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We offer social innovations for solving today's intractable problems


Good News! ... Here's a new way to overcome society's most pressing issues by facilitating all the people to come together as "We the People," capable of solving our most difficult, impossible-seeming issues! This strategy is new, but proven. It's just that a few of us need to first understand a set of social innovations. 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 .... ToBe Project: How to facilitate a global 'We the People'.

Do you believe the U.S. Constitutional System is sustainable? ... No! ...
It's becoming increasingly obvious that constitutional crises are here to stay. In "democracies" like the U.S. the public interest is supposedly served through a competition of self-interested entities ... e.g. corporations, political parties, branches of government, etc. But as we become increasingly inter-dependent competition breaks down. Powerful special interests generate political gridlock and undermine the public interest.

We can fix all this by transforming the underlying dynamic of our system. For a simple example, here's how we might use a TV show to address the national divide in the U.S. See this 3.5 min video:

Key is our ability to facilitate "all the people" to come together as "We the People" and face our most pressing issues ... and creatively determine what's best for all. ... Do you think this is possible? ... Most people say" no." ... But they don't have much experience with creative collaboration, even in an ordinary meetings. And they aren't yet familiar with the four social innovations. But, even at large scale, it is possible.

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

Four social innovations make this possible, including

  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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