Integral Ecological Research

Using IMP to Examine Animal Consciousness and Sustainability

Published: January 1, 2008
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By Sean Esbjörn-Hargens

This article assumes a working knowledge of Integral Methodological Pluralism (IMP). The field of Integral Research is introduced, followed by a discussion of how different approaches to ecology use different methods of inquiry. To illustrate IMP’s ability to provide a framework for mixed methods research, the author examines two exemplars from the fields of animal consciousness and sustainability.

Depth and Dynamism of Integral Applications in International Development

Published: June 1, 2009
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By Gail Hochachka

This article explores how elements of an integral approach are being applied in Asia, Africa, and Latin America to address complex issues in international development. These issues include psychoemotional development in Peruvian communities, individual and community healing in post-war El Salvador, HIV/AIDS work in Ethiopia, educating girls in India, and “transformative” leadership development carried out in 40 countries by the United Nations Development Programme.

Developing an Integral Sustainability Pattern Language

Published: June 1, 2010
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By Tim Winton

This article introduces an experimental typology and its application to the development of Integral Sustainability. The typology, PatternDynamics™, is derived from observations and experiences of natural and social systems and the study of systems disciplines. PatternDynamics™ is composed of a set of graphic symbols representing natural organizing principles, or recurrent dynamic patterns of structure and relationships, important for sustaining ecological and economic health in the Lower-Right quadrant of the AQAL model.

Integral Sustainable Design [Book Review]

Transformative Perspectives

Published: September 1, 2011
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By Marilyn Hamilton

Book review and commentary on Mark DeKay's "Integral Sustainable Design: Transformative Perspectives" (Taylor & Francis, 20011). Excerpt from the review: "Mark DeKay’s book works on the body, mind, heart, and soul as it serves three audiences—each captured in one word of its title. First, it guides scholars of Integral Theory through the principles of design. Second, the book helps students of sustainability appreciate the fundamentals of wholism, living systems, systems thinking, and ecology. Third, designers and students of design and architecture (the book’s primary audience) are introduced to the emerging field of Integral Design.

Household Behavior Change for Climate Change Response

An Integral Scan

Published: December 1, 2009
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By Chris Riedy

The question of how to successfully facilitate the changes needed to avoid dangerous climate change has become a critical one for researchers and practitioners. In this article, the author uses Integral Theory to guide a scan of one important element of climate change response—household behavior change.