Network

Do you ever feel like you are alone in how you think about development or relate to global issues? Do you ever long for a trusted other to share your thoughts, ideas, and heart with? That’s what we’ve heard, and continue to hear, the world over with such statements as:

Sometimes I feel like I’m in a big black empty box speaking into a vacuum,” said an integral practitioner in sustainable development writing from the Niger Delta of West Africa, happy to hear of the IWB website launch.

"’When you get the right people in a room, the impossible becomes imaginable.’ I want to get in that room.  Except [I haven’t known] what that room is. I keep wanting some type of a learning integral community because I just know there is something more for me…I can't thank you enough for including me in this invitation,“ said an integral practitioner in sustainable business prior to attending the IWB Mentors Meeting in Istanbul in 2010.

The IWB network is one such room, and these are the people that make the seemingly impossible, imaginable and do-able.

When you register to become a member, you join in this network. You can participate in the discussion forums, upload resources to share with the community, and find other members wherever they are located in the world. When you subscribe to our newsletter, we can let you know what new events and courses are being offered, and how you can be involved.

Stories from the field are archived below for easy reference. Over time, we'll be adding to these stories from the field, which help to illustrate the many ways that integrative and integral approaches are landing in practice all over the world.

Integral insights into community resilience to climate change

Jan
09

Exploring the Many Ways We Are Resilient

In July-September 2011, IWB partner organization, One Sky-The Canadian Institute for Sustainable Living, engaged social change agents and concerned citizens about what it means to be resilient in times of turbulent change, particulalry with climate change and peak oil. Through using scenario planning, systems thinking and community conversations, the One Sky team created an integrally informed model for engaging community on such topics.

Location

CA
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Transformational, harmonious and sustainable development of Africa: the AIDEN vision

Jan
09

Excerpt from Etim Omini, Director of the African Integral Development Network's opening address for AIDEN's conference in November. IWB director, Gail Hochachka, is in conversations with Mr. Omini about AIDEN becoming a partner of IWB. For now, we'd like to highlight and promote the work of this amazing network.

Location

NG
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Integrating the subjective dimensions of climate change in El Salvador

Nov
10

Integrating Subjectivity into Climate Change Adaptation

For the field of climate change studies, the issue of climate change is addressed as something environmental, with a focus on the technical and scientific aspect of the issue. But in the lived realities of Salvadorans (and many others on the planet) this is a matter of life and death, faith and hope, social justice and community resilience. In this project, IWB partner organizations Drishti and Centro Bartolome de las Casas, have sought to include the ‘human dimensions’ of climate change adaptation by combining methodologies in an integral approach. It is a first step in a much longer and comprehensive action-inquiry.

Location

SV
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