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The First Global Conference on Research Integration and Implementation

The first global conference on research integration and implementation will take place on September 8-11, 2013 in Canberra, Australia, online, and at various co-conferences. The conference focuses on tackling complex real-world problems by focusing on learning about and sharing the best methodologies in inter-, multi-, and transdisciplinarity. The conference seeks to bring together those whose research interests include: understanding problems as systems;combining knowledge from various disciplines and practice areas; dealing with unknowns to reduce risk, unpleasant surprises and adverse unintended consequences; helping research teams collaborate more effectively; implementing evidence in improved policy and practice. For more information, click here.


Roy Bhaskar Publishes New Book on "Interdisciplinarity and Well-being"

Roy Bhaskar, along with the Swedish sociologist Berth Danermark, has published a new volume on interdisciplinary research. This volume takes an interdisciplinary approach to health. It considering what the authors call the 'seven enigmas' facing the health practitioner, namely the enigmas of diagnosis; symptomology; causation; healing; prevention; intervention/treatment/therapy and finally rehabilitation. For more information, click here.


International Symposium "Metatheory for the 21st-Century: Critical Realism and Integral Theory in Dialogue"

On July 17th 2013 in San Francisco, California, the Integral Research Center will host an exciting pre-Integral Theory Conference event on metatheory and its application in our contemporary global context. We will be building on the highly generative dialogical encounter between critical realism and integral theory that we began during the four-day Critical Realism & Integral Theory Symposium at John F. Kennedy University in the fall of 2011. This year's one-day symposium will bring together leading scholar-practitioners to focus on the ways in which these two (and other) integrative metatheories can join forces to transform scholarship and address the most pressing global challenges of the 21st-century—from climate change to the global economic crisis to emergent geopolitical relations. The symposium will be the basis for an edited book Roy Bhaskar, Sean Esbjörn-Hargens, and Nick Hedlund-de Witt have contracted with Routledge to publish in July 2014. Please see our blog or click here for the overview and schedule document.


"Tranformation in a Changing Climate" Conference a Success

Climate change is considered by many to be the greatest challenge to humanity, leading to unprecedented social and ecological impacts unless urgent measures are taken. Increasingly it is being recognized that partial and piecemeal solutions won't do: integral transformation is needed. The international conference "Transformation in a Changing Climate," co-organized by IPCC scientist Dr. Karen O'Brien, took place at the University of Oslo on June 19th-21st 2013, and looked to weave together the knowledge that we have on transformation, including its ecological, institutional, behavioral, cultural and psychological aspects. Gathering some 300 researchers, policy makers, students and practitioners from across a variety of disciplines and fields, the conference dealt with the topics "What is transformation", "How do we do transformation" and "How to make transformation just, deliberative and equitable." 


Special Issue of Integral Review on Research Across Boundaries Published

Integral Review has recently published a special issue on "Research Across Boundaries," edited Markus Molz and Mark Edwards. This special issue presents the contributions of many of the scholars and visionaries that participated in the international symposium “Research across Boundaries – Advances in Theory-building” which was held at the University of Luxembourg in June of 2010. The symposium brought together, for the first time, many leading boundary spanning and meta-level researchers from more than 15 countries across all continents and as many different research areas. Notable contributors to the issue include: Gary P. Hampson, Jonathan Reams, Jennifer M. Gidley, Søren Brier, and William R. Torbert. 


New Integral Research Center Beta Website Launched

The Integral Research Center has now officially launched its NEW BETA WEBSITE within the institutional ecosystem of the MetaIntegral Foundation. The MetaIntegral Foundation is the world’s leading philanthropic and research organization devoted to integral thought and action, enabling the global community of integrally trained professionals to collaborate and increase their effectiveness in generating innovative responses to complex challenges. We are thrilled to be a part of this exciting and ambitious new initiative and invite you to come visit our new website to get a sense of what is emerging and how you can participate. We will be updating and transitioning the many resources and assets posted here to the new site over the next couple of months, as well announcing a number of other exciting new projects and changes - so please stay tuned!


