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We offer social innovations to facilitate “all the people” to come together as “We the People,” capable of solving our most intractable issues


Is this possible? ... Can “all the people” of a system come together as “We the People?”... Can “We” then face the big impossible-seeming problems and solve them? ... Can “We” co-create win/win unity on what to do? ... Can “We” then accomplish what we’ve chosen? ... and ... Can we (just a few of us) set this in motion?

The answer is ... “Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! ... All aspects of this Wise Democracy strategy have been shown to work. This is REALLY GOOD NEWS for citizens ... and for all levels of society.

This Wise Democracy strategy can work for any level of society ...

  • Globally ... e.g. to open a new door of possibility for overcoming monster issues like wars, poverty, terrorism, climate change, etc.
  • Nationally ... e.g. to overcome partisan battling and responsibly address stuck issues like election reform, health care, money-in-politics, tax policy, etc.
  • State-wide (region) ... e.g. to build the spirit of community by addressing and solving hot issues like funding education, welfare, taxing, etc.
  • Local (cities and communities) ... e.g. to build the spirit of community and get clear on what to do about contested community projects
  • Personally and professionally ... At the core of this strategy is a set of social innovations that elevate a person’s thinking capabilities beyond decision-making to choice-creating.

The Social Innovations include ...
  1. Choice-creating … Choice-creating is the quality of conversation that makes “We the People” possible. In choice-creating we face a difficult problem creatively from the heart, holding feelings, concerns, solutions, information, etc. until new clarity arises, and we just know what to do. It’s complementary but opposite to decision-making because we use creativity more than judgment. Choice-creating is the core of “Wise Democracy” more than representatives, laws, voting, etc., because it’s where “We the People” take ultimate responsibility.
  2. Dynamic Facilitation … Dynamic Facilitation is a way of facilitating small groups into the spirit of choice-creating. So using Dynamic Facilitation a small group can face an ill-defined, emotionally charged, impossible-seeming issue and reach rapid unity through shifts and breakthroughs. This process builds tolerance and the appreciation of diversity. (See the chart comparing Dynamic Facilitation with traditional facilitation.)
  3. The Wisdom Council … The Wisdom Council process is a way to facilitate the spirit of choice-creating in a very large system of people. Every three months or so a small group of 12-24 people are randomly selected (like a lottery) from a large system They are dynamically facilitated to face a difficult, impossible-seeming issue and reach unity. They report their conclusions and disband. This evokes a “We the People” conversation in the community, state, organization, nation, or wherever it is applied. (See the chart comparing Wisdom Councils to other forms of public engagement: Three forms of Public Engagement.)
  4. The ToBe Process ... This is about taking regular “times out” (e.g. from the normal decision-making process) where people face big impossible-seeming issues in the spirit of choice-creating. They stop and think about what’s going on, what we want, and how to make needed adjustments. Then after just a short time we essentially call “time in,” and people go back to normal. ... [Question: What problem wouldn’t be radically transformed if we could do this?]

Who can initiate this? ... government leaders, citizen groups, organizational leaders, conference organizers, media or activists.

Examples include:
  • In the Westernmost state of Austria, Vorarlberg, government leaders use the Wisdom Council to leap forward difficult public issues and to improve the relation between citizens and government. See the 5 min video (in English below) on how the Wisdom Council was used state-wide to involve citizens in addressing the “influx of refugees.”