“People need stories more than food to stay alive.” (Barry Lopez) That observation has always been one of my favourite insights into the depths of human nature. When I review the epic voyage to 10 cities (BC Canada: Delta, Vancouver, Mission, Abbotsford; Scotland: Findhorn, Edinburgh; India: Auroville, Chennai, Agra, Delhi) in the last six [...]
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From the beginning of October to the middle of November, 2019, I travelled from Findhorn to Vancouver to Auroville India (with brief stops in Findhorn and Edinburgh on the way through) with visits to Chennai, Agra and Delhi before returning to home in Findhorn. I felt it was an epic journey – the [...]
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. … we ground the cycle of Place Caring and Place Making with an evaluation process that is itself a fractal of the cycle. In order [...]
Integral City Map 5: Spirituality in the City Map 5 conveys the qualities of spirituality in the city. Its zones of Grace, Space and Place reveal where the core spiritual values of Goodness, Truth and Beauty are manifested. The Kosmic addresses of these core spiritual values of the Integral City have both vertical [...]
Integral City Map 4: Complex Structures of Change Map 4 conveys the stages of structural organizational change in the city. Living human systems in the city are constantly adapting to life conditions. Adaptations arise from both external causes (like geo-climatic incidents) and from internal causes (like bio-psycho-cultural-social triggers such as economic shifts). Map [...]
Integral City Map 3: Fractal Relationships of Micro, Meso, Macro Social Holons Map 3 shows the city as a social holon. Its qualities are not summative but dynamic capacities that come from the unique contributions of each individual holon in the social grouping. Map 3 conveys how capacity development in an individual contributes [...]
Integral City Map 2: Nested Holarchy of City Systems The city as a human system is a nest of systems made up of centers (Alexander, 2004), holons (Koestler) or nested holons (Sahtouris, 1999). The systems have orders of complexity (as discussed above), so that the holons, wholes and centers are nested into holarchies [...]
Integral City has developed 5 maps to look at the city through lenses that are integral, evolutionary and living systems. The 5 maps form a system that actually shape-shifts from and to Maps 1 and 5. The set of maps looks like this. Each of these maps is described on the pages that are [...]
Integral City Map 1 This map shows how civilization in the city arises from both an individual/collective and interior/exterior expression (Wilber, 1995). The intersection of these two dimensions reveals four city realities that we can study through the sciences and label as set out in the table below. Human Perspectives, Domains of Knowledge [...]
My exploration of cities as Gaia’s Reflective Organs, rests on the assumption that our planet Earth is a living system – as proposed by James Lovelock, author of the Gaia Hypothesis. In the last few months I have gathered confidence that this perspective that our planet is a living system is now being shared [...]