Jun 042013

In this highly-rated series of audio clips, Ken Wilber offers his own thoughts about futurism and future studies, the fabled “integral tipping point”, and how we need to really come together as a community in order to begin paving the way to a better and more integral tomorrow.

  • Part 1 – Integrating the Future (mp3) 14:52
    With all the emphasis we see in spiritual communities about the importance of being in the NOW, it can be easy to forget how important it is to keep a careful eye on the future. After all, aren’t our thoughts about the future just another way to distract ourselves from connecting to our “true self” in this present moment? Here’s what Ken has to say:“The way you approach the present isn’t just determined by the way you approach the past, but by the way you approach the future. The richer conception of the future you have, the richer your life in the present becomes.”Ken sorts out the various schools of futurism, what each has to offer from an integral view, and how it’s just as important for us to integrate the future in our awareness as it is to integrate the past and present.
  • Part 2 – The State of the “We” (mp3) 9:20Ken Wilber offers his own view of the “we space” shared by the integral community, which he sees as being more fragmented than it needs to be. Healing this fragmentation is one of our most important goals, or else we risk diminishing our potential impact upon a world that’s increasingly in need of integral perspectives, insights, and solutions.
  • Part 3 – Are We Approaching a Cultural Tipping Point? (mp3) 14:53
    If the Integral worldview is now emerging as a new stage of human consciousness and culture, are we at some point going to see an integral cultural rennaissance such as we did in the late Sixties? If so, how do we get there?Ken Wilber offers his own thoughts, pointing out what is truly amazing about the rapid emergence of the Integral worldview, and why it’s so hard to predict when it will reach the fabled tipping point of 10% of the population.

Selected from http://integrallife.com/ken-wilber-dialogues/integrating-future 

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Feb 082012

Source: Back to Work: Why We Need Smart Government for a Strong Economy by Bill Clinton
Abstracted from pages 120, 121

First at, we have to get money flowing. Recessions created by financial crashes usually take longer to get over, five to ten years or more, than business-cycle recessions, because banks are reluctant to lend, businesses are reluctant to borrow, corporations are reluctant to hire, and consumers are reluctant to spend.

The good news is that we know where the money is in our distressed economy. And there’s lots of it. Banks have more than $2 trillion in cash reserves uncommitted to loans. And businesses of all sizes have about that much uncommitted to investment.

Since banks can lend, conservatively, $10 for every dollar they have in reserves, U.S. banks have the capacity, in theory, to end the entire global recession. Companies could invest their cash in new products that would increase hiring today or in research and development that would increase employment today and even more in the future.

Unfortunately, banks are reluctant to lend, and loan demand is weak. As for the big companies, many executives have decided, at least for now, not to invest in future growth but to buy back their stock instead, increasing earnings per share and, in the process, earning bigger bonuses for top management, once again widening the gap between themselves and their own employees and doing nothing to put American back to work.

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Dec 292011

Source: Back to Work: Why We Need Smart Government for a Strong Economy by Bill Clinton
Abstracted from pages 17-18

I believe the only way we can keep the American dream alive for all Americans and continue to be the world’s leading force for freedom and prosperity, peace and security, is to have both a strong, effective private-sector and a strong, effective government that work together to promote an economy of good jobs, rising incomes, increasing exports, and greater energy independence.

All over the world, the most successful nations, including many with lower unemployment rates, less inequality, and, in this decade, even higher college graduation rates than the United States, have both. And they work together, not always agreeing, but moving poured common goals. In other countries, conservatives and liberals also have arguments about taxes, energy policy, bank regulations, and how much government is helping an affordable, but they tend to be less ideological and more rooted in evidence and experience. They focus more on what works.

That’s the focus America

needs. It’s the only way to get back into the future business. In the modern world, leaned too few citizens have the time or opportunity to analyze the larger forces shaping our lives, and the lines between news, advocacy, and entertainment are increasingly blurred, ideological conflicts effectively waged may be good politics, and provide fodder for the nightly news, and columnist, that they won’t get us to a better future.

Our long antigovernment obsession has proved to be remarkably successful politics, but its policy failures have given us an anemic, increasingly unequal economy, with too few jobs and stagnant incomes; that is at a competitive disadvantage compared with other nations, especially in manufacturing and clean energy; and left as a potentially crippling debt burden just as the baby boomers begin to retire.

By contrast, other nations, as well as cities and states within the United States, with a commitment to building networks of cooperation involving the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, are creating economic opportunity and charging into the future with confidence.

