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Spiral Dynamics Integral

By: Don Beck
Narrated by: Don Beck
Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
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It's starting to happen everywhere: in business, social, and spiritual circles. People are discussing whether they are dealing with a problem at a "green" level or how they can try to see things from a "yellow" perspective. What do these colors mean? They're all a part of Spiral Dynamics, a sweeping view of human consciousness, taught by Dr. Don Beck, that has received Ken Wilber's "highest recommendation".

On Spiral Dynamics Integral, listeners will learn to master this vital method for unraveling the "complexity codes" of human psychology and transforming conflict into productive action.

©2006 Don Beck (P)2007 Sounds True

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Very useful

I'm really glad I got this audio book and took the time to listen to it all. Don Beck's work is deeply insightful and helped me develop my understanding of Clare Graves' work and the Spiral Dynamics system. I use this system as part of my coaching work, and I will be recommending this book to others.

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I want more Don Beck on Audio - love his voice

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This information was rich and left me wanting more. Looking forward to learning more.

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  • Ivan
  • 08-08-2008

an excellent introduction

I have been exposed to bits and pieces of Spiral Dynamics and even at one point tried to read the book co-authored by Don Beck, (but found it too heavy going). I have found this audio really excellent. It already has me thinking differently about all sorts of things, reacting differently to people and looking seriously at the way I work.

It has also left me feeling quite optimistic. Here at last is a way of looking at the enormous difficulties that face human kind all over the planet that can offer practically useful ways to get ourselves out of the mess we are.

It does however, require an openness of mind obviously not available to all its reviewers! Not everyone will be able to "get it" (as the theory itself suggests), but for those ready for it, this could be the first step in a profound change in thinking that will allow us to become part of the solution instead of remaining part of the problem.

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  • Luis Fernandez Cervantes
  • 26-11-2007

Excellent complementary material

If you are already familiar with the details of SDi this material can be an excellent complement. Conversely, if you are new to this subject it may appear boring and technical and you should start with the book or something else.

Don Beck is not the best narrator but provides very good examples and insights about Spiral Dynamics.

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  • K. Janson
  • 20-08-2009

Highly Recommend

If you are curious about why we do what we do, this is a great resource. The lecture style and Clare Graves audio make this a wonderful audio book experience.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-01-2010

beyond being green

This book is truly remarkable. It looks at different ways of thinking about the world, from a self centered perspective to a global perspective, and clearly demonstrates how things evolve.

Just as we grow, adults aren't better adolescents who are not better than babies, the book uses the same approach to talk about society and consciousness. It talks about what comes after the Green Movement. Fascinating!

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  • Douglas C. Bates
  • 23-08-2019

Spiral Procrustean Bed

Have you ever encountered someone who has picked up some theory such as the MBTI or Enneagram, becomes obsessed with it and used it to explain everything?

Have you ever encountered an enthusiastic devotee of some unfalsifiable theory that strings together a few fairly obvious things all the while making the theory sound fabulous in its ability to explain almost everything, all the while ignoring the fact the things it explains are better explained by other theories?

Have you ever been subjected to a sales pitch by a salesman who is endlessly self-referential, gives circular answers, and who is pitching something that, by implication, if you buy it you are one of the moral and intellectual elite?

If you've not experienced these things, you will have by the time you have finished this book.

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  • Mark
  • 22-07-2009

Brillant

An excellent book. The evolving systems concept of man in our bio-psy-social conext.

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  • Alejandro Barba Prieto
  • 19-08-2019

Amazing insights. Maybe a bit too complex

I liked a lot. Something completely different and new never heard about. It is hard to figure out how to apply the learnings in daily situations.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-08-2019

great read for future leaders

Tells you straight up how the world works which is foundamental to increase your awareness

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  • akshyata naidu
  • 30-06-2019

Amazing! Life changing

I was quite puzzled with my life and how I am at this particular moment when I started reading this book. I feel better now..

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  • Fanny Domijan
  • 08-02-2019

Paradigm-Shifting

These six sessions with Dr. Don Beck provide a global, systemic and scientific perspective about human development that can be used to approach real-world problems in precise and effective ways.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-05-2018

Mind blowing.

This genuinely changed my life. I will listen to it again and again. The concepts will make you think ‘Aha!’. Every sentence is full of meaning, with so many things to grasp and inspire. His voice is comforting and flows so well. This will be the best audiobook you ever listen to.

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  • JohNE0
  • 15-04-2015

Left me with a new paradigm, not a shift.

A Texan academic's narration of this series of his lectures, required me to have to listen hard. The pace of delivery had me hitting the 1.5 x speed button,but the accent does not take it.

The contents of these lectures are an excellent introduction to the subject, which is validated for me by the South African evidence.

Which should mean a Nobel prize, and probably explains why I had to listen to it several times, and will be buying the Kindle, as this deep subject may not be best presented in this format.

Deeply worthwhile

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  • Mark Butler
  • 27-09-2019

Good points but...

...they are covered in more standard texts. Some things to agree with but the way it is explained and presented is off putting if you are looking for some real view of how the world works.

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  • Robert
  • 18-07-2019

Extraordinary.

This js by far the best book that I have ever read/listened to. Well, now I have to actually re-read the book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-01-2019

Gaining a better understanding of ourselves

I could listen to the wisdom a gentle tones of Don Beck for hours.

Absolutely fascinating what is presented.

I look forward to learning more, but importantly better understanding how i can work with this material to improve myself and cascade this into society.

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  • Jaroslav Dokoupil
  • 02-07-2018

Essential for change makers

Visionary, practical, essential and comprehensive resource for 21st century change makers. Let’s do the change the world needs done.

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  • Andy M
  • 03-03-2018

7 hours very well spent

I had heard of spiral dynamics, Don Beck and Clare Graves some years ago and this was my first exposure to the book. I found Don, his writing and speaking fascinating, very insightful and pragmatic. I’d read and studied Ken Wilber for some years and I love the idea of the spiral and making sure to appeal to each group of people at their development point on the spiral. Can’t wait now to read Don’s original book. Thank you.