To understand the social innovations and the Wise Democracy strategy we recommend that you experience them first hand, learn the skills and practice them in your life. There are a number of people who are accredited to offer seminars. It's often a good idea to try out different courses by different instructors.
In the Dynamic Facilitation and the Wisdom Council you will learn key leadership skills — how to help diverse groups address and solve impossible-seeming issues, conflicts, and anxiety-producing situations. It's where you hold the group in a space where they creatively discover the underlying issue and reach clarity and unity on what to do. Furthermore, in this seminar people experience the core thinking process of choice-creating, which makes true democracy possible, where we face the "real issue" together in a way that builds trust and the spirit of community. And where we feel empowered to do something about it.
Choice-creating is a form of talking and thinking that is different from discussion, dialogue, deliberation, debating, negotiating, deliberating, or decision-making. While these other thinking modes may play a role more fundamentally this is where diverse people co-create win/win answers. As expressed by Mary Parker Follet in her 1918 book "The New State" ... The very essence and substance of democracy is the creating of the collective will. Without this activity the forms of democracy are useless, and the aims of democracy are always unfulfilled." Dynamic Facilitation can reliably evoke this "collective will."
This seminar has been around for over twenty years and has been taught in many locations around the world including cities like Seattle, Frankfurt, Vienna, Denver, Zurich, Bangkok, Jackson, Perth, Amsterdam, Portland, Toronto, Singapore, Oakland, Washington DC, Chicago, Vancouver, Amsterdam, and London. Those happening in conjunction with the Center for Wise Democracy include:
Some feedback from the seminar:
Fortunately there are a growing number of capable seminar providers including:
- Dynamic Facilitation Associates
- DiaPraxis, United States
- All-in-One-Spirit ... Germany
- Contrain ... Germany
- Facilitators Network Singapore … Janice Lua
- Change that Matters ... London
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