1st Edition

Innovation Driven Institutional Research Towards Integral Development

By Ronnie Lessem Copyright 2017
    182 Pages 23 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This is the third volume in the CARE-ing for Integral Development series. It continues to build on the previous two works, Community Activation and Awakening Integral Consciousness, as well as preceding the fourth and final book, Embodying Integral Development. This book serves as a follow-up to the author's approach to integral research and development, economics and enterprise, contained within the Innovation and Transformation series, and as a focus for how put all of this "CARE-fully" to work.

    This third volume, in the CARE quartet is perhaps the most crucial one, building on the organizational systems (see Awakening Integral Consciousness) that came before and turning from trans-cultural and transformational to trans-disciplinary, from integral reality and integral rhythm to integral realms, with a view ultimately to transpersonal, integral rounds. The author turns his attention to research and innovation, and then focuses in on enterprise and economics, management and leadership. As such, he introduces his Inter-Institutional Genealogy in place of an "integral", yet still inhibiting, university.

    In the process this book paves the way for a new kind of institutionalized, innovation driven social research, which, while rooted in a particular place, speaks to the world as a whole. Moreover, such a research-and-innovation institution has a fundamental role to play in the evolution of a specific community, building on what has come CARE-wise before.

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    Prologue: innovation driven institutionalized (social)research – towards an inter-institutional genealogy

    PART I

    Grounding of institutionalized research

    1 Constituting the South: a historical perspective on institutionalized research

    2 Sekem Commonwealth: a commonwealth perspective on institutionalized research

    3 European Trinity: a classical perspective on creative innovation


    Emergence of institutionalized research

    4 Communitalism: a communal and relational perspective on Pax Africana

    5 Social ecology: Integral Green Zimbabwe – African phoenix rising

    6 Integral development: creating ecosystems, renewing self, organization and society – regenerating knowledge, actualizing development


    Navigation of institutionalized research

    7 Integral research paradigm: technological/social innovation – integral research perspective

    8 Integral academy: a developmental perspective

    9 Reinventing knowledge: integral dynamics


    Effect of institutionalized research

    10 Social economy: social economics to cooperative enterprise

    11 Knowledge creation: operations to knowledge creation

    12 Solidarity economy: comparative to integral advantage in Brazil

    Epilogue: accrediting innovation driven institutionalized research



    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.