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, founded by the leading scholars Roy Bhaskar and Sean Esbjörn-Hargens, 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. Integral Theory participants included:
Global change challenges such as economic decline, persistent inequality and social injustice, climate change, loss of biodiversity and environmental degradation are symptoms of a wider set of issues with roots in established norms, social practices and power structures. They have ontological roots and effects that shape the future of all people and forms of life on planet earth, including African citizens, as history is showing. Interesting new responses are emerging such as new patterns of social mobilisation, new forms of politics and new development configurations.
Despite the slightly awkward phrase, the nascent field of "Psycho-Ontology" seems noteworthy for Integral researchers and Integral Post-metaphysicians, given its cocommitant commitment to studying the ontic implications of studies in cognitive epistemology along side an exploration of cognitive-epistemic implications of transcentental ontological approaches. This is a key inquiry, and one that was touched on during the Critical Realism & Integral Theory Symposium.