Online - April 16 - 18, 2021

Integral Practitioner Convergence

Evolving Integral Practice in a Time of Cascading Crises

Save the Date for the 2022 Integral Practitioner Convergence

The 5th Integral Practitioner Convergence is taking place April 22- 24, 2022. This page includes the program from the 2021 Convergence.

Why The Convergence, and Why Now?

Our Historical Moment Requires a New Kind of Professional

We live in a time of agonizing challenges and creative disruptions. The challenges humanity faces are so complex that our historical epoch is sometimes described as a crisis of complexity 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, organizations, and communities—have been evolving into increasingly complex forms which have increased the demands of everyday life.

For those who choose to engage this historical moment, a deeper and higher order of capability is required.

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 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.

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"No matter how bad our crises, our responses will decide both their consequences and our destiny. If that’s so, and it is, it raises one of the great questions of our time and of all time: How can we contribute most effectively to help mitigate or heal these crises?

As integral practitioners, this question becomes: How can we use our integral skills to contribute most effectively? Of course, beneath this lies another question: How do we discover our most effective contributions?"

— Roger Walsh, MD, PhD
From "Calling All Integral Practitioners" -2021

What are Integral Practitioners?

Integral practitioners foster the development and transformation of individuals, teams, organizations, communities, and societies 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 of systems: From individuals, and all the way up to societies.

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.
"The ultimate, most sacred form of theory is practice."

— Nikos Kazantzakis

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"There is nothing so practical as a good theory."

— Kurt Lewin

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"You could say paradigms are harder to change than anything else about a system…. But there’s nothing physical or expensive or even slow in the process of paradigm change. In a single individual it can happen in a millisecond. All it takes is a click in the mind, a falling of scales from eyes, a new way of seeing."

— Donella Meadows

The 2021 Convergence: Connect, Collaborate, Create

Calling Coaches, Entrepreneurs, Innovators, Consultants, Changemakers, and Leaders...

In past years, the Integral Practitioner Convergence has taken place in Berlin and Vienna while Integral Practitioner Labs have been convened in Vienna, Berlin, Boston, Oakland, and San Francisco.

Now, integral practitioners from around the world are converging online on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, April 16th, 17th, and 18th to learn from each other about the capabilities, methods, models and practices that they are innovating in the context of their professional engagements.

Who should participate?

Participants will include aspiring, early career, mid-career, established, and distinguished Integral Practitioners in the domains of education, coaching, organizational leadership, business, and well-being & healthcare.

What will Convergence participants do?

  • Experience a diverse community of inquiry and practice.
  • Engage with established Integral Practitioners from around the world 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.
  • Explore the core consciousness capacities vital for Integral Practitioners.

Panelists

80+ panelists are expected at this year’s Convergence.

Click on each photo to learn about each panelist.

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Tomas Bjorkman

Tomas Björkman is an entrepreneur in financial services, media, property and banking. He founded Investment Banking Partners AB and served as chairman of EFG Investment Bank. In 2009, Tomas established the Ekskäret Foundation in Stockholm, which aims to facilitate personal development and social change. A special focus of the foundation is supporting the development of social entrepreneurs and the understanding of the complexities of social change. The foundation operates a conference and retreat facility on its island Ekskäret in the Stockholm archipelago.

Tomas is also the co-founder of the research institute Perspectiva in London, of the Co-creation Foundation and the media platform Emerge in Berlin and 29k.com personal development platform. He is the author of three books: The Market Myth (2016) , The Nordic Secret (together with Lene Rachel Andersen, 2017) and The World We Create (2019). He divides his time between London, Stockholm and Berlin.

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Riane Eisler

Riane Eisler, JD, PhD (hon), is president of the Center for Partnership Systems (CPS), Editor-in-Chief of the Interdisciplinary Journal of Partnership Studies at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Eisler pioneered the expansion of human rights theory and action to include women and children, and her research, writing, and speaking has transformed the lives of people worldwide. She keynotes conferences internationally and consults for governments on partnerism and the partnership model. She is the author of numerous books, including Nurturing Our Humanity: How Domination and Partnership Shape Our Brains, Lives and Future (Oxford University Press, 2019) and The Chalice and The Blade: Our History, Our Future (now in its 57th US printing, and in 27 foreign language editions). Her The Real Wealth of Nations: Creating a Caring Economics was hailed by Nobel Peace Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu as "a template for the better world we have been so urgently seeking" and inspired the development of CPS’s Social Wealth Index, showing the economic return from investing in caring for people, starting at birth, and caring for our natural life-support systems. For more information see www.centerforpartnership.org, www.partnerism.org, & www.rianeeisler.com

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Duane Elgin

Duane Elgin, is an internationally recognized author, speaker and media activist. He is the co-director of the Choosing Earth Project. His books include: Choosing Earth, Awakening Earth, The Living Universe, Promise Ahead, and Voluntary Simplicity. He received the Peace Prize of Japan—the Goi Award—in Tokyo in 2006 in recognition of his contribution to a global “vision, consciousness, and lifestyle” that fosters a “more sustainable and spiritual culture.” His personal website is: and project website is:

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Susanne Cook Greuter

Susanne Cook-Greuter is a founding member and elder of the Integral Institute. She earned her doctorate at Harvard University. She is considered a leading authority in ego development theory and structural text analysis. She used to teach vertical development theories worldwide. Now Susanne is mostly retired and focuses on writing her book on ego development theory and measurement. She still supervises and certifies professionals in developmentally-tailored coaching. In 2019 she gave a keynote at the first Integral African Conference addressing the hacking of minds by English as a world language and Western/Integral ideas of adult development known as WEIRD. Susanne sees a need to expand our appreciation of non-Western and Indigenous wisdom traditions and for learning about different conceptions of what it can mean to be a mature human being.

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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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Thomas Hubl

​Thomas Hübl is a renowned teacher, author, and international facilitator whose lifelong work integrates the core insights of the great wisdom traditions and mysticism with the discoveries of science. Since the early 2000s, he has been leading large-scale events and courses that focus on the healing and integration of trauma. Participants come from around the world, ranging from members of the public to faculty and staff at Harvard Medical School.

His non-profit organization, The Pocket Project, works to support the healing of collective trauma throughout the world. He is the author of Healing Collective Trauma: A Process for Integrating Our Intergenerational and Cultural Wounds, which outlines his methodology called the Collective Trauma Integration Process as a safe framework for guiding groups through collective trauma.

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Annette Kaiser

Annette Kaiser is a Swiss born spiritual teacher and a visionary of a Universal Spirituality. She is devoted to transconfessional and transcultural evolutionary spirituality, which implies an open aware state of being as the natural expression of an integral way of living. This is leading into Universal Spirituality and Universal Cooperation as integral Not-Two. She sees the 21st Century as a call for humanity to recognise itself as inseparably One, co-creating a new culture in collective wisdom and love of One Heart.

