Are metaphors useful when real life intrudes on their original power as a pattern framer?
Colony Collapse Disorder
For instance (almost a decade ago) when I coined the term “Human Hive” as a metaphor for the living, evolutionary human system of the city, it predated many life events that have since occurred. Perhaps the appropriateness for using this biomimicry term to look at the city as a living system is outdated? These days, when I share my ideas about the Human Hive, a series of particular events have become frequent challengers to thinking about the city in the terms of a hive metaphor. Those most disturbing events have become known as Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD).
This is the alarming phenomenon that is endangering the honey beehives. The result of the syndrome is simple enough to describe – the majority of the honeybees abandon the hive and do not return. They apparently lose their carrying capacity to sustain themselves, the hive and contribute to the wellbeing of their eco region (through pollination).Why honey bees do this is as mystifying as it is disturbing. Scientists do not have consensus on whether the fault is the neoconitide pesticides that were introduced in the last decade (and are now being made illegal in many countries); loss of diversity in the gene pool; mites; changes in the environment – both man-made and natural; loss of flower habitat; and/or all of the above.
However, Colony Collapse Disorder has not dissuaded me from considering apis millifera – the honey bee – a worthy teacher. (In fact, cities in the Middle East may well be going through the equivalent Human Hive disintegration, as migrants pour out of their borders and seek sanctuary in European cities?)
But one of my deep consolations, is that the bee as a species, is 100 million years old and has adapted to every geography on earth. Entomological evidence indicates that CCD has happened before and the trusty bee has survived, adapted and continued to thrive. The most recent recommendations I have read about treating CCD is for humans to stop interfering by applying technological solutions and let the most advanced species of the invertebrates – for that is what the honey bee is considered to be – to let apis mellifera get on with developing its own solution to CCD.
As human migrants swarm out of one endangered city or country they are creating life conditions where the Human Hives they target become endangered themselves because of their own lack of carrying capacity. But as homo sapiens sapiens is supposed to be the most intelligent vertebrate on earth I wonder what natural intelligence we must release in order to overcome and/or avoid the human version of Colony Collapse Disorder that our invertebrate cousins the bees are hopefully figuring out how to do? As a radical optimist I think I will continue with the Human Hive metaphor, confident that Life’s Evolutionary Intelligence can see us through.
(This blog is one of a series on Waking Up the Human Hive Beyond the Smart, Resilient City to the Integral City.)
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I am curious how many readers think of themselves as belonging to a Human Hive?
I wonder how many people reading this blog keep or have kept bees (or have seen beekeepers at work)? Or have a role that contributes to the wellbeing and functioning of the Human Hive? If you look at the beehive and the behavior of bees – as I have been doing in the last decade, you might notice that the patterns of surviving, adapting and thriving in the bee hive are similar to systems of interaction in the work that takes place in cities.
These patterns contribute to cities that are framed through different paradigms – including Smart Cities, Resilient Cities and Integral Cities. What the patterns have in common are that they are central to the functioning of the healthy Human Hive. In this blog series (on Waking up the Human Hive) I am going to explore the metaphor of the Human Hive to discuss the relationship between Smart Cities, Resilient Cities and Integral Cities.
I propose that the Human Hive has 4 key roles that contribute to its wellbeing. I think that wellbeing can be defined in terms of what I call the Master Code. We live this Master Code when we take care of our Selves, each Other, our Places and our Planet.
Later in this series I will explain how our Integral City Compass acts like a Global Positioning System to keep us aligned with the Master Code. Moreover it helps us see a natural evolution in the potential of any type of city – whether it be the Smart City or the Resilient City or the Integral City. Keeping the Master Code in mind as an evolutionary power source, I will suggest that we have a key indicator that actually helps us to recalibrate our cities so that the quality of life is optimized.
(This blog is one of a series on Waking Up the Human Hive Beyond the Smart, Resilient City to the Integral City.)
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Travel broadens the mind. And when we can’t do it in reality, a good movie or documentary can open perspectives and even create a longing to visit more exotic places in far reaches of the world. But with a little imagination we can bring a new appreciation for the beauty goodness and truth that surround us at home.
