I am so saddened by the death of Don Beck. Don was a such a brilliant man. I recently did a full video on the work he did on Spiral Dynamics and taught a little bit of it. His work was truly cutting edge and would be healing to the world right now in ways we can’t even imagine. Here’s a video on some of this subject matter that I made…but I am NO expert. Don was the expert and a true guiding light.
Dr. Beck 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. 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. 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 (MESHWORKS). Between 1981 and 2002, he made 63 trips to South Africa, working behind the scene with political, business, and religious leaders, 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. Don was a beloved member of the Evolutionary Leaders Circle. You will be missed dearest Don