She is married, mother of two adult children and grandmother.

https://www.goldenerwind.ch/en/annette-kaiser/

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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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Monica Sharma

Dr. Monica Sharma, a physician and epidemiologist, worked for the United Nations for 23 years, directed programs for whole systems transformation and leadership development world-wide. She led teams for policy, strategy and programme development in over 60 countries, building multi-stakeholder partnerships. Currently, she works with United Nations, universities, management institutions, governments, non-governmental organisations, civil society, business, media, and other organizations. She created a unique response model based on extensive application –a conscious full-spectrum response model- and generated equitable and sustainable results on several Sustainable Development Goals, worldwide. Monica Sharma is the author of the award -winning book “Radical Transformational Leadership”.

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Roger Walsh

Roger Walsh MD, Ph.D. DHL is professor emeritus of psychiatry, philosophy, and anthropology at the University of California where he researches contemplative practices, wellbeing, and our global crises. His books include Essential Spirituality: The Seven Central Practices, The World of Shamanism, and The World's Great Wisdom, and his work has received over twenty national and international awards. He is a student, researcher, and teacher of several contemplative traditions and an authorized lama in Tibetan Buddhism. Recently he graduated from the San Francisco Comedy College and had an extremely brief and unsuccessful career as a standup comedian. For more information see

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Indra Adnan

Indra Adnan is Co-initiator of The Alternative UK political platform and been writing consistently about soft power, public diplomacy and the power of attraction and relationship in international relations for over a decade, in major UK and US publications. Indra has consulted to the World Economic Forum, Indian, Finnish and Danish governments, NATO, the Scottish Executive and the Institute of Contemporary Arts amongst others. She wrote over seven years for The Guardian and The Huffington Post. Her book The Politics of Waking Up: Power & Possibility In The Fractal Age will be published by Perspectiva Press in May 2021.

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Patricia Albere

Patricia Albere is at ground zero of an evolutionary stream of spiritual awakening. She experienced a sustained awakening that resulted in a different kind of realization, a dual realization that happened with another. That shared awakening points to a new dimension of consciousness and an extraordinary possibility for humanity’s future.

She is the founder of the Evolutionary Collective, originator of the Mutual Awakening Practice, an internationally known contemporary spiritual teacher and bestselling author of Evolutionary Relationships: Unleashing the Transformative Power of Mutual Awakening. She is a recognized leader and innovator in the emerging field of ‘inter-subjective awakening’ and post-personal development.

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Pia Andersson

Pia Andersson has a PhD in social science and holds a position at the University of Gothenburg, where she teaches group facilitation, conflict management and collegial coaching. Pia’s research interests have a base in adult development, conflict management and communication, with the specific focus on processes for scaffolding collaboration on complex problems. In 2006 Pia began exploring the American based methodology called “The Integral Process for Complex Issues” in Sweden, as a methodology for bridging perspectives between actors from different arenas. She has since continued researching and developing processes for group collaboration, both in public dialogue and organizational development.

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Maria Bakari

Maria is an Organisational Psychologist, passionate about activating the magic and catalysing power of synergy in teams and organisations as well as within, as a place of perception, interdependence and action. She is deeply connected to her Hellenic roots while working in multicultural contexts for many years. She designs and artfully applies participatory processes that create conditions for collective creativity, collaboration and transformative learning in organisations and community. Maria is the initiator of Synergy – Rhodes and co-founder of the Next Stage World initiative as well as a constant learner and practitioner of systemic change and radical, profound hospitality.

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Julian Baller

Julian is a scholar, cultural activist and change facilitator. He is the managing director and community holder of Co-Creating Europe, served as a board member of Integrales Forum Germany, and took the lead in organizing and facilitating the European leg of the Caravan of Unity. He studied cultural history and theory in Berlin, Vienna and NYC. From this backround he brings a deep passion for history, epistemology, and continental philosophy that he loves to combine with his insights into non-duality and the evolution of consciousness. Julian is driven by the wish to serve as an agent of transformative change in combining science, spirituality and social techniques and making his life a celebration of unity in diversity.

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Anna Betz

Anna Betz has always been intrigued by the interconnectedness of global, local, collective, and individual realities—right down to the cells of our human bodies.

Her professional grounding includes social work, mental health, group facilitation, herbal & endobiogenic medicine and integrative models of healthcare. As a facilitator for change, she enjoys serving the community of change agents at Campus Co-Evolve. Her main focus is understanding the factors that constrain or inhibit emergence, and helping systems get unstuck to unleash abundance by giving individuals and communities a chance to renew their inner balance and create a more dynamic life and culture. She is of German background and lives and works in Brighton in the UK.

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Daniela Borschel

Daniela Borschel contributes as a business priestess, with a generous heart, a clear understanding, and quite a pinch of healing power. She explores dialogue at the intersection of spirituality and business. Her teachings are about light, force, fire, beauty, and abundance.

She studied Business Administration and International Management, is an Integral Consultant/ Coach, Intercultural Trainer, Constellator and Facilitator. She responds when called in by leaders decided to let unfold consciousness: development-oriented, spiritually grounded, in business contexts.

In the Integrales Forum she is holding as main circle lead the purpose of promoting holistic thinking and integrative action, in the spirit of integral theories of Ken Wilber and other integral thinkers.

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Anouk Brack

Anouk Brack is an internationally acclaimed expert in embodying integral leadership development. Her expertise lies with Embodying Leadership, which means practicing to walk your talk, together, also under pressure. Unique in her approach is the Skill – Stage – State development, instead of just leadership skill. She is the author of two successful Dutch books on Leadership Embodiment (2017, nomination management book of the year) and on Purpose-driven Leadership (2019). She has 20+ years experience in training and coaching both individuals and groups. Find her on her website https://anouka.nl/en/ and LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/anoukbrack/

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Hanno Burmester

Hanno Burmester works at the intersection of societal, organisational and individual transformation. He is author of the book Unlearn. A Compass for Radical Transformation (Perspectiva Press), and a frequent speaker at international events and conferences. As Policy Fellow at the Berlin-based think tank Das Progressive Zentrum, Hanno designs, writes and facilitates around the future of democracy. With his company Unlearn, he helps companies transform towards cultures of self-organisation. You can learn more about him and his work at www.hannoburmester.com.

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Jennifer Campbell

Jennifer Campbell is committed to helping leaders and executives transform their business, boost return on investment and live happier lives. With over 25 years of change management experience, Jennifer has had 3000+ flourishing and engaged clients. Jennifer‘s mission is to help leaders and organizations drive change to be happy in life, to successfully conduct international business and to add value by enabling, managing, and facilitating high quality return on investment, boosting change, organizational development and leadership projects. Jennifer’s clients are leaders, executives, entrepreneurs, and teams in multinational settings, who want to take themselves, their organizations and results to higher levels. Jennifer is the founder and organizer of the annual global Systemic Leadership Summit.

