Processes – Integral Networks
PO Box 23346, Santa Barbara California 93121
http://interspirit.net/foundation - (805) 966-9515 - email@example.com
A 501c3 Tax-exempt
California Public Benefit Corporation
September 25, 2008 -
The Interspirit Foundation develops a variety of related
projects involving networks, community, and the spirit of democracy. Our highest objective is to create
community-based solutions for some of the most critical problems facing the
United States and the world today.
Our approach is interdisciplinary, and combines deeply
intuitive methods with computer and network-based methods. We have been building internet systems for 15
years, and have developed a wide range of connections with individuals and
organizations working in areas of interest to us. Today, in a national and global context of
increasing concern about economic and environmental stability, we are poised to
expand our outreach and our network influence, through a spectrum of projects
we believe can help lead the way towards a new century of global vitality and
The Wisdom Culture
As former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has recently
said, regarding his class at Yale University on Religion and Globalization, the
globalization process is pulling people closer together. Traditional borders are increasingly
permeable, and this “de-localization” is driving the emergence of new and
unprecedented possibilities for cooperation and understanding. At the same time, common human tendencies
towards polarization and “us against them” thinking are also intensifying, in
ways that are dangerous and destructive.
The Interspirit Foundation recognizes the great
possibilities inherent in a wise international culture, and envisions our
national society and indeed the entire world moving into an inspired era of
mutual understanding and co-creativity.
We are fostering relationships and building a broad array of tools and
systems intended to bring this vision into the world.
What we are Doing Today
The Interspirit Foundation and our many interconnected
projects have a long history, tracing back to the late 1980’s, or conceivably
back to the 1970’s or late 1960’s. The
project has grown through a long evolutionary process that began with
psychology and philosophy and science, and has developed into an internet
system involving online databases and an array of interconnected web sites and
Since the beginning, our work has been highly idealistic,
and has been developed as a response to challenging or dangerous world
conditions. We have followed the general
idea that human beings are meant to be successful on this planet, and that our
contemporary crisis – in the environment, in economics, in cultural relations –
is not surprising, and could simply be anticipated as the consequence of
ordinary human weakness and the diversity of cultures developing
semi-independently across the planet.
Yes, we human beings have made mistakes, yes we have been messy, and yes
we have committed horrendous crimes against ourselves and the world. But we can move beyond these things – and
these behaviors can be seen as a kind of immaturity, along the way towards a
far more illuminated and evolved global culture, that we believe can blossom
out of this confusion and injury.
Our guiding instinct from the beginning has been the
assumption that we do have what we need, that civilization is going through a
profound transition, that we can be guided by the deepest instincts of
intuition and the words and visions of our greatest leaders and
philosophers. Now, as we are beginning
to come together as an institutional framework, The Interspirit Foundation
today is rising to a call being heard all over the world. We are developing tools and methods and
frameworks that can incorporate and assimilate the great wisdom and knowledge
that is available to us now, and devising means that this knowledge and
capacity can be brought into the world in a graceful and natural way.
Today, all over the world, driven by the forces of
globalization, as mentioned by Tony Blair, and profoundly amplified by the
tremendous acceleration in knowledge and understanding, we are hearing a call
for something new – a “new consciousness”, a new kind of awareness, a new sense
of interconnectedness, a new sense of common ground, a new way to understand
humanity as “one family”. Some people
call this “the shift” – and we hear talk of this shift in many places. But is this awareness really so recent? In 1970, there was a very popular book
published entitled “The Greening of America” that reviewed these kinds of
There is a revolution coming. It
will not be like revolutions of the past .It will originate with the individual
and with culture, and it will change the political structure only as its final
act. It will not require violence to succeed, and it cannot be successfully
resisted by violence. It is now spreading with amazing rapidity, and already
our laws, institutions and social structure are changing in consequence. It
promises a higher reason, a more human community, and a new and liberated individual.
Its ultimate creation will be a new and enduring wholeness and beauty -- a
renewed relationship of man to himself, to other men, to society, to nature,
and to the land.
