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Hello, lover of democracy.  Welcome to an exploration
of how we can make democracy more wise…

OUR PURPOSE

The Wise Democracy Project
exists to help us envision
and co-create a deeply participatory culture
that generates policies and activities
that support the longterm quality of life.

OUR PRIMARY TOOL

The Wise Democracy Pattern Language highlights dynamic factors and design principles which can make an activity, organization or community more democratic and wise.

Based on hundreds of real-life innovations, this evolving database of wise democracy “patterns” helps us understand, re-imagine and transform the ways we manage our shared world.

The Evolution of 3D Wise Democracy

This brief animated diagram illustrates the progressive integration of power, participation and wisdom.

Film duration is 80 seconds. / To read more view 3D Wise Democracy

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THREE KEY ASSUMPTIONS

this project is based on.

21st CENTURY PROBLEMS

FIRST ASSUMPTION

We assume that our societies need – and that visitors to this site want – a wiser democracy – that is, a participatory system for generating collective wisdom to guide ourselves in meeting 21st century challenges.  We also assume that to the extent we don’t have a wise democracy – given what’s unfolding in our world – we will be in very big trouble, individually and collectively.

CHOOSING AND IMPROVING

SECOND ASSUMPTION

We assume that to the extent we can identify and understand the factors that would make a society both democratic and collectively wise, we can look over existing initiatives and innovations and choose and improve what could help us create a wise democracy, as well as creating new initiatives to also serve that purpose.

THE DIVERSITY KEY

THIRD ASSUMPTION

We assume that something this big cannot be achieved by any one person, group or network.  It will need to be taken up as a passionate calling and commitment by widely diverse people, groups, and networks all guided by understandings like those noted in Assumption 2 and reworking those understandings together as they learn together from experience.

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SOME KEY CONCEPTS

A WISE DEMOCRACY PATTERN LANGUAGE is a set of things to keep in mind while developing a wisely self-managed activity, group, organization, community, network, or society.

A PATTERN is a design element or principle that promotes vitality and wholesomeness in a specific realm of human activity and that can show up in many different forms. For more on this definition see link.

A PATTERN LANGUAGE is an interrelated set of design guidelines created to help people working in its specific domain to contribute in life-serving ways. For more on this definition see link.

DEMOCRACY is self-governance, especially collective decision-making and action of, by and for those affected or “the people” generally. For more on this definition see link.

A WISE DEMOCRACY is a form of participatory self-governance that routinely creates and implements wise guidance in its public affairs. For more on this definition see link.

COLLECTIVE WISDOM is ongoing collective responsiveness to shared challenges and opportunities that takes into account what needs to be taken into account for long-term broad benefit. For more on this definition, see link.

Different Portals into
Wise Democracy Theory and
Its Pattern Language


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Testimonials

Tom Atlee offers a fresh and penetrating perspective on the creation of a wise democracy.  His pattern language work expands and connects our understandings of power, participation, and wisdom into a new and compelling synthesis for making a difference in today’s challenged world. – Juanita Brown and David Isaacs

Tom Atlee shows us how we can harness our collective wisdom to discern the way forward in these complex and challenging times.  Inspiring and highly recommended! – William Ury, co-author, GETTING TO YES and author, THE THIRD SIDE

What Tom Atlee is writing about is just about the most important thing that’s happening at the beginning of the 21st century. – Paul H. Ray, Ph.D., co-author of The Cultural Creatives

Tom Atlee helps us envision, in amazing detail, how we can shape democracy we believe in because we are creating it together. – Frances Moore Lappé, author of Diet for a Small Planet and EcoMind

Integrating even a portion of what Tom Atlee shares on Wise Democracy, will greatly improve our ability to realize our highest aspirations and potential. I suggest reading a pattern daily for reflection and experimenting. – Steve Waddell, PhD, MBA

14 Comments

  1. Ruben Nelson March 20, 2017 at 3:18 pm - Reply

    Tom,
    This is a timely and much needed initiative. Great start.
    Thank you.
    Ruben

  2. Lion Goodman March 20, 2017 at 5:06 pm - Reply

    Tom: This is great work – thank you for your immense contribution to the conversation about democratizing the world. Are you familiar with MiVote.org and Richard Hames, founder of Centre for the Future in Melbourne? His work has the same aim – to change the face of democracy and making government and governance a truly global force, rather than force used by elites to maintain power. I assume you know him – if you don’t, be sure and check out his work.

  3. Jason Diceman March 20, 2017 at 7:34 pm - Reply

    Beautiful new site, Tom. Thank you for your ongoing contributions to the field of participatory democracy.

  4. Joel Levey March 20, 2017 at 11:24 pm - Reply

    What at timely and inspiring gift you are offering to us all and to our world at this critical time. Heartfelt thanks Tom!!

  5. Anonymous March 21, 2017 at 6:04 am - Reply

    Wonderful website! My deepest hanks, Tom, for your inspiring contributions and heartfelt wisdom to the great conversation that humanity and Nature are engaged in.

  6. Susan Michael March 21, 2017 at 8:53 am - Reply

    The website is beautifully designed and contains such timely wisdom.
    You continue to inspire and reach for greater heights! I am ever hopeful that your work takes hold.
    I am always looking for ways to utilize your wisdom where I can.

  7. Pedro March 21, 2017 at 7:40 pm - Reply

    It’s time to fix Democracy.
    Check blockchain based Flux framework.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i7MCxADcrwE

    • tomatlee April 3, 2017 at 8:27 am - Reply

      Interesting, Pedro. While the wise democracy perspective is more about deliberation and other factors than voting, we’re exploring how to talk about voting (e.g., the proposed pattern Wholesome Choicefulness at http://www.wd-pl.com/patterns-under-development/). I’m really interested in understanding leading-edge voting systems. From what little I got from your video, I’m wondering about its similarities and differences when compared to Argentina’s DemocracyOS and Net Party https://www.wired.com/2014/05/democracy-os/. I’d love to read your comparison(s). – Tom

  8. Kerry Lindsey March 26, 2017 at 7:21 am - Reply

    Love it!

  9. Julioadoto March 27, 2017 at 5:17 am - Reply

    Проверка нового мода и базы
    Mods by SwS

  10. Varun Vidyarthi April 30, 2017 at 10:55 pm - Reply

    Excellent site Tom !
    I an usually silent in networks being actively engaged with multiple stakeholders from village level self help group members to policy makers. But I am preparing to move out now and engage with people in other societies. The concept of self help is almost equivalent to the pattern language as it embraces all aspects of life and is built on understanding and relating to human nature. There is a practical method of sharing it and training facilitators of change anywhere. Hope we can tie up sometime to start something together.
    Love
    Varun

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