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And What a Summit it Was

The Spiral Dynamics Summit on the Future has delivered as promised and I am beyond being thrilled with the outcome. We heard from so many different voices serving the different and diverse facets of this thing we call human emergence. There were many fresh perspectives on how we can bring together a divided humanity and the challenges we face in doing so.

What was initially planned as a dinner banquet to honor Dr. Don Beck, the mastermind behind Spiral Dynamics and the Gravesian legacy, quickly became an event that set a new standard for the future of our gatherings. This was evidence by the size of the crowd, and the high percentage of attendees who were pure Gravesians. The outcome of this Summit confirmed my belief that it is the merits of the Graves-SD framework that has long been silenced and placed in the shadows that must now be nourished and made visible again.

Some of the presentation might have made some people uncomfortable. This is when we know that our approach is working. It has served its purpose in exposing the audience to the spectrum of consciousness that is decentralized to each and every one of us. It is the diversity in Second Tier not the conformity that will save human kind. The challenge is how to preserve the different voices and find that ever illusive new Super-ordinate Goal in the Age of Disruption. It is gatherings just like this. A platform for many to be heard. It is those different roads coming together that were at the core of this critical conversation about the future.

During those 3 days in Grapevine, Texas, the presence of CAPI, the Coalescence of Authority, Power and Influence to affect global change was more powerful with less than 100 people than gatherings 10 times the size. We were all moved by our different voices and our common commitment to serve and to make the world a more conscious place.

Over the decades Don’s teachings have lead many of us to the threshold of our own understanding of ourselves. To me this is the essence of leadership and this event was a microcosm of the influence his teachings have had on the world. By honoring the man, we are honoring our higher selves and the potential of who we can become.

At the request of so many attendees and those who could not be at the event, I have asked the speakers to post their contact information and their presentations to the event web page. We will share those links once they’re uploaded.

Thanks to one of our benefactors, John Keihl, the event was professionally filmed. Along with the recording of presentations and panel discussions in the main conference room, many speakers and attendees were interviewed on the sidelines for a close and personal perspective on their experience with Spiral Dynamics. With over 100 hours of footage, and John’s experience as a filmmaker, I’m confident that whatever emerges as a final cut will preserve the Graves-Beck legacy for many generations to come.

At the opening remarks of the Summit the colorful Reverend LC Helix implored us to praise the Spiral, and in our own way, we shall. We must go forth and Spiralize and become the embodiment of the change the world needs.

I will end with a statement that Don taught me to use at the conclusion of every important speech or presentation: “to whom much is given, much is expected.”

Thank you all for taking part in this critical event.







VUCA SHMUCA, Would Someone Please Explain!

Many of us who are trying to understand the complexities of our emerging world might have run into the term VUCA, Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity.  At the organizational level,  The term describes the institutional forces permeating the atmosphere in which organizations struggle to perform. This new reality is made more difficult because the more  complex issues that drive decision-making and cultural norms. Too often these complex issues become entangled with maladaptive behaviors, which then give way to pathological corporate activities.

At the  Spiral Dynamics Summit on the Future, Dr. Darrell Gooden will highlight how the use of the value-systems framework has contributed to positive and productive change through  vMemetic replication. His presentation  will further explain how to sustain the gains in complex organizations by opening evolutionary pathways that allow healthy expressions of organizational Vmemes to emerge.

Accurate discernment of Vmemes codes in VUCA conditions prevents and resolves deep conflicts and its aftermath. Importantly, this work reveals that the leadership’s collective perceptions, and the nature of their manifested Vmemes (affirming or coercive) influence the organization’s culture, structure and systems. The work herein implies the probability of successfully infusing a complex enterprise atmosphere with affirmative stimuli depends on actions of “positive deviants” and management’s ability to articulate a compelling case to change the cognitive map of the workforce.

Darrell Gooden began his work with the Spiral Dynamics Group and Dr. Don Beck in 1998. Darrell holds a PhD in Organizational Transformation from the Adizes Graduate School. He holds a Master of Science Degree in Technology Management from Pepperdine University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management of Information Systems from the University of Redlands.


Hey, Is That App Second Tier?

Welcome to the Age of Disruption

In just the last few decades, revolutionary technologies have knocked down the walls to much of the organizing structures we’ve taken for granted for hundreds of years . Millions of businesses and hundred of industries have become obsolete. The rapid rise of the Digital Age continues to make a mockery out of our understanding of change and the forces shaping our future.

Are these the early signs of humanity’s emergence into the Turquoise  value system, or would all this lead to the disintegration and decline of civilization

To hear the answer to these questions and many others, please join us at The Spiral Dynamics Summit on the Future. Our special guest speaker on this subject is  Michiel Doorn whose spiral wizardry on this matter is unparalleled.   According to our special guest, the 21st century may not be the Age of Technology, or the Digital Age, instead it may well be the Age of Ecology.

Would there be an App for that?