Friday, July 12, 2013

Robert Kegan - The Further Reaches of Adult Development: Thoughts on the 'Self-Transforming' Mind (RSA)

From The RSA, this is the video of the talk Robert Kegan gave there a few months ago (back in May), but it is not the whole talk, only the highlights. There is a link below the full podcast with audience questions and answers.

Kegan, one of the pillars of Ken Wilber's AQAL Integral Theory, is a professor of developmental psychology at Harvard and the William and Miriam Meehan Professor in Adult Learning and Professional Development at Harvard Graduate School of Education.

His books include the seminal The Evolving Self: Problem and Process in Human Development (1982), which he then expanded on in In Over Our Heads: The Mental Demands of Modern Life (1998). His most recent book, with Lisa Laskow Lahey Immunity to Change: How to Overcome It and Unlock the Potential in Yourself and Your Organization (Leadership for the Common Good) (2009) applies his developmental model to solving the resistance to change in both individuals and organizations.

As a tool for making sense of this information, if it is new to you, here is a diagram of his developmental model as presented in In Over Our Heads:


Robert Kegan - The Further Reaches of Adult Development: Thoughts on the 'Self-Transforming' Mind



Robert Kegan's theory of adult meaning-making has influenced theory and practice internationally across multiple disciplines. In a special RSA event, he considers: is it really possible to grow beyond the psychological independence of the "self-authoring mind," so often seen as the zenith of adult development?

Chair: Jonathan Rowson, director, RSA Social Brain Centre.
In partnership with Friends of the Earth: www.foe.co.uk

Listen to the podcast of the full event including audience Q&A.
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