“Strategic planning towards sustainability requires engaging in profound change, an inner shift in peoples values, aspirations and behaviors guided by their mental models, as well as an outer shift in processes, strategies and practices.” Peter Senge
Integral Sustainability is a both a method or tool set, a comprehensive map of a very complex territory and a lens. With this lens we can take a look at planet earth, showing us undisguised this century’s challenges. Taking the integral map along with us, and a commitment to staying connected and present to the real phenomena and to application, we want to open a space that will take us beyond rational understanding of ecological bottlenecks of planet earth. We will comprehend transition and dynamics as central elements of our realities. Our reference points generate precarious balancing points on the one hand and resilience on the other, the uncertainty of systems analysis as well as a comprehensive understanding of sustainable and integrated development.
We can explore and understand the interfaces between ecology, sustaianbility and consciousness, looking at facts and circumstances from different points of view. Seen from an integral perspective all crises are “4 quadrant crises”, and it is therefore exciting to trace following questions: What social values, shadow dynamics and collective adaptive pushbacks have lead to the actual situation? What is the equivalent of climate warming, resilience or balancing points in individual and collective consciousness? How do different action logics and mindsets deal with these topics? And: How can “acupuncture points” in our consciousness be activated, so that all systems can develop healthily? How can processes and systems be designed in a different way, so we don’t have to change the world one consciousness at the time?
A wide perspective, connecting sustainable development, changes in society, technological innovations and our own personal development with one another, opens us up for prototyping in transformative process design, generative emergence and true learning organizations with collaborative organizational development.