How do we become a "Wise Democracy"? ... Usually in this quest people orient to dialogue and deliberation because these models of thinking can yield better decision-making. Of course, we celebrate these efforts but also note that our system prevents these thinking styles from taking hold. Sure we want more deliberative thinking on the part of elected officials and voters, but more importantly our system is structured to be a competition among special interests. ... We believe that the core thinking process of "Wise Democracy" is choice-creating. To set up "one whole-system choice-creating conversation" is to establish a legitimate inclusive powerful "We the People," capable of providing responsible leadership to elected officials, the courts, corporate leaders and the culture. And of course, "We the People" can redesign the system to fit 21st century needs. See the chart of comparison below. Here is the downloadable pdf file:
What about "deliberative democracy"
A popular phrase for elevating our democracy is "deliberative democracy." And there are a number of deliberative democracy tools, which try to improve our existing system. For instance, citizen juries, citizen assemblies, and deliberative polls aim to help elected officials and citizens be more deliberative in making judgments. The Wisdom Council Process is an innovation oriented toward helping people reach shared conclusions through creativity, not judgment. For more information see this chart of comparison, Citizens Assembly vs Wisdom Council. Or listen to this 39 min podcast, episode #34 of “Facilitating Public Deliberations”, where Jim Rough is interviewed by Dr. Lyn Carson, Director of Research at the New Democracy Foundation in Australia. https://www.newdemocracy.com.au/2020/11/26/episode-34-wisdom-councils-and-dynamic-facilitation-with-jim-rough/