When we discuss the integral approach to people, we often hear the same thing: "Well that's very interesting and all, but what is integral actually doing for the world?"
It's easy to get carried away with the more intellectual components of the integral approach, since so much of this theoretical groundwork has been so exhaustively laid down, most prominently through the pioneering work of Ken Wilber over the past several decades. And it's fun to contemplate how the integral approach might impact the world in the future, particularly once we hit that ever-approaching "tipping point" of integral consciousness that is now emerging all across the planet.
However, between the theoretical map-making and our hopeful dreams of a wiser, more sustainable, and more integrated future, we sometimes get lost in abstraction and overlook the very real, very profound impact the integral approach is already making in our world. We forget that right now, at this very moment, there are a number of incredibly intelligent and compassionate people who are bringing integral perspectives to some of our most difficult global problems, and who are using the integral approach to dramatically reduce real-life suffering all across the world.
Gail Hochachka is one of those beautiful shining souls. In this inspiring Integral Spotlight presentation, Gail describes four reasons why the typically dry topic of international development becomes "damn sexy"--and divine!--once we add the all-important integral component. More importantly, she helps to lead us out of our "Ivory Towers" of integral idealism and into the villages and ghettos of the developing world, where human suffering is the most widespread and the most heartbreaking, and where the need for integral action is the most urgent.
Gail Hochachka works in international development and humanitarian aid in Africa and Latin America using integral principles with two Canadian non-profit organizations. Having witnessed first-hand how a comprehensive philosophy like Integral theory is achingly needed to address global issues, as well as having felt the compassionate impact of its application in the world, she is simply and deeply committed to integral practice for the planet. She is adjunct faculty at JFKU in the online Master of Arts in Integral Theory, a published author, and is a practitioner of Yoga, Tantra, and Zen as part of an integral spirituality. She lives with her husband in northern BC.