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Like Fish in Water: To What Degree May Integral Be WEIRD and English a Colonizing Force?

February 11 at 11:30 am - 1:00 pm PST

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In this conversation Dr. Susanne Cook-Greuter, along with Nomali Perera, will explore some of the subtle ways in which Integral and adult development psychology may be blind to their WEIRD biases. WEIRD is “Western, educated, industrialized, rich and democratic.” English as the main mode of exchange is a language with a peculiar structure. It squeezes the multitude of languages and world conceptions into a single form. It colonizes our minds by what it stresses as important and what it leaves out. What if Integral became more aware of Indigenous cosmologies and sources of wisdom: They include interdependence as a foundation, reciprocity with nature and long-term historical and cyclical awareness These are not linear, progressive and do not see humans as the pinnacle of evolution. This is a FREE event open to all.

About Susanne Cook-Greuter, Ph.D

Susanne is a founding member of the Integral Institute. A fellow of Integral Africa, a research partner at IDG’s and the Harvard Flourishing Project.

People respect her as a scholar in adult development theories, the creator of the MAP maturity assessment profile and as a seasoned teacher, coach and cultural observer. As a trained linguist, she explores the variety of languages and views of reality other than her own (WEIRD) conditioning.

Since semi-retirement Susann has focused on Indigenous cosmologies and their relationship to nature. This includes an understanding of sustainability and human thriving not based on the separate self and linear, progressive ideas of development.

She loves to draw, sing, cook and bake, and is a long-standing member of the Guild of American Papercutters. She delights in her extended family with all 5 young grandchildren nearby.


Meet Your Host

Nomali Perera, MA, PCC, has been in the field of leadership development coaching, facilitation and teaching since 2007. Nomali is a certified facilitator of Polarity Management, the Immunity to Change™ process, and is an Integral Master Coach through Integral Coaching Canada. Nomali has also been a professional consultant in people development and training in Brazil and Mexico. Most recently, Nomali also completed a yearlong training with Dr. Gabor Mate’s School of Compassionate Inquiry.

Past Guests With Nomali

Lama Pema Dragpa, Jeff Salzman, Rollie Stanich

Donna Zajonc

Ken Wilber

Prof. John Vervaeke

Sebastian Siegel

Keith Martin-Smith

Dr. Gregg Henriques

Michael Naylor

Dr. Susanne Cook-Greuter


February 11
11:30 am - 1:00 pm PST
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