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321 pages, Kindle Edition
First published September 7, 2015
‘in a pluralistic society, there is nothing like the undisputable public good; there is no objective definition of equity; policies that respond to social problems cannot be meaningfully correct or false; and it makes no sense to talk about ‘optimal solutions’ to social problems unless severe qualifications are imposed first. Even worse, there are no ‘solutions’ in the sense of definitive and objective answers.’ --- Rittel & Webber, 1973
One of the most important discoveries of developmental research is that levels of development can be accelerated but not skipped or bypassed. [...] Hope floats even higher when we realise that the post-modern level of consciousness, or level 6, is not the last major level to emerge in human evolution. A few decades ago developmentalists began noticing the rare emergence of an entirely different stage or level, one that was fundamentally and significantly different from anything that had emerged to date in all of history. [...] the emergence of 'the' Integral level was a profound, utterly unprecedented 'monumental leap in meaning'. [...] Today, only around 3-5 per cent of the worldwide population is at Integral levels of development.
The second person perspective is the shared perspective and it is the secret to constructive and effective relationships - but only if the stakeholder group's overall centre of gravity (its altitude) is at level 5, beginning worldcentric or higher. The facilitator's primary role is therefore to foster this perspective, at such an altitude, with the stakeholder group [...]
Think of it like a zip. When the facilitator is looking for common understanding, he or she is attempting to find where the stakeholders are connected or 'zipped' [...]
We can see this dynamic in personal relationships where two people meet and the resulting sex is amazing. They are connected at the most basic physical level. That may be enough for a while, but if they are not emotionally connected then eventually the relationship will fizzle out.