After our webinar Change for the Audacious: A Conversation with Steve Wadell on Large Systems Change (LSC), one of the participants, Ian, asked me about connections between it and integral theory and Theory U.
It's great to see the referencing of integral theory and Theory U...these are both relevant to LSC. The former is similar to what we are stretching for with LSC, in that it emphasizes a desire to create a picture of "the whole"...for integral theory, it's the whole of knowledge; for LSC it's the whole of change knowledge/methods. Theory U is a particular approach to LSC, so what I consider a subset...I like it, but get frustrated when people think it IS LSC, rather than a particular approach that should be understood as having particular strengths and weaknesses. It is distinctive in terms of LSC in that it start with the "individual change sphere", and has a particularly collective evolutionary love strategy, mixed with entrepreneur; less powerfully it addresses what I call the "missionary" strategy around transformation of organizations, and doesn't really integrate the warrior strategy of confrontation.