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Integral Voices

Evolutionary Conversations on Culture and Consciousness

Speakers in this conversation series include Jean Houston, Thomas Hübl, Jeff Salzman, Aftab Omer, Terry Patten, Duane Elgin, Roger Walsh, Don Beck, Susanne Cook-Greuter, Allan Leslie Combs, Ole Vadum Dahl, Theo Dawson, Charles Eisenstein, Geoff Fitch, Bence Gánti, Lakia Green, Gary Hampson, Gail Hochachka, Joel Kreisberg, Frederic Laloux, Thomas McConkie, Terri O'Fallon, Bert Parlee, Carter Phipps, Venita Ramirez, Matthew Rich-Tolsma, Darcy Riddell, Beena Sharma, Zachary Stein, Linda Sussman, Zachary Van Rossum, Claire Zammit and many others.

Each occasion will feature live conversations or panel discussions, including live Q&A. You can listen to the conversation live by webcast, or you can listen to the recordings at a later date.

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PREVIOUS CONVERSATIONS:

Conflict, Truth, and Communication: Bringing people together in an Age of Fracture
Monday, June 13, 2016
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. PT

Conversation with Rebecca Colwell, Cindy Lou Golin, Diane Musho Hamilton, Rob McNamara

What is the role of "truth" and "truth claims" in conflict and the facilitation of resolution? It has been claimed that we live in a "post-truth" public sphere, where expectations of truth telling are declining, and fact is nearly indistinguishable from fiction. Increasingly, as diversity and distributed networks replace cultural homogeneity, conflicts between perspectives, values, and resources proliferate. This live conversation featuring faculty from the Integral Facilitator professional training program, will explore distinctions and questions that illuminate and enliven our understanding of these issues. We will explore topics and questions including:

  • Are there many truths? Is there “the” truth?
  • How do we deal with conflict when both sides claim to have the "truth," but these truths are conflicting?
  • How do we distinguish between “material” and “immaterial” conflicts? Why is this helpful?
  • How is our exploration of conflict and truth enhanced by an understanding of power dynamics?

rebeccaRebecca Colwell is the co-founder of the Integral Facilitator program and CEO of Ten Directions. For over thirty years she has been facilitating and inspiring others to practice facilitative leadership and meet the challenges of a wide range of cultural and social issues. Over the last two decades, Rebecca has become a well-known innovator for design and facilitation of multi-stakeholder strategy development and multi-disciplinary projects that cross organizational boundaries in public, private and not-for-profit sectors in North America. She has led many “firsts” in system and organizational initiatives related to better futures for health, energy, design in business, culture production, natural and cultural heritage, and economic development. Rebecca’s warm, playful and irreverent style is grounded in her deep trust of what is, and a tenacious curiosity about what might be possible. As a certified Integral development coach, she offers this presence and perspective to developing leaders and leadership teams.

cindyDr. Cindy Lou Golin is a life coach, executive coach and business consultant with over 15 years experience in the field of personal and organizational growth. She served as faculty at Integral Institute and in the Integral program at John F. Kennedy University, teaching online experiential graduate courses on Integral Life Practice and Shadow. Cindy Lou has a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology and a Master’s in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica. She has additional graduate degrees and certificates in counseling psychology, soul-centered leadership, spiritual science, and creative expression. Dr. Golin is a faculty member and coach in the Integral Facilitator Certificate Program.

dianeDiane Musho Hamilton is a uniquely gifted, playful, and awake group facilitator, consultant and teacher of Integral Spirituality and Zen. She is a lineage holder in the Soto Zen tradition, and has collaborated with the Integral Institute and Ken Wilber since 2004, developing the Integral Life Practice seminars and the Integral Spiritual Experience global events.
Diane is well known as an innovator in facilitating group dialogues, especially conversations about culture, religion, race and gender relations. She was the first Director of the Office of Alternative Dispute Resolution for the Utah Judiciary, where she established mediation programs throughout the court system. She is the recipient of several prestigious awards for her work in this area, including the Peter W. Billings Award and the UCCR Peacekeeper Award.
She has studied and practiced Buddhadharma for over 25 years, beginning at Naropa Institute in 1984 with the teachings of Choygam Trungpa Rinpoche. She was ordained as a Zen priest in 2003 and received dharma transmission from her teacher, Genpo Roshi, in 2006. She is a facilitator of Big Mind Big Heart, a process developed by Roshi to bring the insights of Zen to Western audiences. She is the author of Everything is Workable, published by Shambhala Press.

robRob McNamara is a leading expert on adult development and human performance. He is a Leadership Coach, the author of two books, Strength to Awaken and The Elegant Self, and has recently served as a Teaching Fellow at Harvard University. McNamara works with executives, professionals, and Olympic and professional world champion athletes through his private coaching practice. He is a faculty member and coach in the Integral Facilitator program pathway.

