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Embodying Integral Development

A Holistic Approach, 1st Edition

By Ronnie Lessem


162 pages | 19 B/W Illus.

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In this fourth and final volume of the CARE-ing for Integral Development series, Ronnie Lessem integrates all that has come before in terms of: Community activation; Awakening integral consciousness; and institutionalized Research. Here he focuses on individual and community development alongside that of the organization or society, and sets it in the context of an integral economy.

The four critical success factors identified in recognizing and releasing integral development aligned with CARE are:

  • GROUNDING – linking up with and building upon existing local and global movements for socio-economic development;
  • EMERGENCE – maintaining interconnected focus;
  • NAVIGATING – locating and developing GENE-ius in a particular community/society;
  • EFFECTING – committing to resolving an issue and identifying the most fertile development path.

Embodying Integral Development offers a comprehensive system of accreditation. Supported by examples and illustrations of CARE, this book makes a case for Integral Development as a whole. It argues that it is a qualitative means of self-assessment rather than a quantitative one, focused on engagement, immersion and interpretation, as well as evaluation, rather than empirical verification.

Table of Contents

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Prologue: embodying integral development – integral enterprise and economy


Relational path: community activation to awaken consciousness

1 Grounding: Goko – personal and community engagement

2 Emerging: Calabash – knowledge sharing 

3 Navigating: GENE rhythm – social innovation 

4 Effecting: integral realities – societal transformation


Renewal path: awaken consciousness to institutional research

5 Grounding: the integral state

6 Emerging: institutional integration 

7 Navigating: releasing economic GENE-ius

8 Effecting: bridging the gulf – societal renaissance


Realization path: institutional research to embody development

9 Grounding: education for all the senses

10 Emerging: organizational learning and development

11 Effecting: embodying inter-institutional genealogy

12 Navigating: integral society Epilogue: CARE-ful self-assessment


About the Author

Ronnie Lessem is the Co-Founder of Trans4m, Geneva. He has been a management educator and consultant in Africa, Asia, Europe and America and is the author of over thirty books on the development of self, business and society.

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 / 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