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THE GREEN MEME AS A COCOON FOR TRANSFORMATION
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Presentation: THE GREEN MEME AS A COCOON FOR TRANSFORMATION
In Spiral Dynamics™, and in Ken Wilber’s adaptation, the Green stage is often viewed in negative terms. This presentation will place Green into perspective as a transformational stage of development. As the highest stage in the first tier of stages, Green represents a launching pad through what Clare Graves called “a momentous leap . . .not merely a transition to a new level of existence but the start of a new ‘movement’ in the symphony of human history.”
Like the caterpillar becoming the butterfly, the person or organization centered at Green who would move to Yellow /Teal must undergo a radical transformation unlike the change required between any other two stages of human development.
For this reason, I think it is imperative that we begin to view the Green stage as a key transformational stage requiring significant “deconstruction” of worldviews and values before one is ready to emerge into second tier.
This means that we can expect organizations to ‘die’ – that is to change form so radically that they will not be recognizable when they emerge at the higher stage. Many will not complete this process; they will either remain a first tier organization or they will cease to exist.
The process of moving from Green to Yellow/Teal is little understood for at least two good reasons – one, there is no single way to do it; and two, we are often looking for a smooth transition with organizations looking as they did when at Green. This has to change – we need new eyes to see.
About Jim Lockard:
Jim Lockard is an ordained minister, author, blogger, speaker, coach, consultant, and thought leader. He lives in Lyon, France with his wife, Dorianne Cotter-Lockard. They settled in Lyon after living three years as “intentional nomads” and visiting 25 countries. His blog, New Thought Evolutionary, is very popular in spiritual leadership circles and beyond. He is also a regular blogger for AGNT, the Association of Global New Thought, and a consultant and coach for spiritual leadership.