[Editor's Intro- Trevor. The Trollz are back. In December 2011 we published the first set of videos by the Integral Trollz. I really resonated with the internal critique of Integral there, and the humorous way it was all being done, so we were happy to support that voice. Their work has turned out to be catalytic and important in ways that would've been hard to foresee, with one of the videos eventually finding its way into Terry Patten and Maro Morell's Occupy Integral! article. At Beams we're actively trying to rhizomatically connect with as many different communities working toward the evolution of culture and consciousness as possible. And if an integral view is going to add anything useful to those ongoing encounters, it's going to have to be a healthy and evolving one, and this is where I see the work of the Trollz being so key. Whether they're on target or off, they sure get the conversation moving. And in these videos below, they press courageously into various shadows and sedimentations once again. Bravo, keep up the good work Trollz.]
In light of the context, culture, and environment we find ourselves in- what with the economic meltdown, income inequality, and an uncertain future- the Integral Community seems to find itself metaphorically ill due to uncertain aims and an almost autophagous behavior towards less complex structures. But never fear, just as the body has its defenses, so too does the Integral Community have need of an auto-immune system. Enter the Trollz. What started as part joke and part support for Occupy Wall Street has now become an essential part of the Integral Movement. The Trollz synthesize Internet Memes, Integral Theory, Philosophy, Psychology and the enigmatic “Lulz” to poke at the dharma of Ken Wilber. After all, every map has flaws and every community has shadow. Expect Trollz.
For those unfamiliar with the developmental models that Integral Theory uses, please use this handy interactive link to translate our work.
Video 1: In depth look at the cost of spiritual teaching and a serious question around the intention of the work.
Video 2: A response to feedback from video one and a deeper look at this overall foundational concern we have.
Video 3: A lulz filled look at the marginalization of the Green meme and the things we see threatening this Integral Life.