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"لذلك أقترح وأؤمن بشدة بما أقول وهو أن لمصلحة الإنسان في هذا العالم أن يبحث عن أهداف ومستويات أعلى وليست أدنى طيلة حياته بل أن الخير الأمثل لأي حكام وزعماء لهذا المجتمع هو أن يسعوا لترفيه ورفع مستوى شعوبهم إلى أعلى درجات السلم البشري للوجود والحياة"

كلير و. جريفز

EVENTS / Center for Human Emergence - Middle East


Global Forum for Counter Radicalisation
Expert Panel discussion, Dr. Beck & Elza Maalouf Panelists

October 25-26, 2011
French Senate and National Assembly, Paris, France

Global Forum for Counter Radicalisation, which is an International Organisation dealing with counter radicalisation and terrorism. The purpose of the organisation is to deconstruct the radical and violent narratives driven by misconception, misunderstanding, fear, stereotyping and a feeling of being under threat between the muslim and non-muslim world. The organisation works with Muslims and non-Muslims who refuse to be enemies and refuse to be presented as such.

First summit will be held at the Senate and the National Assembly in Paris in October 2011.


Engaging The Other:
Presentation by Dr. Beck & Elza Maalouf

Sept 4, 2008 Afternoon   2:15 - 3:45 pm
San Mateo Marriott Hotel, San Francisco (San Mateo), California USA

C 1:  "Psychology at the Large Scale: the Design and Transformation of Whole societies"
This presentation will feature Spiral Dynamics, a biopsychosocial and value system driven framework and illustrate its role in diagnosing and defusing "us -vs- them" polarity. It will identify eight different types or variations of worldviews, and will uncover the "DNA-like" Master Code that shapes cultural emergence, conflict, transitions, and transformation. It will describe the conditions for large scale societal change which will guide decision-makers to know what to do, when, in what manner, with which resources. Finally, It will address the critical issues with regard to nation-states, large cultural and global movements with a focus on a major Nation Building design and application in Palestine.

Don Edward Beck, PhD., Elza Maalouf, JD.  (Lecture, Experiential, Discussion)

Learn more and register here.

A Global Dialogue for the Future

Dr. Don Beck on Global Dialogue panel at WFS
July 28th, 2008 at 2 pm

History is recording that military might alone cannot resolve today's widespread conflicts. In order to achieve solutions, steps toward deep dialogue are necessary between the parties. The world can no longer accept violent opposition resorting to destructive and even barbaric acts that result in long periods of warfare. This panel consists of four experienced activists promoting global dialogue.

Who should attend: Those interested in how global cultural conflicts and political divisions are being resolved using dialogue as the main tool.

What you'll learn: Attendees will learn the skills and knowledge which deep dialogue requires.

How can this new knowledge be applied: Participants will hear actual experiences of leading practitioners involved in promoting dialogue in Europe, Middle East, South East Asia, and Africa.

Akbar Ahmed, former Pakistan ambassador to UK; chair, Islamic Studies, American University, Washington, D. C.

Don Beck, founder, Center for Human Emergence; co-founder, National Values Center; author, Spiral Dynamics: Mastering Values, Leadership, and Change and The Crucible: Forging South Africa's Future, Denton, Texas

Ashok Gangadean, co-founder, World Commission on Global Consciousness; professor of philosophy, Haverford College, Haverford, Pennsylvania

key word: global dialogue, spiral dynamics

issue areas: Social and Cultural Trends, Values and Spirituality

Learn more and register here.