Announcing the Integral Theory Conference, 2013

The MetaIntegral Foundation, in partnership with Integral Institute, will host the third biennial Integral Theory Conference in San Francisco: Connecting the Integral Kosmopolitan. We are also extremely pleased to announce that two of the planet's most prominent integral thinkers, Roy Bhaskar and Edgar Morin, will keynote this year's event! Our own Sean Esbjorn-Hargens will offer a third keynote address, introducing conference participants to an exciting new "meta" framing of Integral Theory as well! The conference will take place on July 18 - July 21, 2013. Pre-conference workshops will happen on Thursday, July 18, and the main conference from Thursday evening, July 18 to Sunday, July 21, 2013. Please click on the following link to download the call for papers.

Integral Research Center Moving to MetaIntegral, A Major New Initiative

We are excited to announce that in the spring of 2012, the Integral Research Center will leave John F. Kennedy University for our new institutional home at the  MetaIntegral Foundation. The MetaIntegral Foundation is part of the larger METAINTEGRAL organizational ecosystem, which will offer a number of initiatives in service of enacting global futures. The MetaIntegral Foundation is an organization that enables the global community of integrally trained professionals to collaborate and increase their effectiveness in generating innovative responses to complex challenges.  To sign up to receive email notifications for developments regarding the launch of MetaIntegral, click here.

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New Book On Transformative Research Published

Rosemarie Anderson and William Braud have recently published Transforming Self and Others Through Research: Transpersonal Research Methods and Skills for the Human Sciences and Humanities through SUNY press. In the multimethodological, transpersonal method advanced by Anderson and Braud, the individual researchers' first-person experiences and personal life are taken as the point of departure, rather than the typical third-person literature. Thus the book articulates an approach to research that holds the potential to be hightly meaningful and personally transformative for the the inquirer, and is certainly relevant for Integral researchers.

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CHE NL Publishes Integral Research Report on Emerging Holistic Worldview

The Center for Human Emergence Netherlands’ School of Synnervation recently published the results of a research project exploring the qualities and expressions of what in Spiral Dynamics is known as the Turquoise / Holistic value system. The impulse for this inquiry came as the CHE reached the limits of their existing coping mechanisms and had a sense that this is what was needed next – for them and others in the world. This project creatively engaged the Integral research framework and process, which the report also describes.  Click here to download the full report.


$3 Million in Grants for Gratitude Research Announced

The Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley, in collaboration with the University of California, Davis, is pleased to announce a new, three-year project, Expanding the Science and Practice of Gratitude, supported with funding from the John Templeton Foundation.

The first component of this positive psychology research project is a $3 million research initiative to expand the scientific understanding of gratitude, particularly in the key areas of health and well-being, developmental science, and social relationships.  If you are interested in submiting a research proposal for this project, click here for more details.


Psycho-Ontology Conference: Human Nature, Human Mind

A conference on the nascent field of "Psycho-Ontology" will take place in Jerusalem, Israel on December 11-15, 2012.  According to the conference organizers, "Psycho-ontology can be defined as the investigation of the relationship between human cognition and features of reality:" it seeks to explore “the way perception, thought, and emotion play a role in helping constitute the world we inhabit" along side the study of "the fundamental features of reality in order to gain insight into how human cognitive processes work."  This approach seems noteworthy for Integral researchers given its interest in exploring the ontic implications of cognitive epistemology. For more information on the conference click here.

International Association of Critical Realism Conference

The International Association of Critical Realism will host its annual conference, "Global Change Challenges & Critical Realism Debates," at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa from July 18-20, 2012. The conference will explore the ontological roots of various global ecological and social challenges and inquire into the extent to which Critical Realist tools and concepts may help in the re-thinking of development, social mobilisation, nature-culture relations, and other social practices such as politics, education, work, employment, health, and well being.  For more information on the conference, see the blog entry here.


CIIS Integral Conference, 2012

In February, 2012 California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) will host an Integral Conference at its campus in San Francisco.  The conference will focus on taking an integral perspective on the multi-faceted, interrelated planetary crises, with an eye for their root causes and solutions. Papers reflecting on this planetary situation from an interdisciplinary perspective bridging the spheres of culture, politics, economy, and ecology and focusing on deep elucidation and concrete solutions are called for. For more information on the conference, see the blog post here.


