Welcome to Integral Nest City

A place to learn and explore the evolutionary complexity of cities--our nest, our human hive.

About Us

Founded by evolutionary city explorers Beth Sanders and Marilyn Hamilton, this is a place to learn about, and explore how to navigate and work with, the complexity of our cities. Marilyn is the author of the Integral City book series and Beth is the author of Nest City.

Why You Should Join

As a member of the Integral Nest City community, we want you tog get immediate value from being here. We offer six simple things: 

  • Experience exclusive content and conversations you can't find anywhere else.
  • Meet people who share similar interests (and find out if they live near you).
  • Meet people from around the planet who do the same things, or who care about the same things. 
  • Make better, more well-informed decisions about the things that are most important to you. 
  • Swap stories, experiences and ideas (not necessarily advice) around our shared mission. 
  • Find a little inspiration, though-provoking conversations, and expert perspective each and every day.

What to Expect

There are two levels of participation in our community: 

  • Community activities (free):
    • Contribute when you can, anytime. Jump in and post an article, discuss, explore ideas together.  
    • Meet each other. Scheduled events for our community to meet face-to-face online occur regularly. Feel free to organize your own events around topics, or in a particular city, whatever you are called to organize. 
    • Connect with each other. This is a place to nurture new or existing relationships, to support each other in our city work. 
  • Learning activities with a range of duration and price points:  
    • Quick and short courses to set you up with quick lenses and tools to help you work with the complexity of cities.
    • "In-between" courses to set you up with tools and connect with other civic practitioners in the Integral Nest City community. 
    • Longer, more in-depth courses to give you a chance to significantly deepen your civic practice. These involve more content and/or more opportunity to deepen relationships with people in the Integral Nest City community.

Choose what works for you, when it works for you. 

Our Social Habitat

We are a community that is as strong as the contributions we each make. This is an invitation to jump in and share ideas, insights, practices and stories. It is the sharing between all of us that will make us each stronger in our work to improve our cities.

We use "social habitat guidelines" to shape our interactions with each other: 

  • We share personal stories only with permission 
  • We listen with compassion and curiosity
  • We ask for what we need and offer what we can
  • We embrace confusion as a creative spacer emergence
  • We stretch together into our highest mutual possibilities
  • We expect something love, vital and important to happen at any time.
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