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Using The “U” Process to Explore Developmental Levels

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Using The “U” Process to Explore Developmental Levels

In recent SDI meetups, we've been introduced to Theory "U," a set of practices developed by Otto Scharmer of M.I.T, and we've also explored developmental levels, one of the 5 key components of Integral Theory. This month we'll combine the two and explore aspects of our personal relationships to the various levels of development using Theory U practices.

Whew! Sounds complicated! Fortunately, the practices are pretty simple to learn, and we'll break things down step by step to allow us as individuals (and as a group) to touch into a "deeper way of knowing," as Otto Scharmer says. We'll toss in a bit of theory for the veteran Integral geeks, but beginners are welcome too!


In February, 2017 San Diego Integral began the Focused Integral Group Discussion (FIGD) which is a meta-structuring format where we briefly switch into an agreed upon process to optimally utilize the We-Space. The objective of FIGD is to collectively feel deeper into any topic and promote a causal state experience where we briefly switch from a collective I to a collective we. A Focused Integral Group process is "running in the background" until a salient moment rises that we want to explore. This may be derived from a presentation, a poignant comment by a member, a poem...whatever has resonance and can be horizontally expanded by the collective. This moment is identified by the "moderator" who helps maintain focus.

FIGD have three parts. It begins with a formal focus, followed by commentary on the process and then a discussion. Each segment lasts for 3-8 minutes. We have committed to a minimal of three FIGD per meeting. We have found that the intensity of these collective focused moments have increased with experience and skill and seem to delightfully persist throughout the three phases. This is very much an experimental process we have been Improving upon after each meeting.

As previously mentioned FIGD was initially described for the February, 2017. The sequential evolution of FIGD can be seen in the PAGES tab above. New or returning members are encouraged to read these brief papers in preparation for participation. Updates have followed each SDI meeting.

SDI is committed to the creative advance into novelty.

If you have a topic suggestion please let us know and we'll bring it to the conversation.