Russ Volckmann

State of the World Forum

We want to inform you that the upcoming State of the World Forum has been rescheduled from November 12-14, 2009 to February 28 – March 3, 2010. This has come about due to the extraordinary success of our endeavors and the fact that what was originally an intent to convene a conference has morphed into a global strategy to develop a 2020 Climate Leadership Campaign.

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The 4th Annual Integral Leadership in Action (ILiA) Conference:
Consciously Leading and Living Through Turbulence and Transformation

Join with us as we move through the turbulent waters of our time into the space holding the Good, the True and the Beautiful, at our own highest edge!

Thursday, October 15 to Monday, October 19 at The Crossings, Austin, Texas

Explore your capabilities for living and leading in today’s turbulent and transformational times by engaging with our exciting speakers and topics!

  • Don Beck on the “momentous leap” to Yellow predicted by Clare Graves
  • Fran Johnston showing how emotionally intelligent leaders navigate with “resonance” through turbulent times
  • Rand Stagen on translating Integral theory into powerful results for mid-market companies
  • Barry Johnson demonstrating the critical leadership skill, Polarity Management
  • Robb Smith sharing the frothy edge from Integral Life
  • Elizabeth Debold and Jeff Carreira explaining the latest breakthroughs from the EnlightenNext Discovery Cycle
  • And MUCH more…including the special performance by Stuart Davis and engagement with leading specialists and facilitators Bill Joiner, Terry Patten, Jeff Salzman, Victoria Wilson-Jones, Clint Fuhs, Michael McElhenie, Cindy Wigglesworth, and many others. Check out the program schedule!

New to Integral? Bert Parlee provides the necessary intro, a quick way to “get up to speed” on AQAL theory.


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Boulder Integral

Integral Incubator: Your Dream, Enacted! with Jeff Salzman and Ken Wilber
November 2 – 6, 2009
Boulder Integral Center, 2805 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80304, USA

At the Integral Incubator you will join with a group of 20 or so high-achieving evolutionaries in an intentional container that will help you function at your new best. The Incubator is designed as a potent combination of:

  • Transformational practices to build your focus, creativity, energy and personal power
  • Group experiences to help you get insight and support from others
  • A variety of intensified work spaces and practices that help you achieve peak performance consistently and on-demand


For more information, Please contact Nomali or call 303 541 1540

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Spirals over the Golden West
September 7-12, 2009
Santa Barbara, California

Spiral Dynamics in Action

“Business as usual” has the world in an awful mess. The global economy is teetering, and companies and financial institutions everywhere struggle to survive. In fact, organizations of every hue are finding it hard these days to get ahead amidst the chaos and fragmentation of our age. The old ways of organizational life no longer suffice.

That is why Dr. Don Beck and the Adizes Graduate School are pleased to announce a highly topical SDi certification seminar in Santa Barbara, California, to explore the core intelligences and deep values that flow beneath what we believe and do in the communal, organizational spheres of our lives.

Titled “Natural Design: Second Tier Leadership, Organizational Elegance and Integral Management,” this advanced course in Spiral Dynamics is suited for leaders across all domains (both public and private sectors), line managers in all industries and functions, consultants, leadership coaches and others in the fields of business, health care, marketing, education, sports, religion/spirituality management, and others who are interested in designing and managing healthy and productive organizations.

Note also that, as always in Santa Barbara, the SDi Level One certification will be offered immediately prior to the Natural Design course:

  • SDi Level One Foundations: September 7-9
  • SDi Level Two Natural Design: September 10-12

For additional information, click here:

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Integral City: The Map, The Mesh and the Human Hive
3 part Telecourse, September 2009

This course is based on Marilyn Hamilton’s book Integral City: Evolutionary Intelligences for the Human Hive.
Integral City: The Map, The Mesh and the Human Hive.
It focuses on how to see the city as a whole system that adapts like a Resilient Hive; meshes Complex Relationships; and emerges Integral Capacity.

It will be scheduled on 3 Thursdays from Noon to 2 pm PDT on the dates below. Each session will be recorded and three chapters of my Talking Book Integral City: Evolutionary Intelligences for the Human Hive will be downloadable and included in the fee.

  • Sept.10, 2009: The Human Hive (Resilient Adaptiveness)
  • Sept.17, 2009: The Mesh (Complex Relationships)
  • Sept.24, 2009: The Map (Integral Capacity)

Each session will include: Introductions, a Mini-lecture &A, Summary.

You may Register by August 31, 2009 at the secure online Integral City shopping cart URL –

Registration will be limited to 10 people.

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Leadership Learning Community
Berkeley, California
Shifting the Leadership Development Paradigm: Leadership for a New Era

The Leadership Learning Community, a national organization of practitioners, funders, and researchers focused on leadership development, social justice, and social change, is launching Leadership for a New Era (LNE). LNE is a collaborative learning initiative committed to shifting leadership development thinking and practice from a primary focus on developing the skills and capacities of individual leaders to succeed within current institutional arrangements to a focus on expanding and unleashing leadership capacity within and across communities.

Only a highly collaborative approach can help generate new theory, practice and evaluation results that can alter the existing paradigm. To facilitate this collaboration LLC is mobilizing across multiple networks with an interest in the field of leadership development to invite participation in using and contributing to an on-line web platform, Leadership for a New Era. Go to:

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Leadership for Transformation
 A Volume in the ILA Building Leadership Bridges (BLB) Series Call for Submissions (Deadline October 1, 2009)
 Gill Hickman and JoAnn Barbour, Editors

The International Leadership Association invites you to submit your work on the theme, Leadership for Transformation for our annual volume in the Building Leadership Bridges series. The book captures the best contemporary thinking about leadership today from a diverse range of scholars, practitioners, and educators working in the field of leadership studies. In keeping with the mission of the ILA, the book series connects ways of studying, imagining, and experiencing leadership across cultures, over time, and around the world. The book will be published by Jossey-Bass/Wiley with an expected publication date of November 2010.

