"Meridian University is a gift to this moment in our history. The rare breadth of the intellectual journeys it offers and its exquisite attention to the ripening of the whole person, set a stunning example for graduate studies in the time of the Great Turning. It grows new and needed disciplines of consciousness, as well as motivation to engage in the transformation of culture."oanna Macy, PhD, Visionary Founder of The Work that Reconnects
Our Historical Moment Requires a New Kind of Professional
We live in a time of agonizing challenges and creative disruptions that require a deeper and higher order of capability from those who choose to engage this historical moment. The challenges humanity faces are so complex that our historical epoch is sometimes described as a crisis of complexity. This is at the core of our current ecological, economic, and political turmoil. In each case, what is required of humanity is more complex than what our current capabilities support. Even our own inventions—technologies, cultural memes, and organizations—have been evolving into increasingly complex forms which have increased the demands of everyday life.
Many of us are are called to lives of sacred purpose where we seek to connect professional livelihood with personal meaning and passion. However, there is a widening gap between the challenges of complexity and our individual and collective capabilities. To realize our potential for passionate and meaningful livelihood, it is imperative that we close this gap by building a bridge of capability.
What do Integral Practitioners do?
“Let the beauty we love be what we do.” -- Rumi
“My work is loving the world.” -- Mary Oliver
Integral practitioners foster the development and transformation of individuals, teams, organizations and social systems by empowering the whole person and the whole system. In domains such as education, business, healing, coaching, and the arts, integral practitioners bring imagination to complex challenges in the service of transforming mindsets, cultures and social systems.
Integral Practitioners catalyze development in multiple domains of professional practice through facilitating transformative learning at different levels: individuals, teams, organizations, and social systems.
Integral practitioners make an impact by:
- Facilitating incremental, adaptive and transformative change.
- Catalyzing development through transformative learning.
- Engaging the vitality and emergence of development and evolution.
- Leading in ways that take responsibility for the whole.
- Evolving new methods of creative collaboration.
- Securing the function of integrity in integral practice.
- Developing the whole person: cognitively, emotionally, somatically, and spiritually.
- Integrating action and reflection through collective action inquiry and learning.
- Anchoring the sacred by reuniting the artistic and the scientific.
- Innovating prototypes that can be scaled while sustaining beauty and practicality.
- Inhabiting both the contemplative and the performative.
- Inquiring through both expressive and scientific methods.
- Healing division within historically wounded systems of relationships.
About The Course
What You Will Learn
The Integral Practitioner Perspectives course offers the opportunity to identify, explore and develop a unique constellation of competencies that are required for professional impact. Participants engage in and are empowered with practices, approaches, and methods to direct their own unique evolutionary journey towards developing the capabilities required to meet complexity challenges in their domains of professional practice.
The curriculum of this course is designed to evoke, inspire, and empower participants with the capabilities required to sustain integration of vocation (our sacred calling) and profession into a meaningful whole. To sacralize is to make whole: The capability architecture of this curriculum is designed to enable engagement with professional practice as sacred purpose.
In this program you will:
- Learn to identify the ecology of competencies that most prepares you to uplevel your professional practice.
- Discover the distinct web of competencies required for realizing your unique vision of integral practice.
- Engage complexity capability in creating a life-world that is coherent enough to hold many worlds.
- Experience embodied practices that evoke the impact projects and initiatives to which you are called and collaborate with others in prototyping your practice ideas.
- Connect and collaborate with others who are engaging their call to sacred purpose.
- Explore examples of how today's unique challenges in a time of whole system transition can be more effectively traversed via specific shifts in consciousness. Identify which domains of professional practice are primary doorways for your own development.
How You Will Learn
The course is comprised of seven, 90-minute weekly video sessions, and access to an online learning platform. This platform includes lectures, scholarly articles, and provides engaging asynchronous activities with course participants. The course features:
- Live video sessions with faculty and fellow course participants each Thursday at 10 AM Pacific Time;
- Video recordings available for missed sessions;
- Online Readings and Forums;
- Take-Home Practices;
- Ongoing connection to the cohort;
- Participants from around the world;
- Senior integral practitioners as contributing faculty.
Appraising the Capability Gap: An Architecture for Integral Practitioner Capabilities
To sacralize is to make whole: The capability architecture of this curriculum is designed to enable engagement with professional practice as sacred purpose.
Self-Identity Capability: Principles
More than any other developmental line, self-identity plays the most critical role in ensuring the sustained and transformative impact of integral practitioners. The dynamics of self-identity are central in shaping the impact we have when we lead - or when we omit leading.
Self-Identity Capability: Practices
Contemplative and embodiment practices are utilized to bring attention to self-identity patterns in ways that are healing and transforming, enabling more resilient collaboration in service of our individual and collective initiatives.
Creative Inquiry Capability: Theory and Structure
We perceive from individualized perspectives and dwell in many distinct, fragmented, and compartmentalized worlds. Conflicts arise and our worlds collide. We get trapped in mindsets of 'right and wrong' which diminish the beauty and necessity of difference.
Creative Inquiry Capability: Practice in Context
Supported by Creative Inquiry Capabilities, we can undertake the sacred work of sharing worlds - which is more demanding than sharing perspectives and more sustainable for collective healing, learning and awakening.
Complexity Capability: Transforming Complex Challenges
An integral approach to complex challenges enables the perception of patterns and engage challenges as a whole. We will explore the current complexity crisis by understanding complexity across multiple domains of professional practice.
