Introduction to Integral Institute
 Letter from the President
 The Integral Approach

Integral Institute is dedicated to the proposition that partial and piecemeal approaches to complex problems are ineffective. Whether addressing individual and personal issues of meaning and transformation, or increasingly complex social problems such as war, hunger, disease, over-population, housing, ecology, and education, partial and fragmented approaches need to be replaced by solutions that are more comprehensive, systematic, encompassing—and integral.

Accordingly, there are four main goals for the Institute:

  1. Integrate the largest amount of research from the largest number of disciplines—including the natural sciences (physics, chemistry, biology, neurology, ecology), art, ethics, religion, psychology, politics, business, sociology, and spirituality.

  2. Develop practical products and services from this research—which can be used by individuals in their own development, or by groups, businesses, national and international organizations.

  3. Apply this integrated knowledge and method of problem solving to critical and urgent issues—especially the serious political, health, educational, business, and environmental problems facing humanity. This integral approach to problem solving is employed by the Institute’s own members; by forming alliances with other organizations; and by training organizational leaders, managers, and change agents in the Integral Approach.

  4. Create the world’s first Integral Learning Community—with national and international communities of Integral Practice, as well as with Integral University.

Integral Institute functions as the world’s premier site for integral research and applications; as a generator of consulting services, seminars, and conferences; as a network of the most influential integral theorists from around the world; and as an open organization for disseminating and applying integral methods to complex problems in a wide variety of fields, personal to professional.

The mission of the Institute is to assist people and organizations along integral, comprehensive, balanced, and sustainable lines in order to dramatically improve the quality of life on this planet. Integral Institute’s founding belief is that by helping individuals, companies, organizations, governments, NGOs, and communities to become integrally informed, they can more effectively chart their courses and make wiser and saner decisions today and in the future; develop successful, breakthrough strategies to help solve their problems; and more successfully mobilize their resources to implement desired solutions consonant with integral sustainability.

Because Integral Institute specializes in integral operating systems (IOS) that can help any organization reorient itself in a more balanced and comprehensive fashion, I-I serves as an “organization for other organizations,” helping them design operating systems that tap into and utilize previously neglected potentials in individuals and organizations.

Integral Institute is also pioneering the world’s first Integral Learning Community, previews of which are presented in Integral Naked, but the more complete form of which can be found in the launching of Integral University. (See Integral University for more information; see Bulletin Board for late-breaking news on IU.)

By assisting people in various settings to become more balanced and comprehensive in their decisions, Integral Institute believes that it can assist a collective increase in wisdom and basic sanity for the planet and future generations.

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