Integral Spotlight: Sex, God, and Integral International Development
Gail Hochachka, co-director of Integral Without Borders, offers an inspiring Integral Spotlight presentation on her work in integral international development—work that is actively reducing suffering, enriching lives, and bringing integral solutions to the parts of the world that need them the most, in places as diverse as Peru, Nigeria, and El Salvador. We think you will find this video both engaging and tremendously encouraging, offering a precious reminder of the incredible impact the integral approach is already having on people's lives all across the planet.
When we discuss the integral approach with people, we often hear the same thing: "Well that's very interesting and all, but what is integral actually doing for the world?"
It's easy to get carried away with the more intellectual components of the integral approach, since so much of this theoretical groundwork has been so exhaustively laid down, most prominently through the pioneering work of Ken Wilber over the past several decades. And it's fun to contemplate how the integral approach might impact the world in the future, particularly once we hit that ever-approaching "tipping point" of integral consciousness that is now emerging all across the planet.
However, between the theoretical map-making and our hopeful dreams of a wiser, more sustainable, and more integrated future, we sometimes get lost in abstraction and overlook the very real, very profound impact the integral approach is already making in our world. We forget that right now, at this very moment, there are a number of incredibly intelligent and compassionate people who are bringing integral perspectives to some of our most difficult global problems, and who are using the integral approach to dramatically reduce real-life suffering all across the world.
Gail Hochachka is one of those beautiful shining souls. In this inspiring Integral Spotlight presentation, Gail describes four reasons why the typically dry topic of international development becomes "damn sexy"—and divine!—once we add the all-important integral component. More importantly, she helps to lead us out of the ivory towers of integral idealism and into the villages and ghettos of the developing world, where human suffering is the most widespread and the most heartbreaking, and where the need for integral action is the most urgent.
We hope you enjoy—and we encourage you to share this video with your friends, family, and various social networks!
For more information, how to get involved, and ways to support this work, see: www.integralwithoutborders.org
Note: In this video, Gail refers to the color-coded "altitudes" described by Integral Theory as a way to speak about the developmental stages of human growth. Remember that these altitudes describe at least a dozen different developmental lines (e.g. cognitive, interpersonal, emotional, aesthetic, values, worldview, etc.), each with its own nuances and developmental schemas. Gail uses these terms in a very general way to convey one's "altitude up the developmental mountain". Here are some very brief descriptions of these stages and their attributes. For more information about this, or any other terminology you might encounter on IntegralLife.com, be sure to check out our Integral Glossary.
beige: instinctual, archaic, (pre)egocentric, foraging
magenta: magical, animistic, egocentric, foraging
red: power, predatory, egocentric, horticultural
amber: traditional, conformist, ethnocentric, agrarian
orange: rational, modern, worldcentric, industrial
green: pluralistic, postmodern, worldcentric, informational
teal: holistic, systemic, mature worldcentric, informational
turquoise: holarchical, integral, mature worldcentric, informational
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Gail Hochachka is co-director of Integral Without Borders, and works in international development and humanitarian aid in Africa and Latin America using integral principles with two Canadian non-profit organizations. Having witnessed first-hand how a comprehensive philosophy like Integral theory is achingly needed to address global issues, as well as having felt the compassionate impact of its application in the world, she is simply and deeply committed to integral practice for the planet. She is the Integral Programs Director for the Canadian NGO One Sky in its current leadership development program in Latin America and she works as a consultant in integral community development in Canada. She is a published author of the book Developing Sustainability, Developing the Self. An Integral Approach to International and Community Development and is currently writing a manuscript on innovations in integral practice for global social change. She lives with her husband and daughter in on the Sunshine Coast, an hour north of Vancouver, Canada.