How might the integral framework help facilitate healthy growth and sustainabilty in developing societies around the planet? Gail Hochachka and Paul van Schaik talk to Ken Wilber about how Integral Without Borders is actively working to meet people’s struggles and challenges head-on and help them to gain more perspective and better adapt to their present circumstances, and how they are using the integral approach to find the leverage points that actually reduce human suffering in the world.
Gail, Paul, and Ken also discuss the earth-shaking election of Donald Trump, the social trends that carried him into the Presidency, and how his election might impact the further unfolding of integral consciousness around the world.
Integral Without Borders (IWB) is a global network of practitioners dedicated to integrating perspectives and manifesting greater depth in the praxis of international development. IWB represents one of the finest examples of how integral consciousness can be used to not only gain a better understanding of the unique pressures and challenges a particular society might be facing, but also to help contain the intensity that people in these societies experience every day.
“Integral Without Borders is, in my opinion, the best and most important organization addressing sustainability from an Integral, comprehensive view, which makes it the most important organization of its kind. Please look them over carefully and join with them in whatever way you possibly can. You won’t regret it!”Ken Wilber
The current trend in development praxis is towards greater integration. People and organizations are becoming more and more aware that single-discipline thinking no longer meets the full complexity of global issues today. Already the term ‘interdisciplinary’ is present throughout the discourse, and there is a recognition of the need for greater system’s thinking as well as the inclusion of personal development and consciousness.
However, this can’t be a pat cross-talk between disciplines from the safety of one’s own discipline. But rather a true integration of these ways of thinking, doing and being. This can’t just be about tacking on some personal growth work onto an otherwise unchanged project management style. It must involve a more sophisticated application of human psychology in sustainable development work. To put it frankly, in order to be meaningful, this has to be a full and complete integration; so complete that one’s entire approach is actually transformed.
Integral Without Borders exists to ask questions on what that looks like in practice, to experiment with such an approach in the field, and to bring together practitioners in a learning community in which we discuss and hone this integral praxis that is emerging across the planet today.
About Gail Hochachka
Gail Hochachka is co-director of Integral Without Borders, and works in international development and humanitarian aid in Africa and Latin America using integral principles with two Canadian non-profit organizations. Having witnessed first-hand how a comprehensive philosophy like Integral theory is achingly needed to address global issues, as well as having felt the compassionate impact of its application in the world, she is simply and deeply committed to integral practice for the planet.
About Paul van Schaik
Paul van Shaik is an original Founder of Integral Without Borders. As mentor, practitioner and consultant with over 30 years field experience in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, Paul posseses a rare depth of understanding and clarity. As an Integral practitioner he combines his work experience in international development with Integral Theory and initiates the design, implementation and evaluation of integrally informed programs in complex environments.
About Ken Wilber
Ken Wilber is a preeminent scholar of the Integral stage of human development. He is an internationally acknowledged leader, founder of Integral Institute, and co-founder of Integral Life. Ken is the originator of arguably the first truly comprehensive or integrative world philosophy, aptly named “Integral Theory”.