9-11 plus one, the day after passenger jets slam into the World Trade Towers and the Pentagon. What would you do? Mobilize for war, or search for another solution? This dramatic scenario sets the stage for this Voices from the Edge talk by Dr. Don Beck.
In response to his own question, Dr. Beck outlines the theory of Spiral Dynamics and its six value-memes, or fundamental levels of development common to all human societies. He then discusses his twelve postulates, practical guidelines for applying the theoretical model in order to generate powerful, integral solutions.
Using examples such as the AIDS crisis in sub-Saharan Africa, the ongoing Palestinian-Israeli conflict, and the global threat posed by religious extremism, Dr. Beck charts a bold path of macro-scale geopolitical transformation. Not only does he illustrate the hopeless tragedy of nationalistic, racial, and partisan politics, he also proves that effective, creative, and lasting alternatives exist if we have the vision to find them and the resolve to put them into action.
Recorded on: 9/30/2004
Social and Cultural Evolution