Who of the Spiral Dynamics or Integral communities knows about Loraine Laubscher? I guess nobody, and that’s why I wanted to give her a space in the Wisdom Factory. She was crucial for the success which Don Beck had in South Africa when Apartheid came to an end, without bloodshed. She intimately knew the people and was able to communicate with them naturally while Don Beck brought in the theory which she considered an excellent tool to understand and deal with the problems.
We women define ourselves often with the role of the helper, the supporter, while the men get away with the medals and public recognition. We are entering in the era of women, Loraine says at the end of our conversation, and I do hope that we can contribute to the resolution of the problems in the world with our own feminine ways, which in comparison are less driven by the ego and more motivated by the genuine desire to care and find viable solutions by, first of all, create relationships and learn to understand each other.
Loraine is a remarkable woman. Besides her traditional role as housewife and mother, she went out to people in need and taught them important skills. She was well received in surroundings where hardly anyone would dare to go. This ability was crucial for the mission of Don Beck to talk with all the different people and parties in South Africa which they approached together to find solutions by communication instead of violence. It worked.
At the age of 83, Loraine received her Phd. She had collected all her experience with people of different value memes, especially beige and purple, up to red and blue – the main levels present in South Africa – and developed them into a dissertation, a book which explains by lived experience the levels of development. Now, with 89, she is an inspiration for all of us in how to get older and have a purpose in life, a motivation for the personal life and for supporting others and the world with what we can bring to the table. A heroine for CONSCIOUS AGEING!