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I am Integral City.

Web of Conversations

Web of Conversations

I am a web of constant, connecting, mysteriously transformative conversations,

manifesting the 12 City Intelligences,[i] amongst my 4 voices[ii]

citizens, government, organizations, and businesses.

Some people align towards,

others resist,

co-creating a more beautiful and sustainable world.

Worldviews expand from self, to city, to world, then kosmocentric embrace,

honoring life-giving values,

redesigning ways for all my voices to relate

as they reshape systems

in the ecology of thoughts

as it evolves into greater intelligence and caring.

 

Some of my voices are Meshworkers,[iii]

asking in their connecting conversations:

“What dissolves or bypasses barriers and opens flow for life-giving change?”

They see specific potentials for more intelligence and evolution into a beautiful future.

They connect increasingly with one another and with Peer Spirits in and beyond Integral City

into the Planet of Cities.

They design new systems

through collective intelligence,

building new capacities in all my voices,

unblocking stuck systems,

and co-creating solutions

which embody within me,

Integral City,

Gaia’s desire for resilience.

~~~

This essay is part of a collection of dialogic essays written to celebrate the New Story of the City. We publish them in the week of the first World Cities Day (October 31) having first been inspired by by Kosmos Journal‘s invitation to tell a new story. Our team of Integral City Constellation Voices, Peer Spirits and Essayists includes: Joan Arnott, Alia Aurami, Cherie Beck, Diana Claire Douglas, Marilyn Hamilton, Linda Shore

The Voices in this dialogue are: Spirit of Integral City, Gaia, Integral City, Peer Spirits, Communities of Practice.

Each  voice is introduced by the Stage Directions:

Welcome, Connecting One(s), to this sapient circle. We gather here to constellate Indra’s Net for our Planet of Cities around this question “How does Integral City Connect for Change in Service to a Planet of Cities?” ( first asked by Kosmos Journal).  Welcome to you, Peer Spirits, who long to connect to the City and her Communities of Practice, to Gaia, and to Spirit who energizes us all. Listen …Integral City speaks …

 

Endnotes:

[i] Integral City 12 Intelligences

[ii] 4 voices of Integral City

[iii] Meshworking Intelligence practiced by the Hague Center’s Anne-Marie Voorhoeve


Cities are the most complex, diverse, and novel human construction. I love them.

Gaia Whispers

Gaia Whispers

 

At the most basic level, cities are made of zillions of tiny connections:

the interactions of people conducting their lives in them.

It makes me feel so alive!

Exhilarating!

In Humanity’s New Story, city-zens live better when they connect for change on behalf of the city itself.

Integral Cities will have the greatest contribution to the Great Turning[i] when they connect to each other,

generating health and wellness for nations, eco-regions, and for me.

 

Cities are where everything connects to everything else,

poli-laterally.

Look all around, then ask:

Who is able, ready and willing

to connect to whom,

living where,

to change from what to what,

in order to generate value

flowing to which stakeholders,

located where?[ii]

Listen carefully; I’ll be whispering the answers.

~~~

This essay is part of a collection of dialogic essays written to celebrate the New Story of the City. We publish them in the week of the first World Cities Day (October 31) having first been inspired by by Kosmos Journal‘s invitation to tell a new story. Our team of Integral City Constellation Voices, Peer Spirits and Essayists includes: Joan Arnott, Alia Aurami, Cherie Beck, Diana Claire Douglas, Marilyn Hamilton, Linda Shore

The Voices in this dialogue are: Spirit of Integral City, Gaia, Integral City, Peer Spirits, Communities of Practice.

Each  voice is introduced by the Stage Directions:

Welcome, Connecting One(s), to this sapient circle. We gather here to constellate Indra’s Net for our Planet of Cities around this question “How does Integral City Connect for Change in Service to a Planet of Cities?” ( first asked by Kosmos Journal).  Welcome to you, Peer Spirits, who long to connect to the City and her Communities of Practice, to Gaia, and to Spirit who energizes us all. Listen …Gaia speaks …

 

Endnotes

[i] Great Turning by Joanna Macy

[ii] Adaptation of Change Equation developed by Dr. Don Beck, co-author, Spiral Dynamics


We are Peer Spirits learning to read five Maps[i] of Integral City’s Intelligences and dance with her Communities of Practice.