My argument here isn’t that Democrats are always right and Republicans always wrong. It’s that by jamming all issues into the antigovernment, antitax, anti regulation straitjacket, we hog-tie ourselves and keep ourselves for making necessary changes no matter how much evidence exists to support them.

The antigovernment paradigm blinds us to possibilities that lie outside its ideological litmus tests and prevents us from creating new networks of cooperation that can restore economic growth, bring economic opportunity to more people and places, and increase our ability to lead the world to a better future.

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Dec 292011

Source: Back to Work: Why We Need Smart Government for a Strong Economy by Bill Clinton
Abstracted from pages 12-14

We live in the most interdependent age in history. People are increasingly likely to be affected by actions beyond their borders, and their borders are increasingly open to both positive and negative crossings: travelers, immigrants, money, goods, services, information, communication, and culture; disease, trafficking in drugs, weapons, and people, and acts of terrorism and violent crime.

People everywhere face severe challenges, most of which can be grouped into three categories.

· The modern world is too unequal in incomes and in access to jobs, health, and education.

· It is too unstable, as evidenced by the rapid spreading of the financial crisis, economic insecurity, political upheavals, and our shared vulnerability to terrorism.

· And the world’s growth pattern is unsustainable, because the way we produce in use energy and deplete natural resources is causing climate change and other environmental problems.

Because the world is still organized around nations, the decisions national leaders make and citizen support today determine tomorrow’s possibilities. For poor countries, that means building systems that give more people a chance to have decent jobs and send their kids to school. For rich countries, it means reforming systems that once worked well but no longer do, so people can keep moving forward in an increasingly complex and competitive environment.

That’s what America has to do. We have to get back in the future business. Over the last three decades, whenever we’ve given in to the temptation to blame the government for all our problems, we’ve lost our commitment to shared prosperity, balanced growth, financial responsibility, and investment in the future. That’s really what got us into trouble.

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Oct 012010

Starting a New Career

by David Satterlee

Fergus and his wife Dorothy are middle-aged. Actually, they are just past middle-aged in that wonderland of freedom and possibility that exists while there is still ambition and the potential for growth but, at the same time, incipient mortality is a boil on the ass that prevents one from sitting idle. Dorothy is retiring early as a social worker and Fergus is disabled. Hard lives are threatening to get harder, but they have plans to do creative work together.

Fergus wakes with a mild surge of adrenaline, which, even when mild, is disturbing. Suddenly awake, he mentally reconnects with his ears, takes an inventory of the little noises around him, scans the dimly lit ceiling for a few moments and finally, beginning to relax, he glances at the clock. It is 3:38 am and he needs to pee. Raising his feet to a near fetal position to avoid disturbing the cat curled head-to-ass in a perfect yin/yang circle at his shins, he slides gently out of the bed. He is also especially careful to not disturb his gently snoring wife who is snuggled up to his rump. Everything is going well. He swings to the side and slides deftly to his feet with practiced precision, stands, checks his balance with the knuckles of his left hand, which deliberately brush the wall for orientation and stability. So far, so good.

Treading gently past the antique Chinese secretary’s desk, its close-hung doors squeak an alarm nonetheless. Busted. Dorothy jerks suddenly, sending the cat leaping into the void beyond the bed, raises up on her elbow, and mumbles with urgent concern, “Is everything okay?” “Yes,” Fergus assures her, “I just need to go to the bathroom.” “So do I,” she replies, “but you go first.”

Dorothy is a treasure. Fergus would do anything for her, even going first without posturing to be gallant and insisting that she precede him. Flooded with affection, he sits back down on the mattress edge and caresses her newly-emerged foot. He starts the game: “Have I told you yet today that I love you?” She responds in character and replies with a pout:”No, not yet.” The small episode concludes with the obligatory speech: “Darling, you are the light of my life, my joy, and everything that is precious to me. I cherish you beyond reason and would slay the fiercest beast to set a kindly path before your feet. I rejoice in the labors of our love: the work that we have shared, the children that we have raised, the friends we have comforted, and the future we will face step by step and hand in hand. I love you.” As always, the affirmation is sealed with a gentle kiss to her cheek.