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Hillen Cocq

For the last 30 years Hillen has been serving others on their healing journey. She was initiated into an ancient northern German healing mystical tradition which included the transmission of a prayer to initiates for stewarding to future generations. Hillen is dedicated to updating this ancient healing tradition into the 21st century. In 1996 Hillen became a naturopath and has been in private practice since 2003. She has attended extensive trainings in many different alternative medicine and psychotherapy approaches including Systemic Constellations, Internal Family Systems as well as integrally identified models. She has also been a long-time student of mystical principles with Thomas Hübl.

On her long ongoing professional and personal healing journey she realized that she could best serve in terms of healing through an emphasis on prayer. By connecting people to their own healing source, Hillen attunes the work to the developmental state and structure of the client.

Besides her passionate work as a healer, Hillen was active in martial arts for 30 years. She loves sailing, dancing, active artwork and traveling while learning from different cultures.

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Rebecca Ejo Colwell

Rebecca Ejo Colwell, MBA, Integral Facilitator Founder Ten Directions

Rebecca is a leadership innovator, co-founder of Integral Facilitator® and Next Stage Facilitation, and the founder of Ten Directions®, offering transformational training to leaders, facilitators, and coaches worldwide.

For over thirty years Rebecca has been inspiring others to practice facilitative leadership and invest in thriving collaborations for changing times. She‘s designed and led many “first initiatives” related to better futures for health, energy, design in business, culture, natural heritage, and economic development.

She is a certified Integral coach and Zen practitioner, whose enlivened presence and steady hand has encouraged thousands of leaders and their teams to magnify their impact.

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Said Dawlabani

Said E. Dawlabani is a leading authority on the application of value systems to large scale change. A writer and public speaker specializing in macroeconomic and cultural issues as seen through the Gravesian prism on psychosocial development. Named one of the world’s boldest thought leaders in 2019. He’s the author of MEMEnomics, The Next-Generation Economic System. His writings have been translated to several languages.

Dawlabani cofounded The Center for Human Emergence Middle East with Elza Maalouf and Dr. Don Beck in 2004. His past activities include being a guest speaker on the topic of transformational leadership at the Adizes Graduate School in Santa Barbara, and the University of Virginia.

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Elizabeth Debold

I call myself a gender futurist who sees a new potential for human relationship in the emergent realm of We Space. For the past twenty-some years, I have committed myself to exploring the transformative potential of the We, beyond and including our many Me's. Through founding One World in Dialogue, I am working with my partner, Thomas Steininger, and others across the globe to develop a unified field of conscious awareness that can hold our differences in creative friction rather than conflict. Our programs, such as the 24-hour vigil One World Bearing Witness, bring sacred activism into the global digital age.

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Diane Hamilton

DIANE MUSHO HAMILTON is an award-winning professional mediator, author, and teacher of Zen meditation. She has been a practitioner of meditation for more than 30 years and is a lineage holder in the Soto Zen tradition.

As the first Director of the Office of Alternative Dispute Resolution for the Utah Judiciary, Diane established mediation programs throughout the court system and won several prestigious awards for her work in this area.

She is the Executive Director of Two Arrows Zen, a practice in Utah, and offers training programs oriented to personal development and advanced facilitator skills. Diane is the author of Everything Is Workable and The Zen of You and Me. Her latest book is Compassionate Conversations: How to Speak and Listen from the Heart, co-authored with Gabriel Wilson and Kimberly Loh.

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Diana Claire Douglas

Diana Claire Douglas is a systemic facilitator, coach and consultant. She brings to her facilitation her love for Life as an artist, author, researcher and grandmother. Her purpose: attuning to the Sacred, to participate in the movements for humanity to be in our rightful place in relationship with All-Life. She is lead Constellator for Integral City and The Hague Center for Global Governance, Innovation and Emergence. She is co-founder of The Hague Center for Field Inquiry (action research using a phenomenological approach). Her most recent book, Whole Systems Design: Inquiries in the Knowing Field, is forthcoming in 2021.

www.knowingfielddesigns.com

www.thehaguecenter.org

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John Dupoy

John Dupuy, MA, is the founder of Integral Recovery® and author of the award-winning book Integral Recovery: A Revolutionary Approach to the Treatment of Alcoholism and Addiction. John is also CEO of iAwake Technologies, a company that produces brainwave entrainment tracks to enhance meditation, flow states, and healing emotions. John teaches around the world on the subjects of Integral Practice and the use of brainwave entrainment technology to deepen one's meditation practice and in the treatment of addiction, depression, and PTSD. He hosts the online series Spiritual Tech Talks 2.0 and co-hosts the popular Journey of Integral Recovery podcast.

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Coleen Elgin

Coleen is the Co-director of the Choosing Earth Project. Currently the project is finishing a package of materials that can support organizations and groups to explore the challenges and opportunities of this time of great transition. She produced, directed, and co-wrote the recent documentary – Facing Adversity and Choosing Earth, Choosing Life. For over 15 years her documentary work has focused on pioneers of consciousness and spiritual growth. She has facilitated and led groups on the “great transition” (with Duane beginning in the 1990s), meditation, cooperative inquiry, community health, and environmental awareness. Coleen’s MA degree, from the California Institute of Integral Studies, focused on Transformative Learning and her early background is in health research and community health education. A long-time meditation practitioner, Coleen has immersed herself in a number of contemplative traditions.

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kaa Faensen

kaa is a berlin based artist, entrepreneur and practitioner in adult development. she studied linguistics and social therapy and is a certified teacher in integrative coaching and meta-consulting. she has lead different social institutions before she became an expert in the field of participatory leadership consulting. her focus is on enabling leaders to perceive the complexity of what is actually going on and from there find developmental pathways to embark on collaboratively. she is the project manager of the erasmus+ funded cadra project and part of the management team of fraendi.

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Elke Fein

Dr. Elke Fein is a social and political scientist and lecturer at the University of Freiburg (DE). She also holds a masters degree in East European history and a PhD in political sociology and has worked as a researcher in various academic fields, including in Russian studies, history, leadership and organization studies. Elke is a co-founder and managing director of the Institute for Integral Studies (IFIS), where she is coordinating the EU-funded Erasmus+ partnership Leadership for Transition (LiFT) Politics. LiFT Politics explores integral and likeminded pioneers who are working towards transforming the current paradigm of doing politics.

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Raymond Fismer

Born 1956, physicist.

Long-time work in adult education, ecological engineering and ngo administration.

Facilitator for ngo workshops, coach for relationship counselling, author and workshop leader on male development. Administrative manager of Integrales Forum (integral association in German-speaking countries) and of Bundesforum Männer (German umbrella association for equality-oriented men’s politics).

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Geoff Fitch

Geoff Fitch is a coach, trainer, and facilitator of growth in individuals and organizations, and a creator of international transformative learning programs. He is a founder of Pacific Integral and a developer of the Generating Transformative Change program, which has been delivered on three continents and in its 30th cohort. He has been exploring, researching and developing diverse approaches to cultivating higher human potentials for over 25 years, including somatic and transpersonal psychology, innovation and creativity, leadership, integral theory, social change, and collective intelligence. Geoff holds degrees in Transpersonal Psychology and Computer Science and has additional studies jazz music, philosophy, and business.

