Integral Futures is an approach to Futures that uses Ken Wilber’s Integral Theory as its framework. Integral Theory contains a holistic, four quadrant model that explores the interior (intentional) and the exterior (behavioral) of the individual and the interior (cultural) and the exterior (system or social) of the communal or collective. (Wilber, 1996)
Richard Slaughter was the owner of this domain for many years but has graciously transferred it to me for which I am grateful and will do my best to be a responsible, conscience steward.
Integral theory tells us that reality arises in the presence of and through the consciousness and experiences of individuals and collectives which can then be observed through behavior, science, nature and social systems. What distinguishes Integral is that it considers the subjective experience and integrates it along with the objective, intersubjective, and the interobjective. The effects of one quadrant affect the others and a balance of all four quadrants will contribute to the health of the individual and or the collective. Because of the inclusiveness nature of this theory, practitioners have a framework that is meta- or at a higher level that will not reduce or collapse the interior experience of individuals and collectives into the exterior realm (reductionism). All perspectives are taken into consideration. This will not create integral but will guide and track integral attempts by its practitioners. (Esbjorn-Hargens, 2009)
It is my intention to share with you my thoughts on what is happening in the world of Futures and Integral and Integral Futures specifically. I would love to collaborate with you so feel free to contact me with any thoughts to expand or disagree. Thanks for joining me on my journey.
Wilber, K. (1996) A Brief History of Everything, Shambala, Boston & London
Esbjorn-Hargens, 2009P.3 http://integrallife.com/node/37539