We offer social innovations to facilitate “all the people” to come together as “We the People”


Is this possible? ... Can “all the people” come together as “We the People?” face the most important issues and develop win/win solutions?

... Yes! ... Social innovations like the Wisdom Council make it possible

What would this mean?
... It would be a new system of thinking more democratic than what we now call “democracy.” It would open the door to substantive changes at all levels

  • 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 the partisan battling of “identity politics” and responsibly address health-care, money-in-politics, tax policy, etc.
  • State-wide (regionally) ... e.g. to foster the spirit of community through developing public policy on hot issues like funding education, hospitals, welfare, etc.
  • Local (cities and communities) ... e.g. to build a relationship of respect among police and the community and to move ahead with contested community projects

The Social Innovations that bring “We the People” to life include ...

  1. Choice-creating … Choice-creating is the quality of conversation at the heart of “We the People.” It’s where people face impossible-seeming issues respectfully with creativity, seek win/win solutions and reach unity. This quality of conversation is in opposition to our current idea of democracy where we rely on judgmental “decision-making” (i.e voting), which generates partisan battling. (See the chart contrasting decision-making with choice-creating.)
  2. Dynamic Facilitation … Dynamic Facilitation is a way of facilitating a small group of people that reliably evokes the spirit of choice-creating. So this small group can face an ill-defined, emotionally charged, impossible-seeming issue and reach group unity on the issue through shifts and breakthroughs. (See the chart comparing Dynamic Facilitation with traditional facilitation.)
  3. The Wisdom Council … The Wisdom Council process is where every three months or so a small group of 12-24 people are randomly selected. 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 where it is applied —in the community, organization, nation, etc. (See the chart comparing Wisdom Councils to other forms of public engagement: Three forms of Public Engagement.)

Who can initiate this “Wise Democracy” strategy? ... government leaders, citizen groups, organizational leaders, conference organizers, media or even activists.

Examples include:

  • In the Westernmost state of Austria, Vorarlberg, government leaders use the Wisdom Council to leap forward difficult public issues. See the 5 min video (in English below) on how the Wisdom Council was used state-wide to involve citizens in addressing the “influx of refugees.”

The Civic Council ("Bürgerrat") in Austria on: "How do we deal best with the influx of refugees" - June 2015 from Martin Rausch on Vimeo.

  • Citizen groups in Asheville NC, Victoria BC, Pleasantville NY, Port Townsend WA, the Rogue Valley of OR, and other communities implemented Wisdom Council experiments to try this form of citizen empowerment.
  • See this two minute video for how a TV show might spark this “We the People” conversation globally:
  • 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

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