Introduction to Integral Networks

In Part III of INTEGRALISM, the basis of Integral Organization, one of the three Methods of Integration, is established.

“Human groups are a human extension of the perpetual action of Nature. Not only does Integral Organization address specific methods of behavior in regards to the individual, it also addresses the behavior of groups.”

A key purpose of Integral Organization is to allow for the cooperation of Integralists with similar aims, through a system of coordination based upon the Essential Aspects.

At the heart of this system is the concept of the Integral Node, or Node. A Node is a group of individuals engaged in a collective purpose, and the structure of the Node is based in the core Aspect Functions derived from the eight Essential Aspects.

Nodes are the basic units of an Integral Network: semi-autonomous groups based on the (Integral) Functions, Sections, Divisions, and Roles. Nodes consist of individuals who work closely together, and are engaged in a common purpose.”

To found an Integral Network, one needs only eight individuals who are in agreement about a specific collective purpose. The group defines a Purpose Statement to elucidate this aim, and proceeds to act according to the system laid out as Integral Organization.

The Purpose Statement (or simply the “Purpose”), of an Integral Network is a statement declaring the reason the network is being founded, along with its aims. The Purpose should be brief and clearly stated. Any Membership restrictions and fundamental rules should be included in the Purpose Statement.”

An Integral Network may be as small as a sports team or gaming club, or as large as a Nation. It all depends upon the Purpose Statement, and corollary Tenets, and the subsequent membership of the Network.

Tenets are the “laws” of the Network, providing auxiliary rules that members of the Network must adhere to. Some of these Tenets may be adopted at the time of founding, or they may be added later, as long as they do not conflict with the Network’s Purpose.”

The benefit of divergent Networks following the same Organization protocol is that they may parley, coordinate, or even merge, through the mechanism of the Network Commissions.

(The Council of Reconcilers) addresses new ideas, messaging or presentation issues, diplomatic alliances, linking with lost Nodes, merging of Networks, and novel operations proposals.”

A Network is organized into Levels, where higher Levels have more authority over the Network. The operation of a Network is directed by Councils, the heads of which are chosen by their peers. Directives are passed down the Network through the medium of Councils.

Decisions affecting internal affairs of a Node are generally handled by the Node Council, through a majority consensus vote. Level-wide decisions are decided by all of the Node Councils on that Level. Network directives are sent from higher Levels to lower Levels through the Function Councils, where they serve as distributed practical initiatives.”

Integral Organization is designed in such a way that the system mitigates the danger inherent in unsegmented democracy: that of “mob rule”, yet it also protects against unlimited arbitrary authority through peer voting, accountability and measures of censure.

This has been a brief introduction to the concept of Integral Organization. More information is provided in the book INTEGRALISM, and the methods involved are also evolving / undergoing further development.

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