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Bettina Geiken

Bettina Geiken, PhD in natural sciences, then EU-project design around sustainability and capacity building in international development alongside extensive awareness trainings combining shadow work, mindfulness and conscious creation. That combination led naturally to interest in integral, adult development, complex-adaptive systems and sensemaking.

She co-founded “Harvest Complexity”, supporting organisations to capture the non-linear opportunities when complex human & technological systems meet.

Board member of “IFIS–Institute for Integral Studies”, co-hosting the EU-Project “Leadership- for-Transition-Politics” and the monthly Online-Colloquium for integral practitioners and researchers. She co-founded the second-tier Community of Practice of “Social Architects”, connected to the Center for Human Emergence Germany.

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Melanie Goodchild

Melanie Goodchild is moose clan from Biigtigong Nishnaabeg and Ketegaunseebee First Nations in Northern Ontario. She is the Founder and Co-Director of the Turtle Island Institute, a global Indigenous social innovation think & do tank (a teaching lodge). The Institute’s virtual teaching lodge Mikinaak Wigyaam (Turtle Lodge) introduces members to Relational Systems Thinking, a uniquely Indigenous approach to deep systems awareness. Melanie is a Faculty member with the Academy for Systems Change and a member of the Editorial Board for the new (2021) Journal of Awareness-Based Systems Change.

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Daniel Gortz

Daniel Görtz is a social theorist specialized in metamodernism, an umbrella term that captures cultural currents, philosophies, movements, and inner psychological development that attempt to move beyond and in some cases transform modern society. He is a cofounder of Metamoderna, which publishes explorations of metamodern perspectives, including the books The Listening Society and Nordic Ideology. While based in Lund, Sweden, Daniel currently works for One Project in San Francisco, where he is a researcher on issues on the future of governance. He holds a PhD in sociology from Lund University and his dissertation (2015) was an ethnographic study of ethnic relations and practices within the Swedish police.

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Tom Habib

Tom Habib, Ph.D. was founder and managing partner in a private group Clinical Psychology practice for 26 years. Tom is an independent researcher serving as the Chairperson for the IEC’s International Consortium of Integral Scholars. He is currently running a study on the incidence of the Highly Sensitive Person within the Integral Community and similarly, developing We-space experiences at San Diego Integral. All of this is utilized to enhance the intimate couples’ stage and state development within his clinical practice and in presentations.

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Marilyn Hamilton

Marilyn Hamilton PhD Founder Integral City Meshworks; author Integral City Book Series, co-host Cities Rising for Regenerative World/Humanity Rising & curator Urban Hub 20, City Change in VUCA World co-evolves human hives as Gaia’s Reflective Organs. She designs courses & degrees for Citizens, Civic Managers, Biz/Innovators, 3rd Sector. She is/was member/director, CEO, COO, CFO and CIO in the private and NFP sectors including Integral Europe Academic Consortium. She is a Findhorn Fellow and Fellow of Urban Arena Europe.

www.integralcity.com

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Erica Harpe

Erica Harpe is a systemic consultant, designer and facilitator, pioneering in the field of leadership & transformation for organizations and individuals. During her international corporate career she became fascinated by what makes people and organizations wake up, show up and tap into the magic. She made it her work to create contexts for collective learning & exploring generative leadership, from learning labs to social dialogues, to innovative leadership programs. Using a whole system approach to find our way as we move into unknown territory, synthesizing integral, embodied and energetic approaches and potential. She is the author of ‘Reinventing Ourselves’.

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Arawana Hayashi

Arawana’s pioneering work as an innovator, performer, and educator is deeply sourced in both improvisation and the ancient Japanese court dance, Bugaku. She currently heads the creation of Social Presencing Theater for the Presencing Institute. She brings her background in dance and meditation to the creation of a movement practice that makes visible both current reality and emerging future possibilities. She Arawana teaches meditation and creative process in Shambhala, a community committed to the creation of enlightened society. She is the author of Social Presencing Theater: The Art of Making a True Move published by PI Press.

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Griet Hellinckx

Griet has been working as a teacher, facilitator and mentor with people of all age groups. She has a keen interest in universal forms of inquiry and spirituality that help access individual & collective wisdom as well as support transformation. Accordingly, she has been involved in schooling relevant skills e.g. collective presencing, and developing projects and participatory formats such as Co-Creating Europe, CoronaCircles, and Circles of Wisdom. She feels inspired by Margaret Wheatley’s vision that when networks are strengthened and become communities of practice new systems can emerge at a greater level of scale. Website: www.circlesofwisdom.net

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Jan Artem Henriksson

Jan Artem has earlier founded Self Leaders (Nordic leadership consultancy) and Relate (relationship app) and is today leading MindShift & Inner Development Goals initiatives for Ekskäret Foundation.

MindShift is a global conference by Stockholm School of Economics (SSE), Center for Social Sustainability (CSS) at Karolinska Institute, 29k and Ekskäret Foundation. Together we co-create an arena and a set of events focused on how human growth can help us better face organizational, societal and global challenges. At the core of MindShift is the idea of the "Inner Development Goals" - a framework of capabilities, qualities, and skills that are vital in order for humanity to reach the Sustainable Development Goals. Read more here: innerdevelopmentgoals.org

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Lukas Herrmann

Lukas Herrmann is a facilitator and researcher interested in shifting social fields to a deeper, more generative level which fosters evolutionary change processes. He works with the Center for Systems Awareness towards system wide change in the US educational sector and in his PhD at Heidelberg University investigates the transformation of social fields via whole-school training in presence and relational competence. Lukas promotes Global Social Witnessing as awareness-based practice for global citizenship.

Lukas worked at the Max-Planck-Institute for Social Neuroscience, investigating the contemplative training of perspective-taking. Lukas is a trained psychologist, family therapist and Master Practitioner in Compassionate Systems.

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Gail Hochachka

Gail has extensive experience in sustainable development, co-founded Integral Without Borders Institute, taught at John F. Kennedy University and the University of Oslo, and has also worked in leadership development in the private sector. At present, Gail is a doctoral fellow at the Department of Sociology and Human Geography at the University of Oslo, Norway, in the AdaptationCONNECTS research project (Combining Old and New kNoweldge to Enable Conscious Transformation). Her research is on how to better integrate the human dimensions of climate change for improved collaboration and transformations to sustainability. She is currently based at UBC in Vancouver.

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Santiago Jimenez

Santiago is an industrial engineer, musician, facilitator and 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.

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. As a musician Santiago has toured throughout Europe, the US, Asia and Latin America. He is currently working on how to bring integral awareness into the music world.

