Thanks to the work of Ken Wilber and others, integral theory has begun to provide hundreds of thousands of people around the world with a new map for understanding the complex dynamics of just about every aspect of human consciousness and culture—from religion and spirituality to science, business, and politics. And the integral movement is growing. From its humble beginnings on the cultural and philosophical fringes, it has exploded in recent years with an international flowering of integral groups, conferences, academic programs, and individual practitioners who are trying to build the foundation for a whole new worldview.
In this series of interviews, EnlightenNext magazine’s Joel Pitney speaks to a philosopher, an entrepreneur, a community organizer, and a CEO about how each of them is applying the integral perspective to their work and what they think it will take to develop integralism into a full-fledged cultural and philosophical movement.
With the publication of his new book, Integral Consciousness and the Future of Evolution, philosopher Steve McIntosh has emerged as a leading voice on the integral frontier. In this clip, McIntosh gives an overview of the state of the integral movement worldwide and explores what he sees are the biggest challenges lying ahead.
British social entrepreneur Ewan Townhead is helping to start a web-based community, Integral Europe, as an organizing hub for integral activities, workshops, and networks globally. He gives the lowdown on the European integral scene and explains why he thinks that the integral movement is at a critical transition point in its development.
Jeff Salzman is the founder of the Boulder Integral Center, a 7,000-square-foot Lutheran church that has been converted into a lively community center for building integral culture. He speaks about what it takes to put integral theory into practice and lays out his unfolding vision for integral culture and leadership.
Calvin Phipps, CEO of EnlightenNext magazine’s parent organization. In this clip, he draws on fifteen years of experience as a close student of EnlightenNext founder Andrew Cohen. Phipps speaks about what he sees as the spiritual, philosophical, and institutional requirements for any organization to become a true leader in the integral movement.