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Integral Politics as Process

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Author(s): Tom Atlee

Journal: Integral Review
ISSN 1553-3069

Volume: 6;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 274;
Date: 2010;
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Keywords: Collective intelligence | conversational methodologies | democratic legitimacy | developmental stage | evolution | integral politics | integration | perspectives | process

ABSTRACT
Using the definition proposed here, integral politics can be a process of integrating diverse perspectives into wholesome guidance for a community or society. Characteristics that follow from this definition have ramifications for understanding what such political processes involve. Politics becomes integral as it transcends partisan battle and nurtures generative conversation toward the common good. Problems, conflicts and crises become opportunities for new (or renewed) social coherence. Conversational methodologies abound that can help citizen awareness temporarily expand during policy-making, thus helping raise society’s manifested developmental stage. Convening archetypal stakeholders or randomly selected citizens in conversations designed to engage the broader public enhances democratic legitimacy. With minimal issue- and candidate-advocacy, integral political leaders would develop society’s capacity to use integral conversational tools to improve its health, resilience, and collective intelligence. This both furthers and manifests evolution becoming conscious of itself.
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