Spiral Dynamics: Mastering Values, Leadership and Change Paperback – 20 Oct 2005
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Spiral Dynamics reveals the hidden codes that shape human nature, create global diversities, and drive evolutionary change. These magnetic forces attract and repel individuals, form the webs that connect people within organizations, and forge the rise and fall of nations and cultures. This book tracks our historic emergence from clans to tribes to networks and holograms; identifies seven Variations on Change, and adds power and precision to the design of human systems and 21st century leadership.
Spiral Dynamics is an extension and elaboration of the biopsychosocial systems concept of the late Clare W. Graves; work that Canada′s Maclean′s Magazine called ′The Theory that Explains Everything′. The authors mesh UK biologist Richard Dawkins′ concept of ′memes′ with Gravesian ′value systems′ in crafting a timely transformational change formula and process. Their concept of MEMES represents the first major statement of the new ′Science of Memetics.′
Don Edward Beck and Christopher C. Cowan, who were closely associated with Clare W. Graves, apply the principles of Spiral Dynamics worldwide in both corporate and top–level governmental sectors. They helped transform South Africa out of race categories, design organizational and marketing systems for a wide range of industries, and revitalize local communities, educational and professional institutions, and sports programs. Based on motivational MEMEs, they also designed a "hearts and minds" strategy for the South African rugby union team, winners of the 1995 World Cup.
Beck and Cowan were on the faculty of the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas, for a number of years before forming the National Values Center.
About the Author
Don Beck is Co–founder of The National Values Center, Denton, Texas. He taught at the University of North Texas; played a major role in the South African transformation; and applies and enhances Gravesian/Spiral Dynamics concepts in corporate, educational, and geopolitical initiatives worldwide. He is active with Ken Wilber in the Integral movement.
Chris Cowan is Co–founder of The National Values Center and is based in Santa Barbara, California. He is partner in NVC Consulting which seek to continue and build on the legacy of Dr Clare W. Graves through research, application, and publications.
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This is the second time I have read this book and while the book itself is patchy (some parts speculative, others impenetrable) overall the book is incredibly important. Start with Sections 1 and 3 and then decide if you want to work through Section 2. It is a wonderful antidote to the stream of authors (Jarrod Diamond, Chris Patton, Thomas Homer-Dixon etc.) who are able to list the problems we face (climate, political, economic) and yet leave the reader with a sense of being overwhelmed and powerless.
This book shows us the tools that we already have and where we will find the tools we need to effectively deal with the problems that we face and to evolve as we do so. I would strongly recommend this book to anyone who is in a position to play a part, no matter how seemingly small, in solving the complex problems that we face as a planet.
It has helped me get rid of my extreme criticism of 'bad behavior' and recognize the fact that we are all moving to our next level of existence by understanding where we are today and how to participate in the development of a better society and a new world order.
The two reasons why this book only gets 3 stars are 1) the way it is written and 2) because the authors have written it "as if" they are the *sole* owners of this theory, a kind of thinking that shows they haven't reached the highest level of evolution themselves. The second remark may explain why one cannot distinguish between the original thinking of GRAVES and the extensions of the authors. The first remark explains why this book is hard to "digest": the structure of the book doesn't make it easy to collect all information for each level, nor is it easy to derive from the book how one would apply these principles, say in a therapeutic or business context. Also an index is missing, but that is partly compensated by adding a good resource list at the end of the book.
Graves' model is a dynamic model of human consciousness evolution, which includes 7 levels of development, each with particular kinds of thinking and beliefs. At jobEQ we recommend this kind of thinking to find out whether someone you want to hire is "compatible" with your companies culture. Beck and Cowan have been using Graves work on an even larger level: looking at values that are valid across cultures and subcultures in society, for instance helping to resolve conflicts between subcultures in the UK and South-Africa.
Patrick E.C. Merlevede -- co-author of "7 Steps to Emotional Intelligence"
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