At the Center for Wise Democracy we believe that just a few of us can facilitate all of us to "stop and think" about what's going on and to collectively work out what needs to happen. So that we can provide responsible leadership to governments, institutions and the culture. This new collective thinking capability should be facilitated at all levels of society:
Over the past 25 years we’ve been experimenting with the Wisdom Council at local levels ... in schools, cities, organizations, communities, corporations, and conferences. But while each experiment has worked inside it’s pre-established boundaries, we've learned that we must need fix the larger dynamic first. It's not a matter of setting up lots of local examples that build to a national model. It doesn't work for us to set up a collaborative management system within a system which dictates something else. For example, there is no "We the People" within a corporation, since "the people" are employees and they are working in a competitive marketplace. But it turns out ... it's not so hard to transform the global system directly. It isn't that much harder than working locally. Either way, for example, we still randomly select a group of 8 to 16 individuals, use Dynamic Facilitation to help them reach unity, and help them to present their shared perspective to the whole system.
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