Roger Walsh - The State of the Integral Enterprise. Part 1: Current Status
October 07, 2009 14:32
The State of the Integral Enterprise. Part 1: Current Status
Roger Walsh and Ken Wilber
Duration: 48 minutes
Full article here
This article and dialogue is the first in a series of offerings from the Journal of Integral Theory and Practice, to be published every month for free here at Integral Life. Given Roger’s stature in the Integral community (one of our wise elders, we might say) we thought it would make sense to begin this feature with his work.
The State of the Integral Enterprise is the headline article in the latest edition of JITP, based on Roger Walsh’s keynote address at the 2008 Integral Theory Conference. At the conference, Roger was asked to provide some reflective comments that would help the field see itself, especially its blind spots and shadow. Roger delivered in spades! Not only were his points and illustrative stories poignant, but he also gave a dynamic and entertaining delivery. (It turns out he spent some time as a stand-up comic. Who would have guessed?). He covers topics that will interest the entire Integral Life community, including how we can optimize the impact of integral ideas, fighting developmental complacency, and the traps that await us at each stage. Read the full article below, or click here to download.
Here Ken and Roger discuss Part 1 of Roger's article, Current Status and Potential Traps, in which he identifies nearly a dozen pitfalls that we are likely to fall into at one point or another. By becoming more aware of these individual and collective dynamics, we can work together to address and minimize them.
The second part of his article, Key Ideas for a World at Risk, will be available next month. Here Roger shifts his attention from helping us look at ourselves as a community to helping us engage with the world as integral practitioners. He offers a wonderful set of distinctions (e.g., perspectival range) and practices (e.g., transforming motivation) to support each of us in responding to global crises. Stay tuned!
The Fall 2009 edition of the Journal of Integral Theory and Practice is now available!
Roger Walsh opens the issue with an honest look at the strengths, flaws, and current status of the Integral enterprise. He covers topics that will interest the entire Integral Life community, including how we can optimize the impact of integral ideas, fighting developmental complacency, and the traps that await us at each stage.
Elsewhere in the issue, authors explore Integral Politics (ranked choice voting, diversity maturity), Integral Art (music performance and pedagogy, journaling), Integral Recovery (alcohol and drug treatment), Integral Philosophy (Buddhist ethics in Habermas and Wilber), and Integral Psychology (death construct, channeling). Click here to read Sean Esbjörn-Hargens’ editorial introduction.
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