“Developmental Politics is essential reading for those who are concerned about the dysfunctional condition of America’s democracy. McIntosh’s application of integral philosophy to the daunting problem of hyperpolarization shows how we can effectively grow out of our gridlocked politics. I highly recommend this groundbreaking and important book.”
—John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods Markets, and Co-Author of Conscious Capitalism
“Is there a world beyond polarization! Indeed there is. In this inspired and brilliant work Steve McIntosh presents a richly conceived integral agenda and evolutionary strategy for the development of culture and consciousness, one that gives substance and reality to the unread vision of the higher dream for this Earth and time.”
— Jean Houston, Ph.D., Chancellor of Meridian University and author of many books on human development
“Steve McIntosh is an incredibly deep and clear thinker who shows how people with very different worldviews can find a way to communicate, cooperate, and connect. Developmental Politics lays out a step-by-step approach to overcoming the wicked problem of hyper-polarization. This book is just what we need at this troubled time in history.”
—Tony Schwartz, bestselling author of The Way We’re Working Isn’t Working and The Power of Full Engagement, and CEO of The Energy Project
“If I could prescribe one book for every Democrat or Progressive candidate and campaign to read (ASAP!), along with every environmental and climate activist and every advocate for racial justice, LGBTQ and gender equality, education reform, and economic equity, it would be Steve McIntosh’s Developmental Politics. It’s brilliant, well-written, and, I believe, just what the doctor ordered for our ailing body politic.”
—Brian D. McLaren, author of The Great Spiritual Migration, and A New Kind of Christianity
“Steve McIntosh’s latest book, Developmental Politics, explores how America can escape political polarization. McIntosh provides an insightful account of the emergence of postmodernism from modernity, showing how culture evolves through the development of values. He persuasively argues that an enlarged understanding of cultural evolution can help us reclaim our collective aspirations for social “progress.” This important study is a must read!”
—Michael E. Zimmerman, Ph.D., Emeritus Professor of Philosophy, University of Colorado at Boulder and coauthor of Integral Ecology
“This is the right book for what’s next in our politics, both nationally and personally. I found McIntosh’s description of the practice of values integration to be instantly indispensable. And I loved his description of how a renaissance of virtue is a tonic for the cynicism of our age. Upon finishing Developmental Politics, it was as if I had been ushered into a more virtuous world. Here, to my surprise, I felt humbled and grateful for our unfolding American story, as wild and wooly as it is. After reading this book I can now see exciting possibilities for our next historical chapters. Also unexpectedly, the book has deepened my appreciation for my own story, and for the people and circumstances of my life.”
—Jeff Salzman, Host of the Daily Evolver Podcast and education entrepreneur
Everyone feels it—our politics are broken and something must be done! But too many approaches to solving political polarization assume the solution. They are good ideas that could only be implemented in a less polarized environment. Developmental Politics cuts the Gordian knot by going right to the heart of this entrenched, complex issue—addressing the cultural battlegrounds that underlie our poisoned politics. McIntosh’s timely book presents a powerful way to evolve both our country and ourselves. With a steady stream of clear, unfolding insight, it will make you believe again in the promise of our beautiful, troubled democracy.
— Carter Phipps, author of Evolutionaries
“The divisiveness of our current politics is not sustainable. A new approach is needed to understand and then reconcile the conflicts we see today. In applying integral theory to this problem, Steve McIntosh’s new book, Developmental Politics, offers just such an approach that is fascinating and optimistically energizing.”
— Alexander McCobin, CEO of Conscious Capitalism, Inc.