We offer a breakthrough solution to
society's most pressing problems ... the ability to release essential wisdom and virtue in all the people
Good News! ... The Center for Wise Democracy offers a set of social innovations by which "we" (a few of us) can facilitate "all of us" to face today's most pressing impossible-seeming problems, think together creatively as "We the People," develop win/win perspectives, and act collaboratively to solve them. ... And from experience, we know these social innovations can work at any level including:
- Global society...What's needed is for all of us to get involved, think collaboratively, and responsibly choose what to do on issues like poverty, terrorism, war, and managing the global commons (e.g. climate change, overfishing, species extinction, etc.) See "The ToBe Project" for a step by step description of the action steps we can take.
- National society (e.g America) ... Yes, it is possible to facilitate a rebirth of "We the People," where we all start working together, addressing our impossible-seeming issues. (e.g. healing the partisan divide, reforming and assuring election quality, determining quality health care, overcoming the effect of money-in-politics, etc.) And where "We the People" take ultimate responsibility for our system ... democracy and economics.
- The state ... Each state struggles with key issues .... eg. taxing, education, welfare, etc. Elected officials in the state of Vorarlberg, Austria have adopted the Wisdom Council Process to help resolve issues like the influx of Syrian refugees, land use planning, and more. (See examples).
- Local towns, cities & communities ... See the flyer for how a group of citizens (or government, or a community foundation) can facilitate the citizens of a community to get involved, face and resolve hot issues, and do it in a way that builds the spirit of community. (See how citizens of Santa Cruz are using the Wisdom Council and other examples)
- organizations ... e.g. This same process is a breakthrough strategy for organizations as well, or any level of system. (examples: a food co-op, a conference, Swisscom IT)
For example, nationally in the United States most people are tired of the battle among special interests and feel excluded from any real sense of democratic participation. The competitive basis of our system causes this problem for politics, economics, justice and the culture. The missing piece is "We the People," an inclusive, creative public conversation where we all get involved, reach shared understandings on what's going on and aim for what we want. If we could facilitate this kind of conversation and a resulting thoughtful, responsible voice of "We the People" (all of us), we might call the new system that results: "Wise Democracy." Below is a short video describing how the tools of the Center for Wise Democracy might be implemented as a reality TV show (3.5 min video):
State-wide ... Here's a short video showing how governments in Austria are using this process to help citizens address and solve hot issues, like the influx of refugees.
In simple terms ... Of course, every issue would be improved or solved if "We the People" existed to provide responsible direction to the system. With new understandings and using social innovations, this level of collective consciousness can be facilitated. Originally, we thought a U.S. Constitutional Amendment would be needed to change the system in this way. But no. Now we know that with adequate resources a group of ordinary people can facilitate "all the people" to transform their system ... and solve their impossible-seeming problems ... in this whole-system way.
Check out "Our Story" of how these social innovations and this whole-system strategy came about.