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.
As Plato understood more than two thousand years ago: “The states are as the men are; they grow out of human characters.” Therefore, in order to overcome the fractious and frozen condition of contemporary American politics, we need to improve and evolve the electorate itself.
From Developmental Politics: “In order to reform the ‘politics industry’ in general, and the influence of money in politics in particular, we must first overcome the cultural barriers to political agreement that currently stymie any attempts at structural reform.”
We are the agents of evolution in the noosphere, and its further progress depends on us. As we awaken to our role as agents of evolution’s progress, this reveals humanity’s transcendent higher purpose: We are the bearers of the universe’s teleology—our purposes are its purposes.
From Developmental Politics: “Taking an evolutionary perspective on our political problems helps reframe our hyper-polarized political condition as a golden opportunity to bring about the next emergent level of our civilization’s development.”
From Developmental Politics: “The higher purposes which we recognize as *transcendent* have a kind of magnetic power that draws us forward. As Oxford philosopher Iris Murdoch wrote, ‘we are spiritual creatures, attracted by excellence and made for the Good.’”