Meridian's Center for Transformative Learning Presents:
The Integral Practitioner Lab
Convened by Meridian University President Aftab Omer and Featuring distinguished Integral Practitioners including Rainer Leoprechting, Bence Gánti, Jean Houston, Terri O'Fallon, and others.
Following Lab sessions in Oakland, Boston, and Berlin, now coming to Vienna - April 15th and 16th, 2017
What is an Integral Practitioner?
Integral practitioners foster the development and transformation of individuals, teams, organizations and communities 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 make an impact by:
- Facilitating incremental, adaptive and transformative change.
- Engaging the vitality and emergence of development and evolution.
- Securing the function of integrity in integral practice.
- Developing the whole person: cognitively, emotionally, somatically, and spiritually.
- Integrating action and reflection by cultivating consciousness capacities.
- Anchoring the sacred by reuniting the artistic and the scientific.
- Healing division within complex systems of relationships.
- 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.
- Leading in ways that take responsibility for the whole
- Evolving new methods of creative collaboration.
Why the Integral Practitioner Lab?
We live amidst accelerating environmental and social degradation as well as intensifying social and technological complexity.
In response to these challenges, transformative initiatives are emerging and converging all around the globe. Our global circumstances require practitioners involved in transformation and leadership to develop a unique ecology of competencies that is complex enough for the requirements of the present.
Many of us are are called to lives of sacred purpose where we seek to join 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, we must close this gap by building a bridge of capability.
The Integral Practitioner Lab at Meridian University offers the opportunity to identify, develop and refine a unique constellation of competencies that are required for impact.
How does the Integral Practitioner Lab work?
In Lab sessions we engage in collaborative inquiry to identify and activate the competencies that connect passionate meaning with professional livelihood.
During the Lab you will:
- Experience a diverse community of inquiry and practice.
- Engage with established Integral Practitioners from around the world - in-person and via live video - regarding their professional work and learning journeys.
- Connect with other aspiring and emerging practitioners.
- Collaborate with others in prototyping your practice idea.
- Discover the distinct web of competencies required for realizing your unique vision of integral practice.
- Participate in the ongoing development of the Integral Practitioner Lab.
- Explore the core consciousness capacities vital for Integral Practitioners.
Calling Coaches, Entrepreneurs, Healers, Consultants, Changemakers…
If you want to explore the intersection of passionate meaning with professional fulfillment, the Integral Practitioner Lab may be for you.
Lab participants will have the opportunity to join in conversation with established Integral Practitioners in the domains of education, business, healing, coaching, and the arts.
Participants will be introduced to practices and resources that facilitate the growth of a unique ecology of competencies through which they can bridge passion and profession.
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.
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.
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.
A Meridian Faculty member, Terri is a researcher, a coach, a spiritual director and has spent decades 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.(via live videoconference)
Bence Gánti, M.A. is a psychologist, clinical psychologist and the president of the Integral Academy in Hungary. He is the founder and director of the Integral European Conference Europe’s biggest integral gathering and the Integral European Community around it. He has been an integral practitioner for over 20 years dedicating his work full time to the sacred purpose of catalyzing the transformation of humanity into the next evolutionary stage of integral consciousness. Whether it is one-on-one sessions or we-space work in his Integral Flow Experience workshops or managing local and global integral community. Bence always works from the same position: to create transformational experiences for people as an integral practitioner.
How can you attend?
April 15th and 16th, 2017
10am - 6pm
Previous Lab Sessions:
- Boston, MA - January 2017
- Oakland, CA - October 2016
- Berlin, Germany - October 2016