On the shoulders of giants

People who have informed the philosophical foundations of The Collective

The Collective emerged in 2014, but it rests on the shoulders of great men and women who have shaped our thinking through the centuries. As a way of sharing the journey, this page presents some of the esoteric, intellectual and experiential foundations that have informed the work. Which means that some of these people are alive and know nothing about it, and some have passed on eons ago.


Plato (429–347 B.C.E.). A Classical Greek philosopher and founder of the first institution of higher learning in the Western world the Academy in Athens. The technology being developed by people in the Collective rests on Plato’s Theory of Forms.


Rudolf Steiner (25/27 Feb 1861 – 30 Mar 1925) Austrian philosopher, social reformer, architect, and esotericist he founded the anthropological movement with its roots in theosophy. The framework is aligned with much of Steiners work particularly his ideas of collective will and the body social.


Walter Wink(May 21, 1935 – May 10, 2012) was a biblical scholar, theologian, and activist, who has explored the interior spirit of organizations, nature and nations from a theological perspective. He is the author of several books discussing what he calls The Powers.

SriAurobindo Sri Aurobindo(15 Aug 1872 – 5 Dec 1950) was a spiritual teacher, an Indian nationalist, freedom fighter, philosopher, yogi, guru and poet. His work in integral yoga has influenced much of the work here, particularly his cosmology.


Howard Bloom (born Jun 25 1943) is an American author and scientific thinker. He was a publicist in the 1970s and 1980s and more recently the author of several books. Ideas presented in the Lucifer principle, in Global Brain and the Genius of the Beast have been influential for this work.


Edward Bernays (Nov 22, 1891 – Mar 9, 1995) was the father of propaganda. He combined the ideas of his uncle, Sigmund Freud with those of crowd psychology to get people to do what large corporations wanted.


Samuel Sagan is the founder and Director of the Clairvision School a meditation school designed to explore consciousness. The material being explored in The Collective has been developed through techniques developed within the school.


Bruce McKenzie is the founder of the Systemic Development Institute. Techniques developed by Bruce and colleagues are used to explore the interior spirit of organizations for example Windtunneling.

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