The Integral Institute was founded in 1998 by the American philosopher, psychologist and mystic Ken Wilber. Its mission is to awaken humanity to full self-awareness. The vision is that humanity lives with the awareness necessary to compassionately integrate the fragmented and partial perspectives of differing pursuits of the good life. Help to solve the world’s most complex problems is intended. Among its primary goals are research and cultivation of leadership of complex, global issues facing humanity in the 21st century, and in particular, those issues that can only be solved with a comprehensive, Integral and non-partial approach to the complex interdependencies that tend to characterize these issues. Global warming; evolutionary forms of capitalism; and the culture wars in political, religious, and scientific domains are all examples of problems to which the Institute hopes to bring new clarity.
"Our Vision:BoulderIntegral is a community of shared philosophical agreement and committed practice. We believe that we are poised at the beginning of a new turn in the spiral of human history, where for the first time all constructions of human knowledge and forms of beneficial practice are available.
We hear the next octave of a new Renaissance, where entirely new structures of thought, new reality frames, new ways of being human, and new stages of development await us, supported by a vastly clearer view of the great contributions of the past, as well as its pathologies.
At Boulder Integral we stand in this confluence, eager to aid in the creation of the next wave of development: The Integral Age."
Today's global challenges - as Albert Einstein said - cannot be solved at the same level of thinking at which they were created. The integral view provides a new approach, represented by the American philosopher and interdisciplinary thinker Ken Wilber.
The Integral Forum has promoted the dissemination and application of this approach in Germany since 1998. It has become the most important integral platform in Europe. In more than 30 locations interested people meet in integral salons.
Other activities include regular international conferences and congresses.
The journal "Integrated Perspectives" is also available.
For 15 years the German edition of the U.S. magazine EnlightenNext has been a central voice in the discussion of spirituality in contemporary German-speaking countries. The production of the magazine was however discontinued for economic reasons.
The German EnlightenNext editors decided to publish their own publication, the EnlightenNext impulses. On 10 October 2011 the first edition appeared.
The magazine is published quarterly and contains articles from previous American editors associated with Andrew Cohen, and interviews, articles and news from the German staff under the leadership of Tom Steininger.
The programmes are broadcast live every Thursday from 20h00 - 21h00 on the internet.
Alternating every week Katrin Karneth and Tom Steininger adress an aspect of the consciousness work of EnlightenNext. Grounded in Andrew Cohen’s approach they explore with the audience the qualities of new evolutionary thinking and action.
Studio guests make important contributions in their work to a contemporary spirituality - as authors, teachers, activists, etc, they are invited twice a month to the "interview series" .
Thomas Hübl is a regular guest.
About 100 items are available in the audio archive.
"The concept of Spiral Dynamics states that the nature of humans is not finished or complete - we aren't fully defined from the day we are born. In fact we have natural in-born abilities in our spirit and brain to create conceptual worlds.
So what we want to describe is basically how people, when things are bad enough, can adapt by creating more complex ways of thinking to cope with their new problems.
Spiral Dynamics is based on the assumption that we have an adaptable intelligence which develops in reaction to the circumstances and challenges of our life."
"Does this work lead to 'championship in life'? Does it have a profound and original contribution to the development of the art of living? These are the questions I ask myself when selecting titles for publication."
The most successful authors are Eckhart Tolle, Neale Donald Walsch, ColinTipping, David Deida, Williges Jäger, Eva-Maria Zurhorst, Stephen Levine, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Ron Smothermon, Ramesh and Sri Nisargadatta Balsekar.
The J. Kamphausen Media Group was founded in 1983 in Bielefeld and employs 25 permanent employees and freelancers. Their list includes more than 800 titles.