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Taking care of self, others, place and planet. Working with the Master Code of Care will reveal stepping stones on the journey to becoming an integral city
In stad en land

Applying the Master Code of Care at city level brings together a variety of engaged parties so that established positions play a lesser role. It draws individuals out of their own affairs so that ingrained habits are left at home.  The city is dependent on supply areas for most of its basic needs. Making this explicit opens up new ways of taking care of the earth. A city is partly defined by the place, which makes it easier to include taking care of the place in everything. The city is the think, do and socialise bubble not only for people; it is also home to plants and animals and consists of earth and water, architecture and arts, maintenance and waste management. The lifemap sticker sets for the city are holistic, showing reality as a whole.

Archetypal voices in the city... an invitation
Archetypal voices working together in the integral city

The lifemap workshop Archetypes shaping the integral city together aims to allow stakeholders in a city to discover and experience working with the Master Code of Care. This lifemap scenario emerged from the collaboration with the Caravan of Unity, an initiative of Co-Creating Europe for peace, democracy and solidarity. During the journey of the Caravan a mixture of online and on location workshops were hosted for London, in Klaipeda in Lithuania, Tampere in Finland, Findhorn in the United Kingdom and Lisbon in Portugal. Both the experiences and the outcomes created a rich harvest.

Hosting lifemap workshops requires versatility

A lot has been built into the lifemaps; in addition to the scenario they hold knowledge about Integral City, Doughnut Economics, Ecology, New Business Models, change theories and everything related to being human. The discovery process in the lifemaps is also built in. All of this makes it easy for a workshop host to become familiar with lifemaps, but it does require for a host to feel comfortable in these areas. A lot is touched in people that cannot be grasped immediately. It is important that a host is sensitive to what goes on in the participants and can respond to it in terms of content, process and relationship. Lifemaps are meant to raise awareness. This can manifest itself in various ways: as insights and new ideas, but also as experienced feelings or a realisation of not knowing. For harvesting the outcomes, it is important, that the host can create the conditions through which the full richness comes to the fore.

Integral City lifemaps programme for hosts

For those interested, there is a short ‘internship’ in which potential hosts learn to master a lifemap scenario and workshop, and from this to make a connection to their own work in order to create a unique and authentic application. The Integral City lifemaps programme functions as the umbrella for internships and for tailor-made mini-projects. An experienced workshop host brings in a city, attracts potential workshop participants and leads the mini-project. The appropriate lifemap scenario is chosen. This is tailored to the issues, the parties involved and the context, and a workshop approach is chosen. The whole is tested in practice in a few workshops.

Part of the Integral City meshwork

Integral city map

The founder of Integral City, Marilyn Hamilton, developed a theoretical framework for the city, with strategies for the journey towards integrality. The Integral Nest City meshwork includes people from all over the world who are committed to societal issues relating to the city. Meshwork partners contribute their practical experience and subject matter expertise and apply the theory in practice. Meshworking is the ultimate way of collaborating in order to make a success of multi-stakeholder projects. The key to success is the serving of a major societal goal, which unites parties and lets people rise above competitiveness. Lifemaps.NL is one of the partners.

Building on earlier projects

Former employer, UWV Gegevensdiensten (Social Services), hosted the try-out of the first lifemap for teams. In the years after that, the focus for Lifemaps.NL has been on self-searching, creating lifemap scenarios and trying them out in workshops – always responding to an innovative initiative: as co-author of the book New Business Models, as committed participant and workshop host in the Veerhuis, as ambassador for an inclusive employment market in Werken in Netwerken, together with Inspiration at Work, as an active member of the IHBV group for highly gifted entrepreneurs and as co-creator at Tilburg Municipality of the BOOST013 Workshop. Thanks to the experiences and stimulating collaborations in these projects, lifemaps have become robust enough to go out into the world, journeying from one city to another.

Lifemaps voor Integral City in Urban Hub 20

Urban Hub is a series of graphical books, produced by Paul Van Schaik, Integral Mentors. Volume 20 is about Accelerating City Change in a VUCA World – volatile, uncertain, complex, ambiguous – with a focus on Climate Change. A quote from Marilyn Hamilton, founder of Integral City and curator of the book: This book was conceived from imagining how the Power of the Master Code of Care could catalyse city change. The contributors who imagined with me this book, not only shared their powerful insights in words but had the talents and teams to translate the words into images.



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