Wise Democracy Social Innovations

The Social Innovations ...

  1. Choice-creating. This is the essential quality of thinking needed for true democracy, for "We the People" to become empowered to make thoughtful choices. It is different from dialogue, deliberation, negotiation, brainstorming, problem-solving, or discussion. (See the chart comparing dialogue, deliberation and choice-creating and the chart comparing decision-making with choice-creating.)
  2. Dynamic Facilitation. This is a proven strategy allowing us to reliably evoke choice-creating in difficult situations. It allows a diverse group of people to face an impossible seeming issue and reach win/win unity. (See the chart comparing Traditional Facilitation with Dynamic Facilitation.)
  3. The Wisdom Council provides a way to include the people of a large system into a choice-creating conversation. First, just 12 or so citizens (or employees, or members) are randomly selected. Then they are dynamically facilitated to achieve the spirit of choice-creating and create a unanimous perspective. Then they report this back to all, who are then encouraged to visit about the results and indicate their level of resonance. Most people say, "Yes, I think so too." And even if they don't, they now find themselves in a respectful conversation seeking unity rather than the usual political argument. Then in a few months another random group is selected. They take the public conversation another step forward building on the responses so far. (See the chart comparing different forms of public engagement.)
There are different forms of Wisdom Council including ...
  • The Wisdom Council Process is an ongoing process where 12 people are randomly selected every four months or so, where they choose their own topics. The Wisdom Council Process brings about a structural change to the system, ultimately evoking an empowered "We the People."
  • The Creative Insight Council (CIC) is a modification of the Wisdom Council so it can be used within the existing system, where “the people” are consulted but don’t necessarily come together as “We the People.” So they might be given a topic ahead of time, develop a measure of expertise, and report back to government leaders, for example. A CIC can address a polarized, difficult issue like health care, taxation or the financial mess ... it doesn’t need to be a well-defined issue. With Dynamic Facilitation the process creates a voice of the public interest on that issue and orients the public conversation to be less partisan and more creative.
  • Society's Breakthrough … This is an application of the Wisdom Council Process to our national (U.S) or global system. Applied to the United States, for instance, this approach offers the prospect “We the People” providing responsible leadership to Congress in making thoughtful changes to the institutions of our society.
Video interview with DeAnna Martin, "Overview of the Wise Democracy innovations"