Marilyn Hamilton

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Marilyn Hamilton
Born (1947-10-19) October 19, 1947 (age 66)
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
Occupation City evolutionist, author, lecturer, academic, activist

Marilyn Hamilton is an author, lecturer, learning designer, academic, activist and city evolutionist. She is best known for coining the terms Integral City and the Human Hive conducting research and practical work in this field. She is the founder of Integral City Meshworks Inc. and TDG Global Learning Connections.

Biography[edit]

Marilyn Hamilton is a Canadian author, academic, activist and city evolutionist. Born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, her early life in eight Canadian cities, was influenced by her father’s career as a museum developer, giving her a firsthand experience of indigenous and immigrant cultures, history, archeology, anthropology, geology and geography. She earned her B.A. (English Literature) from University of Toronto in 1969, followed by Diploma in Translation (English/French) 1973, and Certified General Accountancy Designations (CGA Ontario/Canada 1976 and CGA BC/Canada 1985). Marilyn completed her PhD in 1999, in a non-traditional distance program, studying how learning and leadership occur in self-organizing online community systems (Hamilton, 1999).

Marilyn began her career developing human systems, in 1969, holding various senior management positions, in computer services, financial management, operations and administration, for Reed Stenhouse, the Insurance Brokers (now Aon), Canadian Pacific Hotels and Champlain Power Products, during which time, she lived and worked in Canada, the Bahamas, Europe, and the UK. In 1982 Marilyn became a COO of Evergreen Software Development a subsidiary of Sydney Development Corp., Vancouver, BC during the early development of the micro-computer and the CD. She was a pioneer in the connections between Silicon Valley, BC and Seattle (in the early days of Microsoft). In 1984 she created The Dobson Group (TDG) as a "lifelong learning agency" which became known as: TDG Global Learning Connections (TDGGLC) the trade name of TDG Holdings Inc. From 1992 to 2001, Marilyn was President of Consulting Resource Group International Inc. (CRGI) www.crgleader.com a specialty publisher of leadership and learning assessments, tools and systems for team and organization development.

Integral City[edit]

In 2005, Marilyn created the website www.integralcity.com, and Integral City Meshworks Inc. in 2008, to explore human systems development at the scale of the city through the lenses of the integral framework, living systems and resilience.

Her Book "Integral City:Evolutionary Intelligences for the Human Hive" was reviewed by Wood, R. (Kosmos Journal Fall/Winter 2008); MacLeod, J.(2008) Integral Leadership Review, Book Review); and referenced by Norton, L (2012), Metropolis, Integral Sustainable Design Review/Reference.

Her work has been cited by Ling, C., Dale, A., & Hanna, K. (2007) Integrated Community Sustainability Planning Tool; Esborn-Hargens & Zimmerman (2009 Integral Ecology); Rioux, Sean (2009). Integrated Community Sustainability Planning: A Guide; and DeKay, M. (2011) Integral Sustainable Design.

Publications and research[edit]

Her book, Integral City: Evolutionary Intelligences in the Human Hive was published by New Society Publishers in Fall 2008. Earlier Marilyn authored or co-authored four books (Hamilton, 1998a, 1998b, 1999; Hamilton & Stevenson, 2000). As a thought leader and city evolutionist, her research has focused on city culture and values assessment, generations, evolutionary leadership for women, homefulness, community learning, subjective and intersubjective indicators of wellbeing, and learning capacities in sustainable communities (Hamilton, 2003, 2005a, 2005b, 2006a, 2006b, 2006c, 2007a, 2007b, 2007c, 2007d, 2008a, 2008b, 2009, 2010a, 2010b, 2010c, 2010d, 2010e; Hamilton, 2011a; Hamilton, 2011a, 2011b; Hamilton, 2011b; Hamilton, 2011c; Hamilton & Beck, 2011; Hamilton, Beck, Fisher, & Marx Hubbard, 2011; Hamilton & MacLeod, 2009; Wills, Hamilton, & Islam, 2007a, 2007b).

Academia[edit]

Marilyn has been a faculty member of Royal Roads University since 1999, supervising MA research and teaching in the School of Leadership, MA Distance Learning, MBA and Sustainable Community Development Graduate Certificate. She also taught and/or supervised graduate courses and research at University of Victoria, California Institute of Integral Studies, Adizes Graduate School, University of Oslo, University of Wageningen, John F. Kennedy University, Simon Fraser University, University of BC, University of Alberta, The Banff Centre and University of the Fraser Valley.

