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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 work together and 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! ... This Wise Democracy strategy has been shown to work.

Plus, 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

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 and collaboratively, holding feelings, concerns, solutions, information, etc. until a new clarity arises when we just know what to do. It’s complementary to decision-making in that both processes result in a group conclusion, but it's also opposite because decision-making uses judgment while choice-creating uses creativity.
  2. Dynamic Facilitation … Dynamic Facilitation is a way to facilitate small groups into the spirit of choice-creating, where they can face an ill-defined, emotionally charged, impossible-seeming issue and reach rapid unity through shifts and breakthroughs. This process brings diverse people together as "We". (See the chart comparing Dynamic Facilitation with traditional facilitation.)
  3. The Wisdom Council … The Wisdom Council 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 8-24 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 organization, community, state, etc., 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 a special kind of "time out" from normal life, set up to happen regularly. In this kind of "time out" people face the most important impossible-seeming issues in the spirit of choice-creating. They stop and think, just for a limited time, about what’s going on, what we want, and what changes are needed. Then when the limited time is over, everyone can go back to normal ... only normal life has been changed by the process. ... [Question: What problem wouldn’t be radically transformed if we could stop every so often, where we all step back to look at the issue, and where we achieve breakthrough progress on what to do?]

Examples include:
  • In the Westernmost state of Austria, Vorarlberg, government leaders use the Wisdom Council process to leap forward difficult public issues and to improve the relationship among politicians and between citizens and government. See the 5 min video (in English below) on how the Wisdom Council was used state-wide to address the issue: “influx of refugees.”
  • Citizen groups in Asheville NC, Victoria BC, Pleasantville NY, Port Townsend WA, the Rogue Valley of OR, and other communities implemented Wisdom Council experiments.
  • Here's a plan for how we facilitate a transformation of global society (governance, economics, transnational corporations, etc.) so We can collectively solve climate change and other global issues: “The ToBe Project: How to Facilitate a Global “We the People.
  • See the 22 minute video interview created by Hemma Spreitzhofer and the people at KOMUNARIKO. Filmed Feb. 13, 2012 in Salzburg, Austria, Jim Rough describes Dynamic Facilitation and the Wisdom Council