Introduction Political gridlock in Washington is negatively impacting all Americans, and sending a message to the rest of the world that they shouldn’t try to emulate or strive for a democratic system such as ours. Indeed, according to a recent Gallup poll, Americans see “dysfunctional government” as the country’s biggest challenge.1 Polarization, however, has shown […]
As many of the readers of this blog know, the work of the Institute for Cultural Evolution think tank is based on a new way of seeing and understanding known as the “integral” or “evolutionary” perspective. And now ICE directors Steve McIntosh and Jeff Salzman are offering a small in-depth seminar that will help you […]
The ongoing rise of radical Islamism in the twenty-first century is a difficult and dire problem, for which cultural evolution is really the only viable permanent solution. But to overcome this growing threat to world peace and security, not only will Muslims themselves need to evolve, the developed world as a whole will need to grow and mature into a more […]
Hyper-partisan political polarization in America has been described as a “wicked problem” because there are many causes and no straightforward solutions. Although much has been written about the problem, the literature can be loosely divided into four categories: (1) Descriptions of the problem (typically backed by political science research), (2) Structural solutions to the problem […]
On April 23, 2015 the University of Colorado, together with The Institute for Cultural Evolution think tank (ICE), are co-hosting a discussion on the cultural challenges raised by the Islamic world’s relationship with modernity. The event includes two afternoon public lectures on campus, and an evening panel discussion off-campus at Boulder’s Integral Center. Our distinguished […]
The story of how gay marriage has gone from a political impossibility to a cultural reality offers America a practical way forward on the seemingly impossible issue of political gridlock. In his State of the Union address, the president drew a connection between the success of gay marriage and the possibility of ending gridlock in […]
According to a recent Gallup poll, Americans see “dysfunctional government” as the country’s biggest challenge.1 And there is wide agreement that our government has become dysfunctional as a result of hyper-partisan political polarization. While polarization has many causes, the root of the problem is found in our country’s simmering cultural values war that is enmeshed […]
Perched on a narrow stretch of the Big Sur Pacific coastline, Esalen Institute is about as far away as you can get from the Washington DC and still be in the same country—geographically, but also politically, culturally, and institutionally. Yet, for a few days in the first week of October, those distances were bridged, and […]
This past week I was at The Esalen Center for Theory and Research on California’s legendary Big Sur coast. I came to Esalen to participate in an event I’ve been helping to plan for close to a year: The Conclave on Political Polarization. Since December 2013, The Institute for Cultural Evolution (“ICE”) has been working […]
So far ICE has been funded by generous philanthropic contributions from our friends and associates. But now that we have officially become a 501c3 nonprofit, we are ready to try raising funds for our polarization campaign through the new medium of crowdfunding. Rather than just asking for contributions, we are tying our Indiegogo project to […]
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Check out today’s episode of This Week in the NYT, with @DailyEvolver. In this episode Jeff discusses how a post-progressive “hard but real compromise is possible” on abortion and how the role of women is devolving and evolving in the Muslim world.
3) Increasing ideological capture of the curriculum by progressive activists
4) Lack of adequate civic and moral education and programs for character development
In our most recent issue position on Education, we address 4 major issues locked up in the culture war:
1)Public school funding is often inadequate and unequal
2)American student performance and engagement lags internationally
Check out this fantastic interview that Eric Smith and Mike Bowen of @FreeBlckThought have with @gregthomas22
In it, Greg describes a highly needed post-progressive approach to anti-racism and previews the upcoming Shaping an Omni-American Future event.