A Wise Democracy Pattern Language: Together Martin and I created the remarkable wise democracy pattern language you can see at wd-pl.com that contained 70 “patterns” (aka, design guidance principles) with a beautiful set of freely downloadable cards and a gorgeous website filled with resources and examples to help people apply each pattern. I piloted a small course on the subject and slowly attracted what are now more than 300 subscribers to the project’s newsletter. But it never took off in a big way.
BREAKTHROUGH! Printed card decks – at last! – and version 2.0 is born – Late in 2018 a longtime friend and colleague had a windfall she offered as a grant to help us finally create a purchasable boxed set of cards for our wise democracy project. She suggested that if people were able to actually buy, hold and use the pattern language as a set of cards – instead of having only a website and a pdf they have to print – it would really take off at last. We accepted her offer and Martin and I took the opportunity to update, modify and expand the pattern language so it now has 96 patterns, better than ever!
Introducing the folks who will make a difference… So here we are, coming to you with open arms, inviting you to join us in making this remarkable dream come true. Through your participation and support, you can make it possible for hundreds of groups – groups of activists, organizers, students, change agents, leading-edge government officials, and more – to get solid guidance on how to make their communities, organizations and societies more participatory and effectively wise. We invite you to consider how collective wisdom is vital for addressing everything from conflicts and injustices to crises and extinction-level issues. We invite you to join us in helping to provide practical resources that can enable any group or community to generate the collective wisdom they need.