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Jeremy Johnson

Jeremy is a philosopher, editor, and Senior Research Associate at Perspectiva, editor at Integral Leadership Review, and publisher at Integral Imprint. His academic research, writing, and publishing advocates new forays into integrative thinking and praxis—aligning the scholastic, poetic, and spiritual—as existentially crucial work for pathfinding in a time of planetary crisis. He is the author of Seeing Through the World: Jean Gebser and Integral Consciousness, editor of Mutations: Art, Consciousness and the Anthropocene (2021) and host of the Mutations podcast. Jeremy currently serves as president for the International Jean Gebser Society and is working on his second book, Fragments of an Integral Future (2021). You can read more on his Patreon. You can find Jeremy on Twitter.

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Lawrence Kampf

Lawrence is devoted to the creative emergence of living systems.

An educator, coach, healer and artist, he supports transformation in visionary leaders, creators, and organizations across cultures.

He is active in the development of Transformational Learning internationally, CoFounder and Executive Director of the Nova Earth Institute (US), Nova Earth Project (Croatia), member of Legacy17 (Sweden) and has served on the core team of the International Partnership for Transformational Learning (EU).

He is based in Croatia, now traveling only to the fridge most days.

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Lada Kanevska

Lada (Vladyslava) Kanevska is a professional facilitator, coach and mediator with over 20+ years of experience in conflict transformation, dialogue culture development and systemic changes. The last 7 years have been full of intense challenges working with resilience processes and people affected by war, who mourn their losses and still want to reinvent the country and to be heard in the World. Lada is a founder of «Sense2sense Communication» group, co-author of on-line courses and various programs for community and business leaders. She is the co-creator of Ukrainian Integral Gatherings and practice labs with the International Institute of Integral Development.

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Brad Kershner

Brad Kershner is a school leader, an independent scholar, a doctor of philosophy, a father, a husband, a loyal friend to all beings, and the author of Understanding Educational Complexity. The revelation of his path is beyond his comprehension, but his work in the world has everything to do with his sense that there is unfathomable potential in the possibility space of collective emergence, and everything matters, and while there is no way to adequately describe the process we’re all engaged in, seeds will grow, spores will spread, metamemes will manifest, and it’s probably a good idea to be open-minded about the role one can play in the Great Unfolding.

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Miles Kessler

Miles Kessler is an American teacher of Mindfulness-based meditation, Aikido (6th dan), and Integral Practice. He is a dual-lineage holder in both the Burmese Mahasi tradition of Meditation, and the Iwama tradition of Aikido. He lived in Japan for 8 years where he studied Aikido full time under the guidance of the late Morihiro Saito Sensei. After leaving Japan Miles spent 3 years on intensive Vipassana meditation retreats in Burma and Nepal, where he was mentored through the “progress of insight” under the guidance of the late U Pandita in Burma, and Sayadaw Vivekananda in Nepal. Miles lives in Tel-Aviv, Israel, and is the founding director of “Aikido Without Borders,” a non-profit which builds bridges of mutual understanding between Israelis and Palestinians through the martial art of Aikido. He is also the Founder and Director of the Integral Dojo Online, a media, education, and training organization. You can find out more on Miles, his work through The Integral Dojo, and his blog at: www.theintegraldojo.com

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Otto Laske

In the year 2000, Otto Laske, born in Poland and educated in Germany, the US, and the Netherlands, founded, and since then has directed, the Interdevelopmental Institute (IDM). As its Director of Education, he has instituted a comprehensive training program based on the work of the Kohlberg School in combination with Roy Bhaskar’s work on Critical Realism. Otto’s research and teaching is manifest at , especially Publications and Blogs. Otto is also a composer () and a visual artist https://www.saatchiart.com/account/collection/888704, as well as a lyric poet http://www.ottolaske.com/poetry.html.

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Pier Luigi Lattuada

Pier Luigi Lattuada M. D., Psy. D. Ph. D. Founder of Biotransenergetics, Pier Luigi is the Director of the Integral Transpersonal Institute of Milan. He is also director of the Transpersonal Psychotherapy School in Milan, which has been fully recognized by the Ministry of Education University and Research since 2002. He is Faculty and chair of the Department of Integral Transpersonal Psychology at Ubiquity University. He is President of EUROTAS, Global Transpersonal Network. Pier Luigi has published twenty books and several scientific articles.

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Jeremy Lent

Jeremy Lent is an author and speaker whose work investigates the underlying causes of our civilization’s existential crisis, and explores pathways toward a life-affirming future. His award-winning book, The Patterning Instinct: A Cultural History of Humanity’s Search for Meaning, examines the way humans have made meaning from the cosmos from hunter-gatherer times to the present day. His upcoming book, The Web of Meaning: Integrating Science and Traditional Wisdom to Find Our Place in the Universe, will be published in June by New Society Publishers (USA/Canada) and Profile Books (UK & Commonwealth).

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Abigail Lynam

Abigail Lynam is faculty for Fielding Graduate University’s PhD in Human and Organizational Development, and Pacific Integral’s Generating Transformative Change program. She has twenty years of experience in transformative learning, adult development, coaching, and leadership development. Her scholarship and practice integrates the interior dimensions of human knowledge and experience (culture, worldviews, psychology, wisdom traditions, etc.) with social change efforts. An area of emphasis is adult developmental psychology applied to adult learning, coaching, organizational change, and leadership development. She works with tools and technologies for transformative change, such as Theory U, integral theory and practice, polarity management, collective intelligence, social change innovations, dialogue and contemplative practices, etc.

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Rama Mani

Transformative peacebuilder-performer and leader-educator Dr. Rama Mani is the Founder of Theatre of Transformation Academy, and Convenor of Enacting Global Transformation at the University of Oxford. She is the Co-Founder of Home for Humanity, with her husband, Prof. Alexander Schieffer. She is a Councilor of the World Future Council. Formerly, she was Executive Director of the International Centre for Ethnic Studies, Sri Lanka, & Director of the Global Peace and Security Course at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy. She received the Visionary Leadership Lifetime Award in 2020 in Canada, the Excellence in Leadership Award in 2018 in the UK, and the Peter Becker Peace Prize in 2013 in Germany.

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Kazuma Matoba

Kazuma was born in Kobe/Japan and studied Linguistics and International Politics at Sophia University in Tokyo.

After his PhD study in Germany he has taught and researched at several Universities in Japan and Germany. Since 2018 he is Professor for intercultural education at Witten/Herdecke University in Germany. He is co-founder of Institute for Global Integral Competence (), managing director of Academy of Inner Science Graduate Program and Master of Arts in Inner Science at Ubiquity University. One of his research topics is “Global Social Witnessing” and leading a research project ().

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Annette McCall

I am practicing integrally informed family medicine on the beautiful Sunshine Coast just outside of Vancouver, Canada. Our Canadian healthcare system is in dire need of transformation and not aware of an integral framework as of yet. I am a mother of three sons in their 20s who tolerate my attempt at offering an integral perspective. I am also a student of Doshin Roshi,(Integral Zen) and a member of his sangha. This all allows me to be a student, mentor, teacher, coach and practitioner on this evolutionary path.

