Steve is one of the four Founding Partners of the nonprofit think tank, The Institute for Cultural Evolution (“ICE”). This social and political policy foundation is organized around the goal of applying insights from Integral philosophy, developmental psychology, evolutionary theory, and the social sciences to help create significant forward movement in the evolution of the American political landscape. Neither left, nor right, nor centrist, ICE focuses on problems created by America’s culture war where deep and often unrecognized forces shape the hearts and minds of the electorate.
As of April 15, 2014, the think tank is releasing its new whitepaper, Depolarizing the American Mind, by ICE partners Steve McIntosh and Carter Phipps. This 20 page paper proposes a “synthesis platform” designed to address the current political stalemate and create new avenues of agreement and consensus across the different demographics of the American political spectrum. Depolarizing the American Mind also examines the causes of cultural and political polarization and describes evolutionary principles for working with “existential oppositions” such as “liberal and conservative.” These evolutionary principles indicate that each side of this relatively permanent polarity can improve and strengthen its own position by increasing the quantity and quality of what it is able to value by integrating some of the values of the pole that opposes it.
In addition to Steve, ICE’s Founding Partners include fellow integral authors Carter Phipps, Elizabeth Debold, Michael Zimmerman, and John Mackey. For more information, and to download ICE’s Campaign Plans and proposal documents, please visit The Institute for Cultural Evolution (www.culturalevolution.org).
Institute for Cultural Evolution partners Steve McIntosh and Carter Phipps present the think tank’s climate plan and polarization plan, as well as some background on the evolutionary thinking behind their approach. The video consists of a 50 minute powerpoint presentation followed by audience questions and discussion. Recorded on April 1, 2013 at The Integral Center, Boulder, Colorado.