The Turquoise Brick Road

navigate the eight universal stages of human development with eight lively, illustrated stories of challenge and success.

The Turquoise Brick Road
The Turquoise Brick Road

WHY IS THIS BOOK IMPORTANT?

We live in uncertain times and face major crises – a pandemic, the climate emergency, a leadership crisis, growing inequality, to name a few. We believe that we will only tackle the 21st century challenges by coming together and moving forward as one. The framework and stories in this book impart the value of diversity, providing a base from which to develop the necessary tools for a more harmonious world, and demonstrating possible ways forward.

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WHY THIS NAME?

“Follow the Yellow Brick Road. Follow the Yellow Brick Road.
Follow, follow, follow, follow,…
We’re off to see the Wizard, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
You’ll find he is a whiz of a Wiz! If ever a Wiz! there was…. “
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

Yellow brick road: denoting a course of action or series of events viewed as a path to a particular (especially positive or desired) outcome or goal (The Oxford English Dictionary). This vivid, bright, golden road can easily be seen as a modern representation of the much older spiritual philosophy known in Buddhism and Kabbalah as The Golden Path.

To some this represents the human path from egoism to enlightenment. This journey is more closely related to the one in this book than you might think.

We invite you to join us on a journey not just towards the yellow brick road, but beyond it into turquoise and to becoming part of something bigger.

The Turquoise Brick Road
The Turquoise Brick Road

WHAT IS THIS BOOK ABOUT?

This book provides an easy-to-understand open-ended framework – the Graves Value System – that identifies eight universal levels of conscious development. It introduces humankind’s universal development stages, the origins of different traits and tools, and their interrelation. It is a practical way of developing awareness, tolerance, and appreciation for people with different traditions, personalities and backgrounds. Thus, we can become more aware of what we need to change in order to save the planet and ourselves as a species.

The Turquoise Brick Road

Who should read the book?

This book is for anyone seeking a better understanding of the world we live in, eager to make judicious choices and identify a route to a healthy and sustainable future. It will particularly benefit professionals, students and college graduates who want to

– find their place in the world
– make sense of their professional environment
– understand large
– scale societal development.

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SYNOPSIS OF THE STORY

The journey begins in Purpleshire, where Amon lives hidden away, trying to make ends meet. He hasn’t found the right path yet, but Bo, a gentle character who runs the local shop, tries to help. Set in her ways, she carries on family traditions and lives in the way her ancestors once did. This is precisely the life that drove creative and energetic Conan to move out of Purpleshire into the city. Conan believes in the power of self. He founded a startup and is now busy pursuing his own way. Following an accident, Conan takes part in one of Doc’s scientific trials. Doc is a detail-oriented scientist who believes there is only one right path. 

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Amon – The Survivor

Amon lives together with Amaroq, his loyal dog, in a cave in the woods in Purpleshire. He was a shepherd and comes from a very dry place, far away, where people had to group together to survive. He had to flee his country and ended up as a refugee in a camp, together with 100,000 others. Amon spent more years there…

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Bo - our local shop owner

Bo is the typical head of a traditional family business. She is a gentle character who runs the local shop in Purpleshire. Set in her ways, she carries on family traditions and lives in the way of her ancestors. She is part of a larger family, knows her local area has a strong sense of belonging and trust…

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Conan - the modern start-up entrepreneur

Conan is co-founder of a fintech startup. He lives in a hip area of the city and can’t get enough of the buzzing music scene and trendy restaurants. Living in the city also means there are so many different networking events going on and always new people…

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Doc - a typical scientist who is an expert in what she does

Doc feels at home in a structured, process-driven environment. Doc, short for Dr. Delta Descartes, is a research scientist and team lead working on a new treatment for pain relief. Most steps and criteria of her work are documented.

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Eli - a performance-driven player who thrives on competition

Eli is an ambitious go-getter with an entrepreneurial mindset.As a former professional athlete, he heads a business unit at ‘PerformVentures’, a data-driven consultancy. Eli’s business unit invests…

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Florence - a socially engaged agile coach and passionate jazz musician

Florence is an agile coach and SCRUM master, working in a medium-sized tech-company that advances into an area of interactive, digital customer engagements, going beyond UX User Experience – they call it UR User Relationship…

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G - a self-motivated character in a systems world

G, short for Gerald, is on a journey of self-actualisation. For him, every situation is a learning opportunity. He believes, that sometimes you need to put yourself into very different situations, even engage with extreme logics or listen to radical perspectives…

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Hortense - a prototype of what mankind can become

Hortense is a botanist and has found ways to bring indigenous plants and micro-systems back to life. Many of the plants are used to revitalise energies; to stimulate body, heart, mind and spirit. She works in her natural and colourful garden..

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Albert Einstein once said:

“Strange is our situation here upon earth. Each of us comes for a short visit, not knowing why, yet sometimes seem to divine a purpose. From the standpoint of daily life, however, there is one thing we do know: that man is here for the sake of other men – above all, for those upon whose smile and well-being our own happiness depends, and also for the countless unknown souls with whose fate we are connected by a bond of sympathy. Many times a day I realize how much my own outer and inner life is built upon the labors of my fellowmen, both living and dead, and how earnestly I must exert myself in order to give in return as much as I have received.

“Relationships are all there is. Everything in the universe only exists because it is in relationship to everything else. Nothing exists in isolation.
We have to stop pretending we are individuals that can go it alone.”

 

Margaret Wheatley

“Writing this book was exciting and exhausting at the same time. It helped that I was powered by tons of root vegetables, bitter greens, potatoes, mushrooms, onions, ginger and herbs organically grown by Riverford Farmers, lots of pickled goodies from our friends at the Three Pools Permaculture Farm, which I enjoyed with a few more glasses than expected of biodynamic red wine from Vintage Roots. Obviously sharing with the team!”

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