Foundational work of Clare Graves and Integral

IEC Conference: cancelled

The work of psychologist Clare Graves, a professor at Union College in New York, represented an early contribution to developmental psychology.  Ken Wilber has acknowledged the value of Graves’ work as informing different aspects of the AQAL metatheory and its applications. This presentation based on work of a team of scholars with the Graves archives at Union College. This proposal contemplates a 20 minute presentation on the scope of the archives, a plan for making them available for scholarly research, and some observations of their continued relevance in contemporary study, adaptation and applications of Graves theory and practice across the Integral landscape.  Slides will be presented featuring visuals of items in the collection, along with some brief video of Graves’ speaking.


United States

Don Dulchinos is an experienced technology industry senior executive. Don serves as president of Neurosphere Technologies, a research and development company organized around the long-term trend of an interconnected human population, informed by the thought of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, Clare Graves and Ken Wilber.  Such interconnection is leveraging technology developments in the Internet, social media, and the emerging Brain Computer Interface (BCI) segment. The company recently led a small team in completing a proof-of-concept for controlling a third-party device via brainwaves utilizing a low-cost EEG headset.

In 2020, Don became the Founder and Chapter Leader for TransTech Boulder, part of the global Transformative Technologies organization, a global community of entrepreneurs, innovators, and investors building tech for mental wellness, emotional wellbeing, and human flourishing.

Don has published an article in the Integral Leadership Review (2019), has published 3 books on consciousness, and co-edited a 7-volume collected works of 19th Century author Fitz Hugh Ludlow.

Don was a student of Graves at Union College, and is currently leading an effort with a small team to preserve and make available Graves’ personal papers, works in progress, and lecture recordings from the archives of Union College.  His proposed participation in the IEC would represent the first public presentation of the scope of this material, including its applicability to grounding and furthering the application of Integral thought in a number of areas, including the impact of technology on human development.


South Africa

Dr Rica Viljoen  is a well-known Human Resource Executive, researcher, sought-after international systems psychodynamic-facilitator and Jungian coach who specialises in diversity and multiculturalism. She is associated with the Da Vinci Institute for Business Leadership, the Jungian Coaching School Africa and acts as the Human Resource Executive: Strategy for the Meridian Group of Companies. She currently handles the international integration of companies in Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Rica was the founder member of Mandala Consulting, a niche organisational development house that worked in 42 different countries. She developed the Benchmark of Engagement, a research approach to understand social dynamics in systems – an approach that is widely acknowledge as a way to build trust and support the cultural optimisation resulting in business results.

With the adaptation of a scholarly-scientific-practitioner organisational developmental approach, Rica continues to contribute to the publishing of case studies, international coaching and consulting on organisational dynamics, culture, social system dynamics and multiculturalism.. She supervised more than 90 PhD and Masters students.

Rica received the Institute of People Management CEO award for her national and international contribution to the field of study (2017) and the South African Board of People Practices CEO award (2021) as an acknowledgment of her contribution towards the profession. Her doctorate on Inclusivity in Organisations as radical transformational strategy, received an global award for one of the 10 best contributions to the field of study by the Academy of Management.

Rica served, with honour, as the 13th and 14th South African Board of People Practices Board. She is also on the Exco and chair one of the subcommittees of the Board. Her key interest resides in supporting organisations to create inclusive cultures through the optimisation of individual leadership behaviour, functional group dynamics and organisational sustainability, contextually applied. Rica worked closely with dr Don Beck (USA) to translate spiral dynamic theory in a pragmatic way and with dr Avi Goren-Bar (Israel) on Jungian coaching. She is widely published, academically and in practice. Amongst other publications she co-authored the book Spiral Dynamics in Action, currently translated in nine languages.

Her life purpose is to tell untold stories and help leaders to find their voice. She is the co-chair of the ISPSO AM 2023; to be hosted in Johannesburg, South Africa.