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Steve McIntosh
Steve McIntosh
President and co-founder of the Institute for Cultural Evolution | A leader in the integral philosophy movement
President and co-founder of the Institute for Cultural Evolution | A leader in the integral philosophy movement
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Steve McIntosh, J.D. is a leader in the integral philosophy movement and author of Developmental Politics—How America Can Grow Into a Better Version of Itself (Paragon House, 2020)He is president and co-founder of the Institute for Cultural Evolution think tank, which focuses on the cultural roots of America’s political problems.

Steve is also the author/co-author of several other books (see his profile page on this site).

Before becoming a writer and social entrepreneur, Steve had a variety of other successful careers, including founding the consumer products company Now & Zen, and practising law with one of America’s largest firms. His innovative political thinking has been featured on NPR, USA Today, The Daily Beast, Real Clear Politics, The Hill, The National Journal, and in a wide variety of other media. He is an honors graduate of the University of Virginia Law School, and the University of Southern California Business School. Steve grew up in Los Angeles and now lives in Boulder, Colorado with his wife and two sons.

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Institute For Cultural Evolution
Institute for Cultural Evolution
Fostering political evolution in America


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The Institute for Cultural Evolution (“ICE”) is a nonprofit 501c3 think tank based in Boulder, Colorado. Our mission is to foster political and cultural evolution in America. Our main focus as a think tank is the amelioration of hyper-partisan polarization. 

In furtherance of our mission, corresponding with the 2020 publication of our co-founder’s book, Developmental Politics, ICE is working to help establish a new “politics of culture.” This cultural approach to politics seeks to integrate positive values from across the political spectrum to create effective new forms of agreement. 

ICE is managed by its co-founders Steve McIntosh and Carter Phipps. The think tank’s board of directors includes Whole Foods CEO John Mackey, Daily Evolver podcast host Jeff Salzman, and serial tech entrepreneur John Street.

Founded in 2013, ICE’s political position is neither left, nor right, nor centrist. We do not undertake lobbying efforts or back political candidates, and we are not associated with any political organization or party. By remaining politically independent, ICE is able to synthesize and harmonize the values and positive goals of both the left and the right. The strategies we use to widen perspectives and integrate politically opposed viewpoints are new and unique. They are based on fresh insights into how worldviews form and how human culture evolves. By clarifying the cultural roots of hyperpolarization, our analysis provides innovative solutions to this “wicked problem.”

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Last 50 posts on own channels (YouTube, Podcast, Medium or Website/Blog):

Speaking at the “What’s the Future Conference” in Sedona in November
Published on: 13 Aug 22 in Steve McIntosh – Website by Steve McIntosh

My Op-Ed on Abortion Rights Published in Real Clear Politics
Published on: 11 Jul 22 in Steve McIntosh – Website by Steve McIntosh

My Policy Recommendations for Big Tech Governance
Published on: 23 Jun 22 in Steve McIntosh – Website by Steve McIntosh

New audiobook version of Developmental Politics
Published on: 17 May 22 in Steve McIntosh – Website by Steve McIntosh

New Essay: Critique of the Week: David Brooks
Published on: 12 May 22 in Steve McIntosh – Website by Steve McIntosh

Interview by Roger Walsh and John Dupuy for the Deep Transformations Podcast
Published on: 10 Apr 22 in Steve McIntosh – Website by Steve McIntosh

The Spiritual Teachings of Evolution in 7 Minutes
Published on: 11 Mar 22 in Steve McIntosh – Website by Steve McIntosh

New Article: The Politics of Pride and Shame: Integrating 1776 and 1619
Published on: 7 Mar 22 in Steve McIntosh – Website by Steve McIntosh

Rebel Wisdom Podcast: An Integral View of 2022
Published on: 18 Feb 22 in Steve McIntosh – Website by Steve McIntosh

My Policy Recommendations for Homelessness Published on The Post-Progressive Post
Published on: 3 Jan 22 in Steve McIntosh – Website by Steve McIntosh

Critique of the Week: Jonathan Haidt
Published on: 3 Nov 21 in Steve McIntosh – Website by Steve McIntosh

