The Institute for Cultural Evolution (“ICE”) is a tax exempt 501c3 nonprofit think tank founded in 2013. Our mission is to help create political evolution in America’s democracy. Our approach involves applying groundbreaking insights taken from Integral philosophy, developmental psychology, evolutionary theory, and the social sciences to overcome hyper-partisan polarization and bring about a more functional form of politics.
ICE is working to achieve progress through a series of specific campaign plans, each or which focuses on opportunities for cultural evolution. Our campaigns target the issues of political polarization, evolving both the Right and the Left in American politics, radical Islamism, and climate change (for more on these campaigns, see the “Political Campaigns” button in the menu above). Our aim is to create small but critical shifts in public opinion—leverage points around which new political solutions can emerge and existing solutions can finally see the light of day.
In addition to our specific campaigns, ICE is also an educational organization. Through public talks and lectures, and invitational conclaves, we are helping NGOs, nonprofits, businesses and other organizations to be more effective by better understanding the cultural dynamics influencing (and in some cases inhibiting) their work. For a detailed overview of ICE’s perspective and approach, please read our white paper: Premises and Principles of the Evolutionary Worldview.
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My latest podcast explores the idea that *value itself* can be conceived of as a form of interior energy that influences consciousness and culture. Value energy motivates human interest and generates political will. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1sQyGo8meJE&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR3FenKesBowZedhaCIV5awRkk3CJsTuyJryNev0i492jSQ4dY_2IOwVqOs
Progressivism is the most evolved form of culture that has yet to appear in the timeline of human history. But as it emerges, its pathologies are becoming more evident. Hopefully, these very pathologies can spur us to evolve further—from antithesis to a reconciling synthesis. …
USA Today (2.6 million daily readers) published my op-ed today: *'Mrs. America' Shows How Art Can Bridge Our Nation's Cultural, Partisan Divisions* In the op-ed I argue that Cate Blanchett’s performance demonstrates “cultural intelligence.” https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2020/06/06/how-art-like-mrs-america-can-help-heal-our-cultural-divide-column/3153471001/
Has progressive postmodernism emerged as a historically significant new worldview comparable to modernity and traditionalism? Social psychologists and political scientists can’t seem to see it clearly. If social science existed in 1790, would it have detected the Enlightenment?
Post-progressivism can help progressive culture mature and evolve by extending its caring & inclusive values to include the concerns and commitments of modernists and traditionalists. And progressives can thus evolve by using *cultural intelligence* to affirm our interdependence.