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Tom Murray

Tom Murray is Director of Internal Research at STAGES International, Chief Visionary and Instigator at Open Way Solutions LLC, and a Senior Research Fellow at the UMass School of Computer Science. He is an Associate Editor at Integral Review, is on the editorial review board of the International Journal of Artificial Intelligence in Education. His research includes assessing leading edge adult developmental models, and using AI technology to assess development of groups. Over 20 years, has published articles on developmental theory and meta-theory as they relate to wisdom, education, we-space practices, ethics, and epistemology. See .

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Hauda Najem

Ms. Hauda Najem – is a senior education and an organizational development specialist with 20 years of experience in the education field, first as a practitioner, then as a school director, and ultimately as an education expert working with decision makers at the strategic levels, both in general education and in higher education, at the national, regional and international levels. Her international experience includes projects in Abu Dhabi, in Saudi Arabia as well as assignments in France. Ms. Najem sharpened her donors’ experience working with USAID, UNICEF, World Bank and supporting programs with AFD and the French Institute as well as private funding agencies. Of most relevance is her latest three-year-mission working as a senior advisor to the highest education official authorities in Lebanon first as the Center for Educational Research and Development (CERD) Strategic Planner, then as Senior Program Development Advisor for the World Bank Support to RACE2 $204 million program alongside the Ministry of Education and Higher Education. She is fluent in Arabic, English, and French.

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Doshin Michael Nelson

Doshin Michael Nelson Roshi Doshin is a poet, teacher, and troublemaker – a Zen Master of no rank. Founder of Integral Zen and the Poetry of Dying Project. Doshin received Inka from JunPo Roshi in 2011 becoming a Dharma Heir and Zen master. He worked directly with JunPo as he developed the Process of Mondo Zen. The Integral Zen Zendo was 18 blocks from Ken Wilber's loft. He considers Ken one of his Teachers. Doshin has developed several practice methods, he calls “Wu Technologies” to initiate curious seekers into a direct experience of absolute freedom, from the cause of suffering.

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Lisa Norton

Lisa Norton is a guide disguised as a professor. She is piloting Uncertainty Lab, a social-emotional learning context for practices of uncertainment – states of negative capability, humility, and awe necessary for grappling with our global crises of meaning, learning and creativity. Professionally, Norton's coaching, facilitation and consulting practices focus on cultivating conditions for the emergence of resilience in complex adaptive systems such as creative teams. She also serves as Professor of Design Leadership in the School of Design Strategies at Parsons School of Design where she teaches Creative Team Dynamics: identity and change.

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Paddy Pampallis

Dr Paddy Pampallis, educationalist, integral psychologist and IntegralU coach, has immersed herself in human consciousness and development. The founder/CEO of Integral Africa (Institute); The Coaching Centre (TCC, 2003); Integral African Conference (2019 IAC) and Ubuntu Coaching Foundation. She partners Susanne Cook-Greuter co-teaching on Leadership Maturity globally. Her unique application of Wilber’s AQAL theory, into the IntegralU Practice of Leadership & Coaching™, from an Africa perspective, has met with Wilber’s acclaim. Hundreds of students have graduated through the ICF accredited programme (IPCP), and many leaders have benefitted from integrative transformational work with individuals, teams and organisations towards consciousness, mastery and impact.

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Nomali Perera

​Nomali Perera, MA, PCC, has been in leadership development coaching, facilitation and teaching since 2007. Along with Jeff Salzman of the Daily Evolver, Nomali was a Co-Founder of the Boulder Integral Center where she designed, facilitated and taught at hundreds of events including the Integral Incubator. She has been a professional consultant in people development and training specifically using Integral Theory in Brazil and Mexico at Natura Cosmeticos. Nomali also has a keen interest in higher education having served as an assistant director of graduate admissions at Boulder's Naropa University. You can find out more about her at www.practicalintegral.com.

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Markos Perrakis

Markos Perrakis, PhD, is leadership development & process facilitator, psychologist, speaker and founder of Fractality -EU Training & counselling provider. During the last 20 years he has been working with eclectic systemic appreciative approaches, participatory design methods and Spiritual Intelligence worldwide. He is also Scientific Assistant of SOL (Society of Organisational Learning) and EUMU (European Union of small and medium enterprises) in issues of Strategic Planning, Human Resources Development, Dynamic Governance and European Programs in Greece. He provides training, supervision and facilitation for Professionals, HR Experts, local communities, politicians and NGOs, helping citizens express and transform themselves to a co-creative transition. His works with people who are sensitive with environmental and societal issues with values and their actions bring a positive social impact to the world.

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Eva Pomeroy

Eva Pomeroy is Research Lead at the Presencing Institute, an awareness-based action research organization focused on transformative learning in the service of social change. She is a core faculty member of u.lab, an online-to-offline change process offered on the MIT/Harvard edX platform, and Affiliate Faculty of the Department of Applied Human Sciences, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada. Eva is a Co-Founder and Managing Editor of the Journal of Awareness-Based Systems Change. Her work focuses on the cultivation of the social field as a key leverage point for individual and collective transformation.

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George Por

George is a mentor and strategic learning partner to visionary leaders and organizations around the world. He is the founder of Enlivening Edge magazine, Campus Co-Evolve virtual university for evolutionary agents, and Future HOW, the Center of Action Research for Evolutionary Emergence. With Aftab Omer, he is the co-developer of the “Transformative Communities of Practice” theory. His past academic posts include the California Institute for Integral Studies, London School of Economics, UC Berkeley, and the Université de Paris. His consulting clients included European Commission, Ford, Greenpeace, Intel, UN Development Programme, World Wildlife Foundation, Zappos. He can be reached at george@campus-coevolve.org.

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Athena Potari

Dr Athena Despoina Potari is Fellow at the Center for Hellenic Studies at Harvard University and Lecturer at the University of Toulouse (1 Capitole, Athens branch). She holds a PhD from the University of Oxford, specializing in Political Philosophy, and an MA in Political Theory (with distinction) from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), specializing in Platonic Political Philosophy. In 2020, Dr Potari was awarded the prestigious Moutsopoulos Philosophy Prize of the Academy of Athens for her treatise on Aristotle’s notion of dunamis. She has previously taught at the University of Oxford, the University of Patras, University of Athens, and the Hellenic School of National Defense. In between her academic studies, she also worked as researcher in the House of Commons, UK, and the Hellenic Parliament. Her interests lie at the intersection between Ancient Greek Philosophy, Epistemology and Consciousness, with a strong interest in interdisciplinary study. Since 2012, her work focuses on Hellenism as a non-dual wisdom tradition which combines scientific reasoning with the experiential realization of Logos and Being as Eudaimonia. Her writing and teaching explores ways in which the Hellenic tradition can be re-read and creatively interpreted in ways that integrate theoretical knowledge with the practical, experiential approach to philosophy as a path of self-knowledge and well-being – ef zein. She is the founder of Ef Philosophein - a forum devoted to bringing the teachings of Hellenic Philosophy to the Hellenic community and the wider public in a way that makes them approachable, practical and applicable in people’s everyday lives.

