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Beyond The Map And The Territory:

Relational dynamics, processes of collective transformation, „we-space“ – a comparison of integral maps and the territories that go with them.

By Anne Caspari and Mushin Schilling[1]

 “AQAL is a map of samsara, a map of the prison, but if you’re going to make a prison break, you need a good map.” 

Despite the many efforts in the last few years around the much vaunted ‘we-space’, only meager work and reflection has been done in Integral Theory circles on the dynamics of relationships and communities. Much of what does exist concerns integrating social and sociological hypotheses into an overall framework or refining theoretical and meta-theoretical knowledge creation. When it comes to actual phenomenological research into a relatively new phenomenon, though, the field is still wide open.

vortexSo when we start to connect meta-theory with the practical application of group-dynamic processes and their emergent characteristics to gaining new insight – for “insighting” – and to finding new processes and products – for “prototyping”  things get really exiting.  … Read the full article here: –Map-territory-article

[1] Translated by Mushin from the article in the Integrale Perspektiven issue june 2014:

f8472f56cb Beziehungsdynamiken, kollektive Trasformations
prozesse, “we-space”, – ein Vergleich integraler Landkarten und der dazugehörigen Territorien. Integrale-Perspektiven-Juni2014 (2)


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Working with Resistance – a praxis paper.

Working with Resistance – When Reality hits, use its Force

Follow the intensity of your resistance down to its source and sure enough you will find a treasure.

“The difficulty we have in accepting responsibility for our behavior lies in the desire to avoid the pain of the consequences of that behavior” M. Scott Peck

With transformation work, encountering and overcoming resistances is an intrinsic part of the game. In coaching and facilitating transformative change, people naturally face stages of resistance, fear and confusion. This will inevitably trigger escape and protection mechanisms of the self/Self system that come in a multitude of shapes, sizes and flavours.

Many of these take the form of well-rehearsed identities (e.g.spiritual identities, cynical attitudes, attack of coach or method, sudden shift of priorities) that are designed to ‘protect’the coachee from the suspected pain of re-owning deeper lying disassociated parts (shadows). These defence mechanisms can easily sabotage the transformative process. In many cases, the coachee is not aware of these phenomena, but rather strongly identified with them. Kegan and Lahey (2009) define this as “Immunity to Change”, a “hidden commitment”, with an underlying root cause, that competes and conflicts with a stated commitment to change. It is these hidden commitments that cause people to not change and to fail to realise their best intentions. It takes experience to spot such phenomena and to defuse or utilize any deviating construct arising in the space appropriately, in real time. Continue reading


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Shifting Personal Reality

Shifting Personal Reality

The ability to shift personal reality in one’s self and the competency to assist others with their transformation is one of the basic skills for integral mentoring of any kind. This can apply to individual work with leaders, ‘trim tabs’ and change agents, or to collective work with stakeholder groups, organizations  or NGOs. The kind of assistance needed depends on many different factors, such as the unique action logic or kosmic address of everybody involved  (see previous post) and, of course, on the nature of the task ahead.

Yet despite the abundant variables, transformational change follows a very recognizable blueprint that, much like a wave, keeps its pattern integrity. We encounter this archetypal pattern everywhere, a cultural software of the human species. Its epic version is masterfully described in Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey.

The more post-modern version is Scharmer’s U Process for collective transformation and prototyping. The smaller day to day or moment to moment encounter with transformation, like changing a destructive habit, overcoming fear or shadow work either go unobserved or are subject to a myriad of self-help books. Continue reading


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Mapping Transformative Processes with AQAL and Theory U

Mapping Transformation

In international development we see it more and more the need for leaders to play a new game. It is ironic that our best whole systems thinkers are becoming ever more frustrated at the lack of visible change in response to knowledge and evidence about growing threats to sustainability. The problem is, that while many experts and change agents are getting frustrated ‘with banging their heads against the same old walls’ in the exterior quadrants (UR & LR), the dynamics and mechanisms of how to go about genuine transformation are still not widely understood. Continue reading