How to facilitate breakthrough progress for society's most pressing issues ... for all levels of society
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 impossible-seeming problems, think together creatively as "We the People," develop win/win perspectives, and act collaboratively to solve them. This represents a leap forward in our level of collective intelligence, a transformation of governance and economics toward "wise democracy." From experience, we know these social innovations can work at any level ...
- 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.)
- The nation (e.g American democracy) ... Yes, it is possible for a few of us to facilitate a rebirth of "We the People," where "We" all start solving 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.
- The state ... Each state struggles with key issues .... eg. taxing, education, welfare, etc. Here's a simple strategy for overcoming gridlock, where the people become informed and elected officials can create viable answers: (See examples).
- Local governance (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 examples)
- organizations ... e.g. This same process is a breakthrough strategy for organizations as well, or any level of system. (eg. co-op, conferences, Swisscom IT)
For example in the United States most people are tired of politics, the battling among special interests. They feel excluded from any real sense of participation. But this competitive approach is embedded in our politics, economics, justice and culture. What's missing is "We the People," an inclusive, creative public conversation where we reach shared understandings on what's going on and what's needed, and where We provide responsible leadership to government. Below is a short video describing how the tools of the Center for Wise Democracy might be organized into the form of a reality TV show (3.5 min video):
Or state-wide, here's a short video showing how governments in Austria are using the process to help citizens address and solve hot issues:
In simple terms ... Of course, what's needed is for all of us to stop and think for a moment. We need to step back, look at what's happening and create a shared vision of what we want. This higher level of collective consciousness, wisdom and democracy can be achieved using the social innovations we offer, especially the Wisdom Council Process.
Check out "Our Story" of how these social innovations and the Wise Democracy strategy came about.