DR. DON BECK
Dr. Don Beck is a prototype for
activists in the new millennium. His dedication to service and
discovery has seen him become profoundly involved in global ventures
that continue to grow in scope and gather momentum.
In 1980 Dr. Beck was listed as
"Outstanding Educator in America". In 1981, having taught
for 20 years, he choose to resign his professorship to dedicate
himself to serving in the South African transformation process.
Since that pivotal point in his
life, Beck has worked at the highest levels of social concern.
Between 1981 and 2002, he made 63 trips to South Africa, working
behind the scenes to significantly impact political leaders, the
business sector, religious leadership, and the general public
in the transition from apartheid to democracy. He was honored
in l996 by a Joint Resolution of the Texas House and Senate with
these words: "The Texas House and Senate takes great pride
in commending a truly remarkable Texan, Dr. Don Edward Beck, for
his invaluable contributions toward the peaceful creation of a
democratic South Africa."
In addition to serving alongside
Nelson Mandela on the creation of deep reconciliation strategies
in the post-apartheid South Africa, Dr. Beck has consulted with
Tony Blair and his Policy Unit in search for new ways to implement
"Third Way" initiatives in the UK and abroad and with
Bill Clinton in discussing racial issues in USA. He has also worked
with the Singapore government, and the Mexican government.
While much of Beck's work is in
the area of large-scale systems change, he has also been active
for 30 years in working with corporate leaders, public institutions,
educational enterprises, and not-for-profit agencies on transformation.
Dr. Beck is unique in that he moves freely between cutting-edge
academic and scientific theories of value formation and change,
and a proficiency in implementing practical and highly effective
change in the real world.
Spiral Dynamics Integral
He has inspired thousands of people
toward a new experience of organizational and personal empowerment
through Spiral Dynamics (Spiral
Dynamics Integral), his unique values-based model that charts
the evolution and emergence of human nature.
Spiral Dynamics Integral (SDi), concerns itself with the deep
complexity codes that shape our many worlds.
The model describes and makes sense of the enormous complexity
of human existence, and then shows how to craft elegant, systemic
problem-solutions that meet people and address situations where
Conceived and led by Dr. Don Beck,
SDi is an advanced extension and elaboration of the biopsychosocial
systems concept originated by the late Dr. Clare W. Graves of
Union College, New York, and later developed as Spiral Dynamics
- a model that Canada’s Maclean’s Magazine rather
grandly dubbed “The Theory that Explains Everything.”
Beck has built upon Spiral Dynamics in the development of a powerful
new conceptual system, called MeshWORKS: The Search for Human
Cohesion in a World of Fragmentation, which enables the essential
process of integrating, aligning, and synergizing resources, especially
at the community and local levels, to meet the needs of people
at different stages of development.(MeshWORKS)
Dr. Beck’s achievements:
- Founder in 2004 of the Center
for Human Emergence
- Founding Partner of The National
Values Center in Denton, Texas
- President and CEO of The Spiral
Dynamics Group, Inc., a global enterprise
- Member of The American Psychological
Association; The World Future Society; The International Paleopsychology
Project, and the "Cadre-of-Experts on Ethnopolitical Violence,"
named by the American and Canadian Psychological Associations.
- Head of PhD program at Adizes
- Associate Professor, Conoco
- Founder, The Institute for
Values & Culture
- Fellow of the George Gallup
Institute at Princeton. Beck was named outstanding professor
at the University of North Texas in 1978; named an Honour Professor
in 1979. He was also team psychologist for South African Springbok,
winners of the 1995 World Cup Rugby competition.
- Beck is coauthor of Spiral
Dynamics: Mastering Values, Leadership & Change (1996).