Critical Realism & Integral Theory Symposium: A Turning Point for the Field

On September 15-18, 2011, Integral Institute and the Integral Research Center hosted the Critical Realism & Integral Theory Symposium at John F. Kennedy University, in the San Francisco Bay Area. The event was envisaged with the intention of exploring the points of contact and divergence between the meta-systemic approaches of Critical Realism and the philosophy of meta-Reality on the one hand, and Integral Theory on the other. The dialogue was so fecund and deep that many participants feel that both meta-approaches will never be the same.  As such, it seems fair to say that the event was an historic occasion. There are already a variety of ongoing exchanges, collaborations, and engagements between the members of the symposium from both communities of discourse. For more details - and to download free audio files - see the blog entry here.


Critical Realism & Integral Theory Symposium

Integral Institute and John F. Kennedy University are pleased to announce the Critical Realism and Integral Theory Symposium. This will be a dynamic event exploring meta-theory and meta-philosophy. In particular, we will be exploring the points of contact and divergence between the meta-systemic approaches of Critical Realism and the philosophy of meta-Reality on the one hand, and Integral Theory on the other. These two philosophies and their associated frameworks are arguably the most widely applied integrative approaches, and as such there is much for each to gain through a deep dialectical encounter. This is an invitation-only event that will take place at the J.F.K. University campus on September 15-18, 2011. For more information on this exciting symposium see the blog entry here.

Barrett Brown Publishes Groundbreaking Research on Integral Sustainability Leadership and Initiatives

Barrett C. Brown, co-director of Integral Institute's Integral Sustainability Center, has published a groundbreaking disseration, entitled "Conscious Leadership for Sustainability: How leaders with a late-stage action logic design and engage in sustainability initiatives." Brown's research empirically explores the unique ways in which developmentally mature leaders design and engage in sustainability initiatives.  For more information and resources (dissertation summary, powerpoint presentation, full dissertation) check out Brown's blog entry here.



Journal Publishes Research on Culture of Contemporary Spirituality

Ecological Economics, a top peer-reviewed journal in envirnomental studies, recently published an article by social scientist Annick Hedlund-de Witt, entitled "The rising culture and worldview of contemporary spirituality: A sociological study of potentials and pitfalls for sustainable development."  Hedlund-de Witt's article, informed by Integral Theory, is perhaps the first peer-reviewed academic research suggesting that later-stage cultural development (that is, the emerging culture of contemporary spirituality) is beneficial for the journey toward sustainable development.  To download the article, click here.

Integral Theory and Critical Realism in Dialogue

Emerging out of the Research Across Boundaries symposium held in Luxembourg last June, leading Integral scholar-practioner Sean Esbjörn-Hargens and founder of Critical Realism Roy Bhaskar are organizing an event to explore the nexus of their respsective integral metatheories. In September, 2011 10-15 scholar-practitioners in Integral Theory and 10-15 scholar-practitioners in Critical Realism/meta-Reality will come together for four days to explore points of convergence and divergence between their respective integrative meta-frameworks. This symposium, hosted by John F. Kennedy University and the Integral Reseach Center, is a very significant meeting for both parties and signifies the emergence of a new level of discourse between and among meta-theorists and integrative philosophers.

Special JITP Issue on Integral Research Published

The Journal of Integral Theory and Practice has published a third issue (following the two published in 2008) devoted entirely to Integral Research. The articles in this issue detail some of the best work done to date within the Integral Research framework. As guest editor Nick Hedlund writes in the editorial introduction:

"As a result of the developments in the field over the past two years—including this special issue of JITP—we might say that Integral Research is entering a new phase and is now turning toward the crucial questions of metadata interpretation (e.g., the integration of data sets, synthetic meta-analysis, validity/meta-validity, etc.). As such, it could be said that this issue represents the culmination of the first phase of Integral Research as well as the initiation—or at least intimation—of a new one. It is my sincere hope that this issue both inspires and empowers researchers to go deeper with their endeavors, thus more effectively generating integrated knowledge claims and contributing to the ongoing evolution of this propitious field."

For more information or to download featured articles, see the SOURCE page. Visit SUNY Press to purchase the issue or subscribe to the journal.

Drishti Launchs Integral Research Project on Climate Change

The Canadian non-profit organization Drishti-Centre for Integral Action is doing research on community resilience and climate change adaptation from an integral perspective, funded by Canada’s International Development Research Centre in Ottawa. The project partners include CESTA-Friends of the Earth El Salvador and Centro Bartolome de las Casas, both whom specialize in environmental conservation, community organizing, and community well-being. Dr. Karen O’Brien, IPCC author of the chapter on climate change adaptation and professor with the Department of Social Geography at the University of Oslo, is a formal advisor to the project.

