Course: Organization by Natural Design

Many people exposed to Re-inventing or Teal Organizations, Integral Theory, and/or Spiral Dynamics love the concepts but struggle to work out how to apply the theory in practice. Dr Peter Merry has been applying them to organizations for nearly 20 years. In this short course he shares his understanding of the theories as well as his framings for and experiences of organizational design and development. His experience covers corporations, government and NGOs.

The Live Online version of this course includes 4 hour-long live sessions with Peter Merry, every Friday at 16.00 CET.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the microcourse, you should be able to:

  • explain how Integral Theory and Spiral Dynamics can be applied to organizations
  • use the theories to inform your conversations with colleagues and clients in organizations
  • analyze the current situation and dynamics in an organization from an integral evolutionary perspective
  • explain how change works in organizational cultures and systems
  • design interventions in organizations informed by an integral evolutionary approach

The program includes:

– 10 videos
– downloadable pdfs of the slides used
– 4 live interactive webinars with Peter Merry (Live participants)
– links to extra resources
– quiz for you to check how much you have understood and what you need to take another look at
– group discussions and short assignments with interaction and feedback for those in the immersive version
– access to a private online group only for participants in this course (for Live participants includes interaction with Peter Merry)
– about 3 hours of work per week

Faculty:

Peter Merry, PhD is the Chief Innovation Officer at Ubiquity University, Founder of the Centre of Human Emergence Netherlands, and a Founding Partner of Engage!. His experience includes facilitating integral change processes in multinational organizations, in government ministries and in mutli-stakeholder initiatives with global stakeholders. He has also spent many years in the not-for-profit sector. He is a recognized expert in the field of energetics and evolutionary systems dynamics and Spiral Dynamics Integral in particular. His books include “Evolutionary Leadership”, Why Work? and Leading from the Field (forthcoming). He has a PhD with Ubiquity’s Wisdom School in Volution Theory.

Student Testimonial

If you are interested in developing yourself in a highly interactive, well resourced programme about how people can work together more satisfactorily with like-minded inquisitive, open people then this course led by Peter Merry is for you. (Course Participant – Andy)

Volution: A Translinear Theory of Life (Merry Musings 05)

It kind of blew my mind when it first dawned on me that linear time is not a fixed quality of the universe but is actually quite a recent invention of the human mind. We spent nearly three million years living life directly in the present in the context of natural cycles. It was only a few thousand years ago that linearity entered our perspective. We have now reached a point in development where we need to re-evaluate that linear perspective and re-balance it with the cyclical. Evolution (and involution) are both products of linear thinking. New science is showing that life actually breathes and spins more like a pulsing torus than climbs the rungs of a ladder. The Merry Musing on Volution explores what that perspective looks like when you apply it to our individual and collective life process.

Click here for more info: https://www.ubiquityuniversity.org/courses/merry-musings-05-volution-a-translinear-theory-of-life-tuesday-march-2-2021/

Dialogue transcripts published

The Integral Leadership Review is publishing the series of dialogues that I have been having with Nish Dubashia inspired by David Bohm and J Krishnamurti’s dialogues. The full dialogues can also be found on our YouTube channel. Here is the first transcript in the December edition of the Integral Leadership Review.

Integral Leadership for a Complex World

This a presentation I gave to a group of international Bachelor’s students in sustainability, including responses to their great questions. It assumes no previous knowledge of Integral Theory and goes into some detail about Spiral Dynamics.

Conspireality – navigating the chaos of breakdown and breakthrough

Is it possible for climate change and the corona virus to both be real phenomena and there to be a powerful group of people intent on using these developments to maximise their own influence and wealth? Do climate change and corona denial have to go hand in hand with a radical critique of our current structures of governance and economics? Why do they so often seem to?

These are questions that have been running around my mind for the last couple of months, and often I find the best way to sort them out is to try and write down my current thoughts, so here we go…

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The Unity of Everything

Here is the recording of a dialogue with me and Nish Dubashia inspired by the work of David Bohm and J Krishnamurti. We explore patterns and themes that connect religions and spiritual traditions. It is part of the Humanity Rising series.

Bohm, Krishnamurti and the Unity of Everything

As part of Ubiquity’s Humanity Rising series, Peter Merry hosts a dialogue with British writer, Integral thinker and long-time spiritual practitioner Nish Dubashia on the nature of reality and the relationship between wholeness, multiplicity and fragmentation. Nish is the author of “The Unity of Everything: A Dialogue with David Bohm”, and (under the pen name Nishad Cote) of “Gifted: The Story of a Young Genius” and “Dancing with Angels: One Man’s Search for the Meaning of Life”.

Peter and Nish will explore the work of David Bohm and Jiddu Krishnamurti, and how making a clear distinction between multiplicity and fragmentation can help us to understand some of the challenges the world has had in responding to various crises such as the coronavirus. With both of them also being well versed in Integral Theory and Spiral Dynamics, it promises to be a broad ranging dialogue exploring a variety of subjects. They will also discuss Nish’s “Diamond Model” of Reality that Nish explored with David Bohm in 1991, and how this model finds remarkable parallels in the work of Bohm, Krishnamurti and Ken Wilber, as well as in both Eastern and Western spiritual traditions.

If you are not yet signed up for Humanity Rising, do so first at https://humanityrising.solutions. After that you can find the event here.

Embodying the Future

Embodying the Future – why the body is the key to the future.

In order to navigate successfully through these turbulent times of transition, we need to be able to access the information in the subtle fields. Energy can only be interpreted through the body. In order to reach up to higher dimensions we need to send our roots deeper. This session will explore the role of the body in working with subtle energies, and what we need to do individually and collectively to be able to unlock the promise that this work holds. You can access the recordings of all the other great speakers too at https://theembodimentconference.org/#PeterMerry

Volution – the Pain and the Promise

This talk gives a summary of Volution Theory and focuses particularly on what I call the Pain and the Promise – the split that happened between humanity and the Earth, and the healing that is required for us to access the subtle realms that will enable us to successfully navigate this transition. It was originally hosted by Puria Kästele for the Conscious Evolution Summit 2020.

Volution Deep Dive

This is a deep dive into the volution philosophy, recorded originally as part of Integral European Conference 2020. Peter takes people on a journey through the emergence of volution, the core aspects of the theory and its implications for the world of today.