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Awakening Integral Consciousness

A Developmental Perspective, 1st Edition

By Ronnie Lessem


152 pages | 20 B/W Illus.

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This is the second of four volumes in the CARE-ing for Integral Development series, focused on CARE: Community activation, Awakening consciousness, innovation driven institutionalized Research and transformative Education. In this book, the author focuses on ways and means of developing, in an explicitly integral way, a particular organization or society, one in relation to another, locally-globally, building on prior, local community activation. He draws on two decades of experience and illustrates how such an awakening of integral consciousness can run alongside innovation driven institutionalized research and transformative education, as well as community activation, at undergraduate and post-graduate levels. In the process he addresses such topics as how to embed development in a particular society locally, how in relation to the rest of the world globally, as well as how to consciously evolve as an individual, organization or society, as such, from one particular developmental perspective – southern (relational), eastern (renewal) or north/western (reasoned/realization) – or another.

The overall integral approach, or rhythm that the author draws upon, and has used in the field for the past decade, is that of recognizing and releasing what he terms GENE-ius, through local Grounding, local-global Emergence, newly global Navigation and ultimately global-local Effect, encompassing nature, culture, technology and enterprise. Moreover, he offers a body of integral theory that has been developed in twelve separate volumes, related to different aspects of integral development.

This book on awakening integral and developmental consciousness – from an African, Asian or Euro/American perspective – is unique. Moreover, and specifically as such, the author offers an alternately relational ("southern"), renewal ("eastern") and reasoned ("north-western") perspective on such development.

Table of Contents

Prologue: awakening integral consciousness – a developmental perspective actualizing an innovation ecosystem

Part I

Grounding of integral consciousness

1. Integrative humanism/massive web of reality: njikoka amaka – a philosophical/religious developmental perspective

2. Consciousness spectrum/holographic entity: an integrator’s perspective

3. Integral theory/all quadrants, all levels: building on the four quadrants – an evolutionary perspective

Part II

Emergence of awakened integral consciousness

4. Integral worlds/integral polity: realities, rhythm, realms, rounds – a renewal perspective

5. Integral ecology/BC Naklo as an educational complex: community activation, awakening integral consciousness, institutionalized research, transformative education

6. Spiral integral/human emergence centre: an integral polity perspective

Part III

Navigation of integral consciousness

7. Integral research/innovation: origination, foundation, emancipation, transformation

8. Integral rhythm/innovation ecosystem: an integral dynamic functional/structural perspective

9. Align "Mode 2" university/social innovation: technology, innovation, people, systems

Part IV

Integral conscious effect

10. People economics/appropriate technology: an economic perspective on awakening integral consciousness

11. Conscious evolution/Canon and kyosei: an enterprise perspective on awakening integral consciousness

12. Awakening of all/Sarvodaya: local, national and world awakening

Epilogue: CARE-ful assessment – relational, renewal, reasoned realization paths: accrediting integral development: community to awareness

About the Author

Ronnie Lessem is co-founder of Trans4m (Geneva) together with Alexander Schieffer, and has been an international management consultant in Europe, America, India and Africa for the last three decades.

About the Series

Transformation and Innovation

This series on enterprise transformation and social innovation comprises a range of books informing practitioners, consultants, organization developers, development agents and academics how businesses and other organizations, as well as the discipline of economics itself, can and will have to be transformed. The series prepares the ground for viable twenty-first century enterprises and a sustainable macroeconomic system. A new kind of R & D, involving social, as well as technological innovation, needs to be supported by integrated and participative action research in the social sciences. Focusing on new, emerging kinds of public, social and sustainable entrepreneurship originating from all corners of the world and from different cultures, books in this series will help those operating at the interface between enterprise and society to mediate between the two and will help schools teaching management and economics to re-engage with their founding principles.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Business Development
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / New Business Enterprises
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Urban & Regional
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Economic Development
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / International / Economics
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Sustainable Development
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Nonprofit Organizations & Charities
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Government & Business
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Workplace Culture
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Organizational Development
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Corporate Governance