Ruan Viljoen

(South Africa)

Title of contribution:

Being Beige – a story for Loraine Laubscher

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Being Beige – a story for Loraine Laubscher

Loraine Laubscher went home at age 89. She spent the last years of her life studying Beige with Rica and Ruan. In this presentation some of her last thoughts will be shared.

Treating Beige as the orphan child of the spiral, denying its existence and ignoring the weaving in of the unique intelligences Beige has to offer, may create substantial holes in the tapestry of spiral that we as humanity are weaving together. The lingering question remains – how can we try and be turquoise or coral if large parts of the globe face life conditions that can only be met with Beige, Purple, Red and in a lesser degree Blue and Orange thinking. As we still cannot agree that there is something like global warming; although there is devastating evidence to the effect; how can we claim that Green (F) life conditions will enable S-mechanisms (Green) to switch on in the brain? How can we claim to be Green if we are not daily, constantly busy with earth consciousness and healing humanity? As humanity, we will not move forward (or is it backwards, upwards or downwards) if we ignore the life conditions that daily face the majority of emerging economies, places where there still is poverty, diseases such as malaria and war stricken countries. The paper attempts to conceptualise Beige as a critical pre-requisite of being Yellow.

Names of co-contributor: Ruan Viljoen

About Rica Viljoen:

Dr Rica Viljoen is currently the SVP: Organisational Development Sibanye-Stillwater. Rica works closely with Don Beck and until recently with Loraine Laubscher in studying changing life conditions and human adaptation. Rica has published books, chapters and articles on change, spiral dynamics and multi-culturalism. She expresses the passion of ensuring that untold stories of minority groups. She is widely published and a thought after facilitator and speaker at international conferences

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