"Visions of World Benefit & Global Responsibility: Perspectives of McGill Students

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Spiral Dynamics

Today we will be touching upon an innovative model called "Spiral Dynamics". Don Beck and Chris Cowan has written up an influential book called "Spiral Dynamics: Mastering Values, Leadership, and Change". Spiral dynamics is a transdisciplinary model bridging complexity, values, social change, and diversity. The basic argument is that human nature is not fixed and adaptable to new circumstances. Humans and human societies construct new, more complex, conceptual models of the world that allow them to handle the new problems. Each new model ("meme") includes and extends all previous models. Spiral dynamics is based on the concept of Memes; systems of core values and collective intelligences. Memes are like DNA's of society: They include self-propagating ideas, values, habits, living styles, or cultural practices.
First tier Memes
Beige: Archaic-Instinctive - survivalistic/reflexological meme
Purple: Animistic-Tribalistic - magical meme
Red: Egocentric-Exploitive - dominionist meme
Blue: Absolutistic-Obedience - purposeful/authoritarian meme
Orange: Multiplistic-Achievist - scientific / strategic meme
Green: Relativistic-Personalistic - communitarian/egalitarian meme
Second tier Memes
Yellow: Systemic-integrative meme
Turquoise: Holistic - global meme

To learn more about the "Spiral Dynamics" model please click on the address below and read the article called The Never-ending Upward Quest: Spiral Dynamics.

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