Post-Progressivism Meets Academic Philosophy
Published on: 14 Oct 21 in Steve McIntosh – Website by Steve McIntosh

Four Recent Podcasts
Published on: 14 Sep 21 in Steve McIntosh – Website by Steve McIntosh

New Win-Win-Win Issue Position on Climate Change Published
Published on: 4 Sep 21 in Steve McIntosh – Website by Steve McIntosh

My New Video Course: Becoming Part of the Solution
Published on: 29 Jul 21 in Steve McIntosh – Website by Steve McIntosh

Mercy & Justice
Published on: 27 Jul 21 in Steve McIntosh – Website by Steve McIntosh

Competition & Cooperation
Published on: 27 Jul 21 in Steve McIntosh – Website by Steve McIntosh

Real & Ideal
Published on: 23 Jul 21 in Steve McIntosh – Website by Steve McIntosh

Liberty & Equality
Published on: 22 Jul 21 in Steve McIntosh – Website by Steve McIntosh

Developmental Politics Course Clips, with Steve McIntosh: Why post-progressivism?
Published on: 9 Jul 21 in Steve McIntosh – YouTube by Stephen McIntosh

Developmental Politics Course Clips, with Steve McIntosh: Don’t we first need campaign reform?
Published on: 9 Jul 21 in Steve McIntosh – YouTube by Stephen McIntosh

Developmental Politics Course Clips, with Steve McIntosh: How to overcome “post-truth”?
Published on: 9 Jul 21 in Steve McIntosh – YouTube by Stephen McIntosh

Developmental Politics Course Clips, with Steve McIntosh: Why the term “post-progressive?”
Published on: 9 Jul 21 in Steve McIntosh – YouTube by Stephen McIntosh

Developmental Politics Course Clips, with Steve McIntosh: Isn’t this elitist?
Published on: 9 Jul 21 in Steve McIntosh – YouTube by Stephen McIntosh

Developmental Politics Course Clips, with Steve McIntosh: Why is progressivism itself more advanced?
Published on: 9 Jul 21 in Steve McIntosh – YouTube by Stephen McIntosh

Developmental Politics Course Clips, with Steve McIntosh: Why not progressivism?
Published on: 9 Jul 21 in Steve McIntosh – YouTube by Stephen McIntosh

Developmental Politics Course Clips, with Steve McIntosh: Why not centrism?
Published on: 9 Jul 21 in Steve McIntosh – YouTube by Stephen McIntosh

Developmental Politics Course Clips, with Steve McIntosh: The post-progressive perspective
Published on: 9 Jul 21 in Steve McIntosh – YouTube by Stephen McIntosh

Critique of the Week: George Packer’s Four Americas
Published on: 9 Jul 21 in Steve McIntosh – Website by Steve McIntosh

Post Progressive Inquiries – Launch of The Post-Progressive Post
Published on: 28 Jun 21 in Steve McIntosh – YouTube by Stephen McIntosh

Launch of The Post-Progressive Post Website
Published on: 28 Jun 21 in Steve McIntosh – Website by Steve McIntosh

Updated Charts: Polarities on the Left and Right
Published on: 15 Jun 21 in Steve McIntosh – Website by Steve McIntosh

Parallax Magazine’s political discussion forum
Published on: 22 May 21 in Steve McIntosh – Website by Steve McIntosh

My Course on Post-Progressive Politics is making great progress
Published on: 27 Mar 21 in Steve McIntosh – Website by Steve McIntosh

My 9-Week Course on Post-Progressive Politics: Becoming Part of the Solution
Published on: 2 Mar 21 in Steve McIntosh – Website by Steve McIntosh

Turning the Page on a New Chapter in American History
Published on: 20 Jan 21 in Steve McIntosh – Website by Steve McIntosh

My new article: “Why Centrism Fails”
Published on: 6 Jan 21 in Steve McIntosh – Website by Steve McIntosh

Post-Progressive Inquiries: New Podcast Series by Steve McIntosh & Jeff Salzman
Published on: 5 Dec 20 in Steve McIntosh – Website by Steve McIntosh

