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Purpose

Our purpose, our reason for being, is to work with people who seek to change the world — and who choose to be transformed in the process.

Our social justice education, leadership development and coaching work is based on our consciousness-in-action approach to integral libratory transformation. We help develop integral awareness, deepen critical understanding, create liberating visions, and implement transformative processes as participants address the many serious challenges in their social change efforts.

Through our work, we seek to:

  • Support participants’ integral well-being, consciousness development and leadership within the context of their lives and work in community.
  • Promote a deep understanding of the complexities of race, class, culture and other social identity issues, and the impact of social power dynamics on our lives.
  • Teach principles and practices that foster greater balance and harmony between often conflicted aspects of self, community, and society at large.
  • Enhance participants’ ability to effectively deal with conflict and complexity, to recognize and embrace multiple perspectives, and to fluidly shift between these as appropriate.
  • Facilitate liberatory and transformative processes that help people move beyond defensive reactivity into intentional response, visionary action and pro-active leadership.
  • Encourage attitudes, values, states of being, discipline and ethical behaviors that, practiced in community, foster a greater sense of hope, possibility and collective strength toward social transformation.

Change agents — whether community and labor organizers, social justice and cultural workers, political and spiritual activists, educators and students, helping professionals and service providers, business and organizational leaders, policy makers, or anyone attempting to create positive, lasting and transformative change — will greatly benefit from our work.

 

Approach

The work of c-Integral is based on the consciousness-in-action model and approach to integral libratory transformation developed by Dr. Raúl Quiñones-Rosado and colleagues. This approach to integral change grows out of an pedagogy, a psychology, a philosophy, and an ethic of liberation. This approach reflects and expresses an appreciation of the interdependence of all life, and a sense of the fullness of who we are. It values strategies and actions that embody courage, compassion and wisdom-directed social action for transformative change. This new leadership archetype is committed to service, personal transformation and spiritual growth; it takes on difficult issues and acts from inner sources of empathy, solidarity and love. This new leadership paradigm argues that personal transformation and the evolution of human consciousness manifests in social and planetary transformation.

Transformative practice holds personal and collective liberation at the center and develops balanced, harmonious and soul-filled leadership. In concert with skillful group process, reflective practice builds a reservoir of energy, a deep center of resilience, passion, hope and commitment that is always available to individuals in the midst of chaos and crises, great turmoil and difficulty, tension and conflict. These practices help us perceive incongruities in our own beliefs, values, feeling and behaviors, and seek to address these. At the same time, these practices enable us to bear witness to seemingly contradictory, irreconcilable and opposing views and perspectives—in ourselves and in others—without needing to resolve them. These practices help us learn to be comfortable with notknowing, with ambiguity and uncertainty. Through these practices we relearn how to see and be in the world.

While transformative practices are a critical ingredient that can help shape the direction of social action, these practices become more potent when skillfully applied to social injustice in its many forms. To this end, they are most useful when combined with critical awareness and understanding that oppression —cultural, institutional, interpersonal and psychological manifestations of separateness, ranking and imposition— is the historical root cause of social and environmental injustice and continues to stand as a major obstacle to solving the most pressing issues of humanity and our planet today.

c-Integral’s approach to this work arises from experiencing that transformative practices—embodied in a pedagogy, psychology, ethic and spirituality of liberation in the context of anti-oppression organizing—are effective and much needed methodologies for personal-collective, or integral, change.

In the webinar below, Raúl Quiñones-Rosado and Rose Sackey-Milligan offer an overview of key concepts of Consciousness-in-Action as presented to members of the Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education, March 24, 2010.

Consciousness-in-Action presented by Raúl Quiñones-Rosado, PhD, and Rose Sackey-Milligan, PhD, Wednesday, March 24, 2010.

A more complete presentation of the concepts, principles and practices of this model and approach can be found in Dr. Quiñones-Rosado‘s book, Consciousness-in-Action: Toward an Integral Psychology of Liberation & Transformation.