Every Day

(at your convenience)

Free Tour of the Version 1 – Wise Democracy Pattern Language
Version 2 – Tour coming soon

This free public event – which was recorded and is available on YouTube – is for anyone interested in learning more about the Wise Democracy Project.  It provides an excellent opportunity to rapidly gain familiarity with the ideas behind the wise democracy worldview and the extensive resources offered on the project’s vast website.  During this 54 minute video Tom Atlee – founder of the Wise Democracy Project and primary creator of the wise democracy pattern language – guides you through the entire WD-PL website, providing clarifying commentary along the way.

September 7, 11, 18, 25 2019

Getting to know the wise democracy pattern language
with Tom Atlee and others
Every Weds in Sept 11am-12:30 Pacific Time

In this new class (described fully HERE) participants will each week

  • choose a few patterns on their own,
  • study them briefly or in depth,
  • write a bit about their interest in those patterns,
  • post their notes as comments on the respective pattern pages on this site,
  • comment on others’ comments (optional), and
  • come together on a video call to share their thoughts on the exercise with several others who have done the same.

The class commitment (about two hours minimum per week) will involve attendance at all four video sessions and doing the homework described above, although we encourage more engagement where possible.   Tom will participate in both the online comments and the video call.

The class will be limited to 15 people, but we will make special efforts to accommodate all who are interested. It is free – and we encourage donations.

To apply, read the description HERE

March 5, 2019

Wise Democracy Project Open Call
with Tom Atlee
March 5, 2019 10am-noon Pacific Time

Basic awareness of what “wise democracy” and “pattern languages” are, since this will not be covered in the call and Tom will assume that you have familiarized yourself enough with this website that we don’t have to cover those basics.

In this call Tom will spend 10-15 minutes introducing the new 96 pattern version of the wise democracy pattern language (WDPL) and then spend about half an hour answering questions about it and discussing it with participants.  Then we’ll together explore what the challenge of climate change looks like through the lens of the pattern language, perhaps with questions like “Do any of these patterns strike you as something we should pay more attention to as we consider how to address climate change?”  We may spend a few minutes at the end reflecting on what value, if any, we think the WDPL brings to the consideration of such a challenge.  Tom will stay on the call after noon to continue discussions with anyone who wants to join him. The call will be held using teleconferencing and you can join it at the start time by clicking this link ( or calling one of the numbers below:

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December 19, 2018

Wise Democracy Project Open Call
with Tom Atlee
December 19, 2018 11am-1pm Pacific Time

In this call Tom Atlee will spend 10-15 minutes talking about the concept of wholeness that underlies the wise democracy pattern language’s “prime directive” and then open up the call for any comments, questions, dialogue participants would like to share. He’ll stay on after the formal end of the call to continue discussions with anyone who wants to join him. For more info and access click here

November 14th, 2018

Recording of November 14, 2018 call with Tom Atlee

In this video call Tom Atlee talked about how to use the wise democracy pattern language and then opened up the call for discussion. For extensive notes and a link to the video see the second article in our December newsletter.


October 24th, 2017

Recorded HERE

A Deep Dive Webinar into Wise Democracy’s Prime Directive

October 24, 2017 • 10am-noon Pacific Time

In this free 2-hour webinar we will join WD-PL founder Tom Atlee for a deep dive into the underlying aim of the Wise Democracy Project and its pattern language:

to evoke and engage 
the wisdom and resourcefulness of the whole
on behalf of the whole. 

What does that mean?
What does “the whole” refer to?
How is every wise democracy pattern
a window on that fundamental dynamic
and a tool for its realization?

We will explore these questions and any other thoughts and inquiries about this idea that you and other participants bring to the conversation.

If you wish to really comprehend the Wise Democracy Pattern Language, this is the most important thing to understand.

Furthermore, being able to think with this principle and apply it is vital for any community of practice member who wishes to help develop the pattern language so that it can transcend the personal limitations of its originator (Tom Atlee) while increasingly manifesting and serving the purpose for which it was created.

To participate in this adventure, sign up on EventBrite here:

Instructions for attending will be emailed to you both the day before and an hour before start time. If you haven’t participated in a Zoom call previously, you may wish to download the free software beforehand.

After the call is formally concluded, Tom Atlee will remain online for a while to explore anything else participants would like to talk about.

You can always contact us through or the comment section at the bottom of every page of the Wise Democracy Project website.