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  • Integral Consciousness in the Latin American Context

    Tuesday, June 11, 2019 from 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. PST

    Join Meridian President Aftab Omer in conversation with members of the organizing team of the upcoming first Hispanic American Integral Conference. They will discuss the emergence of integral awareness in Latin America, how it is different from the integral consciousness of the US and Europe, and how it is impacting social structures and vulnerable populations.

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      Aftab Omer

      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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      Santiago – Santai – Jiménez B. (Colombia)

      Santiago is an industrial engineer, a musician and a Zen monk authorized to teach in the lineage of Zen Master Genpo Roshi, and Shinzen Young. He is the current director of the Integral Center Colombia, one of the pioneer integral institutions in Latin America.

      Santiago specializes in spiritual development, with a focus on clarity and depth. In his teaching, he integrates what is usually understood as the gradual and sudden approaches to awakening, combining the systematic development of the mind found on some of the ancient Buddhist traditions, with the immediate realization that is characteristic of some forms of Zen.

      As a facilitator, he has worked in different countries with individuals and groups ranging from indigenous tribes to multinational executives, sometimes in the same setting. Witnessing how people so apparently different can share the experience of awakening together has been a powerfully transformative experience for him.

      As a musician Santiago has toured extensively in Europe, the US, Asia and Latin America. He is currently working on how to bring integral awareness into music education.
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      Claudia Ramirez (Colombia)

      Claudia studied Anthropology. She has training in integral theory and design of integral facilitation processes. She is certified in evolutionary culture analysis CultureSee, and is a facilitator of experiential learning methodology CEFE (Competency-based Economies Through Formation of Enterprise) and Sociocracy 3.0.

      Her experience includes projects of intercultural connection, communication, change and learning both in Colombia and internationally. Claudia is a founding member and director of Trust, a firm with 10 years' dedication to consulting and skill-building in the area of communication for high-level executives in companies such as Chevron, Mercedes-Benz, Mercer, Option, and other multinationals.

      She collaborates with the North American consulting firm Hamakua Institute in processes of social impact evaluation and economic development in countries such as Guyana and Colombia. In addition to being an active board member of Integral without Borders, she forms part of the core team of the Centro Integral Colombia and a director of Plataforma Áurea Colombia, a Certified B Corporation.
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      Jose Ricardo Fuentes (Colombia)

      I was born and raised in Colombia, South America, and educated at the Universidad de Los Andes where I received an Industrial Engineering degree and did post-graduate work in Organizational Development. I also played basketball for my College, State and then on the Colombian National team. At 28, after rising to the position of HR director for Colombia, Venezuela, and Ecuador for Merck Co., I left the business to pursue spiritual development. I lived in an ashram (spiritual community) for eight years, practicing meditation and community service and during 6 years served as abbot of the community.

      At the age of 38, I returned to the business world and spent fifteen years in Operations and IT Management, initially in the publishing Industry in Colombia and finally in the USA telecommunications industry, while continuing to study and practice meditation, personal development, and consciousness.

      In 2004, I had a revelatory experience while helping a family in Miami.Through this experience, it became clear that it was “through me” and not “because of me” that results were achieved. This personal experience of being used as a vehicle of grace and love ignited the flame of service within again, and I dedicated my life to the embodiment of transformation, personal growth, and spiritual development.

      I am trained as a facilitator and coach of many growth techniques including The Now Technique, AONC, and The Sedona Method and SQ21 Spiritual Intelligence. I have been an avid student of the Course in Miracles since 1994 and Ken Wilber and Integral Theory since 1998. Now I live in Sedona AZ and teach meditation and courses in spiritual growth and I live an integral life practice of physical, psychological, meditative, and cognitive development. I co-founded the Salon Integral Sedona in 2006.
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      Diana Murillo (Colombia)

      Diana Murillo is an integral psychotherapist. She has been using Ken Wilber’s model for more than 15 years, which has allowed her to guide her patients in a way that enables them to deploy their personal resources, and overcome major challenges by using innovative, adaptable and customized strategies.

