About The Developmentalist

The Developmentalist is the flagship publication of the Institute for Cultural Evolution think tank. Its purpose is to advance the evolution of American politics by highlighting the emerging developmental perspective on culture. Steve McIntosh serves as the magazine’s Editor-in-Chief, and Josh Leonard is its Publisher and Managing Editor. Other contributors to The Developmentalist include Carter Phipps, Greg Thomas, and David Storey. As the magazine grows, we will add additional writers and features highlighting the developmental perspective on politics and culture.

The Developmentalist‘s parent organization, the Institute for Cultural Evolution, is a nonprofit 501c3 founded in 2013 and based in Boulder, Colorado. The Institute’s mission is to advance the evolution of consciousness and culture in America. Its main focus as a think tank is the amelioration of hyper-partisan polarization. The Institute’s developmental perspective seeks to integrate positive values from across the political spectrum to create effective new forms of agreement.

In addition to their roles as managing editors of The Developmentalist, McIntosh and Leonard also manage the Institute for Cultural Evolution. McIntosh serves as President, and Leonard serves as Executive Director. The think tank’s board of directors includes Whole Foods CEO John Mackey, Daily Evolver podcast host Jeff Salzman, serial tech entrepreneur John Street, author and co-founder Carter Phipps, energy tech CEO Nate Lowery, and musician and philanthropist John Mistler.

The Institute for Cultural Evolution’s political position is neither left, nor right, nor centrist. It does not undertake lobbying efforts or back political candidates, and it is not associated with any political party. By remaining politically independent, the Institute is able to synthesize and harmonize the values and positive goals of both the left and the right. The strategies used by the Institute to widen perspectives and integrate politically opposed viewpoints are new and unique. These strategies are based on fresh insights into how worldviews form and how human culture evolves. By clarifying the cultural roots of hyperpolarization, the Institute’s analysis offers innovative solutions to this “wicked problem.”

Comments and inquiries about either The Developmentalist or the Institute for Cultural Evolution can be sent to: info@culturalevolution.org

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