“I was having a dream, Fergus explains.” He should know better; she will ask for details. Dorothy asks for details. “I had finally found some work I could do and a place that would have me. A University research department hired me to keep things up around one of their labs. First, they discovered that I not only knew my way around computers, but could make them roll over and tell jokes. Then, I revealed that I had experience maintaining analytical systems like their chromatographs and dielectrophoretic separators. After just a few days there, the director decided to redirect research into the properties of materials at ultra-cold temperatures. When he found out that I already knew how to operate high vacuum systems and handle the liquid nitrogen needed by mass spectrophotometers, he asked me to also be responsible for commissioning and overseeing the proper care of the new equipment. It was like going to heaven; I got three promotions in two weeks.” Dorothy smiles with patient tolerance and reminds him, “I love you too, but you’d better get to it soon or I’m going to wet the bed.” His response is certain and reassuring: “As you wish, my bride.” Centering his breath and remembering to live in mindful awareness, he gets up and leaves the still-darkened room to go do his business.

Flipping the wall switch by the bathroom door, Fergus is momentarily blinded and feels a disorienting wave of vertigo. His knuckles seek the reassurance of the door frame, while he squints and feels as if flowing into infinite brightness. A diffuse figure before him smiles gently in greeting, urges him to be unafraid and at peace, and pointedly inquires about what he has learned and how he has loved in life.

Copyright 2009, David Satterlee

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Feb 152010

Source: “Authentic Happiness,” Martin E. P. Seligman, Ph.D., Chapter 6


Permanence and is about time. Permanence reflects thinking in terms of “always” or “never.” Believing that the causes of bad events are permanent may cause one to give up too easily and give in to feelings of helplessness. Believing that the causes of good events are permanent contributes to optimism.


Pervasiveness is about space. Pervasiveness reflects the degree to which good or bad events affect unrelated aspects of life. Pervasiveness distinguishes between universal and specific explanations.


Hope is associated with permanent and universal explanations of good events as well as temporary and specific explanations for misfortunes. Hopeful people recover from troubles more rapidly and are better able to sustain successes.

Increasing optimism and hope

Most people never hesitate to accept negative self talk. To build optimism and hope one must recognize and then dispute pessimistic thoughts.

Martin Seligman uses the ABCDE model of disputing pessimistic thoughts. A – Adversity is the event that stimulates negative self talk. B – Belief is the set of established assumptions that contribute to negativity. C – Consequences… D – Disputation… E – Energization…

Learning to Argue with Yourself
  • Evidence – A negative belief may disappear if you consider it analytically and demand supporting evidence from yourself.
  • Alternatives – Consider alternative causes. These may indicate different meanings to an even that what you previously assigned. Especially seek alternatives that are changeable, specific, and nonpersonal.
  • Implications – Realistically, how bad are the implications? What would have been the worst possible outcome? It could have been worse. Decatastrophize the event.
  • Usefulness – Is this belief useful? Does it produce good? Am I expecting something that is unlikely? What factors of the event are under my control?
Disputation record

During future adverse events, keep a record of your mental steps. Pay attention to your thoughts, consider alternative beliefs and meanings, observe possible consequences of various beliefs, and observe the energy of choosing alternatives to negativity.

Nov 302009

Source: Amazon Editorial Reviews

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Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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Nov 172009

Source: Integral Institute – Scholars

Allan Combs, PhD, is a contributor to the Integral Consciousness Studies at
Integral Institute. He is a consciousness researcher, neuropsychologist, and
systems theorist.

Center for
Yoga and Health

Allan is a Professor of Transformative Studies at the California
Institute of Integral Studies and director of the Integral Concentration of the
doctoral program. His background is in consciousness studies, neuropsychology,
and systems science.

Allan also holds appointments at the Saybrook Graduate School and the
Assisi Conferences, and is Professor Emeritus at the University of North
Carolina-Asheville. He is Co-Director of the Integral Studies program leading to
an MA in Conscious Evolution at the Graduate Institute of Connecticut.

Allan is author of over 100 articles, chapters, and books on
consciousness and the brain, including The Radiance of Being (2ed):
Understanding the Grand Integral Vision; Living the Integral Life, winner of the
best-book award of the Scientific and Medical Network of the UK, with a foreword
by Ken Wilber; Changing Visions: Human Cognitive Maps Past, Present, and Future,
with Ervin Laszlo, Vilmos Csanyi, and Robert Artigiani; Chaos Theory in
Psychology and the Life Sciences, edited with Robin Robertson; Nonlinear
Dynamics in Human Behavior, edited with William Sulis; Synchronicity: Through
the Eyes of Science, Myth, and the Trickster with Mark Holland; and Mind in
Time: The Dynamics of Thought, Reality, and Consciousness, with Mark Germine and
Ben Geortzel.

