Toward a Unitas Multiplex? Integral, Engagement and the Project of Diversity

The beautiful principle of radical inclusivity is one of the fundamental tenets integral theory has offered the world. Where many philosophers, mystics and artists have expressed their understanding of interconnectedness, integral theory has provided a comprehensive developmental framework for us to consider as we explore ways of cultivating a vital unitas multiplex (unity of diversity).

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But what does cultivating a vital unitas multiplex look like in practice, especially when messy psycho-spiritual, cultural and sociopolitical dynamics can reinforce fragmentation and social inequality? How do we work with tribal, traditional, modern and postmodern worldviews that are in conflict with one another? And what might be optimal ways to engage and learn from our diverse cultural identities and communities (i.e., ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, ability, etc.)?

Please join us for an exciting evening of stimulating discussion as we explore some of the ways in which integral practitioners from the fields of psychology, education and business are attempting to answer some of these questions through their work with diverse communities. Additionally, we’ll also draw from the collective wisdom of the BAI community as a means to help determine what the necessary and next steps are for cultivating a vital unitas multiplex.

Toward a Unitas Multiplex?
Integral, Engagement and the Project of Diversity

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With Mark Fabionar, Konda Mason and Mark Forman

May 7, 7:00 to 9:30pm
Rudramandir, 830 Bancroft Way, Berkeley
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At the Door: $25 regular, $15 senior/student/hardship
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mark_fabionar_150x150Mark Fabionar is currently the Director of Sonoma State University’s Integral Center for Diversity, Vitality and Creativity and teaches courses on culture, values and sustainable management at Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco. For the past eighteen years, Mark has been weaving a cultural framework of poetry, diversity, community engagement and integral leadership into his work as an educator and change consultant. As an internal consultant for the Esalen Institute, he developed integral education and leadership programs for its residential students and staff. This institute-wide endeavor drew from Esalen’s human potential legacy and included the certification of somatic practitioners and instructors, developing workshop curricula with executive coaches, relationship therapists and change agents, as well as implementing a spiritual studies program. Within the California State University system, the largest and most diverse university system in the United States, Mark was instrumental in the creation of a comparative ethnic studies major, a Center for Gender and Sexuality (Cal Poly San Luis Obispo), in addition to his recent leadership of the Integral Center for Diversity, Vitality and Creativity (Sonoma State University). As a change consultant, he has trained and advised leaders in the United States, South America and Middle East.

konda_m_150x150Konda Mason honed her business leadership skills as a Grammy winning artist manager in London, an Academy Award nominated film producer in Hollywood, and an Off Broadway hit theater producer in New York…just to name a few. Turning her attention to sustainable personal and global living solutions, Konda partnered with actor Woody Harrelson and founded Yoganics, an organic food business in Los Angeles, where she successfully brought to market the first organic produce section in a major grocery store in the LA area. Additionally, Konda leads ecotourism trips to the Amazon rainforest and is a facilitator trainer for The Pachamama Alliance. She is a partner in Earthseed Consulting, LLC, where she is producing/directing the web series “Green Street Loft”, a program aimed at deepening the connection of the African American community with land, place and the sustainability movement. She was a co-host for the Shift Network’s 2012 Season of Sustainability and is a Certified Permaculture Designer. Konda’s leadership style leverages her innate wisdom with tools of permaculture, sustainable business practices, yoga, storytelling, Buddhist theory, and Integral theory. A human equity advocate, prolific urban gardener, and social entrepreneur, Konda’s work is driven by the vision of realizing in her lifetime a genuinely just and sustainable world. She is the current CEO of Impact Hub Oakland.

mark_forman_150x150Mark Forman, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist and the author of A Guide to Integral Psychotherapy: Complexity, Integration, and Spirituality in Practice. He is currently the lead trainer in the Certified Integral Therapist (CIT) Training Program, a comprehensive one-year training taught here and in the Bay Area and Los Angeles (www.lifedesigncentre.com/integraltraining). Practicing for the past thirteen years, Mark has worked with children, adults, couples, and families hailing from over 20 different countries. In addition, he has worked with American-born clients from a wide range of backgrounds in terms of age, class, health status, race/ethnicity, early childhood experience, sexual orientation, and religious affiliation. Mark is currently coediting the first ever text on Integral Diversity, entitled Integral Approaches to Diversity Dynamics: Exploring the Maturation of Diversity Theory and Practice. The text will be available in 2015.