Dialogue4Health

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Integral Theory & Climate Change

Wednesday, March 18, 2009 – Noon - 1:00 PM Pacific

Have you ever wondered whether you can adopt a more comprehensive, effective, and integrally informed approach to complex public health problems? If so, we encourage you to learn about integral theory. Sean Esbjörn-Hargens, Ph.D, spoke about integral theory in a brown bag presentation at Public Health Institute (PHI). Sean is an associate professor and founding Chair of the Integral Theory Program at John F. Kennedy University in Pleasant Hill, founding Director of the Integral Research Center, and founding Executive Editor of the Journal of Integral Theory and Practice. In his presentation, Sean provided concrete examples of how an integral approach can serve the efforts at PHI.

Integral theory is an all-inclusive framework that draws on the key insights of the world's greatest knowledge traditions. The awareness gained from drawing on all truths and perspectives allows the Integral thinker to bring new depth, clarity and compassion to every level of human endeavor — from unlocking individual potential to finding new approaches to global-scale problems including health and environmental challenges.

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READING MATERIALS

An Overview of Integral Theory: An All-Inclusive Framework for the 21st Century
By Sean Esbjörn-Hargens
 
This primer to integral theory provides an up to date introduction and is an ideal piece to give to colleagues and friends who keep asking you "What is 'integral theory'?. For years I have heard people complain that there isn't a solid intro to the AQAL model. While Ken Wilber has penned a few introductions these often aren't viewed as ideal presentations for many professional contexts. My hope is that this new introduction will fill in the gap and allow individuals another resource in communicating the basics of integral theory. This introduction is also written in a way that even seasoned integral practitioners will find illuminating with new details of integral theory being offered.
 

An Overview of Integral Ecology: A Comprehensive Approach to Today's Complex Planetary Issues
By Sean Esbjörn-Hargens and Michael E Zimmerman
 
This primer basically serves as a 15 page summary of our 800+ page book which just came out. So for those of you who want the cliff notes version of Integral Ecology - here it is (but keep in mind that all the juicy endnotes - all 200 pages of them - are only in the book :). Michael and I have intentionally removed any jargon and made this as accessible to a wide audience as possible.

Responding to Climate Change: The Need for an Integral Response
By Karen O'Brien
 
This primer gives a really great overview of why integral theory is relevant to issues of climate change. Karen outlines 6 ways integral theory contributes towards addressing the complex issue of climate change and then anchors this in the unfolding situation in the Arctic region.
 

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