Priorities and Prosperity here.)

When we tap into the wisdom of living systems through the science of biomimicry, we can relate Purpose at the macro or city scale – what I call the “Human Hive” – to the function that the beehive serves within its eco-regional ecology. The beehive seems to have evolved the Purpose of pollinating and recycling the biological energy sources from which it gathers the raw ingredients (nectar and pollen) to produce the 40 pounds of honey that it needs to sustain itself.

Within the city, organizations emerge at the meso-scale, because individuals organize themselves to serve a Purpose together. At the second tier evolutionary stage, Laloux suggests that, the organization is not merely formed to work for efficiencies, effectiveness, productivity or social enterprise – but for a Purpose that is evolutionary.

Laloux proposes that organizations with a second tier Purpose act as if competition is irrelevant. So-called competitors – aka other organizations – have their own Purposes. All can co-exist in the organizational ecology/economy to pursue Purposes that support life.

We can notice organizations have entered this stage of evolution, when we see that most people in the organization are acting as sensors (to the inner and outer environments). They are asking the question – What is happening in here and out there that we need to be aware of? Individual actions are subsumed into large group processes – where collective intelligence can emerge and we discover that the multiple sensors, sensing each other, expand the base of intelligence that we work from.

Within organizations who are operating on Purpose, individual inner intelligence-processes are encouraged and enabled through shared cultural practices like meditations, guided visualizations, visioning and values discoveries.

At the same time the organization becomes spontaneously able to respond to requests and prompts from the outside world. This happens at every level of the organization because the Purpose is a shared intelligence throughout the organization.

When I consider the possibility of many organizations working on Purpose within a city, it becomes conceivable that they might work together towards an even higher Purpose. What would happen if many organizations within the city, discovered they could embrace a Purpose for the city itself?

What are the evolutionary stages that individual cities progress through in order to discover that they serve an evolutionary Purpose that might be in service to the whole Planet (and in fact, a whole Planet of cities)?

Can we reinvent cities to serve such a planetary life-giving Purpose, without Reinventing Organizations with a Purpose, who then connect with each other through a group Purpose, as a necessary precursor to seeding On-Purpose cities?

 

This blog continues an exploration of what we can learn if we applied some of Laloux’s ideas from Reinventing Organizations to recalibrating the complexity of the city.

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