glyph 349: work of Ken Wilber ... created by a cross-cultural comparison of most of the known forms of human inquiry ... inclusive, balanced, comprehensive ... Ken's 22 books translated into 30 languages ... Zaadz (seeds)


Integral Institute

the approach: inclusive, balanced, comprehensive

Integral Institute is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to bringing the Integral Approach to bear on personal and global issues.

What's "Integral"? It simply means more balanced, comprehensive, interconnected, and whole. By using an Integral approach—whether it's in business, personal development, art, education, or spirituality (or any of dozens of other fields)—we can include more aspects of reality, and more of our humanity, in order to become more fully awake and effective in anything we do.

"Integral" means "inclusive, balanced, comprehensive." The Integral approach may be contrasted to other methods—mythic, rational-scientific, pluralistic—which, as they themselves announce, exclude other approaches as being inferior. They are thus, by definition, partial and incomplete. These latter methods, although widely accepted and dominant in the world's cultures, tend to generate partial analysis and incomplete solutions to problems. As such, they appear less efficient, less effective, and less balanced than the Integral approach.


The easiest way to understand the Integral approach is to remember that it was created by a cross-cultural comparison of most of the known forms of human inquiry. The result was a type of comprehensive map of human capacities. After this map was created (by looking at all the available research and evidence), it was discovered that this integral map had five major aspects to it. By learning to use these five major aspects, any thinker can fairly easily adopt a more comprehensive, effective, and integrally informed approach to specific problems and their solutions—from psychology to ecology, from business to politics, from medicine to education.


In the summer of 1997, a group of philanthropists approached Ken Wilber with an offer of substantial funds to start an organization that would advance more comprehensive and integrated approaches to the world's increasingly complex problems. Wilber invited some 400 of the world's leading integral thinkers to gather together for a series of meetings at his home in Boulder, Colorado. Joe Firmage, who was invited to several of these meetings, announced that "there is nothing anywhere in the world that is doing what Integral Institute is doing," and then promptly donated a million dollars in cash. With that donation, Integral Institute was formally launched. It was incorporated as a nonprofit organization in 1998.

Integral Institute has gone through three major phases since its inception. The first was launch and exploration, consisting of almost two years of meetings with over 400 of the world's leading Integral theorists. The second was oriented around the creation of core teams, which is still a central activity of I-I. The third is the formation of Integral University, the world's first Integral Learning Community, and the outreach website, Integral Naked.

For ways that you can become involved in the above activities, please see Join Us.


Ken Wilber is generally regarded as the world's most influential Integral thinker. He is the first psychologist-philosopher in history to have his Collected Works published while still alive, and with his 22 books translated in up to 30 foreign languages, Ken is perhaps the most highly translated academic writer in America.

The above quotations from pages of the website of the Integral Institute were taken from that site on August 24, 2006.

Related: — Zaadz
August 24, 2006; edited/updated November 26, 2015

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