What is your most ideal form of community?


#1

I am so grateful for this forum, as from it, multiple community connections have cropped up and self-organized. On top of our weekly Zoom chat groups (with another one coming soon), we have developed a WhatsApp group, as well as a Discord group that was mentioned by @jdj. These groups have allowed for a more direct form of communication directly into our phones, complete with live chat features, txt and audio. We have also begun to collaborate on various group projects, including a “Chicken Soup for the Integral Soul” anthology we are all planning on writing, as well as live retreats where we can get together and meet each other in person. Building this Integral community has brought a tremendous amount of joy, inspiration, and connection into my life, and I hope to share it with as many of you as possible.

And this is just the beginning. I want to ask you all: What is your most ideal form of community? Would you be content with this forum for the rest of your life? Or perhaps a text message group to directly share the more intimate features of your day to day? Or even a residential, co-housing community? A retreat 1x a year? Weekly video check ins? And what can we do to support you in building your ideal form of community?
Also: Is there a project, initiative, or idea that you would like more support with? In what way can an Integral community be of service to you in helping you to achieve your goals, personal or professional?

And out of curiosity, I would love to know why people don’t want to proceed further with building more Integral community: A lack of time? Or interest? Perhaps not feeling a strong pull, or perhaps all of your Integral community needs are already met?

Please let me know if you want to join/create a group or community initiative, and lets make it happen. Much love to all of you, and I look forward to reading your responses.

Aloha!


#2

Okay, @HawaiianRyan, I’ll bite.

I am in the midst of an Integral project that will need some feedback from the Integral community at some point.

My modest ambition is to help take Integral mainstream by writing a novel with mass market appeal. (The first draft is about 4/5 done). The surface story is about the life of a stone-age priestess who ends up dying dramatically as a human sacrifice after helping her people with their transition from forging to farming. I’m pitching it as “Clan of the Cave Bear” meets “Cloud Atlas” with some of the “Fifty Shades of Grey” thrown in. But the deep structure is totally Integral. I’ve been reading Ken Wilber’s books as he’s published them since 1983.

I’m hoping to find a corner of some Integral forum somewhere where a few folks would be willing to vet my presentation of Integral before it goes out to a wider public. I want to do this responsibly, in a way that meets the needs and standards of this community. Among other reasons, if I succeed in my moonshot, my formulation of Integral might be set in concrete in the public eye.

BTW my novel is, of course, “really” a parable about our own time of communal transition from First Tier to Integral. Yes, in the course of it I will be presenting my vision of a glorious Integral future for our planet.

And yes, there will be plenty of sex and violence. This was eleven thousand years ago. People had been Magenta for fifty millennia, and Red was just beginning to arrive.


#3

Hey Ryan,

Connection! Connection! Connection!
I need it! I realize how important it is for my well-being to be connected to others that seemed to resonate with all things Integral. It is absolutely absent in all popular conversation (at least in the dives I hang out in). I don’t want to feel alone. Since joining IL, meeting you, getting on Zoom, getting connected with Discord and I am finally feeling a balance. I love the support. I love to give support. We are all looking to belong to something larger than ourselves and I do believe in order for me to continue to grow I need others that are going through the same battle and can give me the feedback I need so I don’t grow stagnant.


#4

I mean, how could that not be an instant best seller? :smiley:

Really looking forward to your “pitch” – let me know when you are ready and we will make it happen. Happy in any way to help you blast it out to the larger Integral community, and eventually – the world!