MURRAY, Tom (United States)

Title of contribution:

Is wisdom “the simplicity on the other side of complexity?”

Where & when:

Is wisdom “the simplicity on the other side of complexity?”

Integralists, developmentalists, spiritualists, and leadership gurus love the idea of “the simplicity on the other side of complexity.” We will draw on an emerging model of “wisdom skills,” “complexity capacity,” and “spiritual clarity” to engage us in reflecting on the nuances of this idea—when is it useful vs. wishful thinking? Tom will present a model that emphasizes the equal importance of learning (increased complexity) and unlearning (releasing complexity)—which draws from the STAGES model. This will orient us to a conversational and embodied dive into the relationship between ascending and descending modes of wisdom and ego maturity.

Names of co-contributors: Geoff Fitch

Geoff Fitch is a coach, trainer, and facilitator of growth in individuals and organizations, and a creator of transformative leadership education programs worldwide. He is a founder of Pacific Integral, where was instrumental in the development of the acclaimed Generating Transformative Change program, now offered three continents and in its 30th cohort. Through these programs, he has researched and developed novel approaches to individual and collective growth, and has designed and facilitated dozens of residential learning retreats. He has been exploring diverse approaches to cultivating higher human potentials for over 25 years, including somatic and transpersonal psychology, mystical traditions, innovation and creativity, leadership, integral theory, and collective intelligence. Geoff is also a senior scorer of the STAGES developmental assessment and was on the original research team for the developmental framework. His writing has been featured in recent publications on integral we-space, leadership, and the application of theory U in transformative change. Geoff also has over 30 years experience in leadership in business. He holds a master’s degree in Transpersonal Psychology from Institute of Transpersonal Psychology and B.S. in Computer Science, magna cum laude, from Boston University, and has additional studies jazz music, philosophy, and management.

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About Tom Murray:

Tom Murray is Chief Visionary and Instigator at Open Way Solutions LLC, which merges technology with integral developmental theory, and is also a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Massachusetts School of Computer Science. He is an Associate Editor at Integral Review, is on the editorial review board of the International Journal of Artificial Intelligence in Education, and has published articles on integral theory as it relates to a variety of topics. See

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