      She uses this perspective as an inspiration to investigate and integrate family therapy and systemic practices, as well as bodily practices, psychology and human development. In addition to her private practice, she has been an university professor for more than 20 years. Diana has also created her own therapeutic training, and has taken her consciousness evolution workshops to private groups, organizations and communities in Colombia, México and Perú.
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      Philip Watson (Mexico)

      Philip is a facilitator of individual and collective transformation, a catalyst of conscious, truthful communication, and part of Circling Europe and Presence in Connection, organizations innovating in the fields of collective intelligence and leadership development.

      Philip was born in Mexico City to an Australian father & a Mexican mother. At 16, his folk-rock band La Catrina was signed by Warner Music & he spent the next 15 years living & breathing the music business. He attended the Berklee College of Music & then worked as a jingle writer, session & touring musician, record producer & singer-songwriter.

      Over the past 15 years, he's also been on a journey of self-discovery and awakening. It began, as they so often do, with an existential crisis which resulted in an interest in yoga & meditation. This led him to the study & practice of zen buddhism, voice dialogue, dzogchen & adult development (particularly the work of Robert Kegan & Susanne Cook-Greuter) as well as to Ken Wilber’s integral theory. All of this resulted in his becoming a close student and translator for integral teacher Terry Patten.

      Philip and his wife Liz trained intensively together in the relational meditation practice known as Circling. These days, Philip facilitates Circling and Surrendered Leadership, both in person and online, and offers Circling & integrative coaching sessions for individuals, couples & groups. He is also part of the leadership team organizing the 1st Hispanoamerican Integral Encounter in Bogotá. He lives near Mexico City with Liz and their baby son Alexander.
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      Lynn Fuentes (USA)

      Lynn is a college instructor, educational course designer, and a mediator with a BA, MA, JD, and PhD. An experienced classroom and online instructor, she has designed and taught courses in transpersonal psychology, writing, planning, chronic illness, and conflict management at DePaul University, where she also founded and directed the Chronic Illness Initiative, a program to help students with chronic illness obtain a degree.

      A devoted student of Ken Wilber and integral philosophy, she has published integrally oriented essays and articles on conflict resolution and illness management and weaves integral ideas into her course design and teaching. Like Jose, she follows an integral life practice of physical, psychological, meditative, and cognitive development.

      Lynn is a trained mediator and has skill with several methods of personal growth including various forms of shadow work, personal inquiry, life planning, and meditation. She has published personal essays, academic articles, and a children’s book.

      Lynn has also volunteered in many capacities – with battered women, people in the recovery community, and people with chronic illness – and served on the board of the SolveCFS Association for many years. Despite her study of many disciplines, Lynn regards her greatest learning as long-term caregiver for severely ill family members.
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      Herly Llerena (Peru)

      Herly Llerena is the creator of a human operating system that allows the development of a new type of integral productivity in both individuals and organizations.

      His proposal is academically supported by avant-garde propositions, such as The Integral Theory of Ken Wilber and Complex Thinking. He is trained in Coaching and the Big-Mind process, among others. In addition, his professional background holds more than 35 years as a lawyer, international legal consultant on communication technologies, market regulation and consumer protection.
  • A New Republic of the Heart

    Wednesday, December 13 from 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. PST

    Join Meridian faculty Terry Patten in conversation with Meridian's Chancellor, Jean Houston, as they discuss Terry's new book, A New Republic of the Heart.

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      Jean Houston

      Jean Houston
      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.
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      Terry Patten

      Terry Patten
      Terry Patten, Meridian Faculty, received his Master's from John F. Kennedy University. Terry is a leading integral philosopher, teacher, activist, consultant, coach, social entrepreneur, and author. He was the senior writer and co-author, with Ken Wilber, of Integral Life Practice. His most recent book is the bestseller, A New Republic of the Heart: An Ethos for Revolutionaries. Download a free audio and pdf excerpt here: http://newrepublicoftheheart.com
  • The Power of Transformative Communities of Practice as an Evolutionary Force

    Wednesday, December 13 from 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. PST

    Join Meridian faculty member and collective intelligence pioneer George Pór in conversation with Meridian President Aftab Omer and organizational design consultant Mike McMaster, as they discuss the power of transformative communities of practice as an evolutionary force.