The main objective of this research project is to contribute to the understanding of community resilience and human development within the larger context of sustainable adaptation to climate change in vulnerable communities, with specific focus on El Salvador and Canada. The reseachers are interested in how the subjective dimensions of adaptation can be integrated with other climate change adaptation efforts and how an integration of community resilience and human development approaches to climate change adaptation could increase effectiveness for sustainable adaptation.

The project draws on an integral perspective and will employ an integral research approach using 1st-, 2nd-, and 3rd-person methodologies. These include ‘photo elicitation’ also called photo voice, (1p-p), focus groups and story-telling (2p-p), and empirical research on the meteorological and climate data and other indicators of economic and ecological vulnerability (3p-p). As true ‘action research,’ the project builds towards developing draft community plans for adaptation in Salvadoran communities; and North-South learning exchanges in both countries on innovations in climate change adaptation. This is one of the first research projects conducted on climate change adaptation with an integral perspective in the developing South.

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Research on the "Emerging Integral Community" Presented at ITC

At the Integral Theory Conference (ITC) in 2008, David Zeitler, along with his associates Timothy Cox, and Amanda Haboush, conducted empirical survey research into the beliefs held by the integral community.  The results were presented by David  on the opening night of  the 2010 conference. As stated in the executive summary, "the results from this study are preliminary, but tell us much about the differences between the general consciousness research community (of which several founding members of Integral Institute have been a part, including the principal of this study), and the emerging integral community of scholar-practitioners. Taken in toto, the results point to the primacy of religious, spiritual, or mystical experiences as a clear differentiator for both meaning-construction and theoretical interest among the integral community. While further research must be done to corroborate or refute this claim, this preliminary evidence supports the rhetoric of the community at-large."  For more information on this research, check out David's recent blog and see his project summary on the ACTION page.


iTeach Project Initial Results Presented at ITC

Last fall the Integral Research Center launched the iTEACH Project: an ambitious longitudinal study using methods from all eight zones of Integral Methodological Pluralism to assess the transformative effects of integral education in JFK University's Integral Theory Department. iTEACH draws on a variety of proven and popular measures to assess students and faculty across numerous psychometric variables. The results of this ongoing study are being used to improve the developmental potential of the curriculum; support critical-sympathetic inquiry into the construction of psychological knowledge; and invite students and faculty to engage in a collaborative process of inquiry and action in service of optimal individual and collective learning, growth, and transformation. Sean Esbjörn-Hargens, director of the the iTEACH project, and Nick Hedlund, iTEACH coordinator, presented the results of the Fall assessments at the second biennial Integral Theory Conference at John F. Kennedy University in Pleasant Hill, California (July 29-August 1). For more information on the iTEACH project, see the ACTION page or click here to download the executive summary.


International Symposium "Research Across Boundaries" a Success

On June 15-19 in Luxembourg, the German-based Institute for Integral Studies, which itself is committed to supporting emergent forms of integrative research, hosted an exciting event which brought together representatives of number of integrative research frameworks from across the planet, including Sean Esbjörn-Hargens, Roy Bhaskar, Soren Brier, Mark Edwards, Jennifer Gidley, Gary Hampson, Ronnie Lessem, Markus Molz, and Jonathan Reams, among others.  The symposium created a context wherein emergent forms of “meta-research” were able to enter into deep dialogue with each other, informing and stretching each other into new forms of knowledge enactment.  There are a number of interesting collaborative initiatives emerging from this event, including an event exploring the relationship between Integral Theory and Research and Critical Realism. Stay tuned for more details as they are available.

2010 Integral Research Grant Winner

Lauren Tenney, recipiant of the 2009 JFKU Integral Research Grant, was recently awarded an additional $3000 for her proposal on Interiority and Sustainable Systems. Lauren's research explores the relationship between an individual’s worldview and beliefs (i.e., interiors) and their actions as a participant in a sustainability initiative. Her study uses an integral, mixed methods design to explore this relationship. More specifically, five zones of Integral Methodological Pluralism are employed to disclose the perspective of the researcher, and to collect and analyze both qualitative and quantitative data.