New Patterns Being Explored 2017-03-18T18:26:08+00:00


These patterns are being seriously considered for Version 2.0 of the Wise Democracy Pattern Language.  Since they were developed after the initial 70 patterns were woven together into a coherent whole, they are not fully integrated into the set.  They will be offered as an addendum with any list of wise democracy patterns, without a picture or number.  Further proposed patterns will be put here as they are developed by WD-PL colleagues and are approved as serving the design of wise democracy.

When collective life is working well, let it function automatically.  When it stops working well, use wise democracy patterns to help it function well again.  Use consciousness to spot needed change (disturbance) and to guide co-creation of new habits and cultures, which then become automatic.

Related:  Communal Intelligence, Competent Popular Oversight of Governance, Context Awareness, Deliberation, Full-Spectrum Information, Life-Enhancing Enoughness, Quality of Life Indicators, Rich Feedback Dynamics, Self-organization, Using Diversity and Disturbance Creatively

Examples and resources: Circle Forward’s Consent approach

Life involves ongoing movement towards wholeness, vitality and functionality.  Illness, degradation and dysfunction evoke energies for healing, transformation or the birth of something new. So as agents of regeneration rebuild depleted soil, disperse concentrated power, restore damaged communities and ecosystems, sequester carbon, correct falsehoods, free up time for renewal…

Related:  Caring into Quality, Enough Time, Full Cost Accounting, Generative Interaction, Multi-Modal Power, Nature First, Partnership Culture, Self-Organization, Synergy Between Part and Whole, Systems Thinking, Well-Utilized Life Energy, Wholesome Life Learning

Examples and resources: Regenerative industry (Interface Carpet Company), Regenerative finance – Common bound, Restorative Justice, Redesigning Economics based on Ecology .

While managerial responsibility often involves power-over – risking corruption and resistance – it can serve efficient organizational operation.  Mindful voluntary delegation of power upward, downward, or among peers allows for effective distribution of roles with minimal risk.  So consciously delegate well-delineated power to qualified people for specific functions or situations with appropriate answerability and term.

Related: Competent Popular Oversight of Governance, Distributed Intelligence, Expertise on Tap (Not on Top), Multi-Modal Power, Partnership Culture, Prudent Use of Power-Over, Rich Feedback Dynamics, Self-Organization, Subsidiarity, Synergy Between Part and Whole

Examples and resources: Holacracy / Sociocracy, Liquid Democracy, Teal organizations, Circle Forward’s Consent approach

People can agree on principles – stated in noncontroversial language to ground a decision that works for them all – even in the midst of disagreements on positions or preferred strategies. So go as deep – and only as deep – as necessary to evoke the realization “Of course we all want this!” to build trust and togetherness.

Related: All Concerns Addressed, Generating Shared Orientation, Grounding in Fundamental Needs, Well-Utilized Life Energy

Examples and resources: Nonviolent Communication, Convergent Facilitation, Consensus Process, Principled Negotiation

Circles support peerness, listening and engaged turn-taking around an often evocative shared center.  Cycles return to their beginnings, usually newly and sometimes repeating into spirals of further development or deepening.  So include circular forms in conversations, meetings, councils, communities, networks, organizations and iterative processes to support peer reflection and inclusive action.

Related:  Checks on Extreme Inequality, Distributed Intelligence, Feeling Heard, Generative Interaction, Iteration, Partnership Culture 

There is power in expressing preferences and making choices.  There is also power in creating the options we choose among, in knowing why we choose, in having the capacity to choose and good means for choosing, and in having information and conversations where wise choices become obvious. So support the fullness of informed conscious choice in individual and collective lives.

Related:  Capacitance, Constraints on Concentrated Power, Deliberation, Generative Interaction, Full Spectrum Information, Integrity and Authenticity, Proposals Emergent, Self-Organization

Examples and resources: Preference voting, Disagreement voting, Proportional representation, Choice-creating conversation, Circle Forward’s Consent approach

Given our limited capacity to predict and control the future in complex systems, we take our planning with a grain of salt. We focus more on trying out various possibilities – in our imaginations, in cautious real-world tests, with next-step thinking, through development of resilience, and with ongoing conscientious review.

Related:  Deep time stewardship, Safety first then challenge

Examples: Individual and collective scenario exploration, prophetic imagination, science fiction, backcasting, rapid prototyping, action learning, situational leadership, precautionary principle.

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