Since its founding in 2013, the leaders of the Institute for Cultural Evolution have been thinking long and hard about the evolution of American politics. After extensive research, writing, and convening political events, in 2016 we began work on a book that would describe our unique political perspective. This 2020 book, authored by ICE president Steve McIntosh, represents our current thinking and serves as a culmination of our work as a think tank over the past seven years. McIntosh’s book is titled: Developmental Politics—How America Can Grow Into a Better Version of Itself
American politics are badly broken. Yet to solve the seemingly intractable problem of hyperpolarization, we need to look beyond the gridlocked politics of Washington D.C. In Developmental Politics, Steve McIntosh shows how this growing rift in the fabric of American society is a cultural problem that requires a cultural solution. He offers a pragmatic yet inspiring approach to our national political dilemma through a new politics of culture—one that goes right to the heart of this entrenched, complex issue. McIntosh presents a variety of innovative methods through which citizens and political leaders from across the political spectrum can reach agreement and achieve consensus.
McIntosh’s proposals for overcoming hyperpolarization are founded on an emerging form of “cultural intelligence” that directly addresses the conflicting values underlying our poisoned politics. This new way of seeing leads to an inclusive vision of social progress—a new American Dream—that can help revive our collective sense of common cause and thereby restore the functionality of our democracy. Developmental Politics provides the fresh thinking we need to transcend America’s contemporary political impasse.