Bio (Marilyn Hamilton)

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Marilyn Hamilton

Marilyn Hamilton


Associate Faculty




Marilyn Hamilton is a city evolutionist, activist, author, and researcher. A radical optimist, she catalyzes city well-being through living, evolutionary, whole systems approaches. Generating courageous community dialogue, deliberation and design, she helps people discover invisible options for complex issues, using interdisciplinary actions, ideas, relationships and systems. She incubates resilience and transformation strategies with city staff, civic leaders, civil society, entrepreneurs and community participants. Her passions are designing processes that enable the Human Hive - Gaia's most reflective organ - to live sustainably so that people can look after themselves, each other and the planet.


Hamilton is founder of Integral City Meshworks Inc., TDG Global Learning Connections and TDG Holdings Inc.  She is the author of Integral City: Evolutionary Intelligences for the Human Hive, which explores the city with an integral, evolutionary and living system paradigm.  Producer of the Integral City 2.0 Online Conference 2012, she researches, designs and delivers learning laboratories for delivery in coaching, classroom, distance and online modes (including with Ann Dale). She has held the position of CEO, COO, CFO and CIO in the private sector. 


Hamilton holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Diploma in Translation from the University of Toronto. She also holds a PhD through Columbia Pacific University. She is a Certified General Accountant and Canadian Sustainability Professional.  Hamilton is/was: a Charter Integral Institute and Integral-Ecology member; co-founder, Center for Human Emergence Canada; charter juror, Globe Sustainable City Awards; Convener of Quantum Woman Inquiries; and president/chair Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce, Community Foundation, and Imagine Abbotsford. Hamilton is associate faculty at U of Victoria, and lecturer at numerous universities around the world