Beyond Resilient:Integral City Inquiry, Action & Impact   

Tuesday 30 April evening - Friday 3 May 2019, Depart Saturday 4 May 9am
This 4-day course is for “catalysts” to explore inquiry and action that inspires productive impact for reinventing today’s cities for the future. You will interact with the 4+1 Voices of the Integral City (Business, Local Government, Civil Society and Citizens, plus actors from other regional cities) to prototype strategic possibilities. Integral City introduces you to new ways to think about, act in, relate to and reinvent the city as a Human Hive. Through placecaring and placemaking, we invite you to discover the unique contributions you make to its aliveness. We believe the future of cities will emerge not just from the bottom up through Smart City Technology or the top down through Resilient approaches – but from the integrated actions of the 4+1 Voices in all the cities in your eco-region, as you reinvent your Human Hives.

This event will explore the city as the Human Hive. We will co-create the conditions for you to catalyze and explore all the Voices who inhabit your spheres of influence – including family, neighbourhood, workplaces, recreation zones, communities, city and eco-regions. We will invite you to experiment with Placecaring (the development of capacity for a place through growing the inner life of consciousness and culture) and Placemaking (the development of capacity for a place through growing the outer life that can be monitored and prototyped) to become conscious catalysts of the Integral City – the most complex system currently being created by humans.
Hamilton’s work is an essential guide for understanding the evolution of a city as a learning system and how to fulfill it’s potential as a true expression of Gaia.   
Alexander Laszlo, PhD, 57th President of the International Society for the Systems Sciences (ISSS)
  1. Managing Director
  2. Managing Director
This event is specifically targeted at people from the 4 Voices of the city, so they can practise working together as an integrated team. People who are:
  • Business leaders seeking greater understanding of the opportunities for their businesses.
  • Civil Society (Third Sector) leaders seeking more effective ways of delivering the services they provide.
  • Local Government leaders with responsibilities across a range of services, such as health-care, schooling, law enforcement etc.
  • Engaged Citizens, who explore, create and live their lives in the human hive.

During the retreat, we will draw upon the research of the author and the Integral City Communities of Practise (in Canada, USA, Netherlands, Spain, Russia, Mexico) integrating the experiences of your fellow participants to help develop deep insights into the patterns that are emerging in cities around the globe. You will see how these have impacted your personal, professional, community and urban life and learn how to integrate power, authority, influence, perspective, and aliveness.

​We will share the wisdom of Findhorn’s personal/professional development practises and connect them to the Integral City intelligences. This course will build on the course Beyond Smart: Integral City Practices, Tools & Maps and prepare participants for the advanced course Beyond Complexity: Integral City Care, Contexts & Capacity. You will have the opportunity to experiment with new designs for the challenges you face in your city environments. And you will gain experience with a set of five maps and an evolutionary compass to discover new solutions to the VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex, ambiguous) problems that plague the cities of today. You will depart with new tools and a set of guiding principles we call the Master Code to enable the emergence of sustainability and resilience for the future of cities now.
​​Inspired by the paradigm-shifting frameworks, research and impact designs of Marilyn Hamilton’s Integral City website, blogs, courses and books (Integral City: Evolutionary Intelligences for the Human Hive; Integral City Inquiry & Action: Designing Impact for the Human Hive; and Integral City 3.7: Reframing Complex Challenges for Gaia’s Human Hives), this workshop is being convened by author Marilyn Hamilton, Founder of Integral City Meshworks, and co-facilitator Beth Sanders, with additional input from the Community of Practice and Findhorn Community practitioners.
£1035 - Corporate / for-profit organisation rate
£835 - NGO / not-for-profit organisation rate
£735 - Individual rate.

All prices include four nights’ accommodation (Tuesday - Friday, depart Saturday 9am), all meals (vegetarian, local, organic where possible) retreat content and facilitation.


If Beyond Smart is booked at the same time as Beyond Resilience take £100 off the combined price of both programmes at the appropriate level. Monday night dinner and accommodation and Tuesday lunch are included free.

Limited bursaries are available for young professionals in need of financial support at this stage of their career.

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