Why I’m Voting for Biden
Published on: 23 Oct 20 in Steve McIntosh – Website by Steve McIntosh

Stages of Development Part 2
Published on: 17 Mar 12 in Steve McIntosh – YouTube by Stephen McIntosh

Conscious Leadership, my new book coauthored with John Mackey and Carter Phipps
Published on: 8 Sep 20 in Steve McIntosh – Website by Steve McIntosh

In Search of Higher Ground
Published on: 21 Aug 20 in Steve McIntosh – Website by Steve McIntosh

Midwest Book Review of Developmental Politics
Published on: 13 Jul 20 in Steve McIntosh – Website by Steve McIntosh

Value Energy Podcast, Including Commentary on the Protests
Published on: 5 Jul 20 in Steve McIntosh – Website by Steve McIntosh

USA Today Op-Ed: ‘Mrs. America’ Shows How Art Can Bridge Our Nation’s Cultural, Partisan Divisions
Published on: 6 Jun 20 in Steve McIntosh – Website by Steve McIntosh

New Article: Towards a Post-Progressive Political Perspective
Published on: 20 May 20 in Steve McIntosh – Website by Steve McIntosh

The Emergence of Post-Progressive Political Thought
Published on: 20 May 20 in Steve McIntosh – YouTube by Stephen McIntosh

More Evolutionary Philosophers to Contemplate
Published on: 22 Apr 20 in Steve McIntosh – Website by Steve McIntosh

My “Armchair Philosopher” Series
Published on: 12 Apr 20 in Steve McIntosh – Website by Steve McIntosh

How to Overcome Polarization in 5-Minutes
Published on: 24 Mar 20 in Steve McIntosh – Website by Steve McIntosh

Developmental Politics
Developmental Politics
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How America Can Grow Into a Better Version of Itself
“If I could prescribe one book for every Democrat or Progressive candidate and campaign to read … it would be ..Developmental Politics. It's brilliant"
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American politics are badly broken. Yet to solve the seemingly intractable problem of hyperpolarization, we need to look beyond the gridlocked politics of Washington D.C. In Developmental Politics, Steve McIntosh shows how this growing rift in the fabric of American society is a cultural problem that requires a cultural solution. He offers a pragmatic yet inspiring approach to our national political dilemma through a new politics of culture―one that goes right to the heart of this entrenched, complex issue. McIntosh presents a variety of innovative methods through which citizens and political leaders from across the political spectrum can reach agreement and achieve consensus.

McIntosh’s proposals for overcoming hyperpolarization are founded on an emerging form of “cultural intelligence” that directly addresses the conflicting values underlying our poisoned politics. This new way of seeing leads to an inclusive vision of social progress―a new American Dream―that can help revive our collective sense of common cause and thereby restore the functionality of our democracy. Developmental Politics provides the fresh thinking we need to transcend America’s contemporary political impasse.

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Elevating Humanity Through Business
“This is the book I’ve been waiting for my entire career." | "“Stop what you’re trying to transform in your organization—or yourself—right now and read this book."
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From Whole Foods CEO John Mackey and his coauthors, a follow-up to groundbreaking bestseller Conscious Capitalism—revealing what it takes to lead a purpose-driven, sustainable business.

John Mackey started a movement when he founded Whole Foods, bringing natural, organic food to the masses and not only changing the market, but breaking the mold. Now, for the first time, Conscious Leadership closely explores the vision, virtues, and mindset that have informed Mackey’s own leadership journey, providing a roadmap for innovative, value-based leadership—in business and in society.
 
Conscious Leadership demystifies strategies that have helped Mackey shepherd Whole Foods through four decades of incredible growth and innovation, including its recent sale to Amazon. Each chapter will challenge you to rethink conventional business wisdom through anecdotes, case studies, profiles of conscious leaders, and innovative techniques for self-development, culminating in an empowering call to action for entrepreneurs and trailblazers—to step up as leaders who see beyond the bottom line.

