Theory of Change

The strategies we use to widen perspectives and integrate politically opposed viewpoints are based on fresh insights into how worldviews form and how human culture evolves.  By illuminating major worldviews at work in Canada’s political and policy environment, we seek to expand the analysis of these dynamics in ways that can lead to new alliances and bold new policy initiatives.

The Institute for Cultural Evolution ( ) refers to three major world views at work in the U.S. (and Canadian) political environment: “Traditional,” “Modern,” and “Post-Modern, or Progressive.”

Terry Patten, in his recently published book “A New Republic of the Heart: An Ethos for Revolutionaries” refers to three groups, who don’t talk to one another: 

Ecologists”, including educated people and holders of indigenous wisdom, who are courageous enough to confront the very real possibility that we’ve already gone too far in overshooting our planet’s carrying capacity but who, in the intensity of their grounded sobriety and grief, don’t always stay in touch with the fact that none of us can know with absolute certainty what the future will look like.

“Innovators”, the technological entrepreneurs and scientists who, in their race to create a technologically-enhanced human future, even engineering our way out of climate change, dismiss or ignore the ancient earth wisdom that is integral to the way forward.

“Evolutionaries”, the spiritual practitioners and others cultivating higher consciousness, who can see that all perspectives, however true, are also partial, and who recognize that profound awakening will be essential to a thriving human future, but who tend to abandon practical responsibility for the world.  But they can facilitate the necessary conversations among these groups and keep them alive and evolving.

Patten believes that “we are in a holistic moment of crisis and opportunity.  Unless we can learn to come together for these kinds of conversations, we will let the opportunity slip past us and the predicament will be all that remains.” 

“The Integral Edge” will highlight, discuss and champion these types of conversations and solutions.

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