Integral City: Evolutionary Intelligences for the Human Hive. Marilyn Hamilton. New Society Publishers.

Integral City: Evolutionary Intelligences for the Human Hive Book Cover Integral City: Evolutionary Intelligences for the Human Hive
Marilyn Hamilton
Urban Planning
New Society Publishers
November 1, 2008

How are we evolving the human hive? 60% of humanity now lives in cities. Can city dwellers, like bees to pollinate the fields, act so intelligently, they add value to the planet? How can the clash of differences that separate people, purpose, profits and priorities generate fresh energy to solve 21st-century problems? Where do we grow the unexpected connections, that propagate new pathways for community learning and give city leaders and citizens fresh hope?

This book explores a new integral paradigm for cities that answers these questions. It traces the evolution of the city’s systematic, strategic, social and systemic intelligences and shows planners, policymakers, citizens, civil society and environmentalists how to sense, experience, relate to and live in the city with an integral consciousness. Exploring the contexts of the city’s geography, ecology and lifestyles, Integral City guides the reader on an integrated journey through the city’s inner, outer, building and storytelling intelligences. Integral City re-calibrates intelligences for life-giving evolution on earth and futures in space.

Integral City will appeal to anyone interested in creating conditions in which our cities can evolve intelligently beyond the challenges of the 21st century.

Dr. Marilyn Hamilton is a “meshworker” and founder of Integral City, creating conditions for the emergence of healthy ecologies in people systems. She has over 25 years of international experience catalyzing community and city change and has written numerous books.