About Don Beck
Don Edward Beck, Ph.D., is a teacher, geopolitical advisor, and theorist focusing on applications of large-scale psychology, including social psychology, evolutionary psychology, organizational psychology and their effect on human sociocultural systems. He is co-founder of The National Values Center in Denton, Texas; and President and CEO of The Spiral Dynamics Group, Inc., a global enterprise. He is a member of The American Psychological Association; The World Future Society; The International Paleopsychology Project; and the “Cadre-of-Experts on Ethnopolitical Violence,” named by the American and Canadian Psychological Associations.
Dr. Beck is also a Fellow of the George Gallup Institute at Princeton. He co-authored The Crucible: Forging South Africa’s Future (with Graham Linscott, l991) and Spiral Dynamics: Mastering Values, Leadership & Change (with Christopher Cowan, l996). He wrote a Sports Values column for the Dallas Morning News for seven years and appears often in the media regarding issues related to values, sports and racial divides. He has adapted the “assimilation contrast effects” described by social psychologist Muzafer Sherif and applied it internationally, in dozens of countries.
He played a major role in the formation of the Integral Movement and many of his theoretical ideas, language, and real world applications have been widely adopted by Ken Wilber and other Integral leaders and have become an important part of the fabric of Integral theoretical thought. His work with Professor Clare Graves, that created the Spiral Dynamics model, was a very important early effort to popularize the levels of consciousness emergence and was primarily responsible for bringing the Graves Paradigm to a global audience. He has taught at the Adzes Graduate School for fifteen years and his series of courses and initiatives remain at the cutting edge of this technology. He has been active on all five continents and has spoken in at least a dozen countries and cultures. His MeshWorks Solutions was the first process to address issues at the large-scale, including whole countries and complex cultures, and major transformational projects. He remains active in South Africa and, along with Elza Maalouf, he has found fresh approaches to resolving the historic Israeli-Palestinian conflict.