New Eyes, New Lenses, and a New Palestine: A Spiral Dynamics Perspective on Cultural Emergence and Nation-Building

Dr. Don Beck & Elza Maalouf present at the World Future Society
July 28th, 2008 at 11 am-12 noon

This presentation will illustrate the use of Spiral Dynamics in reframing the "hot" issues of our day. Rather than reinforcing the stereotypes around race, religion, and ethnicity, the focus will be on the real human differences at the core of conflicts. Likewise, it will illustrate when, why, and how "new eyes" form, creating new political models, bridging over great divides, and making possible new initiatives around mutual understanding and conflict avoidance. This is not just another theory of human behavior; rather, it is an action-oriented conceptual system that has a great deal of power and precision in addressing historic problems that many believe are intractable. Based on the seminal work of Professor Clare W. Graves, this bio-psycho-social system framework was first field-tested in dealing with Apartheid in South Africa, and is now being used literally around the world to address major issues. The current application in the Middle East, both within and between Israel and Palestine,  represents perhaps the most difficult challenge that confront those applying this emerging conceptual system.

Also, in this session the presenter will describe how to use Natural Design in such a way as to meet people at different levels of complexity. These are the "new eyes" to which we must aspire if we want to address our serious problems in this century.

Who should attend: Individuals seeking practical solutions to complex problems; those looking for better ways to understand diversity, complexity, and change; those who wish to explore more deeply into an understanding of human nature and how people, companies, organizations, and societies actually change; and those who are serious about making a difference in the world.

What you'll learn: A new perspective on human nature; new models that make the old paradigms obsolete; and creative approaches to dealing with conflict, the sense of being left behind, and other deep causes of social turbulence. Participants will get to understand why so many "Road Maps" for the Middle East have failed—and how to get it right.

How can this new knowledge be applied: By dealing with deeper codes rather than behavior, systems and structures, or even minds and ways of thinking, it becomes possible to get to the core of interpersonal, organizational, and societal problems or even to actually "change" organizational cultures.

Don Beck, founder, Center for Human Emergence; co-founder, National Values Center; author, Denton, Texas

Elza S. Maalouf, co-founder and CEO, Center for Human Emergence-Middle East, La Jolla, California

key words: Middle East, natural design, values, spiral dynamics

issue areas: Values and Spirituality, Governance and Communities, Social and Cultural Trends

Learn more and register here.

The Algorithm of Peace: A Natural Design Approach to the Israel/Palestine Conflict and to Major Conflicts in the World

Elza Maalouf at The Inside Edge-Foundation for Education
June 25th, 2008

The first Arab to apply the Integral framework in the Middle East, Elza Maalouf is the CEO of the Center for Human Emergence-Middle East, a non-profit research and strategic design center that integrates different modes of thought and value-system priorities with geo-economic elements within the Arab world.  She is leading innovation within the Islamic Arab world to identify complex thinking that will facilitate the emergence of Arabs into their 21st century Renaissance. Elza will present the ground breaking Natural Design initiative she co-designed with Dr. Don Beck in 2005 for the Israel/Palestine conflict that expanded on February 2, 2008 into Palestine 21, a Nation-Building Movement that can lead to sustainable peace.


What matters most: Communicating with the core value systems in people, organizations and entire societies

Senior Communicators Seminar (Monday, 23 June 2008, 4:30–5:30 p.m.)

International Association of Business Communicators 2008 International Conference,
New York City

Don Beck photoWhat matters most: Communicating with the core value systems in people, organizations and entire societies

This seminar will discuss an integral model that identifies eight “DNA-like” value systems at the core of how people make decisions, view their worlds and order their priorities. Popularized as Spiral Dynamics, Canada’s Maclean’s Magazine called it “a theory that explains everything.” The model focuses on how people think instead of what they think, thus uncovering people's motivational drives and why they think the way they do . The process was used to dismantle the apartheid system in South Africa, penetrate religious stereotypes in Palestine, design education systems in Mexico and even address motivational patterns in the U.S. National Football League.

In this session, you will:

  • Learn how to identify core value systems in people, organizations, cultures and societies, as well as how to communicate effectively with each group
  • Profile your own value system to detect your own communication patterns
  • Understand the nature of transformational change through a series of predictable stages and learn how to address people and cultures in each of the stages

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