The Turquoise Brick Road Book
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What is this book about?
The Graves Value System is an open-ended framework that identifies eight universal levels of conscious development, as they currently exist. The logic applies equally to individuals, organisations, markets and societies, and provides a clear map of their characteristics - positive and negative. In this book, each story focuses on one level of the framework, representing a specific worldview – including values, beliefs and behaviours, and a place where the character upholding that view feels at home.
Why is this framework so powerful?
This insight introduces humankind’s universal development stages, the origins of different traits and tools, and their interrelation. It is a practical way of developing awareness, tolerance, and appreciation for people with different traditions, personalities and backgrounds. The model is such that individuals can identify with the characteristics of archetypal personas at each level, they can make sense of their past and define their desired path ahead more effectively.
What is the overall objective?
This book aims to make the Graves Value System more accessible and digestible through lively, relatable stories. The hope is that more people will then want to read about and apply it to their personal and professional lives – perhaps even carry out further research and develop other applications. This can help humankind gain greater awareness of its development levels; perhaps even adopt a well-orchestrated approach that may just get us out of the mess into which we have manoeuvred ourselves.
Why is it important now?
We live in an increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous world (the so called VUCA world) and face major crises - a pandemic, the climate emergency, a leadership crisis, growing inequality, to name a few. We often lack or lose connection with one another: politicians from the public they serve, executives from their employees, consumers from producers, and so on. And with many societies stuck in their worldview, history keeps repeating itself.
However, major events often enable people and societies to progress. The current pandemic is such an event. Developed societies could use this tragedy to focus on finding greater purpose through:
fostering a higher level of compassion and equity living and working more closely with communities restructuring organisations into flatter, people-oriented entities taking care of nature to maintain a viable habitat. We would then be on the path of living in harmony with each other and our planet.
Our development path is clearly signposted. We will only tackle 21st century challenges by coming together and moving forward as one. The framework and stories in this book impart the value of diversity, providing a base from which to develop the necessary tools for a more harmonious world, and demonstrating possible ways forward.
Who should read the book?
This book is for anyone seeking a better understanding of the world we live in, eager to make judicious choices and identify a route to a healthy and sustainable future. It will particularly benefit anyone who wants to:
* find their place in the world
* make sense of their professional environment
* understand large-scale societal developments.
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