Associations[edit]

Marilyn is the Canadian Leader for the Centre for Human Emergence, Canada; a Spiral Dynamics integral Trainer of Trainers; a founding member of the Integral Institute; member of the Institute of Noetic Sciences; and alumni of the Foundation for Community Encouragement.

Throughout her career Marilyn served a number of NFP and professional associations: Chair, Imagine Abbotsford; President, Abbotsford Community Foundation; Director of the Abbotsford Airport Authority; VP of Volunteers for the 1995 Western Canada Summer Games; Executive Director-at-Large of the BC Chamber of Commerce; President of the Abbotsford-Matsqui Chamber of Commerce; Co-Chair of the Healthy Community Project; and Co-Chair of the University College of the Fraser Valley's Future Now Funding Campaign.

References[edit]

Books[edit]

  • Hamilton, M. (1998). Ethnographic Codebook Developed for Doctoral Research. In The Berkana Community of Conversations: A Study of Leadership Skill Development and Organizational Leadership Practices in a Self-Organizing Online Microworld (2007 ed., Vol. 1). Abbotsford, BC: TDG Holdings Inc.
  • Hamilton, M. (1999). The Berkana Community of Conversations: A Study of Leadership Skill Development and Organizational Leadership Practices in a Self-Organizing Online Microworld. Unpublished doctoral dissertation. http://www.universal-publishers.com/book.php?method=ISBN&book=1581123302
  • Hamilton, M., & Stevenson, B. (2000). Journeys to Wellness: A Workbook to Discover Personal Paths to Wholeness. Abbotsford, BC.: TDG Global Learning Connections.
  • Hamilton, M. (2008). Integral City: Evolutionary Intelligences for the Human Hive. Gabriola Island BC: New Society Publishers.

Other Writings[edit]

