Founded in 2012 by Carter Phipps and Steve McIntosh, the Institute’s mission is to foster political and cultural evolution.

The Institute for Cultural Evolution (“ICE”) is a nonprofit think tank based in Boulder, Colorado. Through original research and writings; public talks and lectures; and invitational conclaves, ICE is working to better understand and influence the cultural dynamics influencing America’s hyper-partisan polarization. ICE’s approach involves applying groundbreaking insights taken from Integral philosophy, developmental psychology, evolutionary theory, and the social sciences to overcome polarization and bring about a more functional form of politics.

“For my money, Steve McIntosh and Carter Phipps are two of the most lucid, thoughtful, practical thinkers alive on the subject of cultural evolution, and integral thinking. I’ve been studying and writing in this arena for 25 years, and these two guys, and their books, have changed the way I look at the world. The Institute for Cultural Evolution is going to be a major force in addressing and finding new solutions to the key social issues that continue to divide us.”

—Tony Schwartz

Founder and CEO, The Energy Project

Depolarizing the American Mind

How America Can Grow Beyond Its Currently Polarized Politics

By Steve McIntosh & Carter Phipps

“I think Depolarizing the American Mind by McIntosh and Phipps is among the most insightful essays I’ve ever read about the causes of our Nation’s hyper-partisan polarization problem. It offers a new diagnosis of how we got here, and a new prescription for what to do now. McIntosh and Phipps show us how we can evolve into more constructive forms of disagreement a decade from now.”


—Jonathan Haidt, NYU social psychologist and author, The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion

Listen to the Co-Founders

Carter Phipps and Steve McIntosh

How to Overcome Political Polarization in 5 Minutes

Transpartisan Practices

Introducing the Institute for Cultural Evolution

Depolarizing the American Mind

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