Evolution Intel Impacts City Purpose

The relevance of evolution intelligence to the whole field of city wellbeing influences how the city develops its purpose, identity, vision, values, cultural relationships and even its infrastructures.

When a city can be aligned around core evolutionary values in an explicit way (like storytelling instead of non-inclusive city planning practices) it can more easily sustain quality of life for all citizens. Cities like Curitiba, Vancouver and Songpa improve quality of life by aligning qualitative and quantitative sustainability indicators

Now What? Three simple rules can be proposed for applying Integral City Evolution Intelligences:

  1. Expect the unexpected.
  2. Pay attention to the rules of city intelligences.
  3. Enable emergence and resilience by transcending and including integral capacities at all levels of complexity.

Finally evolution intelligence requires that we practise a Master Rule:

  • Take care of yourself.
  • Take care of each other.
  • Take care of this place.


This blog is a prologue to the Integral City webinar conference  City 2.0 Co-Creating the Future of the Human Hive . We are inventing a new operating system for the city.  Click to get more details re the Free Expo and eLaboratory membership  scheduled September 4-27  2012. You are invited to attend and participate.

By |2017-04-07T02:57:31+00:00August 30th, 2012|E. Evolutionary Intelligences, Master Intelligence|7 Comments

About the Author:

HI I am the Founder of Integral City Meshworks Inc. and Chief Blogger. Working with cities and eco-regions, I ‘meshwork’ or weave people, purpose, priorities, profits, programs and processes to align contexts, grow capacity and develop strategies for sustainability and resilience in the Integral City. You can read more details about me here http://integralcity.com/about/about-the-founder/


  1. Glisten October 12, 2012 at 6:06 am - Reply

    Hi Marilyn, could you expand on the point “Pay attention to the rules of city intelligences” please? I would like to know how these rules are ascertained and what city intelligences might be defined as.

    • Marilyn Hamilton October 12, 2012 at 1:11 pm - Reply

      You can read all about the intelligences if you go to the website George points to in the comment above. Also if you click on the Tag eLaboratory you will find this blog will produce a series of blogs where I explore each intelligence in more detail than on the website. fyi the “rules” are the 3 Principles that I identified for each intelligence. They unpack the Principles of Living Systems identified in this blog http://marilyn.integralcity.com/2012/05/30/principles-for-living-intelligently-in-a-healthy-city/

      • Glisten October 14, 2012 at 1:41 am - Reply

        Thank you Marilyn and George for this 🙂

  2. George Por (@technoshaman) October 12, 2012 at 10:52 am - Reply

    I think Marilyn referred to the 12 intelligences she outlined with the interactive diagram on the upper right corner of this page: http://www.integralcity.com/ .

  3. Glisten October 14, 2012 at 1:46 am - Reply

    One more question, does the eLab currently exist? I mean, does it have a url and if so is there a process to access it?

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