  • Hamilton, M. (1998a). Building the Leadership Organization. In T. Anderson (Ed.), Transforming Leadership: Equipping Yourself and Coaching Others to Build a Leadership Organization. Boca Raton: St. Lucie Press.
  • Hamilton, M. (1998b). Ethnographic Codebook Developed for Doctoral Research The Berkana Community of Conversations: A Study of Leadership Skill Development and Organizational Leadership Practices in a Self-Organizing Online Microworld (2007 ed., Vol. 1). Abbotsford, BC: TDG Holdings Inc.
  • Hamilton, M. (1999). The Berkana Community of Conversations: A Study of Leadership Skill Development and Organizational Leadership Practices in a Self-Organizing Online Microworld. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Columbia Pacific University, Novato, California.
  • Hamilton, M. (2003). Abbotsford Values Systems Flower Map. Retrieved July 24, 2008: http://www.integralcity.com/Maple%20Leaf%20Meme%20Proj/Spiral.flower.icity.pdf
  • Hamilton, M. (2005a). Bio-Security (pp. 5). Royal Roads University: Royal Roads University Case Writing Workshop.
  • Hamilton, M. (2005b). The Quest: Four Questions That Can Release the Potential of Your City. Paper presented at the Canadian Institute of Planners: Frontiers in Planning and Design.
  • Hamilton, M. (2006a). The Dinosaur, the Runaway Train and the House of Cards: A Study of the Human Factors in Bio-Security in the Global Village. Paper presented at the World Planners Congress.
  • Hamilton, M. (2006b). Integral Framework for Sustainable Planning: A Prototype for Emergent Well Being. Paper presented at the World Planners Congress.
  • Hamilton, M. (2006c). Integral Metamap Creates Common Language for Urban Change. [Research Paper]. Journal of Organizational Change Management, 19(3), 276-306.
  • Hamilton, M. (2007a). Approaching Homelessness: An Integral Reframe. [Philosophy]. World Futures: The Journal of General Evolution, Volume 63(2), 107-126.
  • Hamilton, M. (2007b). From Eco-Activist to Evo-Artist: Creating Natural Designs for a New World. Paper presented at the International Organization Development Association, Kamloops BC.
  • Hamilton, M. (2007c). Personal Wellbeing Index: Toronto. Abbotsford, BC: Integral City, A Division of TDG Holdings Inc.
  • Hamilton, M. (2007d). Silos Stovepipes and Solitudes: Discovery Listening for Sounds that Penetrate Organizational Divides Paper presented at the International Organization Development Association, Kamloops BC.
  • Hamilton, M. (2008a). Integral City: Evolutionary Intelligences for the Human Hive. Gabriola Island BC: New Society Publishers.
  • Hamilton, M. (2008b). Integral Methods from the Margins: Finding Myself in the Research - A Retrospective of Integral Leadership Development Methods Using Online Dialogue Analysis, a Competency Development Framework and Action Research. Paper presented at the Conference - Integral Theory in Action: Serving Self, Community and Kosmos.
  • Hamilton, M. (2009). How Much Is Enough? Evolving Lessons From the Beehive. Paper presented at the UBC Life and Career Centre.
  • Hamilton, M. (2010a). Abbotsford Integral Vital Signs Monitor. Abbotsford: Canada-British Columbia Immigration Agreement, Welcome BC.
  • Hamilton, M. (2010b). Appendices for Report: Mapping the Values of Abbotsford and Developing a Prototype for an Integral Vital Signs Monitor of City Wellbeing Abbotsford, BC, Canada: Canada-British Columbia Immigration Agreement, Welcome BC.
  • Hamilton, M. (2010c). Executive Summary: Mapping the Values of Abbotsford and Developing a Prototype for an Integral Vital Signs Monitor of City Wellbeing Abbotsford, BC, Canada: Canada-British Columbia Immigration Agreement, Welcome BC.
  • Hamilton, M. (2010d). Generational Cycles, Saecula and Cities: What do Integral Boomers, Gen X, Millennials & Homeland/Silent Need to Let Go of? What do we need to create anew? On Pre-Conference Workshop at Enacting an Integral Future Conference: Integral City Meshworks Inc.
  • Hamilton, M. (2010e). Mapping the Values of Abbotsford and Developing a Prototype for an Integral Vital Signs Monitor of City Wellbeing Victoria, BC, Canada: Canada-British Columbia Immigration Agreement, Welcome BC.
  • Hamilton, M. (2011a). Big Picture for Sustainability Leadership: Life Conditions for Leading from our Deepest & Widest Perspectives. Paper presented at the Embody Integral Leadership Conference.
  • Hamilton, M. (2011a). Creativity in the Human Hive Grows Gaia's Reflective Organ. [Practical tools]. City, Culture and Society, 2(1), in press.
  • Hamilton, M. (2011b). Integral GECHS At Scale: Global and Local Security in the Human Hive In L. Sygna (Ed.), Global Environmental Change and Human Security (pp. in press): University of Oslo.
  • Hamilton, M. (2011b). Integral Spirituality in the Human Hive: A Primer Trialog, in press,
  • Hamilton, M. (2011c). Monitoring and Releasing the Creative Energy of Cities: A Practical Frameworks for Measuring What Really Makes the Difference [Practical tools]. City, Culture and Society, 2(1), in press.
  • Hamilton, M., & Beck, C. (Producer). (2011) Generational Cycles, Saecula and Cities: How do Integral Artists, Boomers, GenX and Millennial Generations Impact City Values and Policy Development? Integral Leadership Review.
  • Hamilton, M., Beck, C., Fisher, V., & Marx Hubbard, B. (2011). Grok Talk Walk Rock: Choreography for 4 Generations in the Human Hive. Paper presented at the World Future Society 2011.
  • Hamilton, M., & MacLeod, J. (2009). Invisible Cities: Confronting Urban Challenges from the Inside-Out. In M. Dengler & C. R. Casal (Eds.), Cities to Last: tt30 Sustainable Cities: Club of Rome.
  • Hamilton, M., & Stevenson, B. (2000). Journeys to Wellness: A Workbook to Discover Personal Paths to Wholeness. Abbotsford, BC.: TDG Global Learning Connections.
  • Wills, E. H., Hamilton, M., & Islam, G. (2007a). Subjective Well-being in Cities: Individual or Collective? A Cross Cultural Analysis. Paper presented at the Wellbeing in International Development Conference.
  • Wills, E. H., Hamilton, M., & Islam, G. (2007b). Subjective Wellbeing in Bogotá (B), Belo Horizonte (BH) and Toronto (T): A Subjective Indicator of Quality of Life for Cities. Bogotá: World Bank.

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