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      George Pór

      George Pór 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 Enlivening Edge, an online magazine and movement hub.
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      Aftab Omer

      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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      Michael McMaster

      Michael McMaster is a consultant to organizations large and small, public and private, and the author of several books on organizational intelligence. He studied Complex Adaptive Systems at the Santa Fe Institute, which is the basis of his current work, along with applying the “transformative” meme to business.
  • Art and Culture in Integral Development

    Monday, November 20, 2017 from 12–1 PM PST

    Jean Houston in conversation with Rama Mani and Alexander Schieffer

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      Jean Houston

      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.
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      Rama Mani

      Rama received her Bachelor’s from Bryn Mawr College, her Master’s from Johns Hopkins University, and her Doctorate from the University of Cambridge. She is Co-Founder of Rising Women Rising World. She has headed local and international organizations addressing conflict and injustice, and acted as strategic advisor or Board director to foundations dealing with peace building, democracy and governance. She is the author of the book, Beyond Retribution: Seeking Justice in the Shadows of War and co-editor of the book, The Responsibility to Protect: Cultural Perspectives in the Global South.
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      Alexander Schieffer

      Alexander received his Doctorate from the University of St. Gallen. He founded CELL: Center of Excellence for Leadership and Learning, a consultancy specializing in innovative design, leadership and transformation. He co-founded TRANS4M, a new Center for Integral Development with a focus on transformational education and innovative research. He is widely published in both academic and literary works. He has co-authored the books, Transformation Management: Towards the Integral Enterprise, Integral Research and Innovation, Integral Economics, and Integral Dynamics.
  • Power, Authority, and Accountability in Organizational Life

    Wednesday, May 31, 2017 from 11am - 12pm PDT

    Frederic LaLoux and Aftab Omer in Conversation

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      Frederic LaLoux

      Frederic Laloux works as an adviser, coach, and facilitator for corporate leaders who feel called to explore fundamentally new ways of organizing. A former Associate Partner with McKinsey & Company, Laloux holds an MBA from INSEAD, and a degree in coaching from Newfield Network in Boulder, Colorado. He has traveled widely and speaks five languages fluently. Frederic Laloux lives in Ithaca, NY, USA, where he is blessed to share his life with his wife, Hélène, and their two children.

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      Aftab Omer

      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.
  • Mut zum Fühlen (Courage to Feel)

    Thursday, May 4, 2017 from 11am - 12pm PDT

    Raymond Fismer, Vivian Dittmar, and Martin Bruders in Conversation

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      Raymond Fismer

      Raymond Fismer is a physicist and long-time practitioner in adult education, relationship counseling, ecological engineering, and NGO finance management. He has worked extensively as a researcher and workshop leaders on masculine development. He is the lead organizer for the Integrales Forum’s upcoming Conference in June 2017.
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      Vivian Dittmar

      Vivian Dittmar is the author of The Power of Feelings, founder of the Be the Change Foundation for Cultural Transformation and appreciated as an original thinker on emotional intelligence. Growing up on three continents in very different cultures gives Vivian a unique take on what it means to be human.
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      Martin Bruders

      Martin Bruders is a certificated social worker, mediator and coach and has been working as a comedian in events for more than 2000 companies in Germany, Austria and Switzerland for 28 years. He is creator of the Integral Roadshow an infotainment show about the integral model of Ken Wilber and co-founder of the Institute for Global Integral Competence (IfGIC) and Innerplace Berlin. He is father of four children in the age of 14-21 years. Martin loves to deepen his self-exploration both through meditation as well as through daily-life. For the past ten years he has studying intensively with the Spiritual teacher Thomas Hübl.

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  • Understanding Leadership and Social Transformation

    Tuesday, May 2, 2017 from 11am - 12pm PDT

    Don Beck and Jean Houston in Conversation.

