Great article, Jason.
One quick note for now. You wrote: “Let’s just say that if the integral movement had investors they wouldn’t be happy with our conversion rates.”
But the integral movement DOES have investors. Funders of integral organizations. How happy are they with the growth rates of their membership and activism? How happy are they with progress towards the organizations’ goals?
When Integral Naked was axed in favor of Integral Life, paid subscriptions are said to have declined by 50% or more over 4 years. What kind of financial performance has there been, and are the leaders of Integral organizations taking responsibility?
I like Robb Smith personally a great deal, but honestly I have no idea how to assess his performance as a CEO of Integral Institute and Integral Life based on publicly available information. There aren’t even any archives on the News page of integralinstitute.org, so I can see press releases of the organization’s accomplishments over his tenure. It may very well be that he’s done a great job in ways that I know nothing about. I only have the rumor mill and his decision to decline to interview with me, and some of what I hear on the rumor mill is harsh.
I’m disappointed that few people are willing to take the discussion of Integral’s popularity to the next level and ask, how do we assess the job performance of the leaders of integral organizations?