The Wisdom Council Process can facilitate the whole community to get involved, solve public issues and build a new spirit of community. It may be used by government, by a community foundation, or even by a community group:
- Help citizens understand the issues ... and their complexity
- Spark meaningful involvement from citizens
- Realize better solutions to impossible-seeming conflicts and issues with more public support
- Generate new levels of trust in government and one another
- Empower citizens to a new level of capability and responsibility
- Shift the public conversation away from argument to collaboration
- Help elected officials and staff feel greater levels of support ... and coherent leadership
HOW IT CAN HAPPEN IN YOUR COMMUNITY
- Build a small cadre of people who understand this new-paradigm approach. Things usually begin with the 3-day “Dynamic Facilitation, choice-creating and the Wisdom Council” seminar held in your community. This seminar, which has been taught to rave reviews all over the world, provides new-paradigm understandings about modes of thinking, facilitation and approaches to whole-system change. In the seminar participants will learn and practice Dynamic Facilitation on issues they care about ... and make a plan. . The skills are vital leadership competencies, helping people face and solve seemingly impossible issues through shifts and breakthroughs. They can be applied to ones personal life, work life, and to “community democracy.”
- Build a small pool of community DF'ers. Often local participants who attend the seminars will choose to keep meeting, further developing their DF skills. This can provide community organizations with new and better meetings. It's a way to build community awareness about the desired quality of thinking ... especially the shift from "decision-making" to “choice-creating.”.
- Conduct a series of Community Wisdom Councils. At some point this DF'er community can help local government or the Community Foundation to convene periodic Wisdom Councils on different issues. In a WC process twelve or so citizens are randomly selected every four months. They meet for about one and a half days (e.g. Friday evening + all day Saturday) to address a difficult issue. Because of Dynamic Facilitation, this group this group reaches unity on a shared perspective, and they present their story in a community meeting.
- Facilitate “Community Democracy.” When Wisdom Councils are held regularly, every four months or so, this process establishes a new kind of public conversation, where citizens in general become more informed and involved, and where “We the People” provide clear direction to community leaders. Just the existence of this new public conversation evokes “Community Democracy," where a thoughtful "We the People" provides responsible leadership.