February 21, 2008

Integral Theory into Integral Action: Part 8

In the recent issue of the Integral Leadership Review, Mark Edwards and Russ Volckmann continue their pioneering dialogue on Integral Theory with Part 8 of Integral Theory into Integral Action.

In Part 6 of this dialogue, Mark laid out an elegant way of mapping and thinking about 1st, 2nd and 3rd person at micro, meso and macro levels, as well as the mediating factors in the relationships among these. In Part 7, Mark pointed out the importance of including an “ecological lens” along with a developmental lens in redressing the imbalanced focus on developmental to the exclusion of ecological in much of the theory related to integral development.

So far in their discussions Edwards and Volckmann have identified several “lenses” that can be used in more flexible and nuanced analysis, touched on the neglected issue of power in integral theory, and the importance of collaborative approaches in building metatheory.

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