c) II is about improving (making or becoming better) in a balanced, integrative and sustainable way the lives people already have, that is, it is about development as if people and their physical, social and cultural environments mattered. Other approaches tend to emphasise growth in particular aspects of the lives of some people and, hence, tend to adopt, as a common denominator, measurable economic growth in a sector, industry, area or country as the goal.
d) II involves training individuals in Integrative Thinking and complementary tools and encouraging and facilitating Integrative Governance enabled by technology in all government, business and civil society organisations. Other approaches based on and measured in terms of economic growth tend to accept without question the narrowly self-interested and profit-driven corporate governance model which has arisen since the Industrial Revolution and has been fostered in all fields in recent years.
e) II progress is measured by indicators of wellbeing such as those included in the Sustainable Society Index described at http://www.eoearth.org/article/Sustainable_Society_Index. Other approaches tend to use Gross Domestic Product (GDP) which is not a good indicator of improvements in well being.
Core Process by which II is Developed and Applied
11 In economic terms II is about improving individual and organisational productivity. The core process for developing and applying II is centred on improving the integrity, creativity and performance of each person involved, improving the integrity, creativity and performance of each organisation involved, facilitating the evolution of networks and providing a common basis for communication between individuals and within and among organisations. These improvements are initiated by applying NEW Integrative Thinking (NEWIT), Douglas Integrative Governance 247 (DIG 247) and their complementary tools in business, government and civil society organisations. (Please see http://www.integrative-thinking.com for a general introductory article, further information and low-cost training modules and templates. The NEW IT Modules are entitled Overview, Theory, Bibliography; Our Integrative Mind; Reconciling Needs and Wants; Problem Solving and Planning; and Applying NEW IT. The DIG 247 Modules are entitled Overview of Douglas Integrative Governance 247 and DIG 247 Governance Templates for a Federation, an Enterprise and Direct Support Advocates Teams. The purpose and contents of each Module are summarised in free introductory paragraphs on the website.)
How we think is not how we are trained to think!
12 Broadly, we tend to be trained in critical thinking. In educational institutions, at work and even at home we train what may be called our Critical Mind. We train people to reason in a disembodied way as though our minds were symbol manipulators like computers, unconnected with the remainder of our bodies and our physical, social and cultural environment. We train them to break problems down into parts, to put these parts into rigid categories with shared properties and to manipulate symbols representing these categories. We train them to hypothesise using these rigid categories (thereby excluding all other possibilities) and look for a grain of the “truth” about these categories which is imagined to be "out there" in the “real” world and to justify that "truth" with propositions expressed in words or mathematical symbols joined together in accordance with the rules of logic. We train them to think in a straight line towards a conclusion. We train them as though the way we justify our thoughts - in logical statements - is the way we think. In short, we train people to think “inside the box”. We dehumanise reasoning.