Integral Britain



Integral Britain? How can this be? Do we find teal in the home of orange? Yes market thinking has been dominating Britain for 40 years, AND that is generating energy towards teal. I`ve been shocked at how little integral networking there seems to be in the UK and will be going to the Integral European Conference in Hungary in May, hoping to network.

I`ve written a book about integral Britain: The Britain Potential-a Politics Inspired by a New Stage of Human Consciousness (In the USA available via Barnes and Noble). It shows just how much movement away from market thinking is going on at grass roots across the UK. It also does some integral genealogy by going back to the industrial revolution, then on to welfare state Britain, then to market thinking Britain. What this suggests is a civil society centred Britain is not far fethced.

Heres how the presentation at the IEC in May will go: Can Britain point towards what a post-capitalistic economy with a post-democratic collective governance system look like? Working with communities of many different kinds for 40 years and both experiencing the collective systems of the country externally and internally, the individual view (top left quadrant) is about three distinct aspects of daily life: where you live, family, friends and community (civil society); the state (local public services, central government, national politics); and business (commerce, trade, markets). These three could be called the building blocks of Britains operating system. So going back in time in Britain we have one configuration of these three with industrial revolution Britain. And that configuration is powered by the new rationalism or orange consciousness. But this changes in 1945 to welfare state Britain with a different consciousness and a big re-configuration of the building blocks. The experience of living in Britain changed radically. Then it changed again in 1981 with marketing thinking Britain dismantling what had gone before and again reshaping the building blocks. And that’s where we are today with a torn social fabric and a polarised politics.
So whats the prognosis? Actually there is another side to Britain that is edging towards teal by breaking out of market thinking. This side of Britain has a life of its own in the arts, in civil society, in business and even state services. These are developments where people want humanity not markets. And so Britain may yet contribute a fourth iteration to its building blocks where a consciousness closer to teal powers a civil society centred Britain in which business and the state support civil society. This is where the country wants to go.

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Jim Cowan


Jim, I too have been surprised - and a bit disappointed - to discover how few Integral-minded people there seem to be here in the UK. In my own personal circle there is only such one person, and I wouldn’t even have known of her interest in Integral theory if I hadn’t published a review of Terry Patten’s new book in a magazine I edit. I shall not be attending the conference but I would love to know how many Brits you find there.


Marian hi I will let you know.

What I am discovering with my book is that there are a lot more teal oriented people in the UK…they just haven’t named it. Once they understand the colour coded consciousnesses properly etc it becomes clear for them.

Just wondering if your magazine is of a kind to take a review of my book (