Integral Mindfulness, Wisdom Society, and Collective Sentience

Integral Mindfulness, Wisdom Society, and Collective Sentience:

an exploration into the next stage of human consciousness

Abstracts of my paper for the Mindfulness & Compassion conference in San Francisco, 3-7 June

This contribution to the “Mindfulness & Compassion” conference is focused on where the moral compass of integral mindfulness points. Being integrally mindful is about taking mindfulness off the meditation cushion and infusing all dimensions of our life with it; not only the life of you and me, but also of collective entities, such as organizations, networks, nations.

If wisdom is “a discerning mental factor that clearly comprehends the causes, conditions, effects, and implications of experiential process, content, behavior…” as Ron Purser suggests (Purser, 2014) then cultivating it at collective scales is a vital condition to our species’ evolution to the next level of consciousness. That is a requisite for passing our evolutionary test to a planetary society guided by collective wisdom. Only then we will be capable to meet our intertwining global crises caused by the pathological aspect of the previous stages of consciousness and their corresponding social structures.

Collective sentience builds on the Buddhist concept of sentience (characterized by matter, sensation, perception, mental formations and consciousness) and turns it into an attribute of groups and collective entities at any scale. Humanity will become sentient when it develops collective sensing and meaning-making organs, collective intelligence and consciousness, which make it capable to care for the well-being and evolution of the species itself, its habitat, both the whole each part of it. All for the Whole, the Whole for all.

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From Integral Mindfulness to Collective Intelligence to Collective Sentience

From Integral Mindfulness to Collective Intelligence to Collective Sentience:
signposts to the later stages of our evolutionary journey

 by George Pór



This essay is a wide-ranging exploration into the conditions for realizing the next-level potential of human and social evolution. A starting point for looking at “evolution” is the unending journey resulting from the “dynamic interplay of the passive and the creative polarizations of the Absolute that unfolds itself into the energetic process of differentiation bringing forth the whole of creation.” The evolutionary process actually continues through cycles of differentiation, then integration, at a higher level.

4 Spheres of Being Mindful IntegrallyWe are on the threshold of a new cycle of the spiral, the spiral of consciousness. The previous cycles, archaic, magic, mythic, modern and post-modern consciousness served us well by leading us so far. However, becoming stuck with them is becoming stuck with an existential threat of intertwining global crises that cannot be solved at the currently dominant modern and post-modern levels. The next cycle is the one of an integral, holistic consciousness that enables the integration of the inner and outer technologies and sciences, deep intuition and systems thinking, spirituality and precision of inquiry.

In this essay I explore some of themes that are core to our move into the next cycle, such as, collective intelligence, collective sentience, evolutionary guidance systems, integral and shared mindfulness.

You can find the full text of the article, published in the “Collective Intelligence” special issue of Spanda Journal, here.

If you want to browse the whole issue, you can download it from here.

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2014 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 11,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

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The comparative advantages of online dialogue

I wrote up the following points originally, in an online conversation on Facebook, related to Frederic Laloux‘ upcoming lecture on “How to Become a Soulful Organisation“:

• We can pause for a moment of contemplating ( ) before answering to what has just been written, thus accessing and responding from a potentially broader perspective.

• I think many people are sharing both your and my views, and this medium can give them a voice and enrich the conversation.

* The shared record can support and become a destination for critical thinking, “the awakening of the intellect to the study of itself.”

• The record also lets its readers revisit the flow and look for patterns of emergent meaning that connects the different positions; something that is more difficult in real-time conversation, due to the limitations of our short-term memory.

• We can make a small contribution to the larger conversation around organisation design for the 21st century, given that what we write here is searchable and linkable to/from other related pages on the Web.

What other advantages can you think of?

Clearly, there are disadvantages too, and I’m not arguing for online dialogues replacing the face-to-face ones. Our collective intelligence needs not only both, but even more importantly, the skillful integration of them. Do you have any experience of or view on that?

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Evolution’s engine picking up steam


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Evolution’s engine is picking up steam.

Those on the edge are entertained by a dazzling firework of opportunities.

To choose well, engaging the flow for the highest impact, the collective mind has to access collective wisdom, swiftly.

Practice, practice, practice!

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2015 Collective Intelligence Conference


The annual interdisciplinary conference that brings together researchers from the academy, businesses, non profits, governments and the world at large to share insights and ideas from a variety of fields relevant to understanding and designing collective intelligence in its many forms.


Marriott Hotel, Santa Clara CA
2700 Mission College Blvd, Santa Clara, CA 95054
(408) 988-1500

The topic areas for collective intelligence include:

  • The evolution of collective intelligence
  • Crowdsourcing
  • Human and social computing
  • The emergence and intelligence of social movements
  • Collective response to environmental constraints
  • The spread and containment of rumors
  • Collective robustness, resilience, and stability
  • The evolution of scientific intelligence
  • Collective intelligence in plants and non humans
  • The Wisdom of Crowds & prediction markets
  • Collective search and problem solving
  • Collective memory
  • Emergent organizational forms
  • The intelligence of markets and democracies
  • Technology and software that make groups smarter
  • Collective Intelligence in the new journalism
  • Crowd solutions to policy problems and crises
Conference Organizer: Scott E. Page, University of Michigan
Program Chairs: Deborah M. Gordon, Stanford University
Lada Adamic, Facebook

Important Dates

Conference Dates  |  May 31 – June 2, 2015
Deadline for Abstracts  |  February 1, 2015, Midnight PST
Program Announcement  |   February 23, 2015
Hotel Reservation Deadline  |   May 1, 2015

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Europe’s big chance

Violeta_Bulc_2014Some of you read the transcript of my keynote address at 57th conference of the International Society for Systems Sciences, last year, on Augmenting the Collective Intelligence of the Ecosystem of Systems Communities. The title of the conference was “Curating the Conditions for a Thrivable Planet: Systemic Leverage Points for Emerging a Global Eco-Civilization.” The leader of the conference’s program design team was Violeta Bulc, a brilliant systems scientist from Slovenia.

The systems and behavior scientists among you may have also seen an extended version of my keynote in the current issue of Systems Research and Behavioral Science Volume 31, Issue 5, pages 595–605. What you may not know is that Violeta Bulc helped me shaping the ideas I presented in my keynote address and the subsequent academic publication. She is not only an eminent systems thinker, business and social innovator, but also has an intimate understanding of the intricate issues of collective intelligence and collective impact.

The good news is that the Prime Minister of Slovenia nominated her for Slovenia’s slot in the new EU government, the college of Commissioners. The European Parliament will have its confirmation vote on Oct. 22nd.

I see Bulc’s professional focus and recent article on mass participation in innovation, combined with her capacity to drive scalable innovation projects, which earned her present job of the vice-president in the Slovenian government, as key assets to a more prosperous Europe. If you read her article that I referenced here and you think that enabling mass participation in innovation would make a big difference for Europe and the world, please spread the word about Violeta and this blog.

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