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A 32-year-old font of idealism-in-action, Brian is a rather extraordinary example of the passion, creativity, and drive of an emerging wave of integrally-oriented twenty- and thirty-somethings worldwide.

So what is Zaadz anyway? Let’s start with the name: as Brian explains, zaadz is Dutch for "seed," and in the same way that an acorn has the potential to grow into an oak, each one of us has a "seed" within us that can unfold into our own highest potential, and Zaadz wants to support us every step of the way. Following hot in the steps of personal transformation, the Zaadz mission is as follows: "We’re gonna change the world"

"Our math goes like this: you be the change + you follow your bliss + you give your 

greatest strengths to the world moment to moment to moment + we do everything in  

our power to help you succeed + you inspire and empower everyone you know to do  

the same + we team up with millions like us = we just affected billions = we (together)

changed the world" - bet you’ve never seen a social networking site say that before!

Like Integral Institute, Zaadz is a gated community,

and to be able to join Zaadz you must fill out the

simple online application. But wait!—isn’t that

marginalizing, discriminatory, and elitist? Well,

not really. If you join a country club, there are

certain rules that you agree to follow, and no

matter how desperately you might want to play 

ultimate frisbee on that gorgeous par 5, this is a

golf course, and so only golf is allowed. Brian and

company are looking to play the Zaadz game, and

if you want to join in on the fun, you you have to

agree to play by the general rules of that game.

Like wise, Integral Institue is playing the AQAL game, and if you’d like to join in on the

forums and other I-I commons areas, you agree to abide by certain “road rules.”* In both

cases, these aren't rigid commandments, but simple orienting guidelines that are in 

place to help preserve the integrity of the vision that attracted one to Zaadz or I-I in the 

first place!

Brian goes on to describe how Zaadz is meant to be an oasis or sanctuary for those

individuals most interested in its mission and purpose. The interesting thing is, a

sanctuary isn’t a sanctuary unless it has certain boundaries: birds and wildlife on this

this side of the fence, park visitors on this side of the fence. However, unlike a wildlife 

sanctuary, where you can’t get on the other side of the fence without reincarnating

sans neocortex, the cool thing about Zaadz and I-I is that both are open to anyone

who wants to come play! As Brian and Ken agree, if you want to play the "games" that

we offer, and participate in the conversations we’re starting, we’d love to have you come

join us. And if you happen to think our games are boring, stupid, or wrongheaded, why

would you want to join us anyway? Why not simply seek out a group that matches your

interests? Why join a country club if you really want to play ultimate frisbee?

One of the unique things about Zaadz and I-I is that both organizations are trying to form

communities around an integral impulse, whether as an organizing principle working in the

background (Zaadz), or as an explicit Framework up front and present at all times (I-I). 

Ken and Brian go on to discuss the developmental aspects of trying to create community for 

integral souls, and the challenge of trying to connect, and create a sanctuary for, 

individuals who make up only about 2% of the population.

Any way you look at it, Brian is an extraordinary leader and entrepreneur, helping birth

an amazing community. We think the friendship between Zaadz and Integral Institute is

extremely exciting, and we are happy to invite you to join in on this deeply inspiring 

dialogue, and peek into the future of how and where "you" and "I" might come together

as a "we"....

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Comment by Michael Grove on August 7, 2013 at 16:24


When the Washington Post’s entire staff was summoned by chief executive Donald Graham to a

meeting at 4.30pm on Monday, many assumed that he was announcing the sale of the newspaper’s

downtown office, its prize asset. After years of loss and decline, that would have been a spectacular if

not unexpected development. But what followed was stunning.

Graham announced that the venerable title, owned by his family for four generations and forever

associated with its reporting of the Watergate scandal, was being sold to Jeff Bezos, the founder 

of Amazon, for $250 million. As a rule, journalists are hard to silence, but Graham, fighting back 

tears, managed it. “It took a while for someone to utter the first question,” said a senior editor 

who was present. “People were just shocked.”

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