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.

Additional information

Weight 0.7 kg
Dimensions 2.5 × 19 × 24 cm

13 reviews for The Turquoise Brick Road Book

  1. Paul van Schaik

    The Turquoise Brick Road is a very useful introduction to the work of Clare Graves’s developmental psychology and a glimpse of the integral world we are slowly entering at the start of the 21st century. Like all integral frameworks it should be held lightly and applied with compassion and love. As I like to say, “You can learn much about integral frameworks in a short time — the rest has to be lived.” See this book as a starting point to the often difficult, but rewarding journey into an integral world and praxis.

    Paul van Schaik — Founder of IntegralMENTORS, Co-Founder of Integral Without Borders

  2. Christopher Cooke

    Rhys has achieved his two outcomes for this book. He communicates well the significance of the original body of knowledge that Clare W Graves illuminated; He also offers an introductory text that is truly a fun read. I suggest that whilst enjoying this book, you hold a state of awe and wonder at how Nature functions. In so doing, you will gain glimpses into the profundity of the research of Clare W Graves and the reasons for its diverse lineage.
    Christopher Cooke — Founder of 5 Deep and 3LM, Holistic Management [Regenerative Solutions]

  3. Will Holt, Dean of Pearson Business School

    An inspiring manual for our future workforce in terms of both organisational and personal growth, this is an essential read for students of business, organisational behaviour and leadership. Based around Clare W. Graves ground-breaking model, the book provides colourful insights into why organisations and people behave the way that they do. It provides a fascinating glimpse into how society and business can evolve sustainably in the future.

  4. Teddy Hebo Larsen (verified owner)

    Rhys has completed a very valuable book about Clare Graves and Don Becks research and contributions. The Turquoise Brick Road provides a detailed review of all the key components and elements of the Gravesian/Beck values system and has translated it into common language. I like the many excellent graphics as well as the personalized stories related to the different value systems. A most inspiring and exciting book.

  5. Kevin Mosnerrat (verified owner)

    The Turquoise Brick Road is The book that the whole world should read to understand the natural evolution of everything in this universe. It helps me to understand better my own organization as well as how I personal grow. It is also the go reminder that nothing is static and helps us to appreciate that no matter how we feel today, something new is coming to us which makes my life more colorful.

  6. Sergej Lazovic (verified owner)

    Great Piece of Work and a Guide to Desirable Life Leadership !!!


    Graves Value System was very often part of our evening sessions, so when I started reading your book I expected a well crafted, modern vision of Graves being a guideline for organizational and personal development.

    Your book is by far more than this.

    It is a guideline for achieving a better society, a better international community and a healthy planet.

    Exactly what our world needs right now.

    Thank you my friend!

  7. Florian Truetzschler, Student at Alliance Manchester Business School (verified owner)

    With “The Turquoise Brick Road”, Rhys Photis has created a groundbreaking compass from which many future generations will benefit when they face the challenges of modern times. In an illustrative way, he made the Graves Value System understandable for everyone and made a decisive contribution to paying more attention to GVS in higher education.

  8. Chris Gardener

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  9. Nabil Said

    Reading the book added a new colorful spectrum to my life journey, wider understanding of great framework is what we really need in those challenging times. The approach that Rhys took to introduce Clare Graves’s values should be considered as the most accessible to a wide range of our society.

    Well done my friend

  10. Robert Timms — Business Advisor (verified owner)

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  11. Dominik

    Also it is not an easy topic Rhys managed to develop a complete model on how and why people act and behave the way they do, illustrated by examples and graphs it opened a new perspective for me .

  12. David Packer

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  13. Ralph Rickenbach

    I enjoyed reading the 8 stories bringing the Gravesian value memes to life just as much as the theory. There is added value in all the methods and systems referenced at each level to demonstrate the kind of thinking that each level is capable of.

    It is great to have the levels portrayed by contemporaries instead of having a historical view. There are hints on how people from different levels can work together, with Amon helping Bo and vice versa, Florence and G doing projects together, and Florence introducing Bo to some of her circles and ventures.

    For me, the people portrayed are shown at their center of gravity. Amon had lived in other value memes, G can reach into Turquoise, and so forth.

    All in all, a great basic book that is more than a starter.

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