Based on her years of field experience in the Middle East and the emerging world, Elza Maalouf has developed her own concept of design solutions called Innovations in Memetic Technologies™ (IMT™) that focuses on indigenous design applications, expansion on leading integral thought and the use of depth psycho-spiritual theories. Examples of topics covered in IMT™ include meta systems applications, organizational applications and integrative personal emergence applications. The IMT™ design solutions serve as a comprehensive guideline for Integral Design Architects.
The following steps broadly outline the wider scope of IMT™ design solutions:
- Develop a “cross-cultural view” to assess the deeper value systems embedded in the collective mind of a community, culture, or region.
- Apply the Vital Signs Monitor technology to track the critical indicators in the culture and patterns of development i.e. geography, history, economy, political systems, religions, conflicts, wars, statistics on income, demographics, death rate etc.
- Construct ‘scaffoldings of solutions’ that craft a macro strategy towards a viable long-term and culturally-fit restructuring of fundamental political and social processes. When designing such Whole System change, or Habitat change, consider the integral environment at all levels: physical, educational, health, civic, employment, laws, security, political systems, social and religious programs, and leadership.
To be accomplished by pursuing the following two objectives:
- Design a plan that streamlines all of the resources and stakeholders like laser beams on steps to be taken toward a developmental goal. Design a functional flow that integrates, mobilizes, aligns and synergizes the entire scope of positive elements and stakeholders such as government, NGOs, private sectors, religious efforts, financial institutions/foundations.
- Identify each country’s zones of synergy with a thorough lay-out of the entire physical, economic, and environmental habitat. Onto this vast amount of data, design a strategy to mesh people, geography, and resources together into a workable solution for all who live in that region.
- This is where Western-designed solutions cease to exist and indigenous designs emerge. Here Spiral Dynamics integral (SDi) and Natural Design are becoming the tools of choice. In its simplest form Natural Design asks the following question: HOW does WHO lead/manage/teach WHOM to do WHAT and WHERE.
- These are the respective sources of national wealth, be it natural resources or human capital, active or dormant. Simply put, we focus on who the people are who live in the region and what their resources are. Specifically, with a focus on the nature of the habitat (water, soil, weather, etc.) and a thorough portrayal of the modes of thinking that characterize the primary groupings i.e. political strata within each society, the pattern in which the internal value systems and perspectives interact with each other. This will form the basis for a viable private sector that can provide jobs that the landscape and various capacities of the citizens—from building cement factories and designing sustainable agricultural models for laborers to creating the most advanced hi-tech research and development companies.
- Design the appropriate system of governancethat fit the value-systems and lay of the land of the culture. Seek ‘Stratified Democracy’ as a conceptual guideline for such endeavor.