 

Integral Voices Berlin: A Dialogue on Sharing Worlds
Monday, May 2, 2016
9:00 - 9:45 a.m. PT

Conversation with symposium facilitators and contributors Elizabeth Debold, Mike Kauschke, Thomas Steininger, and symposium conveners Aftab Omer and Martin Michaelis

Take part in this online series of conversations building up to the Imagination and Social Healing Symposium in Berlin. The second conversation in this series will be a dialogue between symposium facilitators and contributors on Shared Worlds. This conversation is part of: Integral Voices: Berlin

Elizabeth DeboldElizabeth Debold, Ed.D., is the founder of One World in Dialogue, a virtual space for learning and cross-cultural connection from the emergent awareness of unity in diversity and diversity in unity. She is also one of the world’s foremost authorities on gender development and author of the bestselling Mother Daughter Revolution (Addison-Wesley, 1993; Bantam, 1994). For the past four decades, she has committed herself to the potential of an emergent consciousness that transcend and include deep social differences through her work as an activist, researcher, journalist, spiritual explorer, and transformative educator. She is currently on the Faculty of Education at Meridian University and an editor of the German-language evolve magazine. She lives in Frankfurt.

Kauschke.Mike BerlinMike Kauschke is managing editor of evolve magazine for consciousness and culture, and also works as a translator of books about an integral worldview and spiritual transformation. Mike Kauschke practiced and studied Zen-Buddhism with teachers in Europe and USA and worked in hospice care. He has studied integral theory and evolutionary spirituality for over 10 years and is a trained facilitator of the “emerge dialogue process”. www.evolve-magazin.de

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Thomas Steininger, Ph.D., studied philosophy at the University of Vienna, specializing in consciousness and social evolution using the work of Heidigger and Wilber. He worked for the Austrian Radio (OE1) and as a freelance journalist and is the founder of the German magazine, evolve. He also hosts the weekly web-broadcast, Radio evolve. Thomas taught at the Master’s program for Conscious Evolution at The Graduate Institute. He has pioneered the development of the Emerge Dialogue process, a new consciousness-aware collective process for creative engagement. www.evolve-magazin.de

 


Integral Voices Berlin: Introduction to the Imagination and Social Healing Symposium
Friday, April 29, 2016
10:00 - 11:00 a.m. PT

Conversation with conveners Aftab Omer and Martin Michaelis on the upcoming participatory symposium in Berlin

Take part in this online series of conversations building up to the Imagination and Social Healing Symposium in Berlin. The first conversation in this series will be with conveners Aftab Omer and Martin Michaelis. This conversation is part of: Integral Voices: Berlin 

 

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Aftab Omer, Ph.D. is a sociologist, psychologist, futurist and the president of Meridian University. Raised in Pakistan, India, Hawaii, and Turkey, he was educated at the universities of M.I.T, Harvard and Brandeis. His publications have addressed the topics of transformative learning, cultural leadership, generative entrepreneurship and the power of imagination. His work includes assisting organizations in tapping the creative potentials of conflict, diversity, and complexity. Formerly the president of the Council for Humanistic and Transpersonal Psychologies, he is a Fellow of the International Futures Forum and the World Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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Martin Michaelis is a licensed Mediator and Leadership Coach who works and lives in Berlin, Germany. He creates and facilitates programs for cultural change and leadership in organizations and post-conflict societies. He graduated in law at the University of Freiburg and in political science at the University of Mainz. Martin has worked as a mediator and lecturer in post-conflict societies including the South Caucasus region, Bosnia and Herzegovina among others. In addition he has trained judges in mediation in Egypt.

