City-zen-tricity: 4 City Voices Occupy Learning Lhabitat at ITC2013

At the Integral Theory Conference 2013,  Integral city presented our (award-winning!!) paper and session on City‐Zen‐Tricity:

Learning Lhabitat

Learning Lhabitat

Going beyond merely presenting the paper (see the Abstract below) Integral City Stewards, Marilyn Hamilton and Beth Sanders, with Alia Aurami … facilitated a Learning Lhabitat for participants to learn about the 4 Voices of the City. The following 4 Blogs will share how each voice saw themselves – and how each voice learned about the other voices in the Integral City Quadrants – Cityzen UL); Civic Manager (UR), Civil Society (LL); Business (LR).

After having worked in small groups, the closing circle of 4 City Voices shared that they gained profound insights about the voices that they don’t normally occupy.

Beth Sanders captured the essence of the participant sharings from the Closing Circle with this poem:

Integral City Breath

Overwhelming value
in balance, stepping
in to a sense of city
in community
where the subtle
and not so subtle
colour breathes


with the interior unstuck
voices in dialogue
consciously diverse
explore, appreciatively
the beauty of uniqueness
of an integral city technology
of evolutionary role


Abstract of Paper

Marilyn Hamilton, joined by Beth Sanders,  recorded the story of a global month-long webinar and action research inquiry about a new operating system for the city – a Director’s cut of how a multi-national-gender-generational team unfolded an evolutionary mission using Integral City’s master code: “take care of self, other and place”. We revealed what it takes to operationalize a Kosmocentric vision for a conference: non-local partnership, worldcentric curriculum development and city-centric relationships. Kosmopolitans unveil the collective intelligence that emerged at every stage of the project and that is now emerging local and online Learning habitats. You may order the mp3 recording from the ITC2013 website (and/or access the presentation paper there and in the forthcoming Journal of Integral Theory and Practice – where it will be published.)

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. AmplifyDivine LightinAllChurch August 9, 2013 at 6:54 am - Reply

    thank you for acknowledging my contribution — whatever it was, LOL — to the presentation in this blog, Marilyn.

    Love, Alia

    *Co-Creating Our Ideal Lives and World via the Law of Grace* * * *Rev. Alia Zara Aurami-Sou, Ph.D.* Author, *Sexuality

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