Allan is a co-founder of the Integral Foundation and The Society for
Chaos Theory in Psychology and the Life Sciences. He is a member of The General
Evolution Research Group, the Integral Institute, the Forge Guild and the
one-hundred member Club of Budapest. He is Co-Editor of the Journal of Conscious
Evolution, Associate Editor of Dynamical Psychology, and serves on the Editorial
Board of Science & Consciousness Review. Allan was the winner of the 2002-2003
National Teaching Award of the Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs,
and in the same year the held the UNCA Honorary Ruth and Leon Feldman

Allan is a student of Swami Rama and Pandit Rajmani Tigunait at the
Himalayan Institute and served as Chair of the Board of a public five county
mental health center in the Midwest. His personal website is:


This title offers a thorough and insightful exploration of human
consciousness in all its forms. "Consciousness Explained Better" offers
readers an insightful, down-to-earth, and above all, easy-to-understand
exploration of consciousness in its many facets and forms. Grounded in
the author’s thorough understanding of the various aspects and
development of consciousness, this superbly written volume examines
human consciousness from a wide range of view-points – its historical
evolution, its growth in the individual, its mystical dimensions, and
the meaning of enlightenment – giving readers a greater understanding of
how these aspects of consciousness combine to create the kaleidoscopic
yet lucid experience that is the essence of humanity.
Here is a very exciting book, reflecting a very exciting time in the
exploration of consciousness and evolution. With the possible exception
of the rise of the great Idealist movements two centuries ago, today is
the most gripping period of research in consciousness that we have ever
seen. For the first time in history we have access to almost all
accumulated information about human consciousness and its potential. Zen
Buddhism, shamanism, body/mind disciplines, the great contemplative
traditions, mysticism, and many more have given us an extraordinary map
of human consciousness based on direct meditative experience, right up
to contemporary marvels of scientific research, giving the enquiring
mind an all-inclusive model of human consciousness and its unfolding.
Carl Jung coined the term "synchronicity" to describe meaningful
coincidences that conventional notions of time and causality cannot
explain. Working with the great quantum physicist Wolfgang Pauli, Jung
sought to reveal these coincidences as phenomena that involve mind and
matter, science and spirit, thus providing rational explanations for
parapsychological events like telepathy, precognition, and intuition.
Synchronicity examines the work of Jung and Pauli, as well as noted
scientists Werner Heisenberg and David Bohm; identifies the phenomena in
ancient and modern mythologies, particularly the Greek legend of Hermes
the Trickster; and illustrates it with engaging anecdotes from everyday
life and literature.
In this clear, engaging book, Robin Robertson draws parallels
between alchemy and chaos theory and shows how to apply them to our
inner development. He is not proposing they replace traditional
spiritual paths, but rather that they reflect deep structures in the
psyche that any inner journey awakens. The model they provide
necessarily underlies all paths of spiritual transformation and
describes a framework for the stages through which any seeker goes. No
matter what your particular calling, these insights enrich understanding
of the transformative process, whether outside in the world, or within
your life.
In an increasingly interdependent world where once antagonistic
societies and economies now exist within a global network, the need to
foster and maintain cooperation has never been more vital. Cooperation
explores an extraordinary growing awareness of the centrality of
cooperation from the perspectives of a variety of disciplines, including
biology, ecoscience, psychology, political science, business and
economics. The essays question the age-old maxim that our existence is
dependent on, and even prospers via competition, and offer keen insight
into the far-reaching challenges of this fascinating, uncharted period
in world history.
The four authors of this book recognize that no one on the common
human journey to the 21st century can pick the best route without
consulting a "map"–that is to say, an interconnected set of
understandings about what in a given situation is important, what
demands action and attention, and what does not. The problem, they
contend, is that the picture of the world we each carry in our mind may
not be a true mapping of the reality that surrounds us. This picture,
the cognitive map, could always be sharper. The authors prompt us to
become more conscious of our own cognitive map, and explain how it can
be adapted to the exigencies of our changing world so that it can be
better-used to guide our steps toward the 21st century.
This volume presents a collection of essays that all share a
common concern with time, process and consciousness. The chapters
represent a variety of different perspectives and the authors span the
disciplines of psychology, mathematics, physics and psychiatry.



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Nov 032009
Hassan Abbas, a former Pakistani government official and senior advisor to Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center, recently spoke to Simon Shercliff, First Secretary Foreign Security and Policy for the British Embassy, about the future of Pakistan. Their conversation touched on a range of topics, including the militants’ recent attacks on the Pakistani military, Pakistan’s relationship with India, Pakistan-UK relations, and U.S. aid to Pakistan.


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