MetaIntegral Foundation envisions a global civilization that is wise, compassionate and thriving. Our mission is to foster the emergence of integral philosophy and culture on a global scale.
An Integral Planet. Our Heart Beating.
In cities, universities, governments, and companies all around the world there are people for whom an integral planet needs no explanation. This would-be planet pulses within us. It is our heart beating, and our reason for being—we stand for integralism, and in this we are no different than the brave souls that stood for rationalism in the 18th century and contributed to the birth of modernity. We can only hope to be so profound and pioneering. The question is, how?
For other people—for the vast majority of humanity, the question is “what.” What is the meaning of an integral planet? And “so what”. Of what value to ‘me’ is integral thought and action?
MetaIntegral Foundation was birthed with these questions in mind, and the beating heart of the Foundation is something we call the Integral Planet Endowment.
Kickstart. Network. Crowdfund. Enact.
As integral scholar-practitioners in solidarity, the more you and I can free ourselves and fund our projects the greater impact we will have on the planet. The greater our impact, the more funding we are likely to receive. So goes the feedback loop—of how we can enact our integral vision, and of what value we can communicate to others.
This is the whole point of MetaIntegral—to create an organizational ecosystem that networks the global integral community on a platform for professional application! And it’s the specific purpose of the Integral Planet Endowment—our project is to establish a $100 million fund for your integral projects!
This is the “meta” move we are making with MetaIntegral. We believe it will be a game-changer for integral practitioners. Less certain, but ultimately hoped-for is this: the sum total of our actions and contributions will help humanity reach a tipping point that brings sweeping change to the world.
Impacting 1000 Years
Our fragmented, materialist-minded world cries out for an integral planet. Clearly—if you have eyes to see—we are feeling our way toward it, in so many important ways. In addition to the increasing number of initiatives that have integral by their name, we can turn to more mainstream developments and point in general to: multidisciplinary research programs; whole-systems thinking; whole-person education; cross-sector coordination; conscious business; postpartisan politics; the great story, or epic of evolution; and more.
In this context envisioning 1000 years is not an abstract utopian fantasy. It’s a concrete way of making what we do today and tomorrow count. We embrace a 1000-year vision as a practice of pragmatic imagination. It’s a way of taking serious this possibility: If we are mindful of how we engage life now—at this critical moment of history marked by global challenges and opportunities—we stand to have a long-lasting impact on the planet and the future of humanity.
This is the invitation of MetaIntegral Foundation and we stand ready for you to join us. Let us stand together and share in a great adventure. Together we celebrate and accelerate the movement toward an integral planet!
Platform for Integral Evolution
The Foundation provides a platform for the global integral community and in particular we provide support, interconnection, and social and technological capital for the integral movement.
Our strategic focus is on supporting the top 500 integral scholar-practitioners around the world to have a greater impact on the planet through: Global Initiatives, Academic Initiatives, and Application Centers.
While Integral Theory is arguably best known in English-speaking countries, it is a global phenomenon with well-established communities of discourse and practice in countries as diverse as Germany, Japan, Brazil, Spain, and Russia. Not only is interest in Integral Theory spreading across the globe, it is also an ideal meta-theory for addressing today’s multifaceted planetary issues. Our global initiatives empower individuals using Integral Theory and advance global-scale applications of Integral Theory. These include the Integral Planet Endowment, Integral Directory, and Integral Global Action.
The goal of our global initiatives is to fund ingenious projects that use principles of Integral Theory to address key challenges facing the global community.
Over the last decade, Integral Theory has strengthened its academic presence through symposiums, conferences, textbooks, departments, research, and dissertations. Current members of the Foundation have been important scholars in these contexts. The Foundation is committed to supporting the growth of integral academics. We have eight principal academic initiatives: Integral Academic Fund, The Integral Commons, two academic journals, the SUNY Series in Integral Theory, Integral Translation Project, Mi Publishing, and the Integral Theory Conference.
The goal of our academic initiatives is to develop a professional academic discourse around Integral Theory that produces new models that offer an alternative to contemporary disciplinary fragmentation.
The Foundation is home to eight integral centers for professional application: Integral Art & Media, Integral Business, Integral Ecology, Integral Education, Integral Health & Medicine, Integral Psychotherapy, Integral Research, and Integral Sustainability. These centers represent the most developed and important fields of integral application. They are dedicated spaces for practitioners to meet, receive support and challenge, conduct research and develop initiatives that advance knowledge and solve problems in their field. Over the next ten years the Foundation will develop substantial annual funding for a single flagship project within each center. In 2013, we plan to add two new centers: Politics and Religious Studies.
The goal of our application centers is to support the best and brightest integral scholar-practitioners within major fields of applied Integral Theory.
Enacting an Integral Vision
At MetaIntegral Foundation our mission is to connect the global integral community and provide scholar-practitioners a platform for action, impact, and enactment of an integral vision. We accomplish this by engaging in a number of meta-practices. Some of the most important of these are:
1. Freeing (Every Transaction Grows the Integral Planet Endowment)
The practice of freeing is an example of “contributory consumption”—an important concept in social entrepreneurship. The basic idea behind freeing is that everything costs at least a little—so nothing is free but every single transaction within the Mi ecosystem contributes to making integral initiatives more and more sustainable. Every transaction grows the Integral Planet Endowment, which financially supports the success of integral projects around the planet. In turn, these projects produce impressive examples of integral action and build up valuable case studies, sets of best and “next” practices, and advance the application of Integral Theory in dozens of fields.
The net result of all this activity coordinated by the Mi ecosystem is that integral projects are increasingly freed from the current constraints and barriers they face now from a lack of institutional support, financial backing, and connected networks of practitioners. At the same time, individuals, communities, and disciplines around the planet are increasingly freed from the fragmentation, alienation, and overwhelming complexity that assail our contemporary times. In short, integral efforts are freed from modern and postmodern limitations, individuals are freed from suffering, disciplines are freed from fragmentation, and the planet is freed from various forms of destruction.
2. Organizing for Impact
You can think of MetaIntegral Foundation as a global platform for integral discourse and action. The Foundation, along with the entire Mi ecosystem, is built to achieve integral impact on a global scale. To accomplish this we make it our practice to correlate models and connect practitioners with an integrative sensibility—we bring together the integral ideas and people needed to tackle the challenges of our global age. A strategic priority of the Foundation is to mobilize and empower the top 500 integral practitioners on the planet.
Take a moment and feel your desire to be impactful. Feel the gap between the world you envision and your power as an individual to bring it to fruition. Is it painful? Motivating? Is there anywhere else you’d rather be working? Let your heart and mind be moved by the possibility, the opportunity to tap the power of our collective intelligence as practitioners and impact the world in a deep and enduring way.
3. Thinking Big and Acting Boldly
At MetaIntegral Foundation we think big and act boldly. We’re making a sincere and serious effort to scale the integral movement, achieve critical mass in our global society, and catalyze a tipping point in the evolution of humanity.