Friday, November 21st: 6:30-9:30pm
Suggested Donation – $10
with Zachary Stein
Developmental Testing Service, LCC.
Harvard University Graduate School of Education
This talk brings attention to a set of important issues in the Integral Community’s discourse and practice surrounding human development. Broad concerns about quality control motivate a critical discussion about the myths we circulate and the models we hold. Arguments suggest that the Basic Moral Imperative entails the adoption of psychometrically rigorous standards for evaluating people. This frames the introduction of a powerful new approach to researching and assessing development, grounded by a look at levels in the development of understanding Integral Theory itself. When all is said and done it will be clear that there are major problems with the current discourse and practices surrounding development. But there are alternatives! A vision is presented about the possibilities of an organization designed to oversee the construction and dissemination of usable knowledge about human development and to facilitate the emergence of radically new forms of education, work, and life.
Zak is student of philosophy and developmental psychology pursuing a doctorate at Harvard. He is also the Senior Analyst for the Developmental Testing Service, where he works with one of the most sophisticated developmental assessment systems around—a system Wilber has said is “the closest thing we have to a general measure of altitude.” Zak works closely with Howard Gardner, Kurt Fischer, and Theo Dawson, among others at Harvard. He has been called a gifted and entertaining speaker and a talented educator. And has won several awards for his research, including an Intellectual Contribution Award in 2006 from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education and the Best Overall Research Contribution at the 2008 Integral Theory Conference.