Integral Practitioner in Praxis - South Africa Conference
For many years now we have seen programmes offering theory and theoretical discussions on integral practice. Most of these have dealt with the internal development of the practitioner and although this is very important it is now time to move on. It is important for us now to look at the way, in ‘real’ situations of praxis a practitioner would use this theory and possibly years of individual development/practice, to provide further insight and tools for the complex situations found in international development. Organised by Rucore Sustainability Foundation/Tlholego Eco-village, and integralMENTORS together with the Integral Without Borders [Integral International Development Centre].
Costs: SAR 4,500 for four and half days inclusive of all meals and materials but excluding accommodation and transportation
For more information see flier in the resources section [in process of being up dated]. For information on registration contact Stephne Fain of Tlholego EcoVillage on email email@example.com
Engaging Cultures, Societies, and Systems in Sustainable Development in Peru
Practitioners in international development are constantly engaging social holons in a change process. Change occurs quite differently in social groups than it does in individuals, requiring us to develop different skills and understanding. Drawing on social psychology, on Wilber's Excerpt D, and on our own field experience, Integral Without Borders is holding a field learning event in Cusco, Peru to further examine the dynamics of cultures, societies and systems, as well as to learn skills to engage a truly integrally-informed social change. We will be based out of Cusco, Peru, and traveling to the surrounding communities, ecosystems, and sights.
Dates: Oct 16 to Oct 26, 2012
Application deadline: August 1, 2012
Cost: $1500 (Includes accommodation, in-country travel, food, entrance fee to ruins, organization and facilitation. Does not include airfare.)
Often it is the practitioner's own self that becomes his or her greatest tool for change. Termed, 'self-as-instrument', the idea is that your own self--with your education and training, your self-awareness and level of consciousness, your ability to see and mitigate for your cultural assumptions, your sensitivity to others' around you, etc.--is the very instrument you end up relying on when in the heat of the moment. In March 2011, Integral Without Borders hosted an event in Vancouver on this very topic. Attended by approximately 25 people from various subfields in international development and social change, we spent three engaging days exploring what this means in our own practice and lives. More.
In October 2010, a group of ten integral practitioners working in international development gathered in Istanbul. This meeting was designed to be a small, in-depth gathering between mentors, in which we could share notes from the field, bring our most pressing questions into discussion, and work together to hone our praxis in our respective areas of engagement. Practitioners came from various sectors, including the private, public and non-profit sectors, and thematic areas, such as poverty alleviation, micro-entreprise, community resilience, water management, sustainable business, and leadership development. This 'mentoring meeting' created the space in which we could encourage each other to take our thinking deeper and to stretch our ideas of what is possible, as well as for sharing great food together. More.
In May 2008, a group of 50 practitioners from North America, Latin America, Europe, Africa, and Oceania gathered in Istanbul for a five day learning event on what it means to be an integral practitioner. The event included participant presentations, facilitated group discussions, Big Mind meditation, world cafe workshops, and early morning contemplative practice. The city of Istanbul, perched on the banks of both Asia and Europe, at the confluence of where East meets West, this was an appropriate place for a meeting on what it means to engage integral practice.
As the Integral International Development Center was first beginning, we felt that calling together a community of other practitioners would be central to the Center's ability to discern wisefully and accurately what was most needed in the field of development today and where the growing edge was leading. This event ignited what you now see here. Over three days, with a dynamic fourth networking day, we explored the nuances of theory as well as the frothy edges of practice. With an IDRC grant via a partner organization, Drishti-Centre for Integral Action, we were able to have several participants from the Global South (from Zambia, Ethiopia, D.R. Congo, and El Salvador.) The participants in attendence immediately gave the name Integral Without Borders, and we've never looked back.