Spiral Dynamics is a powerful tool for understanding better people’s behavior. In times of the pandemic things seem to have gone crazy, reactivity, accusations and fights on the one side, fear and obedience to the given rules on the other. The polarisation present before has even increased although possibly shifted slightly in different directions.
Why are people thinking, feeling and acting in so different ways? Which responses are helpful and which are likely to be destructive? What value systems are underlying the decisions of our leaders? And how can we discern which ones are probably the better ones, despite of the uncertainty of which information is reflecting the truth – in the escalation of fake news and so called “conspiracy theories”.
The world seems a battlefield in this difficult time which would request humanity wisdom and collaboration. Everybody believes something, is following somebody who can guide them when they feel overwhelmed with the necessity to decide what reality is. And most of the leading voices are convinced that they possess the truth and all others either are conspiracy theorists or at best, confused and misled.
“Nobody is smart enough to be wrong all the time”, says Ken Wilber. With other words: everybody holds a piece of truth which needs to be assembled together like in a puzzle. Those who declare that their standpoint is the only true one certainly wrong, at least to a certain degree.
If you believe to be right and all the others are wrong, you demonstrate that your mindset, your level of development, is somewhere between the first and the sixth level, between “beige” and “green” in the system called “Spiral Dynamics”,which is based on the research of Clare Graves and then developed by Don Neck and Chris Cohen. Knowing the characteristics of each level, the value systems of the people which direct their showing up in the world,. We can understand why they act in a certain way and also why it might have undesired implications on others.
In our conversation, after a short detour, we started out with our politicians, Trump in “red”, Putin in “blue”, Merkel in a “healthy blue” to “orange” and Jacinda Ardern in New Zealand as the exceptional example of a leader in the seventh level, in “second tier”. The world needs second tier leadership to be able to resolve the huge problems which we are facing. How on earth can we get there with the vast majority of the world population somewhere between the second and 5th level?
I invited Jon Freeman and Loraine Laubscher, both experts in Spiral Dynamics, to talk about the present situation in the world. For the Integral European Conference 2020 online (end of may 2020) we will meet again and talk about the same topic, but certainly other aspects will appear. So if you are interested to follow us there on Sunday, may 31st at 8pm CEST you can register here: https://integraleuropeanconference.com/online-2020/