Peer Spirits in the Dance

Peer Spirits in the Dance

Apart, we situate our connections in the city as mentors[ii] to individual growth;

as coaches[iii] to holarchic relationships between individuals and groups;[iv]

as facilitator[v] for fractal synergetics of micro, meso and macro capacities;

as reinventors of complex organizational structures;[vi]

and as amplifiers of spirituality.

Together, our evolutionary intelligence is growing a Field of Integral City Practice

where life-giving leaders and organizations design integrality into cities.[vii]

We create habitats where 4 City Voices and indigenous people

integrate values, visions and strategies for new generations.[viii]

Permaculture elders[ix] reflect living dynamic patterns in community and neighborhood strategies.[x]

We connect in constellations[xi] of energy-sensitive adepts

bringing the ashram into the marketplace[xii]

as we connect to Integral City’s Communities of Practice.

~~~

This essay is part of a collection of dialogic essays written to celebrate the New Story of the City. We publish them in the week of the first World Cities Day (October 31) having first been inspired by by Kosmos Journal‘s invitation to tell a new story. Our team of Integral City Constellation Voices, Peer Spirits and Essayists includes: Joan Arnott, Alia Aurami, Cherie Beck, Diana Claire Douglas, Marilyn Hamilton, Linda Shore

The Voices in this dialogue are: Spirit of Integral City, Gaia, Integral City, Peer Spirits, Communities of Practice.

Each  voice is introduced by the Stage Directions:

Welcome, Connecting One(s), to this sapient circle. We gather here to constellate Indra’s Net for our Planet of Cities around this question “How does Integral City Connect for Change in Service to a Planet of Cities?” ( first asked by Kosmos Journal).  Welcome to you, Peer Spirits, who long to connect to the City and her Communities of Practice, to Gaia, and to Spirit who energizes us all. Listen …Peer Spirits speaks …

 

Integral City Peer Spirits 

[i] Integral City Map 1, Map 2, Map 3, Map 4, Map 5

[ii] Dr. Roger Walsh

[iii] Integral Coaching Canada

[iv]  Stagen

[v]  Integral Facilitators™, 10 Directions

[vi] http://www.reinventingorganizations.com/

[vii] Integral Sustainable Designer, Mark DeKay

[viii] Greg Massey and Gary Batton, Durant

[ix] http://www.patterndynamics.net/

[x] Strathcona Mature Neighbourhood Strategy facilitated by Beth Sanders and Dnyanesh Deshpande 

[xi] Systemic Constellation Work & Knowing Cities

[xii] http://www.thomashuebl.com/en/


What paradigms might best guide humanity’s Communities of Practice around connecting global and local conversations about change?

Indra's Web

Indra’s Web

Why do we connect? We value connecting and intend to connect.

Whom do we connect with? Knowing our values, and understanding our purpose and our world, illuminate relevance.

How do we connect well? We constantly evolve practices for connecting productively, so similarities and differences are used for synergy, not antagonism. We walk our talk. We empty. Only then can we listen and receive from others, yet we bring the fullness of our knowledge and experience, allowing connecting to re-form us.

How does connecting happen? We trust the Flow of planetary transformation, via our intuition and synchronicities, to foster best connections.

How do we strengthen our connecting? Beyond brushing-elbows connecting, beyond transacting/exchanging, beyond cooperation, or collaboration, beyond even synergy, is I-Thou connecting. All serve planetary change. Beyond even that, in creativity and power for enacting change, is an Emergent High-Consciousness Collective Intelligence Field,[i] a Whole, an ecology of conversations about changes within our Human Hive, reflecting on Gaia’s Self.   The mystery of our Invisible Field of Integral Cities constellates us as global connections in Indra’s Net.

