Being The Change

Discoveries from a Yearlong Living Laboratory

A new book by Terry Patten, Siobhan McClory, Kristin Nauth and

the Whole Community of Living in a New Republic of the Heart

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A global field of study is emerging — intentional cultural evolution — learning how to be the change by attempting it through small-scale experiments. Such experiments are exploring and refining the solutions urgently needed by our world in this moment.

Our new book seeks to contribute to this field by reporting our best practices and our learnings for adoption, debate, and iteration by other daring social experiments.

In 2019, over 150 people from 13 countries committed to a yearlong social experiment in “being the change” that could catalyze the whole-systems transformation required by our civilizational crisis.

We knew we could only succeed incompletely, but we would publish all we learned — successes and failures — to benefit all groups attempting social experiments in social transformation.

People all over the world are seeking to awaken together, to cooperate in new ways that involve new depths of friendship, new agreements, and new practices. We believe this important new field will not advance primarily via abstract intellectual understanding, but rather via action-inquiry—learning by doing.

We will succeed to the degree that we learn to do the work together, as constant researchers, learners, and co-creative artists of the possible.

The executive summary of Being the Change gives a broad overview of how your communities can become collective agents of cultural transformation.

In the book’s executive summary, you will find an overview of our aspirations, methodologies, and insights from a full year of Being the Change together

Topics addressed in our Executive Summary include:

  • This new global field of “intentional cultural evolution” and social experiments in action inquiry
  • The “design conditions” for more effective social experiments
  • Primary emphasis on transforming our way of being, in addition to our methods of doing
  • The integration of “inner work,” “interpersonal work” and “outer work” for enacting holistic transformation
  • The potentials and some guiding principles for more authentic relating and deeper we-space
  • Directions for further research that can advance the field of intentional cultural evolution, including cooperative leadership, cross-pollination with allied communities, and optimizing for interpersonal coherence

About Terry Patten

This book reports the findings of a social experiment initiated by Terry Patten. Terry is a philosopher, activist, teacher, and social entrepreneur. He is the author of A New Republic of the Heart: An Ethos for Revolutionaries, as well as Integral Life Practice, which he co-wrote with Ken Wilber and colleagues. He has taught an integral approach to personal transformation for over 15 years. 

Terry is the founder of A New Republic of the Heart, a nonprofit that trains spiritual practitioners and change agents in enacting “holistic activism,” and the host of the State of Emergence podcast, which convenes daring conversations about humanity’s urgent challenges. 

Terry also founded the consciousness technology company Tools for Exploration, led a team at the HeartMath Institute, and consults with businesses addressing restorative forestry, fossil-fuel alternatives, collective trauma, and empowering people to reclaim our data, online relationships, and power.

What people are saying about Terry 

“The world is changing now, rapidly and radically. Terry Patten imparts a challenging insight to us all—helping us feel and understand how the world is calling us to transform our interior lives as well as our behaviors relating to our immediate urgent evolutionary challenges.”

Thomas Hübl, Spiritual Teacher, Mystic, and Founder of the Academy of Inner Science

“In a stunning marriage of wild heart and cool mind, Terry Patten turns the black diamond of our global darkness to illuminate our hearts, hone our wills for selfless service, and resplendently deepen our commitment to enact our divine identity and its joy, whatever happens.” 

– Andrew Harvey, Author of The Hope – A Guide to Sacred Activism

“Like all true spiritual guides, Terry Patten shows us how to open our hearts and respond to this suffering world. His book is thoughtful, careful, and joyful.”

Diane Musho Hamilton Sensei, Author of The Zen of You and MeEverything is Workable

“After 30 years of searching and experimentation, it was Terry Patten’s course that finally helped me evolve from being a spiritual seeker to being a spiritual practitioner.”

– Grant Hunter, Silicon Valley, CA

“After studying with Terry I had a completely different view of the events of my life. I no longer saw my life as a victim story, but rather as the soul journey of a heroine.”

– Maria Baes, Ontario, Canada

“I’ve been a student and practitioner of Integral Theory and philosophy for 15 years, and Terry´s teachings are… what my soul was deeply asking and yearning for—for 51 years.”

– Jochen Becker, Dusseldorf, Germany

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