The concept of Cultural Maturity was first introduced in written form with The Creative Imperative. (1984)

Necessary Wisdom: Meeting the Challenge of a New Cultural Maturity (1992) uses the concept of bridging polarities  to introduce culturally mature systemic thinking

Hope and the Future: An Introduction to the Concept of Cultural Maturity (2013) addresses the concept of Cultural Maturity for a broad audience.

Cultural Maturity: A Guidebook for the Future (2014) is an in-depth examination of the concept of Cultural Maturity intended for those interested in developing culturally mature leadership capacities.

Quick and Dirty Answers to the Biggest of Questions: Creative Systems Theory Explains What IT is All About (Really) (2013) applies culturally mature perspective and Creative Systems Theory to big-picture cultural and philosophical questions.

Other Sites

The general Institute for Creative Development website with links to all ICD resources can be found at

The Creative Systems Theory website focuses on in-depth learning about the theory and continued theory development.  It can be found at

The Creative Systems Personality Typology website exists to teach about the typology and as a home base for the community of people learning about and making us of it.  It can be found at

The Evolutionary History of Music website examines music across cultures and through historical time using CST as a conceptual lens.   It can be found at www.

Learning Opportunities

The Institute provides learning opportunities with regard to all aspects of its work.  Most often these are customized to the particular groups engaged.  Generally they combine on-line learning with face-to-face interaction and independent inquiry.  They can range from workshops of a day to year-long, in-depth learning and think tank experiences.  They can take place anywhere in the world.

Learning opportunities are led by Charles Johnston or other Institute faculty depending on the focus of the offering and faculty availability. Those with interest in such opportunities should contact the Institute by e-mail at or by phone at 206-526-8562.