Catalyzing a Community of Integral Activist-Practitioners
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Welcome to our first update on the Integral Revolution project, which we kicked off four weeks ago with the launch of IntegralRevolution.com and the publication of our “manifesto” Occupy Integral! in the web magazine Beams & Struts.
The project includes the book we’re writing titled The Integral Revolution: The Future of Consciousness, Culture, and Society in the Planetary Age — but what we ultimately envision goes beyond the book.
The Integral Revolution champions the idea that inner and outer transformation can unite with an evolutionary perspective to produce radical change in the world.
The Integral Revolution project aims to catalyze a global community of activist-practitioners who are passionate about both “being the change” and “doing the change” — individually and collectively, in ways big and small.
We are motivated not only by the urgency of addressing the many complex, escalating crises in our world, but just as importantly, we are practicing a deepening realization that we are already free in the stillness and spaciousness of radical consciousness; free to grow in awareness and love. AND — we’re inspired by the visionary idealism that believes we can co-create the more beautiful, true, good, and just world that our hearts intuit is possible.
We’re committed to introducing these perspectives and energies into the wider culture, where they can begin to transform our politics, our economies, and our ways of life. They must become what we not only think and talk about, but also what we practice. And not just within the “integral community,” but much more broadly.
Of course, millions of people around the world are already waking up and rising up. They’re also getting down to earth and down to business. We aim to tell a story that weaves together the essential truth and value of these diverse movements, from local sustainability and resilience initiatives, to global, digitally-connected meditation sanghas; from innovative entrepreneurs shifting the system from within, to non-violent protesters challenging it at the edges.
We refuse to embrace a limited, partial, one-sided view of “the Revolution.” From an integral perspective, we see these countless movements, projects, and experiments as necessary and vital — all are part of the larger story of our emergent humanity in the 21st century.
Occupy Integral! was our way of starting the conversation. We wrote this piece specifically for a core, integral audience—and it seems to have struck a nerve. To date, the original post has generated over 160 comments! Many are supportive and insightful; some are critical and challenging; others are poetic and stirring. We've been following and participating in the discussion around the web, and couldn't be more encouraged by the passion, intelligence, and creativity that so many have voiced in response.
The article was also cross-posted on IntegralLife.com, where another spirited conversation has ensued. Jeff Salzman and David Riordan also discussed #OccupyIntegral in a recent episode of their Daily Evolver podcast series, which is well worth a listen.
In addition, Marco was recently a featured “conversation starter” on an OccupyCafe.org “Vital Conversations” call. Meanwhile, Terry has been continuing his Beyond Awakening online interview series, with recent guests including John Hagelin, Drew Dellinger, and Charles Eisenstein.
Finally, Brett Thomas just published an in-depth interview with us for IntegralThinkers.com. In it, we expand on some of the themes and questions raised in Occupy Integral, including further thoughts on what’s “really happening” in the world at this time, and how the integral community can play a role in the emergence of a truly planetary culture.
So what’s next?
First, we’re in the process of writing the book, and hope to share some excerpts in a few weeks. We’ll be very interested in receiving your feedback on that new material.
We’re also gearing up to publish new posts to our blog, including guest posts from authors who have contacted us to share their perspectives. We'll let you know when those are up.
We’re also considering ways to deepen the conversation in real time through conference calls and other virtual forums. In fact, a small group led by Eric Troth has already formed to explore these possibilities. If you're interested in participating, please sign up here.
Finally, the question of community, collective action, and what might be called the "integral commons" has been on our minds — and will be the topic of a future article. Toward that end, we’d like to close with a few questions and invite your response.
- What do you see as the future of integral community?
- How do you see the global integral community making a positive contribution to a planetary revolution?
- What do you see as your personal role, passion, or gift in co-creating a more beautiful, true, good, and just world for all?
Please post your response in the comment thread below.
In the coming weeks and months, we will be exploring ways to deliver on the promise of an "integral revolution" in collaboration and community. Beyond our book and specific offerings, we sense that something larger wants to emerge — perhaps a true sangha of integral activist-practitioners, relating to each other as peers, colleagues, and dare we say, “comrades” ;)
One last note: As our projects pick up steam, Terry is looking to hire a part-time, high-performance team member with executive assistant, project management, copywriting, computer, communications, and organization skills. Ideally, this would be someone excited about helping inspire a larger community of participation. If you’re qualified and interested, or know of an amazing person who is, please contact Terry through his website.
Thank you. We really appreciate your interest and support, and look forward to continuing the conversation!