 

New Views on Leadership and Leader Development
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. PT

Conversation with Zak Stein, Theo Dawson, Clint Fuhs, Aiden Thornton

There has never been a time in which defining, practicing and developing leadership has been so important. The current Presidential race in the United States is a good case in point. What is leadership and where do we find it? Is the best leadership approach direct or subtle, simple or complex, decisive or flexible, focused or distributed? To what extent does context matter? In this conversation we bring together three experts in the field of leader and leadership development to share what they have learned about how leadership develops over time and which leader skills appear to matter most.

We will explore new research on perspective taking and seeking in leader decision-making, the limitations of behavior-focused initiatives relative to capacity building initiatives, and strategies for supporting the development of leader skills in everyday work life.

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Zachary Stein received his Bachelor’s from Hampshire College, and his Master’s and Doctorate from Harvard University Graduate School of Education. He is Associate Director of Assessment and Student Development and Chair of The Education Program at Meridian University. As a graduate student, Zak co-founded Lectica, Inc., a non-profit dedicated to promoting social justice through the reform of large-scale standardized testing, where he worked for over a a decade. Zak’s publications have bridged topics in the philosophy of education, neuroscience, developmental psychology, and psychometrics. He has recently completed a forthcoming book: Social Justice and Educational Measurement: John Rawls, the History of Testing, and the Future of Education (Routledge 2016). 

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 Theo Linda Dawson, Ph.D. (U.C. Berkeley, 1998) is the Executive Director of Lectica®, Inc. (a nonprofit assessment developer), and the founder of the DiscoTest™ Initiative. Dawson has developed the Lectical™ Assessment System and its electronic counterpart CLAS™, which are employed to construct formative, diagnostic, and standardized developmental assessments and learning resources for children and adults. Dawson is dedicated to delivering tools and resources that support optimal (and joyful) learning for everyone.

 

Fuhs ClintClint Fuhs, Ph.D., is the co-founder of Core Integral, Inc. and the former Executive Director of Integral Institute, Inc, where he has worked closely with American philosopher, Ken Wilber, over the last 13 years. Clint completed his MA in Organizational Management and Development and his PhD in Human and Organizational Systems at Fielding Graduate University. His research and publications span numerous topics including leadership and human development, social cognition, philosophy, semiotics, statistical methods, and systems approaches to organizational development.

thornton aidenAiden Thornton (PhD Candidate) has 20 years of global experience across Australia, Asia and Europe. During this time, Aiden has worked for top tier management consulting firms, large blue chip organisations and most recently as an independent scholar-practitioner. In these roles, he has led multi-million dollar projects impacting tens-of-thousands of people on a global scale. Aiden has deep experience working at an executive level across various industry sectors including financial services, consumer goods, engineering, mining, telecommunications and government. His core functional expertise has been in operating models, organisational design, transformational change, people strategy, leadership development and culture. Aiden has worked with Lectica since 2013, is Certified as a Master Lectical Consultant and co-facilitates the Lectical Accreditation Program. Aiden has tertiary qualifications in organisational psychology, philosophy of mind and philosophy of language and is now completing an interdisciplinary PhD which lies in the intersection of human development, leadership and systems science. Ultimately, Aiden is most passionate about creating conditions which support systemic health at all scales. For this reason, Aiden prioritises academic and consulting engagements that focus on building effective leadership systems. He is currently publishing a paper on integrative leadership which integrates all major insights from the science and practice of leadership from the past 100 years.

 


The Enneagram, Relationships, and Transformation: An Exploration
Friday, November 13, 2015
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. PT

David Daniels in conversation with Aftab Omer

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David Daniels, MD is clinical professor emeritus of psychiatry at Stanford Medical School, a leading developer of the Enneagram system, and co-founder of Enneagram Studies in the Narrative Tradition (ESNT) with Helen Palmer. He also is a co-author of the bestseller, The Essential Enneagram. In private practice for more than 40 years, David has taught the Enneagram system at Stanford, in the community and internationally for 25 years. He brings his knowledge of the Enneagram to individuals, couples and groups, and to a wide range of applications in clinical practice and the workplace. Visit David’s website www.drdaviddaniels.com and ESNT’s site www.enneagramworldwide.com.

