I am Integral City.
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,
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,
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
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 …