Today, almost 40 years after the publication of Charles
Reich’s book, this underground revolution has continued to evolve and
mature. Gone are the beads and
bell-bottoms that were part of that sixties vision, but the drive to community,
to the transformation of social structures, to an enduring wholeness and
liberated spirit – these themes underlie this “shift” movement as it continues
to expand in the world today.
Throughout the years since the publication of The Greening of America – and many other
related books, such as Marilyn Ferguson’s The
Aquarian Conspiracy, or Alvin Toffler’s Future
Shock, those of us who were riding that wave of insight and revolution have
continued to refine our ideas and evolve our understanding. Sometimes we have been called “cultural
creatives” – or sometimes simply “ex-hippies”.
For many of us – a dream was born in us those many years
ago, and that dream continues to live.
It has been authenticated, tested and tried, purified and made more
realistic. But at its core, there is a
vision of hope and beauty and freedom and creativity, that seems linked to something
eternal in the human spirit, something that is rising around the world as a
response to conditions in the world today.
Through the Interspirit Foundation – we are hearing that call, and
building tools that we hope can allow us to respond in unprecedented ways.
We believe that the power and insight that was at least
partially born in the sixties, and ripened all these years, is coming into a
kind of high fruition, yearning for breakthrough and influence and
meaning-in-the-world. For those of us
who have been paying attention, who have been taking notes, who have been
collecting and refining our understanding, who have not become cynical or
disillusioned or forgetful, the potentials of today might indeed be understood
as a “greening”. Something is coming
ripe, coming into maturity. Through the
Interspirit Foundation, we are giving this “something” a clearer articulation,
and are gathering up its many pieces into a single integral framework.
Things we are doing today:
a comprehensive internet system involving large databases, and the support of a
wide array of groups and organizations working in the areas of interfaith, new
consciousness, and the women’s movement
communication networks for these groups, providing ways that projects and
groups can be overlapped or merged in various creative ways
original research into consciousness and semantics and ontology and network
science, in ways that are pertinent to change in the world
designs to directly implement and actualize
these inspired higher visions of human possibility
in a hands-on way with groups and individuals anywhere in the world who we feel
are responding to something like this call, and who we believe can and should
be brought into constructive and creative relationship with one another
and continuing to invest in our technical infrastructure for supporting this
working relationships with creative individuals and organizations who we feel
can and should be part of an emerging national or global consortium, working in
Today, September 2008, as we have now received our
tax-exempt 501c3 status from the IRS, we are beginning to prepare an outreach
and development program, intended to communicate this larger vision. We are beginning to draw into our projects
the voices and participation of individuals and groups anywhere who are
attracted to these possibilities, and who want to find themselves interconnected
by relationships, by interrelated ideas, and by the hard-wired connectivity of
an internet system that can support the complexity and breadth of this process.
We are beginning to build our corporate infrastructure –
expanding our Board of Directors, and our Board of Advisors. We are adding more groups and organizations
to our networking system. We are
continuing to build new network tools.
We are ramping up our internet capacity and power. We are looking to create tight working
relationships with other organizations in the world who are responding to this
same call. We are looking to develop
teamwork and team-based approaches to collective problem-solving. We are refining our collaborative methods. We are gathering up everything that has been
learned about “group process”, and the psychology of co-creativity. We are working at local levels, regional and
national levels, and at the global level.
We are beginning to develop tools to support conferences and conference
management, and are assisting in the registration and planning of several
conferences. We are contacting experts
and possible contributors, and soliciting their participation. We are radiating a vision of idealism, human
interconnectivity, and the primacy of spirit.
We are exploring ways that these new possibilities can dovetail into
“real world” politics. We believe that
“a revolution is at hand”, that “the shift”, driven by globalization and the
universal availability of knowledge, is leading towards wonderful new
breakthroughs. With our internet tools,
our network development skills, and our inspired vision, we are poised for
breakthrough across a spectrum of disciplines.