 

 

Enneagram Studies: Psychological Structure and Spiritual States of Mind
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. PT

Helen Palmer in conversation with Aftab Omer

Helen Palmer 2015 Helen Palmer is an international bestselling author with books in 30 languages. A longtime teacher of academic psychology and intuitive perception, she co-founded the Enneagram Professional Training Program with David Daniels, MD in 1988. That work has since expanded into Enneagram Studies in the Narrative Tradition, which offers a curriculum and network of teaching sites in the U.S., Europe and Asia. Over time, Helen has taught at a wide range of academic, business and spiritual organizations including Harvard, John F. Kennedy University, Loyola Chicago, The Union Institute and University, The California School of Professional Psychology, and Integral Life. She is an elected fellow at the Institute of Noetic Sciences.
   
 

Integral We-Spaces: A New Context for Global Dialogue?
Monday, June 15, 2015
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. PT

Thomas Steininger and Elizabeth Debold

Thomas Steininger and Elizabeth Debold have each explored and developed “We practices” for over thirty years. They have undertaken radical experiments with social change involving consciousness raising practices for collective spiritual awakening to a “Higher We,” and new forms of conscious dialogue.

The question that they are asking is: How can our emerging capacity to shape collective spaces be used to heal the fragmentation between cultures? Over the past nine years, Steininger has developed a communication practice, called Evolutionary Dialogue, based in the awareness of our prior unity and motivated by the creativity that can emerge from diversity. Debold’s work has been to start from fundamental nonseparation to make transparent the patterns of domination and submission that form our gender and cultural identities, thus liberating the self to respond and be responsive in fresh, unexpected ways.

In this Integral Voices call, Steininger and Debold will have recently returned from a global dialogue event in India. They will share their experience of this meeting point between cultures to reveal the potentials and dangers inherent in such an encounter. Taking a self-reflective look at the successes and failures of this East-West dialogue, they will consider: What makes deep dialogue possible? What capacities do individuals need in order to participate together?

 
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Growing Up to Wake Up: Reconsidering the Later Stages of Adult Development
Thursday, January 29, 2015
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. PST

Conversation with Susanne Cook-Greuter and Terri O'Fallon

Two elders of the Integral Community, Susanne Cook-Greuter and Terri O’Fallon, will explore the later stages of adult development that many people are attracted to; some seem to want to wake up more than to grow up. Others want to grow up rather than wake up. Terri and Susanne both emphasize the importance of early and conventional stages in the process of the maturing human.

Terri is concerned with three primary areas: 1) healing shadow at all levels of development which supports a healthy embodied life at any level of development; 2) the integration of states and stages; and 3) repeating patterns that iterate from early childhood stages, to conventional stages, to later levels, which allows one to see the up-shifts that the body/mind/spirit revisits in healthy and unhealthy manifestations.

Susanne’s focus is on the integration of all levels in each individual. Her ego development theory describes the benefits of broader perspectives and the new suffering that accompanies transformation both during the process of growth and as a consequence of seeing, feeling and noticing more discrepancies, more injustice and more subtle ways to fool oneself with increasing awareness.

Some well-known stage theories idealize later stages, projecting upwards what should-be without actually having research beneath their stage descriptions. Some focus almost entirely on cognitive complexity. Although some cognitive capacity is necessary for understanding complexity and interdependence, both Susanne and Terri agree that being smart does not equate with developmental maturity and wisdom.

susanne cook greuter Susanne Cook-Greuter, Meridian Faculty, is a founding member of the Integral Institute and is considered a leading authority in ego development theory and structural text analysis. She received her doctorate from Harvard University. Susanne teaches worldwide, certifies professionals in developmentally-tailored coaching, and works with organizations to become sustainable, profitable, and human growth-centered using integral insights.
Terry O'Fallon Terri O'Fallon, Meridian Faculty, is a researcher, a coach, a spiritual director and has 52 years of teaching all age groups from early childhood through post PHD. Her research, which arises out of embodied experience, inter-observations, evolutionary grammar and semiotics, integrates ego development with Integral theory, resulting in a periodic matrix of consciousness. Terri presently teaches and consults internationally. She has a MS in Special Education, a MA in Spiritual Direction and a PHD in Integral Studies with a concentration inTransformative Learning and Change.
 

