What is Integral Entrepreneurship?

Integral Entrepreneurship unites the creation and development of holistically successful businesses with the entrepreneur’s own journey of development. Built upon the pragmatic and well-tested tools of  conventional entrepreneurship practice, Integral Entrepreneurship expands both the perspective and set of methods available to the entrepreneur by introducing concepts and best practices from systems thinking, integral theory and social psychology, as well as insights from our planet’s wisdom traditions.

Entrepreneurship is one of the driving forces of socio-systemic change and the entrepreneur is its key agent. Thus, engaging in an entrepreneurial endeavour harbours the possibility to achieve real impact on the way we live and potentially even change the world.

We see Integral Entrepreneurship as the effective marriage of good business practice and the impetus of the timeless wisdom traditions. Integral Entrepreneurship is delineated vis-a-vis social activism or social entrepreneurship on the one hand and one-dimensional and short-sighted business or business-as-usual on the other hand. Integral Entrepreneurship is business- and success-oriented but with an expanded definition of success which includes sustainable, planetary and holistic empowerment.

By taking an integral approach founders and entrepreneurs are not sacrificing business success for altruism or social conscience. On the contrary, by taking an integral approach, entrepreneurs are able to build ventures that are more rooted and integrated in their wider ecosystems, and hence have better long term prospects for thriving and prospering.

Integral Entrepreneurship is closely allied with the Impact Investing movement. Entrepreneurs who take an integral approach create ventures that are of primary interest for impact investors – delivering both business returns and wider impact. Integral Entrepreneurship is also allied with a range of related movements in arts, politics, spirituality and other domains of human experience.

What do Integral Entrepreneurs do?

… explore, unfold and embody their own potentials during their entrepreneurial journey

… activate, facilitate, and accompany the development of all participants in their venture

… design ventures that catalyse a planetary redesign and operate them with integral sustainability