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      Don Beck

      Dr. Don Beck is the leading authority on societal change, Large-Scale psychology and cultural emergence. Dr. Beck has elaborated upon the work of his mentor, Clare W. Graves, to develop a multidimensional model for understanding the evolutionary transformation of human values and cultures. As cofounder of the National Values Center in Denton, Texas, and CEO of the Spiral Dynamics Group, Inc., Dr. Beck is employing the Spiral Dynamics model to effect large-scale systems change in and among various sectors and societies of the world..
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      Jean Houston

      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.
  • Wisdom and Whole Systems Transformation

    Tuesday, April 25, 2017 from 11am - 12pm PDT

    Roger Walsh and Jean Houston in Conversation

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      Roger Walsh

      Roger Walsh, M.D., Ph.D. DHL. graduated from Australia’s Queensland University with degrees in psychology, physiology, neuroscience, and medicine, and then came to the United States as a Fulbright Scholar. He is now at the University of California at Irvine where he is professor of psychiatry, philosophy, and anthropology, as well as a professor in the religious studies program. His books include: Paths Beyond Ego (one of Common Boundary’s “Most Influential Books”), Meditation: Classic and Contemporary Perspectives (“Outstanding Academic Book of the Year Award”), Essential Spirituality: The Seven Central Practices with a foreword by The Dalai Lama, and The World of Shamanism. He is currently editing The World’s Great Wisdom: What Sages Say about Living Wisely and Well.
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      Jean Houston

      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.
  • Systemic Constellations in Integral Practice

    Thursday, April 6, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. PT

    A conversation with Rainer Leoprechting

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      Rainer Leoprechting

      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.
  • Emergent Dialogues as an Integral Practice

    Wednesday, April 5, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. PT

    Elizabeth Debold and Thomas Steininger in conversation

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      Elizabeth Debold, Ed.D.

      Elizabeth 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.
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      Thomas Steininger, Ph.D.

      Thomas 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
  • Leadership, Well-Being, and Social Transformation

    Tuesday, January 31, 2017
    10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. PT

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      Jean Houston

      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.
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      Rick Hanson, Ph.D

      Rick Hanson, Ph.D., is a psychologist, Senior Fellow of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, and New York Times best-selling author. His books are available in 26 languages and include Hardwiring Happiness, Buddha’s Brain, Just One Thing, and Mother Nurture. He edits the Wise Brain Bulletin and has numerous audio programs. A summa cum laude graduate of UCLA and founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom, he’s been an invited speaker at NASA, Oxford, Stanford, Harvard, and other major universities, and taught in meditation centers worldwide. His work has been featured on the BBC, CBS, and NPR, and he offers the free Just One Thing newsletter with over 120,000 subscribers, plus the online Foundations of Well-Being program in positive neuroplasticity that anyone with financial need can do for free.
  • Experiencing the Here and Now at Each Developmental Level

    Wednesday, August 17, 2016
    12:00 - 1:00 p.m. PT

    Conversation with Terri O'Fallon & Kim Barta

    Developmental levels can sometimes be seen as conceptualization of various world-views. Yet there are distinct clues of how each stage can be experienced in the here and now with direct perception or awareness. In this conversation Terri O'Fallon and Kim Barta will explore together 12 developmental levels and each one's capacity to be experienced and expressed directly in the here and now, emerging from concreteness, to subtleness to MetAware.

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      Terri O'Fallon

      A Meridian Faculty member, Terri 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.
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      Kim Barton M.A.

      Kim is an internationally recognized licensed professional psychotherapist, coach, spiritual guide, and speaker. His work and insights spring from grounded experimental practice with self and others in his cross-cultural and life long experiences. Kim graduated with a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Montana in 1984. He pursued a Masters in an interdisciplinary program that combined Psychology, Social Work, Counseling, and Sociology in a broad perspective for healing. Currently, Kim has teamed up with Dr Terri O’Fallon to present workshops and trainings internationally in a new model of human development designed and researched by Dr. O’Fallon. Kim's developmental learning theory fits lock and key with Dr O’Fallon’s Stages model and his extensive history in clinical human dynamics provides a grounded passion to the workshop experience.
  • 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?
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      Rebecca Colwell

      Rebecca 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.
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      Dr. Cindy Lou Golin

      Dr. 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.
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      Diane Musho Hamilton

      Dianne 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.
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      Rob McNamara

      Rob 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

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      Elizabeth Debold, Ed.D.

      Elizabeth 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.
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      Mike Kauschke

      Mike 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.

      Thomas 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.

      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.
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      Martin Michaelis

      Martin 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
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