# 3. Integral Futures Overview

### An overview of Integral Futures, the approach used to integrate the visible and invisible sides of our realities in the Conversations Framework.

Integral Futures is the underpinning framework for the Futures Conversations Framework. It creates four spaces for four different conversations that need to be integrated when we use futures in the present.

#### Origins

*Integral Theory and Integral Futures*

Integral Futures was defined by Richard Slaughter and is an application of Ken Wilber’s Integral Theory. Integral Theory is a complex, multi-level, and often contested theory that attempts to use a wide understanding of all knowledge that can be identified and use it to define an interpretative frame to inform our thinking and understanding of our realities. Like all frameworks, it is contested and dismissed by some - which is not surprising since all models are wrong, but some are useful in some contexts.

Integral Futures, based on Ken Wilber's Integral Theory, was first designed by Richard Slaughter and allows people to consider an organisation’s futures in a deliberately holistic way, focusing on both people and process, the tacit and ove…