Causal Leadership Panel
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. PST

Panel conversation with Terri O'Fallon, Geoff Fitch, Thomas McConkie and Venita Ramirez

Ofallon Terri O'Fallon (Moderator),Meridian Faculty, is a researcher, a coach, a spiritual director and has 52 years of teaching all age groups from early childhood through post PHD. Her research, which arises out of embodied experience, inter-observations, evolutionary grammar and semiotics, integrates ego development with Integral theory, resulting in a periodic matrix of consciousness. Terri presently teaches and consults internationally. She has a MS in Special Education, a MA in Spiritual Direction and a PHD in Integral Studies with a concentration inTransformative Learning and Change.
geoff fitch Geoff Fitch , as a founding partner of Pacific Integral, brings a life-long passion for human development, transformative learning, and a twenty-five year career in business leadership and organizational development to his work as coach, trainer, and consultant. Having studied and practiced diverse approaches to cultivating higher human potentials for twenty years, Geoff is known for bringing remarkable capacities for insight, synthesis, creativity and a deep center to individuals and groups. He lives in Seattle, Washington, where he is an active parent to his two young men, Gavin and Liam.
T.McConkie Thomas McConkie is currently on Pacific Integral's GTC faculty and is also helping to develop John Kesler Integral Polarity Practice Institute in Salt Lake City. While living in Shanghai, China, Thomas consulted with international companies on sustainability, specializing in supply chain and human rights issues. Before moving to Asia, he lived in Spain working as a translator. Recently, Thomas co-founded a non-profit organization, All of Life, whose mission is to promote a more integrative approach to mental healthcare. He has been practicing mindfulness and other forms of meditation for 15 years.
V.Ramirez p Venita Ramirez as a Pacific Integral partner, Venita has coached and led individuals and groups in their aliveness and well-being for thirty years. She has served as a family counselor with inner-city youth in Boston and Seattle, co-directed a number of small organizations, and counseled hundreds of individuals in her private practice. With Pacific Integral since 2006, Venita coaches, trains and consults with individuals, groups and organization on-line and in-person in the areas of adult development, emotional and relational wellbeing, and leadership. She develops curriculum, trains and supports staff, and co-holds Pacific Integral's expansion, vision and direction.
 

Human Development, Learning and Personal Transformation
Thursday, September 4
11:00 a.m. - 12:15 PST

Panel conversation with Zachary Stein, Theo Dawson, Matthew Rich-Tolsma and Zachary Van Rossum

This conversation focused on new ideas about human development, learning, and personal transformation. In particular, we explored the importance of thinking about the human capacities developmentally and dynamically, especially for coaches, teachers, and other human development professionals. We also explored new technologies that allow for the multi-purpose use of embedded developmental assessments, which merge theory and practice about development to catalyze unprecedented transformations of thought and skill.

Zak-stein Zachary Stein (Moderator) is core faculty and Associate Director of Assessment and Student Development at Meridian University. His work focuses on social justice and education through the lenses of developmental psychology and integral metatheories. He holds degrees in philosophy and religion from Hampshire College, and educational neuroscience, human development, and the philosophy of education from Harvard University. He was a co-founder of Lectica, Inc., a non-profit dedicated to the research-based justice-oriented reform of large-scale standardized testing in K-12 and higher-education. He has published in a wide range of outlets including American Psychologist, New Ideas in Psychology, Mind, Brain, and Education, Integral Review, and the Journal of Philosophy of Education. He is currently the Academic Director of the activist think-tank at the Center for Integral Wisdom.
theo dawson Theo Dawson is the founder and managing director of Lectica, Inc. She received her Ph.D from the University of California at Berkeley's Graduate School of Education. Her award-winning dissertation presented a new approach to measuring learning and describing learning pathways. She is the author of numerous articles, book chapters and papers on issues related to human development in journals such as Cognitive Development; Mind, Brain, and Education; The European Journal of Developmental Psychology; Genetic, Social, and General Psychology Monographs; The Journal of Applied Measurement; and Developmental Review, has contributed chapters to several edited books, and has made many dozens of presentations at professional conferences and events.
Matthew Rich-Tolsma Matthew Rich-Tolsma is Outreach Coordinator, a trainee analyst, and resident pedagogue at Lectica, Inc. He is passionate about being involved in transforming teaching and learning thinking and practice in service of a more just world and in order to better equip human beings to negotiate the wicked challenges they are now facing. Most recently he served as a visiting Research Fellow at the School of Transformative Leadership at Palacky University (Czech Republic) where he co-authored a book on Leadership in Transformative Higher Education and co-edited another, and as manager of a Rockefeller foundation African futures research project for the UN's Millennium Project (Southern African Node). Matthew holds an MA in Psychology from the International Centre for Integral Studies, and a Certificate in Management from IIT-Delhi.
zachary van rossum Zachary Van Rossum is an educator, researcher, coach and expert in the science of human development and has worked with leaders around the world to help improve performance and overcome complex problems. Zachary holds a doctorate in Adult Learning and Leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University where he investigated the role of social perspective taking in leadership decision making. Zachary also holds a masters degree in Buddhism and contemplative psychology from Harvard Divinity School and a bachelors degree in transpersonal psychology from the University of California-Santa Cruz.
 