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An Integral Interpretation of the Scientific Story of Our Origins
"A truly excellent, clear and convincing contribution to our understanding of where evolution is taking us" | " I felt changed by reading this book"
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Does the science of evolution really prove that life, humanity, and the universe as a whole are meaningless accidents? On the contrary, as science has shown how everything in the universe is subject to evolution, including matter, life, and human culture, these very facts reveal that the process of evolution is unmistakably progressive.  And, as Steve McIntosh demonstrates, when we come to see how evolution progresses, this reveals evolution’s purpose-to grow toward ever-widening realizations of beauty, truth, and goodness. McIntosh argues that the purpose of evolution is not intelligently designed or otherwise externally controlled; rather, its purpose is being creatively and originally discerned through the choices of the evolutionary creatures themselves. Without relying on spiritual authorities, the author shows how the scientific story of our origins is actually a profound and sacred teaching compatible with many forms of contemporary spirituality. Evolution’s Purpose: An Integral Interpretation of the Scientific Story of Our Origins presents a fresh and compelling view of evolutionary science and philosophy, and shows how a deeper understanding of evolution itself can lead directly to a more evolved world.

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"one of the best books I've read in a long time" | "McIntosh breaks new ground beyond Ken Wilber"
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The integral worldview represents the next crucial step in the development of our civilization. Through its enlarged understanding of the evolution of consciousness and culture, the emerging perspective known as integral consciousness provides realistic and pragmatic solutions to our growing global problems, both environmental and political. As McIntosh convincingly demonstrates, the integral worldview’s transformational potential provides a way to literally become the change we want to see in the world. This is really two books in one: the first half serves as an accessible and highly readable introduction to the power of integral consciousness, with the second half making a variety of original contributions to the integral perspective and breaking new ground in the application of integral philosophy to politics and spirituality. Moreover, McIntosh provides a much-needed contextualization and critique of the integral worldview’s leading author, Ken Wilber, which helps make integral philosophy relevant to a larger audience.

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Recent Videos and Podcasts where Steve McIntosh has been interviewed

