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Good News! ... Here's a new HOLISTIC way to overcome society's most pressing issues by facilitating all the people to come together as "We the People! This strategy is new, but proven. It can be done at any level:

Do you believe our global system is sustainable? ... Of course not! ... Even science says, "NO!" ... Here's a safe, accessible way to transform that system and make breakthrough progress on most all societal issues .... ToBe Project: How to facilitate a global 'We the People'.

Do you believe the U.S. Constitutional System is sustainable? ... Actually,
today's monster problems arise because of our system. "Democracies" like the U.S. are based on competition, supposedly within the "rules of the game." Through this competition of self-interested parties among corporations, political parties, branches of government, and people -- we trust that the public-interest is served. But this design only works if all parties are in-dependent. As we become increasingly inter-dependent, special interests win over the public interest. ... And our win/win design turns lose/lose.

We can fix all these problems by facilitating "We the People" ... transforming the underlying system to "real democracy." ... Surprise! ... This is safe and relatively easy to do. For a simple example, here's how we might use a TV show to address the national divide in the U.S (3.5 min video):

In addition to the system we already have, we need to facilitate "all the people" to come together as "We the People." It's just a matter of facilitating a new kind of public conversation, where "We the People" face our most pressing issues and creatively determine solutions that work for all. ...
Most people think, "this is not possible." ... But they don't have much experience with the distinction between "decision-making" and "choice-creating." They think in terms of the limits of "collective decision-making" (i.e. voting or consensus) rather than "collective choice-creating." "We the People" is nothing more than inclusive, ongoing "Collective choice-creating." And it can be facilitated at large-scale through the Wisdom Council Process.

For example, here's how one state of Austria used the process to address the issue of "influx of refugees."

There are four social innovations that make societal transformation possible

  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 Process… 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?]

This 22 minute video interview created by Hemma Spreitzhofer and the people at KOMUNARIKO was filmed Feb. 13, 2012 in Salzburg, Austria.
Jim Rough describes the innovations ...

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