Awakening a Global Dialogue: A Live Forum

IEC Conference: 2023

For the past four years, One World in Dialogue has been amplifying the voices of integrally informed spiritual leaders, activists, and changemakers from around the world—with a particular emphasis on the Global South. Created by Dr. Elizabeth Debold, and joined by Dr. Thomas Steininger, One World aspires to expand our understanding of what is integral so that new epistemologies, spiritualities, perspectives, and rationalities can be honored on their own terms, and not just put into a Western model, so that we can create a polyphonic and synergetic whole. For IEC 2020, we propose to offer a unique keynote that would be a live Zoom webcast panel discussion about the various contributions to consciousness and culture that these global integralists can offer. While inviting these individuals to the conference directly would be ideal, most of them would not have the resources to come to Hungary. Instead, we can bring them front and center into the IEC conference through videoconferencing. The following are some of the people in the One World network who might take part in the keynote:•Pi Villarazza, Philippines•Aunkh Chabalala, from the Buntu people, South Africa•Ruth Langford, Tasmania•Alnoor Ladha, in Costa RicaEach person would present themselves, their thoughts on what global integral means to them, and offer a question to the IEC audience. After these introductions, we would facilitate a conversation between the audience and the global panelists.

DEBOLD, Elizabeth

United States / Germany

I am vitally interested in creating We Spaces where contradictions and differences can be held in an integrative wholeness–from this something new and unexpected can emerge. I founded One World in Dialogue to create spaces where human beings from around the globe can meet and integrate perspectives. As a developmental psychologist, I am thrilled by the “simplicity on the other side of complexity” that makes it possible to hold complexity in a new synthesis. This is what One World explores.

STEININGER, Thomas

Austria / Germany

I have a PhD in philosophy and I am publisher of evolve, the leading German integral magazine on consciousness and culture. I speak internationally on cultural evolution and the different spiritual and cultural currents that have formed our postmodern world. I am a faculty member at Meridian University in California. Together with Elizabeth Debold I created the “Emergent Dialogues,” an innovative We-space practice and pioneering experiment in conscious communication, which we use globally.

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