CategoryIntegral theory

An integral review of Nonviolent Communication


So, I bought the book “Nonviolent Communication” recently, and since it’s only 200 pages, with about 50 pages of it being introductions and quizzes and stories, it was a fairly quick read.  Integral philosophy has again proven to be a superb lens with which to understand and analyze things like this. Here is what I think: Nonviolent communication is a thoroughly postmodern...

Resources for learning about Integral Theory/Spiral Dynamics


Over the last couple of years, I have read many books and sat through many videos on  Integral Theory/Spiral Dynamics so that you don’t have to. Below are my best recommendations for further investigation, with some notes and cautions. Note:  Many of the resources below focus only on Spiral Dynamics. Spiral Dynamics is a subset of Integral Philosophy that focuses on practical, real-world...

Integral in real life: The changing views of antitrust regulation


A recent New York Times article writes about a young lawyer, Lina Khan, with a “breakthrough” view of monopolies and antitrust regulation, and she is targeting Amazon in her activism. She says that Amazon “should not get a pass on anticompetitive behavior just because it makes customers happy. Once-robust monopoly laws have been marginalized, Ms. Khan wrote, and consequently...

Integral in real life: The Kaepernick issue


Colin Kaepernick is back in the news. Apparently, he has agreed to a sponsorship relationship with Nike, for the “Just Do It” campaign. This whole issue makes me sad, because Integral Theory explains why Kaepernick is getting nowhere with his activism, even though it’s a worthy cause, and I’m going to lay it all out here. First of all, Integral Theory says the...


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