Integral philosophy has been a big influence on many of Rebel Wisdom’s guests over the years. So we brought together three key figures, meditator and mediator Diane Musho Hamilton, the …Read more
Integral philosopher Steve McIntosh shares new ideas for healing America’s polarized politics and culture. Steve explores the “shared agreements” that form the basic units of culture and considers how virtue …Read more
I will be attending and giving a keynote talk about the work of the Institute for Cultural Evolution at the integral “What’s the Future Conference” in beautiful Sedona, Arizona. The …Read more
A Proposed National Agreement on Abortion By Steve McIntosh, July 10, 2022 Although it may seem counterintuitive, the Supreme Court’s ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Center may ultimately help secure …Read more
I am pleased to announce the Institute for Cultural Evolution has published my “win-win-win” policy recommendation on Big Tech Governance: https://www.culturalevolution.org/…/big-tech-governance/ Here are the “three wins”—one for each major American …Read more
I’m pleased to announce that the Institute for Cultural Evolution has published an audiobook version of my book: Developmental Politics—How America Can Grow Into a Better Version of Itself. Originally …Read more
In this column I offer constructive critiques of public figures I admire by pointing out how they could benefit from a developmental perspective. For the past twenty years, political and …Read more
I was recently on the new podcast: Deep Transformation: Self-Society-Spirit. This 2-part conversation, with hosts Dr. Roger Walsh (renowned thought leader in the fields of spirituality and integral theory) and …Read more
This is a 7-minute excerpt from a longer podcast. I was on a roll, so it is worth sharing. The post The Spiritual Teachings of Evolution in 7 Minutes appeared …Read more
I have  a new article, which has been published in both Areo Magazine and on The Developmentalist website. As I argue: “The key to a more balanced interpretation of American …Read more
It was a pleasure to be a guest on the popular podcast Rebel Wisdom, together with my friends and colleagues Jeff Salzman and Diane Hamilton. In our wide-ranging discussion with …Read more
I am pleased to announce The Post-Progressive Post’s publication of my most recent “Win-Win-Win” policy recommendation on Homelessness in the U.S. As a preview, here are the “three wins”—one for …Read more
Republished from The Post-Progressive Post In this column I offer constructive critiques of public figures I admire by pointing out how they could benefit from a developmental perspective. Jonathan Haidt …Read more
Jeff Salzman just posted the latest episode in our “Post-Progressive Inquiries” podcast series. This time we speak with David Storey, Professor of Philosophy at Boston College and Senior Fellow at …Read more
Here are links to four recent podcasts I’ve done. The first two podcasts are on post-progressive politics. I speak with Carter Phipps and David Storey, both of whom are Senior …Read more
Overview of the Institute for Cultural Evolution’s Climate Change Policy Proposal The original impetus for the founding of the Institute for Cultural Evolution in 2012 was to help reduce public …Read more
From February through April this year I taught a Zoom course on post-progressive politics, which was attended live by over 40 participants. Now the course is available to take on …Read more
Polarity number four is MERCY & JUSTICE. Mercy for the individual becomes unjust without concern for the good of the whole. And to be truly virtuous, justice must be balanced …Read more
Polarity number three is COMPETITION & COOPERATION. While some progressives disparage competition, and some modernists overemphasize it, competition can be a powerful value creator. However, when it is not moderated …Read more
Polarity number two is REAL & IDEAL. While this pair may at first seem prosaic or obvious, it is highly useful and applicable to many life situations. Without the moderation …Read more
This post begins a new series of my favorite positive-positive interdependent polarities. Each one of these polarities is a kind of philosophical technology for creating value and evolving consciousness. First up: …Read more
In this column I offer constructive critiques of public figures I admire by pointing out how they could benefit from a developmental perspective. The Atlantic Magazine recently published a powerful …Read more
I’m excited to announce the launch of my latest work: THE POST-PROGRESSIVE POST www.post-progressive.org Cocreated with Josh Leonard and the Institute for Cultural Evolution. Here is the 300 word media …Read more
Journalist George Packer’s recent article in The Atlantic entitled, How America Fractured Into Four Parts, validates my analysis of the polarities within the left and right. Below are the latest versions …Read more
Tom Amarque’s Parallax Magazine recently hosted me on their political discussion forum. I think “Strange Attractor” is an apt title for this group. Here is their description: Since the system …Read more
We’re now on week 7 of my 9-week course on Post-Progressive Politics. I’m pleased to say our 50 person group has gelled nicely—they’re asking tough questions and making great progress. …Read more
Developmental Politics is now available as an audiobook! Check out this clip about how this developmental perspective can help us frame a culturally synthetic & politically effective new American Dream for the 21st Century. Purchase the audiobook here: http://amzn.to/3lasWpa https://t.co/zTJdoPARt4 …Read more
Developmental Politics is now available as an audiobook! Check out this clip about how this new perspective can create a vision of progress that attracts the political values of traditionalists, modernists, and progressives. Purchase the audiobook here: http://amzn.to/3lasWpa https://t.co/tw2Rua1HfJ …Read more
RT @IAMTSebastian: This book will enlighten you about politics. https://twitter.com/developolitics/status/1526311376221679617 …Read more