Going Deeper and Next Steps
No one can change the world alone, and the creation of a capable learning community is one of the core elements of transformative education. In this course, participants are integrated into a cohort of others with diverse personal and professional backgrounds.
"The Integral Practitioner Lab in Vienna was a very enriching experience. Not only did the faculty very skillfully build a container for deep inquiry and learning but they led two days of deep dialogue where we as participants were able to open to our deepest questions and help each other find answers. I highly recommend the Integral Practitioner Lab for clarifying our deepest desires and finding new approaches for our inquiry into work, relationships and self."
Aftab Omer, PhD, 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 complexity capability. 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.
The Chancellor of Meridian University, Dr. Houston is a visionary researcher who has authored nearly 30 books and worked intensively in over 40 cultures, lectured in over 100 countries, and worked with major organizations such as UNICEF and NASA. Dr. Houston has developed a worldwide network of leaders including Joseph Campbell, Margaret Mead, Buckminster Fuller, Jonas Salk, US presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, as well as US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, giving her unique insight into the human potential. Dr. Houston's book, A Passion for the Possible, was an expansive compliment to her inspiring PBS special of the same name. Dr. Houston has served on the faculties of Columbia University, Hunter College, Marymount College, The New School for Social Research, and the University of California. She holds doctoral degrees in both psychology and religion. Since 2002, Dr. Houston has been working with the United Nations Development Program, training leaders in developing cultures throughout the world in the field of Social Artistry.
George Pór is a faculty member in the Transformative Leadership graduate program at Meridian University. He is a strategic learning partner to visionary leaders in business, government, and civil society; an evolutionary agent and Teal Mentor, facilitating vertical development in people and organizations. He is a researcher in collective intelligence, the founder of CommunityIntelligence and an online magazine and community: Enlivening Edge — News from Next-Stage Organizations.
Originally from Trier, Germany, Rainer now lives in Austria with the rural Obenaus Community he co-founded, where people connect with their inner and outer nature. He initiated and co-hosts the Next-Stage.World gathering for organization re-inventors, consults with leadership and project teams and develops internet matches that align the developmental context of individuals and organizations. Before that, he worked in Brussels with the European Commission from 1994 to 2012, where he founded and led an in-house consulting service. In his work, Rainer combines Art of Hosting practices, Systemic Constellation Work, Action Learning, and process consultation along with his own process innovations. He presented recently at the Integral European Conference and will be co-leading self-organizing processes for this conference again, this year.
Melissa Schwartz, Ph.D. is the Chief Academic Officer at Meridian University where she guides integrally-oriented programs in Education, Business, and Psychology and Director of Meridian’s Center for Transformative Learning. She is a clinical psychologist and serves as a reviewer for the American Psychological Association’s, Psychology of Women Quarterly. Melissa previously was a faculty member in the psychology and counseling programs at Sonoma State University. Her research interests are in the areas of adult development, integral transformative assessment, and the role of culture in transformative learning.
Nico Roenpagel, PhD, is a faculty member in the Transformative Leadership graduate program at Meridian University. Based in Berlin, he explores novel intersections of art, education, and meditation. Originally trained as an art and drama teacher in Germany, Nico completed his doctoral research at the University of New South Wales, Sydney. He is an associate of the Berlin-based non-profit Forum for Meditation & Neuroscience.
"The future must enter us, long before it happens."Rilke
"My experience of the Integral Practitioner Lab triggered a subtle process, that is still bearing fruit. The safe and empowering container enabled me to get closer to (and at points even make friends with) my individual learning edge. Ideas and perspectives about domain-general competencies, whole-system empowerment, etc. were very valuable foundations in building a bridge of capability towards being able to contribute what I can to what is needed in my life, communities, and the broader world."
Course Details & Enrollment
Integral Practitioner Perspectives:
Professional Paths to Engaging Wholeness
- 7-week online course from June 7 – July 19, 2018
- Live 90-minute sessions with faculty held every Thursday at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time (1:00 PM Eastern U.S, 6:00 PM London, 7:00 PM Central European)
- Content and collaboration via Meridian's social learning platform
Meridian University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) - a higher education accreditor recognized by the United States Department of Education. WASC is also the accreditor for Stanford University and the University of California at Berkeley.
Register for the Course
Registration for the Summer 2017-18 Integral Practitioner Perspectives course has closed.
Registrants joined from around the world, including from Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, China, Egypt, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States.
Q: What is an online course?
Our online courses are primarily conducted in a virtual environment and will not have meetings in a designated physical space. Course materials will be provided through our easy to use online learning platform. Class activities and communications, will typically be conducted virtually.
Our online courses promote community learning, through strong interactive engagement with fellow students and faculty. We host live weekly video sessions with faculty.
Q: What technology do I need to take an online course?
You will need an email account, a high-speed internet connection, and access to a computer, iOS or android device.
Q: Do I need to be online at certain times for class?
Live 90-min video sessions with faculty and fellow students will be conducted weekly. Each week's live video call will be recorded and posted on the course platform. Video presentations, readings, discussions and learning activities will be provided asynchronously and may be completed on your own schedule.
Q: What is your refund policy?
Full refunds are available until June 5, 2018. To request a refund, you will be asked to submit a refund request form. Your refund will be processed within five business days.
Q: Do I need to apply to Meridian to take this online course?
You do not need to apply to take this online course. This course is open to the public for enrollment.
Q: How can I reach a customer service and/or IT support person?
The course support team will be available to assist from start to finish. Please send your questions/requests/issues to [email protected].