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What is the Wisdom Council?

The Wisdom Council is a way to facilitate the people of a large system—e.g. citizens of a community, members of an organization, citizens of a nation—to address and solve difficult issues together. Used at the national level, for instance, it’s an out-of-the-box way to transcend partisanship and facilitate people to determine the "public will".

Basically, it begins by randomly selecting twelve to twenty-four people from the community. They face an issue they care about deeply, which might be seemingly impossible-to-solve issues like climate change, influx of refugees, or institutional racism. With the help of someone skilled in Dynamic Facilitation they talk in the spirit of choice-creating. At the end of a short period ... like two days ... the Wisdom Council reaches unity, which they report back to the whole population. At the presentation, they tell the story of how they achieved their conclusion, overcoming struggles through breakthroughs and shifts. Then the live audience talks among themselves. They usually resonate with both the conclusions and process and build on the perspective of the Wisdom Council. If the process is ongoing new Wisdom Councils are randomly selected every four months or so. This way more people can learn to pay attention and become involved. Unity is still the result. And this has great power.

OTHER RESOURCES


Handout: "Wise Democracy Strategy"
Article:
A Rebirth of 'We the People' by Jim Rough

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