The roles of consciousness development in social conflicts
NOTE: This website has scarcely been updated during the last ten years . . .
Take a look at my LinkedIn page if you want a glimpse of what I have been up to more recently (including articles in English):
main purpose of this site is to make some manuscripts available to interested
readers. Some of them
are preliminary versions, and I would appreciate your
reactions and comments.
If you would like to comment on the material at this site or talk
about the issues raised, please send me a note: Thomas.Jordan@gu.se
If you are curious about me, there is a short biographical
Below are links to articles and longer texts. In the section Other
resources I have posted a selection of my most substantial posts to a couple
of listserv list, as well as some brief preliminary texts.
Available texts (Aug 2002)
- Perceiving, interpreting
and handling workplace conflicts. Identifying the potential for development
(pdf, 830 kB)
This comprehensive study presents results from an interview-based research
project on the differences in how individuals perceive, interpret and handle
workplace conflicts. The report presents the Conflict Awareness Mandala, an
instrument for exploring the role awareness plays in conflicts. Using many
excerpts from interviews, we discuss differences in how counterparts are constructed,
in what people find important and in how people learn from conflict experiences.
One chapter offers six portraits of persons who perceive, interpret and handle
workplace conflicts in very different ways. In a concluding chapter, a four-level
curriculum for conflict competency is sketched. Please observe the file size
of 830 kB: the document may take some time to load. This text is only available
as a pdf file. You will need Acrobat Reader to access it.
- Becoming a conscious manager
The purpose of this article is to present an instrument, the
Conflict Awareness Mandala, for identifying your learning needs in terms of
awareness; the particular emphasis here is on prevention and management of
- Dimensions of consciousness development.
A preliminary framework (v.1.0)
This essay was written as my reaction to Ken Wilber's recent book
"Integral Psychology," especially ch. 9. It outlines the major dimensions of
consciousness development in some detail, and discusses some aspects of how
these dimensions relate to each other. It is also available as a Microsoft Word
rtf file (148 kB).
- Self-awareness, meta-awareness
and the witness self (pdf)
This is a reworked section of the essay above. The full essay needs some restructuring
to accommodate the changes, and I don't have time for that, so I'll just post
the section as is. Read it, it is the best I've ever written :-).
- Perceiving, interpreting and
handling conflicts in the workplace A study of the differences in individual
This is a summary of a comprehensive research report that is currently
being translated to English.
- Towards the Good Society:
A Postconventional Manifesto (v. 1.0)
This is a draft, and I would be grateful for critical comments.
- Conflicts as yoga. Mindfulness
in conflicts as a path of consciousness development This text presents
concrete guidelines on how ordinary conflicts can be used to work with one's
own consciousness development. An earlier and somewhat shorter version has
been published in German (in Transpersonale
Psychologie und Psychotherapie, 1997:1).
- Developing spiritual skills through
conflicts: A set of questions A worksheet with questions you can ask yourself
when you are involved in a conflict.
- Integrating spirituality
in daily life - A how-to guide using your own conflicts as valuable opportunities
This is an edited version of my lecture notes for a seminar held in October
- Structures of geopolitical
reasoning This paper delineates a theoretical and methodological platform
for empirical studies of consciousness structures in social conflicts.
- Structures of consciousness (work
in progress) This is a quite heavy text, a draft for a chapter of a book
that will probably never get written. I no longer believe in the soundness
of trying to define coherent consciousness structures.
Uses of Territories in Conflicts This is a finished article, an effort to apply a consciousness evolution
perspective on the political geography of violent conflicts. It has been published
in a Spanish and a German version in academic journals (see the publications
list), and in English in the Online
Journal of Peace and Conflict Resolution [no longer online, alas].
- Constructions of "development"
in local Third World communities: Outline of a research strategy This
is a working paper presenting a research strategy for studying how individuals
in Third World communities construct the notion of "development."
Below you find some of the sites I find worthwhile. They are grouped under
the following headings:
Adult development, transpersonal psychology
and transformative methods
Buddhist Peace Foundation
Fellowship of Reconciliation
Foundation for Ethics
and Meaning (Politics of Meaning)
Center for Partnership
Riane Eisler, David Loye
Awakening Earth HomePage
Global Renaissance Alliance
The Earthstewards Network
In the spirit of Danaan Parry.
Includes an interesting article on the emergence of an integral culture
Center for Non-Violent Communication
Communications for a Sustainable
This is a very large site with material on peace, conflict resolution
and much more.
Mediation Information and Resource
Also a large site.
Society for Professionals in Dispute
Program on Negotiation
This site presents the Program on Negotiation at Harward Law School.
Here you can obtain a large number of roleplay cases.
Resources in Conflict Management, for research, teaching and practice
This website offers a large number of conflict-related links. Recommended.
Mennonite Central Committee
A lot of material on mediation and conflict resolution.
Online Journal of Peace
and Conflict Resolution
Readings in Dispute
Resolution: A Selected Bibliography
Adult development, transpersonal psychology and transformative methods
Guide to the Transpersonal
Journal of consciousness
Friends of Andrew
What is Enlightenment?
This journal, associated with Andrew Cohen, has lots of really good
articles and interviews online.
Jean Houston's Mystery School
Bill Torbert's homepage
Bill Torbert has learned from developmental psychology and spiritual
approaches, and put them to work for transformation of organizations and
leaders. This site includes several very interesting articles.
Explores "flow" in the spirit of Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi.
Rosen Institute Home
A brief introduction to the Rosen method of bodywork.
The Society for Research
in Adult Development
Consortium for Research on Emotional
Intelligence in Organizations
The Diamond approach/Almaas
John Heron is an original, articulate and sometimes provoking person,
exploring ways of integrating spirituality and collaborative inquiry. He
has published several books, including "Feeling and Personhood" and "Sacred
science. Person-centered inquiry into the spiritual and the subtle."
An archive of articles and interviews around spirituality and social
This is the website of the magazine Shambhala Sun. Contains some articles,
interviews and excerpts from articles on spirituality.
Explorations. Journal of Culture and Consciousness
This site is related to the International Jean Gebser Society.
Tools For Mindfulness Training
Frank Visser's website
on Ken Wilber
A growing site of Wilber-related material. Includes a very comprehensive
interview with Ken Wilber.
The Varieties of Expression
Saybrook Graduate School
Phil Servedio: The Spiritual Process of
Craig Chalquist: Cain's
A very large and somewhat spectacular site.
Shambhala Forums: Ken Wilber
A discussion board for people with some kind of relationship to Ken
Wilbers publications. Bring some patience along if you go there (it might
pay off, though).
The Noetic Cafe
A website dedicated to the great psychologist Leopold Szondi. Offers
many texts in different languages.
Self Improvement Online
If you like browsing through links, and don't mind a certain lack of
discernment, try this.
International Listening Association
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Last updated on January 14, 2005