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


  • 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.

Before the end of May you will be able to buy a deck – or several to share – right on this page.  Right now you can reserve your deck(s) by clicking the button below.  When the decks become available, we’ll send you an email to come back and place your order.

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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 work brought this Wise Democracy Pattern Language and Deck into being. Expenses were covered by us personally and the fundraising efforts of the Co-Intelligence Institute. We joyfully offer our deck as a gift to be freely used by anyone and everyone.  At the same time, we ask for donations to support and nurture our work to continue, to make it possible for us to keep on researching, offering webinars and hosting this website to sustain this Wise Democracy Project in its mission 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.

Donate or Pay What Feels Right

If this site and the WD pattern language deck are helpful for you or you are inspired to support the vision of a more inclusive and collectively wise society, we invite you to donate what feels right for you on the donation page of the Co-Intelligence Institute.  (You can click here for some thoughts from Frederic Laloux on choosing how much to give.) We are grateful for your support – in many different ways – on this remarkable adventure.
Tom and Martin



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

Incredible resource. Thanks for putting it together. I’m looking forward to taking it to the areas that I work and advocate in. By the way, that CII newsletter than you just sent blew me away. Yes I think our species is at risk, and I absolutely see the value in the work you’ve been doing. Over the years, it’s consistently been the only thing that has ever made sense to me as a way to address those challenges. The newsletter inspired me to come and watch the webinar tour you did and was recorded, and to re-engage. Thank you. – Dan Gooden