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Integral Communications for Sustainability: A Brief Overview

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By Barrett Brown

Keywords: communication, sustainability, worldviews, development, transformation, translation, environment, Ecological Selves, pre-conventional, conventional, post-conventional, images

This article is a brief introduction to the art and science of communicating about sustainability to different worldviews. One key ability is to be able to honor all worldviews as they are, even if they differ from our own. Any negative reaction we feel toward a worldview blocks our capacity to authentically communicate and create mutual understanding with someone who holds that lens on life. By focusing conscious attention on where we feel a reaction in our body, we can begin to move through any internal blockage we might have toward that worldview. Effective communication starts with profoundly understanding ourselves. [Co-Director’s note: this article uses the developmental levels element of integral theory. –Barrett]


BarrettBrown said:

This was originally published in Kosmos Journal, which I recommend that everyone subscribe to. [Transparency: I'm on the advisory board for it].
Fri, Mar 30 2007 6:22 PM

BarrettBrown said:

For the quickest overview of how to communicate to different worldviews about sustainability, this is the place to go. For a more thorough paper, see the chapter I co-authored with Chris Reidy called "Use of the Integral Framework to Design Developmentally-Appropriate Sustainability Communications" in the intermediate section.
Fri, Mar 30 2007 6:25 PM
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