Exotic View of Sunset Ablaze from Garden Park Tower, Abbotsford
Inspiring the Soul
I live in Garden Park Tower (located in Abbotsford, BC, Canada) an apartment building that is also a secured community which gives me sanctuary from a world of travel, tensions and intensity. Here I am inspired by the stunning ever-shifting watercolor views of Mount Baker, sunrises, and the beauty of nature that feeds my soul. I have come to love my quiet times of reflection and regeneration here, where the introvert in me recovers so that the extrovert in me can interact with the world.
Our neighbours in GPT, many of whom have lived here since it was built, 18 years ago, are respectful but not invasive or cloying. Remarkably the residence and society meetings are well managed and civilized – partly because of the wisdom of the original developers who dared to imagine a community that would serve the larger community. They helped create bylaws that maintain both structural standards and people respect. We have worked out ways of being together that include everything from weekly movie nights (with free ice-cream), to seasonal “faspa” social events, fitness classes, current affairs lunches, crafts fairs, Christmas Festival of Lights and volunteer recognition teas. We share and stock and maintain a community library, flower gardens and frequently organize ourselves into cleanup crews for the landscaping. Volunteers self-organize to help anyone who is in need. Monday and Saturday mornings in the Rose Room Coffee Shop are popular gathering places for coffee, fresh pastry and the latest news.
Engaging the Senses
My location is surprisingly quiet as it is over a park, distant enough from traffic that it is interesting to observe but not intrusive from a unit where I hear little from the neighbours. My husband enjoys the many “eyes on the streets” that he can watch on the balconies and windows in neighbouring buildings. And my own eyes feast on the dazzling city scape with four seasons of changing colours, textures, scents and bird calls. Safe from traffic, it is easy to walk around the neighbourhood and park paths through wildy corners of great cedars to Fishtrap Creek where geese and ducks tend their broods. I especially enjoy my regular ambles with walking buddies by nearby houses, forever in the process of re-building themselves, with garden surprises around most bends and mysterious paths through a maze of backyard trails.
Building on Diversity
GPT is a special community – located where the old neighborhood of Clearbrook displays signs in German and Punjabi as well as English. Within walking distance I can dine on Thai, Chinese, Indian, Greek, German, Japanese and Korean food. We are so lucky to have our “pocket” Garden Park, on a bus route and be close enough to Elwood Park and the Discovery Trail, where it is common to meet pedestrians of all ages, with pets, strollers, bicycles, canes and walkers. The dogs are generally friendly and add humour and character to the passing stream of people. The community and city work hard at being responsible in their investment for the upkeep of all our private and public assets and are generally appreciative of the privileged environment we steward.
So when I am tempted to dream for a distant vacation, a more exotic location or diverse culture, I really just need to wake up, step out, and fully enjoy the many delights of home. Here, beauty, goodness and truth all grace my soul, senses, community and environment with a daily flow of exotic life.
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Joining MetaIntegral’s Integral Theory Conference for its fourth international event (and sponsoring the conference for the third time) Integral City has designed Pop-Up Playgrounds for three lunch times on July 17, 18, 19. In Ballroom B (at Sonoma State University HUB) we are inviting 30 hearts and souls to Pop-Up for a “catalyzing” harvest in the Knowing Field.
Here are 10 Excellent Reasons for you to Pop-Up and harvest the conference that will get you out of your head and into your body and soul.
- AQtivate the Master Code at ITC 2015
- Discover impact that takes care of yourself, takes care of others, takes care of ITC2015, and takes care of home.
- Talking is allowed – and encouraged.
- Movement is expected – and modelled.
- Energy is invited – and amplified.
- Constellate your inner mental models and compare to outer AQtivating structures.
- Pose Burning Questions; don’t expect certain answers.
- Smash open the fruit of the pomegranate-of-expectations and discover the juice inside.
- Bring individual brilliance to a collective space and taste, speak, see, listen, and feel.
- Look for your natural and intentional fit in ITC Metatheory in our Integral City Playground.
