Dr. Don Beck interviewed by Psychiatrist Dr Nicholas Beecroft on The Master Code- Our Psychological and Cultural DNA. Spiral Dynamics Integral (SDi), concerns itself with the deep complexity codes that shape our many worlds. The model describes and makes sense of the enormous complexity of human existence, and then shows how to craft elegant, systemic problem-solutions that meet people and address situations where they are. Conceived and led by Dr. Don Beck, SDi is an advanced extension and elaboration of the biopsychosocial systems concept originated by the late Dr. Clare W. Graves of Union College, New York, and later developed as Spiral Dynamics – a model that Canada’s Maclean’s Magazine rather grandly dubbed “The Theory that Explains Everything.” Beck has built upon Spiral Dynamics in the development of a powerful new conceptual system, called MeshWORKS: The Search for Human Cohesion in a World of Fragmentation, which enables the essential process of integrating, aligning, and synergizing resources, especially at the community and local levels, to meet the needs of people at different stages of development.
Don is a prototype for activists in the new millennium. His dedication to service and discovery has seen him become profoundly involved in global ventures that continue to grow in scope and gather momentum. In 1981, having taught for 20 years, he choose to resign his professorship to dedicate himself to serving in the South African transformation process. Since that pivotal point in his life, Beck has worked at the highest levels of social concern. Between 1981 and 2002, he made 63 trips to South Africa, working behind the scenes to significantly impact political leaders, the business sector, religious leadership, and the general public in the transition from apartheid to democracy. He was honored in l996 by a Joint Resolution of the Texas House and Senate with these words: “The Texas House and Senate takes great pride in commending a truly remarkable Texan, Dr. Don Edward Beck, for his invaluable contributions toward the peaceful creation of a democratic South Africa.”
In addition to serving alongside Nelson Mandela on the creation of deep reconciliation strategies in the post-apartheid South Africa, Dr. Beck has consulted with Tony Blair and his Policy Unit in search for new ways to implement “Third Way” initiatives in the UK and abroad and with Bill Clinton in discussing racial issues in USA. He has also worked with the Singapore government, and the Mexican government.
While much of Beck’s work is in the area of large-scale systems change, he has also been active for 30 years in working with corporate leaders, public institutions, educational enterprises, and not-for-profit agencies on transformation. Dr. Beck is unique in that he moves freely between cutting-edge academic and scientific theories of value formation and change, and a proficiency in implementing practical and highly effective change in the real world.
Don has inspired thousands of people toward a new experience of organizational and personal empowerment through Spiral Dynamics (Spiral Dynamics Integral), his unique values-based model that charts the evolution and emergence of human nature.
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Dr Nicholas Beecroft, a Military and Organizational Psychiatrist, has spent 25 years exploring the worlds of Medicine, Psychiatry, Business, International Relations and the Military. In the Future of Western Civilization Series, he interviews visionary leaders to discover their inspiring, positive and practical visions for the future and challenges them with incisive questions.