Ep. #9 | Terri O’Fallon on Integral Theory and higher consciousness

On this episode of Kindling Radio, I talk with Terri O'Fallon – Founder and Partner at Pacific Integral. Terri and I talked about Integral Theory and what we mean by “higher consciousness”. How do individuals – and humanity in general – evolve and grow over time? How do we learn to cope with and understand greater complexity? Are we still evolving? How might liberals and progressives deepen their moral intuitions and sphere of concern? Enjoy!

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About Terri

Learning and change in human systems has been a lifelong pursuit for Terri O’Fallon. In service of this life-long passion Terri has completed her PhD in Integral Studies with a concentration in “Learning and Change in Human Systems”; she is a certified scorer of the Leadership MAP, developed by Susanne Cook-Greuter as well as a certified Spiritual Director. In combination with Terri's years of experience with human systems of all kinds, these capacities give her the knowledge and skill to design and support the core developmental trajectory and span of human systems, including individuals, and organizations of all kinds.

Early in her career, Terri launched a nonprofit private corporation and later, she assisted with the initiation of a new medical center giving her valuable experience in the early stages of business design and working with stakeholders. Her many years as an executive director and various administrative positions in public schools, including superintendencies and a principalship developed her capacity to design evolving meta systems and contexts which support transformational change in a variety of human systems.

Graduating with a Masters degree in Special Education with honors, Terri developed her capacities as an adult educator on various fronts, teaching courses for seven colleges and universities throughout the years. Her skill as a consultant in six public schools across the nation resulted in the transformation of several inner city schools.

She completed her PhD in Integral Studies, “Learning and change in Human systems”, in 1998 at The California Institute for Integral Studies. She was a faculty member for CIIS in the Transformative Learning and Change Program for the 8 years and has specialized in delivering PhD graduate studies using online networks with participants worldwide. One of her areas of expertise lies in building online and face-to-face learning communities, and teaching dialogic approaches to making new knowledge. She has also developed capacities in designing and delivering graduate degree programs. Terri is presently completing her Masters in Spiritual Direction and is a Certified Counselor by the State of Washington.

Ongoing is Terri’s mentoring of PhD dissertation research for students of the Institute for Transpersonal Psychology. evolving her own skill as a researcher and her capacities to develop transformative research designs. This is supporting her most recent research which involves the later emerging levels of adult development and how individuals and organizations move their core capacities to wider frames. In keeping with this, Terri is able to use Leadership MAP to design or support a developmental trajectory of increasing capacities for human systems, including individuals and organizations.

Terri was affiliated with Integral Strategy Group as a consultant and facilitator. She is certified in Dynamic Facilitation, Level one and two Spiral Dynamics and Level two, SD Natural Design; Second Tier Leadership. She is presently a supportive member of the Integral Education committee and she is also a certified spiritual director.

Terri’s Primary interest lies in the design and implementation of conscious developmental ecologies, her research on the interpenetration of the state and developmental structure stages, and consulting within the framework of Pacific Integral. She resides in Issaquah, Washington and enjoys daily hiking, music, yoga and the pursuit of her current learning, writing, and research passions.

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Peter Schulte

Peter Schulte is the founder and editor of Kindling. Before Kindling, Peter was Senior Research Associate for the Pacific Institute's Corporate Sustainability Program and the UN Global Compact's CEO Water Mandate, conducting research that supports companies' sustainable water practices. Peter holds a B.S. in Conservation and Resource Studies and a B.A. in Comparative Literature from University of California, Berkeley, and an M.B.A. in Sustainable Systems from Pinchot University. He lives in Bellingham with his partner Sara and cat Winnie.



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