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Jonathan Reams

Jonathan practices the cultivation of leadership through awareness-based consulting, coaching and action research on leadership development program design and delivery in a variety of settings. He has a position at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), serves as Editor-in Chief of Integral Review, and is a co-founder of the Center for Transformative Leadership and of the European Center for Leadership Practice. He brings awareness-based leadership development practices to his work, focusing on how the inner workings of human nature can develop leadership capacities for today’s complex challenges.

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Eric Reynolds

Eric Reynolds received his MA in Transformative Leadership from the California Institute of Integral Studies and his PhD at Saybrook University in Organizational Leadership and Transformation (OLT). As a transdisciplinary scholar of Next-Stage Organizations, and Executive Editor of Integral Leadership Review, he passionately bridges the many silos of human knowing, being, doing, and relating.

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Marco A Robledo

Dr Marco Antonio Robledo is Professor of Management and Director of the Master in Business Administration at the University of the Balearic Islands. Most of his research focuses on new management paradigms and, for years, he has been studying and working with more conscious, humane, and socially responsible organizations. He defines himself as a change agent who helps organizations and individuals in their development. He is the author of the first integrally-built management metatheory which he presents in his recent book "3D Management, an integral theory for organisations at the forefront of evolution", with a foreword by Ken Wilber.

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Nico Roenpagel

Nico is enthusiastic about novel expressions of wisdom in today’s world of unprecedented complexities and possibilities. Equipped with a PhD in art education (UNSW Australia) and a research-based understanding of the benefits of meditation and embodied leadership, he has brought mindfulness to corporate environments, universities, art museums and classical music. To him, the ultimate purpose of mindfulness is collective awakening. Sources of inspiration in his life are his meditation, yoga and dance practice since 2002; as well as imaginative inquiry, evolutionary philosophy, constellation work and collective intelligence.

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Bonnitta Roy

Bonnitta Roy is founder of Alderlore Insight Center, an education and retreat center that offers collective insight retreats for people interested in breaking away from limiting patterns of thought. She teaches a masters course in consciousness studies and transpersonal psychology at the Graduate Institute. Her teaching highlights the embodied, affective and perceptual aspects of the core self, and the non-egoic potentials from which subtle sensing, intuition and insight emerge. Bonnitta is an author and fellow at Perspectiva, where she writes about emergent themes in education and spirituality. She is a contributor and associate editor of Integral Review.

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Jeff Salzman

Jeff Salzman is the host of The Daily Evolver podcast, now in its 10th year. The Daily Evolver looks at current events in culture, politics and spirituality through the lens of integral, evolutionary theory. Jeff worked with Ken Wilber in building the Integral Institute, producing the Institute’s original seminar series. He also co-founded The Boulder Integral Center, hosting hundreds of events dedicated to furthering the integral vision. Jeff is guided by the insight that “evolution is beautiful, but not pretty.”

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Akasha Saunders

Nothing brings more joy to Akasha than cultivating spaces for liberatory-growth. He works with Cultivating Leadership and is known for his success designing and facilitating interventions that support vertical development and intercultural competence.

Akasha is a pilgrim, educator, and developmental coach. He teaches developmental psychology and gender inequality at St. George’s University in Grenada. He holds a Ph.D. in Human Development from Fielding Graduate University and is credentialed through the International Coach Federation as a Professional Certified Coach. He spends most of his time between Grenada and Bermuda with his partner, their son, and very protective cockapoo dog.

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Alexander Schieffer

Professor Alexander Schieffer is an integral philosopher, academic activist, passionate educator, and mystic poet. He is Co-Founder of TRANS4M Academy for Integral Transformation (Geneva, Switzerland) Co-Founder of Home for Humanity (France), Professor of Integral Development at Da Vinci Institute, South Africa and St. Gallen University, Switzerland. Author of many books (including Integral Development, Transformation Management, Integral Economics and Integral Research-and-Innovation), as well as two poetry volumes and a novel. He is also Co-Editor of the Transformation and Innovation Series and the Integral Green Society and Economy Series, both with Routledge. He has a Ph.D. from St. Gallen University entitled The Development of Leadership Personality.

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Melissa Schwartz

Melissa Schwartz, Ph.D. is the Chief Academic Officer at Meridian University where she guides integrally-oriented programs in Education, Business, and Psychology. The Director of Meridian’s Center for Transformative Learning, Melissa is dually licensed as both a psychologist and as a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT). She serves as a reviewer for the American Psychological Association’s Journal, Psychology of Women Quarterly, and the California Psychological Association’s Office of Professional Development. As well, she serves as a Subject Matter Expert for California’s Board of Behavioral Sciences in the continual development of the state’s MFT licensure examination. Melissa’s research interests are in the areas of adult development, the psychology of women, integral transformative assessment, and the role of culture in transformative learning.

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Beena Sharma

Beena Sharma is president of the Vertical Development Academy (VeDA). VeDA’s mission is to catalyze human maturity. VeDA’s core work lies in applying the Leadership Maturity Framework (LMF) and the Maturity Profile (MAP) to support adult development. Beena has trained and partnered in both maturity assessment and maturity coaching services with Dr. Susanne Cook-Greuter. Beena is a Master Coach in Leadership Maturity Coaching, a lead facilitator and certifying authority in VeDA’s coach certification program, along with Dr. Cook-Greuter. Beena developed Polarity Wisdom, an understanding of how actively working with Polarities impacts vertical development, and integrates that lens in VeDA’s services.

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Susan Shaw

The Chair of Meridian University's Board of Trustees, Susan Shaw has been a family therapist for over 35 years along with teaching and training therapists in family therapy and Narrative Practice. In 1995 she co-founded Narrative Training Associates, a non-profit group dedicated to organizing in the professional community for social justice. Her work has been instrumental in developing the North Bay Organizing Project (NBOP) where she serves as Executive Director. Susan directed the development and organizing of the Graton Day Labor Center (Centro Laboral de Graton) from 2003 - 2008, and has served on its board since 2002. She was the recipient of the Activist of the Year Award from Community Action Partnership in 2007.

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Anneloes Smitsman

Dr Anneloes Smitsman (Ph.D., LLM), is Founder and CEO of EARTHwise Centre. She is a visionary scientist, published author, futurist, system architect, and global catalyst. She holds a Masters degree in Law and Judicial Political Sciences from Leiden University, and received a degree of Doctor from Maastricht University (the Netherlands) for her research “Into the Heart of Systems Change”. Anneloes has a unique vision and understanding of the Cosmic architecture of life and how to apply this for the renaissance and redesign of self and society, and the development of our future human capacities. This also features in her forthcoming book “Future Humans - The Quest of Rose” with her co-author Dr Jean Houston. Anneloes is also the author of the Amazon Bestseller “Love Letters from Mother Earth – The Promise of a New Beginning”. Anneloes is passionate about empowering people in developing the future systems, capabilities, and architecture for thrivable civilizations. She is the lead architect of the EARTHwise Tipping Point System, and a powerful teacher of Evolutionary Leadership, Social Innovation, and Transformational Change. Her unique programs and teachings have empowered thousands of people and organizations from around the world. She is a member of the Evolutionary Leaders Circle. Website - https://www.earthwisecentre.org/anneloes-smitsman

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Kristian Stålne

Kristian Stålne, PhD, is a senior lecturer at Malmö University, founding member of European Society for Research in Adult Development and author of an introductory book on adult development stage theories for complexity and meaning making. His is recognised as an Excellent Teaching Practitioner for integrating adult development perspectives in pedagogic theory and practice. Kristian’s research spans and intersects engineering, adult development, indoor environments and leadership development.