We hope to see you any or all lunches – Friday, Saturday, Sunday at 1230-145pm. BTW – a Pop-Up Playground Lunchbox is included!!! In order to optimize the systemic constellation process we will limit participation to 30 catalysts (who are willing to participate experientially). So …first come, first constellated. See you at the Playground!
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What better way to celebrate Canada Day than to flash the fireworks of July 1 onto the 4 Quadrants of Canada’s cohort of Integral Leaders?
©2014 Aboriginal Nations Education, Greater Victoria School Board, BC, Canada
Artist Jamin Zurowski
Bear/UL. Wolf /LL. Raven/UR. Salmon/LR.
This Totem is a Gift used with permission on this Canada Issue. Please do reproduce without © Permission.
A whole Quadrivium of Integral Leaders were featured in the Integral Leadership Review – Canada Issue at the beginning of 2015. But the plenitude of contributors and the depth of their insights deserves a special reminder today.
Click here to read the Profiles of all the Authors of the Canada Issue – Integral Leadership Review
Here is the Table of Contents in the Canada Issue – with links to all the contributions – including the original 4 Quadrant aboriginal Totem artwork of the Cover (with poetry, thought pieces, research reports, organizational histories, pedagocial principles for teaching leaders, environmental and sustainability insights, inspiring quotations, in-depth interviews … and more):
1/15 – Cover
2/15 – Cover
1/15 – A Totem for Curating a Story of Leadership in Canada
2/15 – From Totem Guides and Lock Masters to World Legacy Light
1/15 – Marshall McLuhan
2/15 – Adrienne Clarkson, 26th Governor General of Canada (1999-2005)
1/15 – Lead Poem
Leadership Coaching Tips
1/15 – Leading Generative Change
2/15 – It’s not just what you do, but also how you think!
1/15 – Integral Coaching Canada with Laura Divine and Joanne Hunt
2/15 – Dialogic Development: a Conversation with Gervase Bushe
1/15 – Inching Towards Leaderless Leading
1/15 – Re-membering My Inherent Wilderness
1/15 – Is True Integral Leadership Possible?
2/15 – Deep Presencing: Illuminating New Territory at the Bottom of the U
1/15 – Building Water Leaders and Waterpreneurs
Julia Fortier and Karen Kun
1/15 – Giving birth to Authentic Leadership in Action
1/15 – A Circle of Aiijaakag, a Circle of Maangag: Integral Theory and Indigenous Leadership
1/15 – Integral Transformation of Value Chains: One Sky’s Integral Leadership Program in the Brazil Nut Value Chain in Peru and Bolivia
2/15 – How ARE We To Go On Together? Our Evolutionary Crossroads
Brian and Mary Nattrass
Continuous LearningContinuous Learning
1/15 – Integral Dispositions and Transdisciplinary Knowledge Creation
Sue L. T. McGregor
1/15 – The Long and Winding Road: Leadership and Learning Principles That Transform
Brigitte Harris and Niels Agger-Gupta
2/15 – From Practice to Praxis – as Transformative Education: Leading at the Integral/Professional Interface?
2/15 – Will the Next Buddha be a Sangha? Responding to the Call to Influence the Future of Collaboration
Rebecca Ejo Colwell
1/15 – The Pulse of Possibility – A Retrospective Review of the Work of Bruce Sanguin
2/15 – (Re)Joining the Conversation: Commenting on Integral Voices on Sex, Gender, and Sexuality: Critical Inquiries
Diana Claire Douglas
1/15 – Integral Design Leadership: Healthcare Design as Extraordinary Service: An Interview with Peter Jones
1/15 – 1. Forgotten Places
1/15 – 2. What’s It Gonna Take to Stay Awake?
1/15 – 3. Thank You
1/15 – 4. Build the Arks (King Kong Song)
2/15 – 1. The Mother
2/15 – 2. Human Family Tree
2/15 – 3. Superman
2/15 – 4. Switch it on
Notes from the Field
1/15 – Integral City Development in the Russian City of Izhevsk
We wish you a Happy Canada Day of Reading and Inspiration – with Gratitude to all the Integral Leaders in Canada.
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