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.
Please note: campaigns are works-in-progress. We invite your feedback, comments and questions. Please join our email list to stay up to date on the latest iterations of these campaign plans as well as other news regarding the Institute.
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The Institute for Cultural Evolution is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, tax-exempt organization.
Polarity #4 is MERCY & JUSTICE. Mercy for the individual becomes unjust without concern for the good of the whole. And to be truly virtuous, justice must be balanced with care for each person.
Polarity #3 is COMPETITION & COOPERATION. One without the other can become problematic. But when both of these are brought together in a mutually correcting relationship that provides for both *challenge and support,* the value-creating potential of each side is maximized.
Polarity #2 is REAL & IDEAL. Each pole needs the other. Realism alone can lead to a cynical acceptance of a dysfunctional status quo. And unrealistic idealism can result in ineffectual wishful thinking. But through mutual co-correction they can fortify our power to improve things
In this new article by Carter Phipps, he asks where 50 years of "I'll do me and you do you" has gotten us.
This tweet is the first in a series of our favorite positive-positive interdependent polarities: LIBERTY & EQUALITY. These two values need each other to maximize their value creating capacity. Through a dynamic relationship of challenge and support, each pole trues-up the other.