For seekers of society-wide change ...

How well is our socio-political-economic system doing? Does it ...

  • Facilitate us toward collective wisdom … or collective stupidity?
  • Distribute wealth fairly … or in a “curve” shaped like an L?
  • Help us achieve peace … or promote war?
  • Help us responsibly manage our planet's resources … or trash the planet?
  • Evoke the best from our people … or subvert their creative passion to commercial ends?
  • Promote individual freedom … or encourage ever more government and corporate intrusion and coercion?
  • Involve all of us in directing society … or just the elite? ... or are we just on auto--pilot?
  • Promote spirituality, community, family and human values … or winning in a money-based competition?

Let’s face it ... our system is performing horribly. Yet despite this, people mostly assume our system is the best that's possible. They hold onto this idea hoping that education, different laws, eliminating the terrorists, or electing new leaders will make the needed difference. Others speak hopefully of an upcoming collapse in society, presuming this will allow deep positive change. But none of these different schemas for saving society are adequate.

So what to do? ... What’s needed is for all the people to come together in a new conversation where "We the People” face our pressing issues and make intelligent choices. You and I can facilitate this transformation using the Wisdom Council process applied globally and nationally. We call this “Society’s Breakthrough.” One strategy is to independently establish a global Wisdom Council process on the issue of climate change. And a national Wisdom Council on “Institutional Racism” or “Healing the Partisan Divide.” Also we are looking at Wisdom Councils for high profile state-wide issues like “Funding Education in Washington State”. If you want to help contact us ...

Below is an interview of Jim Rough by Nicholas Beecroft on "Exploring the Future of Western Civilization", June 27, 2012