A
Multidimensional Matrix of Integral Learning
Imagine
a geodesic dome, with 30 nodes on its surface, each representing an area or
domain of integral practice, all linked together through an Integral Commons
that allows thousands of members of these integral domains—from integral ecology
to integral politics to integral business to integral spirituality—to
communicate with each other, forging a multidimensional matrix of integral
learning.
Welcome
to the Multiplex, the world’s first
Integral Learning Community. Now under construction and set to launch in
the summer/fall of 2003, the Multiplex is not only an integral community of
practice, but a crucible of global integral learning. The
Multiplex will pioneer—and exemplify—new modes
of being and knowing and working and playing, all based on a more integral life
and consciousness.
The
Multiplex is a historical first—the first
community to attempt to bring integral theory and practice into existence on any
sort of widespread scale. It will link together integral centers, integral
salons, integral communities, and integral approaches into a network that itself
is integral. This integral online network, instantly bringing together
thousands of practitioners from around the world, will create an enclave of
integral consciousness as a seed of tomorrow’s more integral, embracing,
compassionate, and inclusive culture.
The
Multiplex is therefore indeed an example of
what Toynbee called a Rising Culture. It reaches beyond (and yet
includes) any existing cultural types—beyond the cultural creatives, beyond
traditional, modern, and postmodern habits—to create, by its own ongoing
learning and selforganizing, a more genuinely integral and embracing culture of
consciousness.
What
will this Rising Culture look like? Why don’t you join us and help to determine
the answer to this question yourself. Membership in the
Multiplex is open to any individuals who
sincerely wish to bring an integral approach to their life, work, relationships,
career, consciousness. Please see Join Us,
Multiplex, if you would like to be part of this extraordinary
adventure in consciousness.
The
Pattern of Practical Wholeness
In the
summer/fall of 2003, around 30 websites will go up all at once, linked together
through an Integral Commons. Each of these websites is now under construction,
and involves the following:
Each
domain site is hosted by one or more of the foremost authorities in that
particular field, all of whom are associates of
Integral Institute. General membership to the Multiplex, however, is open to
anybody who sincerely wishes to become involved in integral training, practice,
and applications.
When you
sign on to the Multiplex, you are ushered into
the Integral Commons, which is at the core of the geodesic Dome that is
the Multiplex itself. Integral Commons has
everything you need to understand and participate in any of the 30 domains of
integral practice. From the Commons, you can click onto any of those domains
(which are nodes on the surface of the interlinked geodesic Dome)—that is, you
can click onto any of the 30 websites representing a domain of integral practice
(Integral Ecology, Integral Spirituality, Integral Medicine, Integral Law,
Integral Psychotherapy, Integral Business, etc.). Membership in the
Multiplex gives access to all 30 domains,
although individuals often chose to focus on one or two domains that
particularly interest them.
Each
domain site has a minimum of the following:
(1) postings of the major seminal writings about that integral
domain (such as Integral Psychology, Integral Transformative Practice, Integral
Nursing, Integral Ecology, etc.).
(2) an extensive audio archive of discussions that are already
occurring around a particular integral topic (samples of which are available at
Integral Naked); these include literally hundreds of hours of audio
discussions among the world’s leading integral thinkers, available nowhere else.
(3) a threaded discussion area (where individuals use their real
names—no flaming, no driveby shootings, but serious dialogue to advance an area
of integral practice).
(4) a starter kit of all of the basic information and practical
tools needed to begin applying an integral approach in the particular
field—personal or professional—represented by that domain.
(5) a newsletter on developments in the integral area,
presentations, seminars, courses, salons around the world, and news of members’
activities.
But the
Multiplex is not a oneway educational site.
It is highly interactive. It is, indeed, the world’s first Integral
Learning Community.
Integral Learning and the Rising Culture
There
are two tiers of integral learning pioneered by the
Multiplex. The first involves each of the integral domains
themselves—such as Integral Psychology, Integral Law, Integral Ecology, Integral
Education, Integral Transformative Practice, Integral Art, and so on. Each of
those domains—and the many members around the world who are partners in those
domains—will pioneer the handson practical application of integral principles
to their chosen domains.
That is
the first tier of integral learning—namely, all of the partners of a particular
domain will form a megafeedback loop on how to apply the Integral Approach in
their domains; which types of approaches work, which don’t; advice and practical
tips on how to proceed; trial and error in the application of Integralism. What
works?—and what doesn’t?—when you practice Integral Business, Integral Medicine,
Integral Spirituality, Integral Law, Integral Ecology, Integral Transformative
Practice, and so on....
However,
not only will each domain be pioneering ways to apply integral approaches in
their own fields—personal to professional—each of the domains will be talking
with each other. And that is the second tier of integral learning pioneered by
the Multiplex. Not only how can I effectively
learn and practice Integral Ecology, but what can Integral Ecology learn from
Integral Psychology? And what can Integral Psychology learn from Integral Law?
And what can Integral Law learn from Integral Art?
In the
first years of Integral Institute, we have
been amazed at how much of this type of secondtier learning occurs. Crucial
principles of Integral Business have actually come from Integral Art; major
breakthroughs in Integral Ecology have come from Integral Psychology. But then,
what else would one expect from an Integral Approach, where everything is
connected to everything else?
The
Multiplex will pioneer both of those levels of
integral learning, with each domain learning more effective ways to implement
the Integral Approach in its own area, and each domain—and all their
members—talking to each other about what everybody can learn from... everybody
else.
The
first version of the Multiplex—which simply
call Multiplex 1.0—is now under construction
and is set to launch in the summer/fall of 2003.
But Multiplex
1.0 is simply a huge feedback loop, a community of learning and practice, which
will provide—and create—the necessary practical knowledge that will allow us to
launch Multiplex 2.0.... which will create the practical learning that will
allow the launch of Multiplex 3.0.... and so goes the creation of a Rising
Culture of Consciousness.
If you would
like to be part of this historical creation, please see Join Us, Multiplex.