We have republished a transcribed excerpt of @GlennLoury interview with @gregthomas22 in The Developmentalist. It has been significantly edited from the video version for readability. You can check it out here: https://developmentalist.org/article/the-dignities-of-modernity/ …Read more
Developmental Politics is now available as an audiobook! Check out this clip about the blessing and the curse of the postmodern progressive worldview. Purchase the audiobook here: http://amzn.to/3lasWpa https://t.co/JPmieH7Al4 …Read more
We are pleased to announce the publication of Developmental Politics—How America Can Grow Into a Better Version of Itself as an audiobook! You can purchase it here: http://amzn.to/3lasWpa https://t.co/U24JlnfWsz …Read more
Steve McIntosh’s newest Critique of the Week of David Brooks has been published in The Developmentalist. In it, he shows how @nytdavidbrooks and his large audience could benefit from a developmental perspective. https://developmentalist.org/article/critique-of-the-week-david-brooks/ …Read more
RT @denniswittrock: How would a new political decision-making process have to look like that honors all layers of cultural values in a nonexclusive way? #integral #holacracy #politics Thanks to @developolitics https://denniswittrock.medium.com/values-integration-via-the-integrative-decision-making-process-5b2e2a754149 …Read more
RT @GlennLoury: Still talking with Greg Thomas at The Glenn Show. Also remembering Albert Murray, contemporary of the great American writer, Ralph Ellison, and author of the still timely assessment of American culture “Omni-Americans”. See the full conversation now at http://glennloury.substack.com https://t.co/Ty0ePOfOxw …Read more
RT @bloggingheads: The dignities of modernity | @GlennLoury and @gregthomas22, co-founder of the Jazz Leadership Project and senior fellow at @developolitics, discuss the past and future of black cultural forms. https://youtu.be/0d2U_Uuwd50?t=1298 …Read more
Hey @JohnRWoodJr – We saw that Braver Angels is doing a We The People’s Forum on Homelessness. Have you seen The Institute for Cultural Evolution’s Win-Win-Win Policy Proposal on #homelessness yet? https://www.culturalevolution.org/platform-of-policy-recommendations/homelessness-in-the-u-s/ …Read more
RT @omni_win: This week I’m recommending “A Simple Explanation of Developmental Politics in 700 Words” by @developolitics where the most useful approach to the current conflict in our political cultures is called Cultural Intelligence. Click the link to read further. https://developmentalist.org/our-basic-approach/developmental-politics-in-700-words/ …Read more
The Institute is now hiring for a newly created executive position in our growing organization: Communications Director. The primary focus of this remote position is to “spread the word” in mainstream media, in social media, and online in general. https://www.culturalevolution.org/available-positions/communications-director/ …Read more
RT @DailyEvolver: Hello friends, @developolitics (Institute for Cultural Evolution) is hiring! Take a look and join us! #developmentalpolitics https://www.culturalevolution.org/available-positions/communications-director/ …Read more
In exploring Hegel’s concept of the “negation of the negation,” we came across this fascinating interpretation of his ideas. Its description of the dialectical process of development should be very familiar to us as Developmentalists: https://developmentalist.org/blog/3319/ …Read more
Next generation nuclear has to be a big part of the solution for #ClimateChange. Even when looked at from the vantage point of “safety”, nuclear is better than fossil fuels. Check out our policy recommendation here: https://www.culturalevolution.org/platform-of-policy-recommendations/climate-change/ …Read more
The Institute is now hiring for a newly created executive position in our growing organization: Communications Director. The primary focus of this remote position is to “spread the word” in mainstream media, in social media, and online in general. https://www.culturalevolution.org/available-positions/communications-director/ …Read more
Check out @DavidEStorey’s new article, Hierarchy and Its Discontents, published in The Developmentalist. In it, David explores how healthy growth hierarchies are the antidote to the flattened worldview anarchy that is our current sociological malaise: https://developmentalist.org/article/hierarchy-and-its-discontents/ …Read more
From @DavidEStorey’s new article, Hierarchy and Its Discontents, published in The Developmentalist: https://developmentalist.org/article/hierarchy-and-its-discontents/ …Read more
From @DavidEStorey’s new article, Hierarchy and Its Discontents, published in The Developmentalist: https://developmentalist.org/article/hierarchy-and-its-discontents/ …Read more
Part 2 of Steve McIntosh’s interview with Roger Walsh and John Dupuy for the Deep Transformations Podcast is now available: https://deeptransformation.io/steve-mcintosh-part-2-consciousness-evolves-politics-can-too-beyond-the-culture-war/ …Read more
Taken as a whole, the new Institute headquarters website provides a comprehensive platform for our developmental approach to politics and culture. We invite you to visit the site and join us in the work of evolving culture and consciousness. https://culturalevolution.org …Read more
Highlights include our many published articles and op-eds, our platform of policy recommendations, and a multi-level description of our developmental approach to politics. Also featured are our tests & exercises, & details on our board, staff, & fellows. https://culturalevolution.org …Read more
We’re pleased to announce that our organization’s headquarters website at http://www.culturalevolution.org has evolved! Please check out our completely rebuilt site. In addition to a fresh look and feel, the new website showcases our innovative programs, activities, and ideas. …Read more
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