Submitted works (research, applications/philosophies/models, and artistic poems, dramatic works or literary essays) should be no longer than 5000 words. Submitted works will be blind-reviewed, thus all identifying information (Area of submission, names, affiliations, and contact information of all contributors) should be on a separate cover sheet. APA style should be followed. Notes should be kept to a minimum but when used should come in the form of endnotes. Margins are to be 1” on all four sides, left-aligned, NOT justified, and all pages numbered in the top right-hand corner with the narrative starting on page 1. Submissions should be in Times New Roman, font size 12, double spaced, and indented paragraphs for all submissions EXCEPT artistic works. (Literary essayists should follow
For additional information: Debra DeRuyver at by October 1, 2009.

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The First International Worldly Leadership Summit at The Leadership Trust 22-23 September 2009

Worldly Leadership – Leadership of and for the World

Hertfordshire HP4 1NS
United Kingdom

Never before has leadership throughout the world been more critical and more needed. Leadership is in the spotlight, and yet current models have failed to address the major problems the world faces. If we are to create new models to take the world forward more sustainably, we believe that there is value in looking back and re-learning what we may have forgotten.

We invite you to join us at this Summit for an exploration of the leadership wisdoms enshrined in alternative philosophies; not only western and eastern, but including those found in indigenous traditions; and to discuss and reflect on the practical implications.

Hosted by The Leadership Trust, in partnership with Ashridge Business School and Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative(founded by EFMD and the UN Global Compact), the Summit will bring together a rich and diverse group of eminent speakers from around the world, but will also offer opportunity for us to reflect as well as to plan to take action, individually and collectively.

Full details of our project, the Summit programme, speakers and the draft programme are available at Book your place at the Worldly Leadership Summit for £295.00* by completing the registration form also available at , or by calling Linda Keirby-Smith on +44 (0) 1989 760 705.

Contact: LindaKeirby-Smith@LEADERSHIP.ORG.UK

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Prize Essay Competition – Learning that has helped leaders in Public Services

Each year, Ashridge Business School and Guardian Public invite people working or studying in any area of the public service, whether in the public, private or voluntary sector, to submit an essay on the theme of leadership and public services.

The essay title: What do I know now that I wish I’d known then…? Learning that has helped me to become a better leader.

Content and style
Essays can be any length up to a maximum of 3,000 words and should aim to bring fresh insight and understanding to the subject in a public sector context, with clear recommendations on the way forward. Ashridge’s style is strongly practical and we value ideas that can be readily applied. Essays should relate to current best practice as well as new ways of working. They should be jargon free, making points as concretely and clearly as possible. The judges are looking for contributions that challenge, but also make strong, well argued cases with positive ideas for the future of leadership in public services rather than purely academic, polemical or diagnostic pieces. The winning essay should be readily publishable, edited or in full, in Guardian Public and by Ashridge.

The closing date for entries is Friday 30 October 2009. Prize winners and merit awards will be announced during December with a lunchtime reception for prize winners in London in January 2010.

The winner will receive a choice of a cash prize of £3,000 or a place on an Ashridge Open programme of their choice worth up to £13,000. The essay will be published in full or in edited form in Guardian Public and the short-listed entrants will be invited to the prize giving ceremony. Up to two further prizes will be awarded if the judges consider the quality of the essays merits recognition. Public servants can accept the prize provided they declare it.

Essays should be submitted to by midnight 30 October 2009. Enquiries about the essay, its format and content should be sent to

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Call for Papers
Leadership Special issue on Italy and leadership
- Leadership journal homepage: –
Editor: Antonio Marturano ( LUISS Guido Carli, Rome (Italy)

Italy has had an amazing fabric of leaders and ideas on leadership since the Romans: Italy indeed did not only provide all kinds of leaders (from Machiavellian-amoralist leaders to saint and value-centred leaders) but also many Italian scholars have helped us to think about leadership. From Marc Aurelius, Machiavelli, Gramsci, to Agamben, today, Italian scholars have provided tools with which to understand the leadership phenomena. On the other hand Caesars, the Church, the Renaissance, the Mafia, Mussolini and Fascism, leftist movements in the ‘70s, the Agnelli Family and today’s Berlusconism provide key features useful to understand leadership, leadership culture, followership and leaders’ behaviours.

Such immense reservoir of leaders and leadership ideas, provide conceptual contradictions that are even challenging established paradigms in leadership studies. Leadership studies indeed is a quite multidisciplinary field as it takes lessons from history, politics, narrative, philosophy, management, law, psychology, sociology and many other fields. Therefore Italy, with its own history, social complexity and contemporary political muddles, is a good field to test, rethink and improve leadership studies concepts and theories. Moreover Italy is a sort of laboratory to understanding social trends. Where are societies going? Which kind of leadership is likely to emerge worldwide? Which kind of national culture has encouraged Berlusconism? Which leadership concepts and theories have been changed through Italian history and how has this happened?

Articles are invited which address these and similar topics. Papers can be of a theoretical or empirical nature, or investigate practical concerns. They can be drawn from any research tradition; contributions of both a quantitative and a qualitative nature are invited.

Enquiries, expressions of interest and submission of abstracts (500 words maximum) should be sent to the Guest Editor shown at the address above. Abstracts should arrive by 1 April 2010. Completed articles of between 6,000-8,000 words should be submitted by 31 January 2011 at the latest for review. Articles will be double blind reviewed. The issue will be published in Summer 2012.