A Map of the Inner and Outer Worlds of the Individual and the Collective

Introduction 3
Caveat 4
Definitions 5
Introducing the model 6-9
Summary of the circles 10
Thinking/Doing 11-16
Embodying 17-22
Being 23-28
Appendix: Ken Wilber’s Model 29

"Peace is not something you can force on anything or anyone –much less upon one's own mind.
It is like trying to quiet the ocean by pressing upon the waves.
Sanity lies in somehow opening to the chaos, allowing anxiety, moving deeply into the tumult,
diving deeply in the waves, where underneath, within, peace simply is."
-- Gerald May

This is by no means a finished paper. It is not even a draft paper. It is an offering of a set of currently emerging ideas represented for now on paper by symbols – words and diagrams. It is a model – at once conceptual and grounded in experience. I hope to have many wide-ranging conversations with all the readers of this offering – and expect to explore many wildly diverse responses to it.
The intention in writing this is to fuel the continuing conversation, exploration, debate, dialogue and discovery – in the arena of inner and outer development and expression in individuals and collectives. In particular, the intention is to contribute to the ongoing work of mapping the inner and outer terrain of Collective Intelligence and Spiritual Wisdom. The hope is that this be a seed crystal which precipitates greater understanding, coherence and clarity in the language and representation of this field as a whole system. We can only imagine what new and widely diverse representations are yet to be manifested – vibrant meanings conveyed in form, image, language, sound, color …
Overview of model:
The starting point is Ken Wilber’s four-quadrant model for understanding human consciousness. Over the past year, in our work on Centered On The Edge, a number of people have referred to this model at different times. I must confess that I have not read Ken Wilber’s description of the model, and know nothing of his nine levels per quadrant approach of Integral Philosophy. I have merely ‘borrowed’ the bare bonesof the model and have used them as a structure for the purposes of exploring oneway of mapping the field of collective wisdom.
The vertical and the horizontal axes, and the labels – Inner, Outer, Individual, Collective – are retained. With apologies to Ken Wilber, the meaning assigned to each quadrant diverges, possibly quite significantly from his original intention. A brief summary of Wilber’s intended meaning (extracted from http://www.worldofkenwilber.com/ ) is attached in the Appendix to this paper. The new meaning given for the purposes of this paper is introduced on page 7.
Three concentric circles - Thinking/Doing, Embodying, Being - are added to the model, superimposed on the four quadrants. The meaning of each of the circles is introduced on page 8. The paper goes on to describe in some depth, the delineations these circles convey. If imagined as a three-dimensional model, rather than as a twodimensional graphic, the circles would be three horizontal slices in a cone. And the cone could either be imagined growing up out of the page, with each circle at a higher level than the one before; or imagined as dropping down into and below the page, with each circle at a deeper level than the one before. In any case, the circles are intended to name and describe three different places in a continuum of development and integration of the individual and of the collective.