Going Forward ... The ToBe Project


For our world to become sustainable ... we need a different thinking process. Especially, we need to periodically stop and think together. Every so often we need to call “time out” and reflect on what’s going on. We need to face our civilization-threatening problems and creatively co-determine win/win answers. Then we can call “time in” and start implementing our shared vision. This stop and think process is called ... a “ToBe.” Key in this, is for us to make sure that the thinking process during these “times out” is “choice-creating,” not “decision-making.” (See the chart describing the difference between decision-making and choice-creating. ) We can reliably evoke choice-creating using Dynamic Facilitation. And we can evoke it in large systems of people, like society, using the Wisdom Council Process.

The ToBe Project is a structuring of this “stop and think” process into each level of society. Over the past 24 years we’ve been experimenting at local levels ... in schools, cities, organizations, communities, conferences, states, etc. But while each experiment has worked within it’s pre-established boundaries and we’ve learned a lot, what’s really needed is a global Wisdom Council Process. Unlike local Wisdom Councils at the global level ... this must happen ... soon. Our economic system has already driven the resources of our planet into over-shoot. We must start collectively, intelligently and fairly managing planetary resources. Here’s a way that safe and voluntary.

The ToBe Project supports establishing the Wisdom Council process at all levels of society. However, we choose to focus first on the global level. And secondarily to install a national Wisdom Council Process, especially in the U.S.
Here’s the plan.

The ToBe Project will establish and support system-wide Wisdom Councils at all levels of society:

  1. At the Global level
  2. At the national level
  3. At the state and regional level
  4. At the local level
  5. Within organizations that aspire to be democratic (e.g. Labor unions, Cooperative businesses)
  6. Within professional disciplines (eg. educators, health care professionals, conflict resolution specialists, jurists, etc.)
  7. Helping professional disciplines see how their discipline can be transformed by reliable access to the choice-creating spirit of people


Basically, The ToBe Project is proposing some really simple steps ... 1) Of course, we need to periodically step back and see what we’re doing and involve people to figure out what needs changing. 2) Of course, that in these times out, we shift our thinking to be creative and accepting of all.
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