~~~

This essay is part of a collection of dialogic essays written to celebrate the New Story of the City. We publish them in the week of the first World Cities Day (October 31) having first been inspired by by Kosmos Journal‘s invitation to tell a new story. Our team of Integral City Constellation Voices, Peer Spirits and Essayists includes: Joan Arnott, Alia Aurami, Cherie Beck, Diana Claire Douglas, Marilyn Hamilton, Linda Shore

The Voices in this dialogue are: Spirit of Integral City, Gaia, Integral City, Peer Spirits, Communities of Practice.

Each  voice is introduced by the Stage Directions:

Welcome, Connecting One(s), to this sapient circle. We gather here to constellate Indra’s Net for our Planet of Cities around this question “How does Integral City Connect for Change in Service to a Planet of Cities?” ( first asked by Kosmos Journal).  Welcome to you, Peer Spirits, who long to connect to the City and her Communities of Practice, to Gaia, and to Spirit who energizes us all. Listen … Communities of Practice speaks …

 

Endnote:

[i]  https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B-bjccwO4tuIcEkySWRaUlVBSE0/edit

 

Links to Peer Spirits and Communities of Practice

  1. http://integralcity.com
  2. Master Code described in Chapter 12 of Integral City: Evolutionary Intelligences of Human Hive draws on code of conduct used by a New Zealand school principal learned during Berkana Community of Conversations.
  3. Great Turning by Joanna Macy
  4. Adaptation of Change Equation developed by Dr. Don Beck, co-author, Spiral Dynamics
  5. Integral City 12 Intelligences
  6. 4 voices of Integral City
  7. Meshworking Intelligence practiced by the Hague Center’s Anne-Marie Voorhoeve
  8. Integral City Map 1, Map 2, Map 3, Map 4, Map 5
  9.  Roger Walsh
  10. Integral Coaching Canada
  11. Stagen
  12. Integral Facilitators™, 10 Directions
  13. http://www.reinventingorganizations.com/
  14. Integral Sustainable Designer, Mark DeKay
  15. Greg Massey and Gary Batton, Durant
  16. http://www.patterndynamics.net/
  17. Strathcona Mature Neighbourhood Strategy facilitated by Beth Sanders and Dnyanesh Deshpande 
  18. Systemic Constellation Work & Knowing Cities
  19. http://www.thomashuebl.com/en/
  20. https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B-bjccwO4tuIcEkySWRaUlVBSE0/edit
  21. Integral City: Evolutionary Intelligences of Human Hive, p.267

Spirit of Integral City … I am ONE:

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!

 

~~~

This essay is part of a collection of dialogic essays written to celebrate the New Story of the City. We publish them in the week of the first World Cities Day (October 31) having first been inspired by by Kosmos Journal‘s invitation to tell a new story. Our team of Integral City Constellation Voices, Peer Spirits and Essayists includes: Joan Arnott, Alia Aurami, Cherie Beck, Diana Claire Douglas, Marilyn Hamilton, Linda Shore

The Voices in this dialogue are: Spirit of Integral City, Gaia, Integral City, Peer Spirits, Communities of Practice.

Each  voice is introduced by the Stage Directions:

Welcome, Connecting One(s), to this sapient circle. We gather here to constellate Indra’s Net for our Planet of Cities around this question “How does Integral City Connect for Change in Service to a Planet of Cities?” .  Welcome to you, Peer Spirits, who long to connect to the City and her Communities of Practice, to Gaia, and to Spirit who energizes us all. Listen … Spirit of Integral City peaks …

 


#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).

 

Newsletter Published Quarterly by Integral City Meshworks Inc.#601-2825 Clearbrook Rd., Abbotsford, BC, V2T6S3. Send us an email if you wish to subscribe to the Newsletter and for occasional updates: newsletter@integralcity.com

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