Buy it soon!
Pre-order your copy of the first print edition of our Wise Democracy Card Deck! 

(When they are available, they’ll cost $38/deck + shipping.)


  • Card Deck of 105 cards
    (96 Pattern cards / 7 Categorical Question cards / 2 Fill-out-yourself pattern cards)
  • Foldout with an overview of all the patterns and category questions
  • Booklet explaining how to use the cards – and basic wise democracy theory

Packaged in an elegantly labeled white box, suitable for sharing with colleagues and carrying to meetings and events.

Each pattern card contains the name and “heart” of the pattern, an evocative image, an assigned category and seven related patterns. The booklet shares the theory and prime directive of wise democracy, as well as guidelines for using the deck to improve our collective capacity to deal with society’s challenges.

Sow the seeds of a wiser, more inclusive and participatory approach to governance. The pattern cards reflect many years of accumulated experience and deep thinking aimed at evoking and engaging the whole on behalf of the whole. Much of the work we all do depends on conversations: quality interchanges by which we together envision, shape and begin to enact the world we desire – and these cards will help.

Your work is vital to the world.  You can use these cards to support your process as a campaign designer, public servant, visionary or change agent. Use them to enhance the power of collective action and the immense potential for collective wisdom among us all.

By the end of May you will be able to buy a deck – or several to share.  Right now you can reserve your deck(s) by clicking the button below and sending us the resulting email.  Very soon we’ll send you an email to come back and place your order.  Decks should be printed and ready to distribute during the first half of June.  Our first print run will consist of 300 decks which will be printed and then delivered on a first-come, first served basis.

Reserve Your Deck via Email

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We are delighted to share this resource to enhance collective wisdom and our collective capacity to deal with our affairs more adequately. 30 years of studying collective intelligence, wisdom and action and thousands of hours of volunteer work brought this Wise Democracy Pattern Language and Deck into being. We are now offering our downloadable deck as a gift to be freely used by anyone and everyone.  At the same time, we welcome donations to support our ongoing work, including research, offering webinars and hosting this website. The mission of the Wise Democracy Project is develop our society’s capacity to evoke and engage the wisdom and resourcefulness of the whole on behalf of the whole.

So while you are welcome to print it out for free, we would really appreciate any donation you are able to make.  We are registered in Oregon USA as a non-profit corporation with tax-exempt 501(c)(3) status.


Use the links below to download our complete Wise Democracy Deck and its associated documents:


File 1 – Card Deck – 105 cards

File 2 – Backside in black and white

File 3 – Foldout (Pattern List and the Category Questions)

File 4 – Booklet text

File 5 – Flyer – if you’d like to share this resource

File 6 – Label – for the box of the card deck

DOWNLOAD the German version of:

The 3D Wise Democracy Model
> Das 3D Modell der weisen Demokratie – 1 S.

Wise Democracy’s Most Fundamental Principle
> Das grundlegende Prinzip der weisen Demokratie – 12 S.


The resolution is 300 ppi – standard-quality printing.