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.
"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?"
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.
"There is nothing so practical as a good theory."
"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."
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, May 6th, 7th, and 8th to learn from each other about the capabilities, methods, models and practices that they are innovating in the context of their professional engagements.
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.
Click on each photo to learn about each panelist.
Convergence panel topics and themes planned for May 6, 7, and 8 include: