“It’s not that we need to form new organizations. It’s simply that we have to awaken to new ways of thinking. I believe it makes no sense to spend a lot of time attacking the current realities. It is time to create the new models that have in them the complexity that makes the older systems obsolete. And to the extent that we can do that, and do that quickly, I think we can provide what will be necessary for a major breakthrough for the future.” – Don Beck, grondlegger van CHE International

By looking at events and developments from an integral evolutionary perspective, we not only become aware of our interdependence, but also of our own contribution as part of that whole. If we can see the effects of changes at all levels, we can also (fore) see the effects on the individual and the collective. We can link up our behaviour and the way we organize and develop ourselves seamlessly.

It is about:

• People who integrate clear thinking with an open heart.

• People who act authentically without attachment to fixed outcomes and remain open to serve the best results for the whole.

• People who realize that their own interests actually don’t differ from the interests of the world as a whole.

• People who are tuned in with great clarity to a higher goal. Because of that they are especially effective in making sure that at the right moment things are taking care of as needed.

“It is about personal development and breakthrough in connection with others and the whole. This way, you do not harm others in your own growth and contribute to the growth of the whole.”

The Center for Human Emergence (CHE) supports and facilitates the development of consciousness. The CHE stimulates the development of skills that are needed right now for fundamental, sustainable change. The CHE facilitates practical applications of this philosophy all around the globe.

We act – as part of the evolutionary impulse – with swiftness, precision and love.

Leading-edge thinkers and breakthrough researchers support different perspectives with their theories, methods and concepts. All these different viewpoints help us to understand what the elements of our reality are and how they are connected. And they help by showing us how to release systems into a next state.

CHE’s core purpose:

Integral societal innovation as sacred partnership in life

CHE’s mission:

We serve societal innovation by connecting and vitalizing individuals, organizations and communities through integral experience, in The Netherlands, for the world.

• What: integral societal innovation • How: connect and vitalize through experience (‘synnervate’) • Who: individuals, organizations and communities • Where: in The Netherlands, for the world

Our core principles are:

  • We assume oneness
  • We acknowledge natural order in all life
  • We enact the role that is ours to play
  • We act when the time is right and hold when it’s not
  • We clarify creative tension until new insight emerges
  • We act from mutual trust and are accountable to each other and the whole at all times

A few of the most important theories on which our work is based are:

Integral Theory (Ken Wilber – The Integral Institute)

The Integral Theory describes reality in five elements: quadrants, lines, levels, states, and types. States refer to those aspects of consciousness from where people act. States come and go. One moment you feel lucid and you are able to see through problems, the next moment you fall back into your normal thinking pattern. Levels are permanent. When one has mastered a certain skill level in an area as reading and writing, one does under normal circumstances not lose that skill. Lines refer to the different areas in which a human develops – one for example has developed the social line further than another. Types are characteristics that always and everywhere, in every stage of development, stay the same. The quadrants are created by looking inside the individual (self-image, beliefs) and the collective (culture, unwritten rules) and by looking at the outside of the individuals (body, behaviour) and the collective (structures and systems). The Integral Theory shows people and organizations a roadmap with the areas that are given attention and the ones that lack attention. It shows why things only succeed when we choose what dimensions to engage as consciously as possible.

Download the IOS Introduction to Wilber’s Integral Theory [PDF, 580Kb]

Spiral Dynamics (Clare Graves – Don Beck)

Spiral Dynamics is a model that handles increasing diversity and complexity. It is based on fundamental research and visualized in a colourful spiral. The colours stand for different value systems. The Spiral Dynamics model makes processes transparent and offers tools for effective change management. Spiral Dynamics maps the situation of an organization or society with active value systems, its willingness to change, priorities and thinking patterns. In this way, complex problems can be made more insightful and interventions become more focused and effective.

• See the movie about Spiral Dynamics “Eight Colours” (20 minutes, .wmv format)

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The essence of Meshworking™ is about the way we gather a variety of stakeholders behind a common higher goal in such a way that true progress can be made in resolving complex problems. It is different to a network in which relationships between partners are focused on self interest. In a meshwork, the self interest of each partner is being placed within the context of the common interest. In a meshwork, a lot of attention is given to the unique qualities of each of the partners and how to express those even more. Meshworking™ makes it possible to reveal the relationships between the core motives and interests of each of the partners and the common goal. This is why partners in a meshwork™ can achieve more together, than each of the partners alone. It aligns people, organizations and know-how behind core functions that need to be performed to solve specific challenges.

See also: the CHE Synnervate page on Meshworking™

Holacracy (Brian Robertson)

Holacracy aligns the explicit structure of an organization with its more organic natural form, replacing the traditional linear hierarchy with collaborating self-governing teams (circles). Each circle has a double link, connecting with other circles through representatives in the other circles. This speeds up efficient information sharing and feedback. Each circle decides which roles are needed as well as the fulfilment of that role. Each role owns a number of accountabilities for which the person is held responsible to him/herself as well as the organization. Holacracy focuses strongly on methods and agreements that are workable NOW, paying undivided attention to information arising from present tensions, leading to the organic development of the organization.

Chaordic Design (Dee Hock)

The goal of Chaordic Design is to develop and implement new organizational concepts. Concepts that result in a more equal separation of power and wealth, improved health and a bigger compatibility with human spirit and its natural environment and systems. It focuses on creating alignment with a core set of Purpose and Principles, and supporting the self-organisation of the system to achieve that Purpose in line with the Principles. Chaordic means holding a dynamic balance between chaos and order.

The Art of Hosting

When we assume people have sufficient knowledge to name and execute the next step, we then go through processes that matter. A number of social technologies have been brought together to help harvest the collective wisdom by the name of ‘The Art of Hosting’ and ‘Harvesting Conversations that Matter’. By working with Circle, World Café, Open Space Technology and Appreciative Inquiry the individual and collective intelligence is being heard in a process of harvesting experience, knowledge and insights of what each of us carries in us. It is exploring together and by collective discovery taking ownership of what emerges.