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What is an underlying question that gives form to your work or interest in this field?
I am seeking to clarify the role of the individual in
creating collective wisdom, and to understand how together, beyond the
personal, we can collectively evolve consciousness itself.
What is your personal experience of collective
wisdom in groups?
My experience of collective wisdom began in two very
different ways - first through meditation group discussion and then
in a more out-in-the-world way as I began participating in and facilitating
small group community dialogues. This led to deeper experiences in Enlightened
Communication groups convened through EnlightenNext and the evolutionary
collective intelligence gatherings like Moving
the Edge in Denmark and Evolutionary
Salon 3 on Whidbey Island, Washington.
My personal experience has at moments been awe and wonder
and amazement with emergent ideas and creativity, the bubbling up and
quickness, like sparks igniting new ideas, expressed almost as one voice,
as one being. I have also experienced the sense of oneness as part of
a greater collective being, and becoming the voice, the instrument for
expression and realization of this higher knowing. This goes beyond
anything I am as an individual into something of greater dimension and
purpose and mystery. There I sense unlimited potential for shifting
and creating a new way of being for humanity and the planet.
What is it about the work in this field that excites
you and connects you to your own deepest self?
I am very excited to be on the pioneering edge of conscious
evolution and to help to create new thinking, new grooves in consciousness,
that can bring humanity to the next stage. I have sensed for some time
that we, as conscious individuals, have the potential and the responsibility
to now evolve into emergent collective ways of knowing and being, ways
that we cannot yet quite imagine. As fully developed individuals, we
must move beyond our own personal agendas, limitations, and self-concerns.
In this letting go we can together open the door to collective knowing
and the limitless possibilities beyond.
Please provide a brief storyline or snapshot of
what brought you to this work.
I have long noticed in business and society how we are
so often stuck, so invested in our own views and ideas, unwilling to
see the perspectives of another. My professional path began in teaching
French during the civil rights era in a very racially diverse and turbulent
school and later in a more middle income working class neighborhood.
Multiplicity and discord abounded. Eventually I returned to school,
got an MBA and navigated the corporate world in marketing, sales, and
technology consulting in the US and Europe. All along the way this theme
of our not listening to one another, not understanding, getting in our
own way kept resurfacing. My international experience opened the way
to promote understanding across cultures, work I have been doing for
the last 9 or so years.
Sept. 11, 2001 really brought into strong relief how
separate we as humans still really are. In addition to promoting cross-cultural
understanding, I began to collaborate in small community dialogues where
I live. It was a challenge to bring people together across political
divides and to get them to even listen to one another. I learned a lot,
and it seemed there was something special here to be discovered in the
From a consciousness perspective the concept of collective
wisdom has been with me for several years, but really became a very
strong interest as I began to pursue a course of study in Conscious
Evolution through the Graduate
Institute and EnlightenNext. An article
by Craig Hamilton in the May-July 2004 issue of "What is Enlightenment?"
very much peaked my interest. I began to pursue this area more deeply.
I ultimately decided to focus my masters culminating project thesis
on collective intelligence. My thesis is entitled "Beyond the Personal
to Engage Collective Intelligence." From an evolutionary perspective
this work was given a developmental perspective through the lens of
Spiral Dynamics Integral.
People who have assisted or been especially influential
in this recent process include, in no special order: Finn
Brown, Otto Scharmer, Ria
Baeck, George Por, Michael
Jones, Rosa Zubizarreta, Chris
Parish, Andrew Cohen, Don
Beck, Ken Wilber, Elizabeth
Debold, Sri Pingali, David Reis and the special cohort of fellow
students who took this journey with me. And without question the Collective
Wisdom Initiative site was a great source of wisdom and inspiration.
My own individual spiritual development in consciousness, proceeding
over many years, was most influenced by the teachings of the ageless
wisdom and Donna Mitchell-Moniak, the founder of the Spirit
Fire Meditative Retreat Center and the Center for Esoteric Studies.
How would you like to be available to others in
I am available to talk or email with others, especially
as it might relate to collaboration. I am very committed to conscious
evolution through collective wisdom. I am still very much interested
in how collective wisdom might be accomplished across cultural and religious
differences. I am also very open to sharing my thesis entitled "Beyond
the Personal to Engage Collective Intelligence". This really looks
at how the individual engages and how levels of consciousness (as seen
through Spiral Dynamics Integral)
play a role. Is consciousness evolving in the process of the individual
engaging collective intelligence?