Beyond the Green Economy
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. PST

Conversation with Charles Eisenstein and Aftab Omer

The concept of the Green Economy seeks to align money with ecological values. As such it is a positive step, but it ignores deeper forms of social, cultural, and spiritual hegemony. Increasingly, it is at this deeper level that we are called to act: a transition not only in our institutions, but in our ways of thinking, knowing, and relating.

WideEyedStudiosCharlesESmall Charles Eisenstein is a speaker and writer focusing on themes of human culture and identity. He is the author of several books, most recently Sacred Economics and The More Beautiful World our Hearts Know is Possible. His background includes a degree in mathematics and philosophy from Yale, a decade in Taiwan as a translator, and stints as a college instructor, a yoga teacher, and a construction worker. He currently writes and speaks full-time. He lives in Pennsylvania with his wife and four children.
AftabOmer copy1 Aftab Omer, Ph.D. is a sociologist, psychologist, futurist and the president of Meridian University. Raised in Pakistan, India, Hawaii, and Turkey, he was educated at the universities of M.I.T, Harvard and Brandeis. His publications have addressed the topics of transformative learning, cultural leadership, generative entrepreneurship and the power of imagination. His work includes assisting organizations in tapping the creative potentials of conflict, diversity, and complexity. He is a Fellow of the International Futures Forum and the World Academy of Arts and Sciences.
 

The Emergence of Integral Consciousness
Thursday, May 8th, 2014
1:15 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. PST

Conversation with Ole Vadum Dahl, Bence Ganti, Aftab Omer, Terry Patten

csm Ole Vadum Dahl ec10d48897 Ole Vadum Dahl was born in 1957. He is a psychotherapist, author of several bestseller books and a spiritual teacher. From the age of 16 he was diagnosed with an eye disease, and gradually lost all his ability to see. In spite of that he has been an entrepreneur in the field of human development. In the late 1980´ties he created NLP institute in Denmark, but moved on to found ID academy in 1997. Today ID academy is the largest provider of education within the fields of psychotherapy, coaching, meditation and personal development in northern Europe with more than 550 students per year.
csm bence sm3 21b6151315 Bence Ganti , M.A. (psychology), clinical psychologist is the director of IEC 2014 along with Dennis Wittrock and also an originator and visionary of this event. He is a co-founder and board member of the Integral Europe team and also the founder and director of one of Europe's most successful long-term integral communities the Integral Academy of Hungary. Bence is a clinical psychologist native to Budapest who has found Integral Theory in 1997 being a university student at that time at ELTE. He has been first a visitor then a presenter a workshop giver and a panelist of many of the major integral conferences, gatherings and centers in the USA since 2004. Ken Wilber invited him to be the branch coordinator of Integral Institute for Europe.
AftabOmer copy1 Aftab Omer, Ph.D. is a sociologist, psychologist, futurist and the president of Meridian University. Raised in Pakistan, India, Hawaii, and Turkey, he was educated at the universities of M.I.T, Harvard and Brandeis. His publications have addressed the topics of transformative learning, cultural leadership, generative entrepreneurship and the power of imagination. His work includes assisting organizations in tapping the creative potentials of conflict, diversity, and complexity. He is a Fellow of the International Futures Forum and the World Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Patten Terry Terry Patten received his Masters from John F. Kennedy University and hosts the popular online teleseminar series Beyond Awakening: The Future of Spiritual Practice. He teaches the acclaimed 8-session course, Integral Spiritual Practice. He co-authored, with Ken Wilber, the bestselling book Integral Life Practice, and his forthcoming book is The Integral Revolution. Terry is a faculty member in the Leadership and Social Transformation program at Meridian University.