New Patterns Being Explored 2017-08-26T14:04:18+00:00

NEW PATTERNS BEING EXPLORED

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

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Another version:

MEANINGFUL CHOICEFULNESS

Choice is fundamental to freedom and democracy, but is too often manipulated, constrained, meaningless, ignorant, or overwhelming.  So help people practice democratic choice not as facile choosing among unworthy options defined elsewhere, but as a powerful co-creative discovery of how to realistically meet their significant needs in ways benign for other lives involved.

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.

The outcomes of much human activity are shared – for better and worse – although often in unbalanced ways, generating unfair harms, senses of entitlement, and denials of the fruits of contribution. Justice is balance.  So support fair distribution of individual and collective benefits and hardships in the context of the other patterns in this set.

Related Patterns:  All Concerns Addressed, Caring into Quality, Commons, Checks on Extreme Inequality, Big Empathy, Full Cost Accounting, Generating Shared Orientation, Grounding in Fundamental needs, Life-Enhancing Enoughness, Multi-Modal Power, Nurturing Social Capital, Partnership Culture, Safety First Then Challenge, Well-Utilized Life Energy

Democracy ideally means people affected by decisions can play meaningful roles in decision-making and those closest to situations can take meaningful actions to address them.  So help networked stakeholders who already play roles in their shared areas of concern – and hold important pieces of the picture – govern them more collaboratively and responsibly.

Related:  All Concerns Addressed, Citizen/Stakeholder Balance, (Distributed Intelligence), Generating Shared Orientation, Generative Interactions, Multiple Perspective View, Partnership Culture, (Rich Feedback Dynamics), Self-Organization, Synergy Between Part and Whole, Systems Thinking, Using Diversity and Disturbance Creatively, Well-Utilized Life Energy, Whole System in the Conversation.

Separateness, though often functional, is fundamentally an illusion.  Reality is interconnected and whole, and so are we.  So think and relate outside of boxes and silos, bridge polarities and issues, make boundaries conditional and permeable.  Reach into otherness and either/or to fathom, develop, and partake in the connections and co-creativity you discover.

Lifeless knowledge has little to offer our individual and collective wellbeing.  So nurture deep realization of important truths, and vitalize communities and activities with the arts – especially performing arts – that draw people into energies and understandings that make sense of their lives and move them to wise action.

Related:  Wholesome Life Learning, Exuberance, Multi-Modal Intelligence, Caring into Quality, Generative Interactions, Integrity and Authenticity, Powerful Questions, Story Sharing, Systems Thinking, Universal Intelligence, Using Diversity and Disturbance Creatively, Wise Use of Uncertainty

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One Comment

  1. Ed Christwitz September 5, 2017 at 12:28 pm - Reply

    Dear Tom and Martin, etc., Here are two cards I proposed which seem to meet most of the standards. Where can I best attach them formatted with pictures?

    Tough Lovingkindness

    If people judge or attack our attempt at democracy, can we bypass rationally armored defense strategies? Practicing compassion, we keep centered and motivated for good even when feeling hurt or injured. We let this Nelson Mandela method heal our heart, so our mind won’t forget the pearl in each being.
    Related: 2 Appreciative Thinking, 4 Big Empathy, 5 Capacitance, 17 Deep Time Stewardship, 30 Grounding in Fundamental Needs, 37 Multi-Modal Intelligence, 62 Universal Intelligence.

    2. Enculturating Wellness

    Wellness can be more contagious than sickness. Healthy personal and societal processes and practices continue to proactively evolve to keep ahead of smart bugs in us and our decisionmakings. Wise democracy needs and co-creates actively intelligent immune systems. So how do we harmonize with healings of heart, mind and wholeness?
    Related: 4 Big Empathy, 19 Distributed Intelligence, 28 Generating Shared Orientation, 29 Generative Interaction, 32 Integrity and Autnenticity, 33 Iteration, 50 Restorative Justice

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