Introduction to TetraDynamics
Of the five elements of Integral Theory – quadrants are the most iconic. Most applications of Integral Theory make use of the quadrants as the primary element of their analysis. The Four Quadrants are deceptively simple. They are comprised from the intersection of two of our life’s most fundamental polarities: insides and outsides; parts and wholes. Because the relationship between these polarities often lies at the heart of contemporary life it makes the Quadrant map quite useful for integral efforts – helping us to include one or more of the poles that are too often neglected. However, people often use the Quadrants in wildly different ways. This has led to confusion over how best to use them and has reduced their potential effectiveness in integral initiatives.
Over the last few years Sean Esbjörn-Hargens has identified over 100 different ways quadrants and their relationships can be visually represented. This body of charts and their accompanying examples and descriptions represents a meta-analysis of Integral Theory’s four quadrants. This expanded and refined understanding of the quadrants is called TetraDynamics to highlight the many different kinds of relationships (Dynamics) that are possible between each of the four quadrants (Tetra). In addition, Sean has extracted out a methodology of quadrant application that can be used with all the TetraDynamics. This is an important contribution in that it provides a set of guidelines, which enable scholar-practitioners to use the quadrants in a consistent fashion and thereby avoid many of the common mistakes even seasoned integral thinkers make.
Join Sean for this exciting course, which selects out the top 10 TetraDynamics and presents examples of how they are used in various contexts. The course consists of a 2-hour conference call each week for 12 weeks (recordings for the calls will be posted for participants who are not able to join a call). The first week you will be introduced to TetraDynamics in general. The subsequent 10 weeks will be devoted to a single TetraDynamic. During these weeks participants will apply the TetraDynamic under discussion to an example or topic in their own life and post this for other participants to see. Much of the learning in the course comes from the rich examples generated by the other course members. The final week will be a reflection and wrap up week. Throughout the course there will be online threaded discussions to connect with fellow participants and deepen your understanding of these exciting and useful distinctions. Don’t miss this exciting offering – Quadrants will never look or feel the same.
Cost: $375.00 USD for general participants & $250 USD for EPC Alumni. Cost includes a free copy of the most recent version of the TetraDynamics Handbook
Number of Participants: up to 50
Instructor: Sean Esbjörn-Hargens
Weekly Conference Calls: Thursdays 1-3 pm Pacific Standard Time:
Sept 1 Week 1: Introduction & Methodology
Sept 8 Week 2: Classic
Sept 15 Week 3: Elements
Sept 29 Week 4: Causality
Oct 6 Week 5: Opposites
Oct 13 Week 6: Zones
Oct 20 Week 7: Developmental
Nov 3 Week 8: Who X How X What
Nov 10 Week 9: Niches
Nov 16 Week 10: Comparisons (was Nov. 17th - THIS IS THE ONLY CLASS ON A WEDNESDAY)
Dec 8 Week 11: Relationships
Dec 15 Week 12: Appendix & Conclusion
Note there is no call on September 22nd, October 27th, November 24th or December 1st.