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Brett Thomas

Brett Thomas is a leadership expert with two decades of experience helping corporations, governments and communities solve complex problems. As the director of Integral Institute's Business and Leadership Center, he worked closely with Ken Wilber and senior faculty to create a unifying theory of leadership which evolved into the various widely used frameworks and practices associated with “Integral Leadership.” His Integral Leadership Program has been running concurrently for 20+ years with thousands of graduates. His non-profit, Conscious Coalition, partners with governments, NGOs and social impact ventures to provide needed resources while reducing conflict, poverty and social injustice across the globe.

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Greg Thomas

Greg Thomas, CEO of the Jazz Leadership Project, is a writer, teacher, and entrepreneur. He has written about culture, race, and democratic life in publications ranging from the Village Voice, Integral Life, New Republic, Salon, UPTOWN, The Root, the Guardian Observer, and the New York Daily News—as jazz columnist. Greg has lectured on American cultural history and jazz at Columbia, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Hamilton College, and Harvard. In fall 2020, he taught a nine-week online course, Cultural Intelligence: Transcending Race, Embracing Cosmos.

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Raquel Torrent

Raquel Torrent is an entrepreneur of consciousness, called by many "the midwife of the Spirit". She is a licensed Psychologist, Integral Psychotherapist and Ontological Coach since 1986. Since then, she has also lead transformative courses and retreats integrating hard and soft science with wisdom traditions, where practice and application is the core.

Personal and Transpersonal development are for her the base to regenerate life in all its manifestations, what she models and teaches as an Integral way of living that she names "Practical Spirituality". Her publications in articles and books show this spiritual connection and passion for life which is also reflected in her own integral Psychotherapeutic methodology: Inner Positioning. She's created a Community of IPT -Inner Positioning Therapists which she trains herself.

She founded the first Integral Salon in Spain before the turn of the century as well as the first International Integral Conferences in Madrid (with speakers from all over the world) in 2003 and the Spanish Integral Association in 2005 from which she was former President during 6 years.

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Martin Ucik

Martin Ucik moved to California in the 90s where he trained with Eckhart Tolle as a group facilitator and later became an avid student of Ken Wilber's Integral Philosophy. This allowed him to integrate his relationship experiences into his first book "Integral Relationships: A Manual for Men” which Wilber calls “terrific”. Martin's second book, “Sex Purpose Love” allows couples to experience a new form of love through sharing a purpose that makes the world a better place. Wilber calls it “groundbreaking”. Martin currently lives in Istanbul and teaches worldwide.

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Rica Viljoen

Dr Rica Viljoen is currently the SVP: Organisational Development Sibanye-Stillwater. She is associated with various Centres of Human Emergence. Rica works closely with Don Beck and until recently with Loraine Laubscher in studying changing life conditions and human adaptation. Rica has published books, chapters and articles on change, spiral dynamics and multi-culturalism. She expresses the passion of ensuring that untold stories of minority groups. Amongst other prices, she has been awarded the CEO-award for her contribution nationally/internationally by the Institute of People Management. She has chaired more than 90 PhD and Masters theses and co-hosted the first Integral African Conference.

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Anne-Marie Voorhoeve

Anne-Marie Voorhoeve is an evolutionary leader, founder - consultant of The Hague Center for Global Governance, Innovation and Emergence (THC). At the heart of THC is the uplifting of networks and the development of complex multi-stakeholder projects to develop a world that works for all. Strategically Coalescing Authority, Power and Influence (CAPI Adizes), she has co developed this praxis of Meshworking (first coined by Don Beck and spiral dynamics integral) around the world. She loves to work intergenerationally, balancing the masculine and the feminine in co-creation and addressing profound issues, big questions and be in the not-knowing until clarity arises.

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Mark Walsh

​Mark Walsh has dedicated his life to embodied learning.

He founded the Embodied Facilitator Course (EFC), Embodied Yoga Principles (EYP) and Europe’s first embodied business training company, Integration Training. He has taught in fifty countries and made embodiment available online through a YouTube channel with over 14 million hits.

More recently, he founded The Embodiment Podcast, and in 2018, launched the ground-breaking Embodiment Conference, which was attended by over 15,000 people. He has also published articles on numerous websites, such as Elephant Journal, and been featured on many podcasts.

As a speaker, he has keynoted The International Coach Federation’s annual UK conference, and spoke at Moscow State University psychology department.

He has an honours degree in psychology, an aikido black-belt and has trained with various body-mind masters and in various approaches, including yoga, NonViolent Communication, Feldenkrais, conscious dance, Being-In-Movement, Improv, MMA, Leadership Embodiment, body psychotherapy and meditation.

Generally, these days he dedicates himself to teaching other teachers and mentoring young embodiment teachers, but his past clients include IKEA, Unilever, L’Oréal, Virgin Atlantic, AXA, Shell, Sussex University and The House of Lords.

He has also worked in peace and trauma projects in Israel/Palestine, Afghanistan, Ukraine, the slums of Brazil, East Africa and with the Sierra Leonian Army.

Based in Brighton UK, he likes cats, his wife Daria, and feels ridiculous writing about himself in the third person.

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Mathias Weitbrecht

Mathias Weitbrecht is a European pioneer in the field of visual facilitation. Since 2005 he has developed products, business models and teams - always aligned with a strong purpose-driven approach. He is founder and CEO of Visual Facilitators GmbH with a team of 35 visual strategists, graphic recorders and facilitators, as well as author of the book “Co-Create! Das Visualisierungs-Buch” /(Wiley Publ/).

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Robin Wood

Dr. Robin Lincoln Wood is a world-renowned strategist, futurist, social & business entrepreneur, author and agent of transformation. As a regenerative integral practitioner he inspires mindshifts that trigger cultureshifts and transformations that support a thriveable, inclusive, and collaborative future. He has spent four decades working at board level with the world’s leading organizations, banks and several governments in 37 countries on four continents and is deeply skilled in designing and catalyzing major shifts in large scale systems, while inspiring and empowering the teams that deliver them. He has authored eight award-winning books, including "The Trouble with Paradise", “The Great Shift”, “Managing Complexity”, "Synergise!”, “Making Good Happen” and “The Momentous Leap”

Convergence Program

Convergence panel topics and themes planned for April 16, 17, and 18 include:

Friday, April 16th, 2021

Saturday, April 17th, 2021

Sunday, April 18th, 2021

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