A PATTERN is a design element or principle that promotes vitality and wholesomeness in a specific realm of human activity and that can show up in many different forms. For more on this definition see link.
COLLECTIVE WISDOM is ongoing collective responsiveness to shared challenges and opportunities that takes into account what needs to be taken into account for long-term broad benefit. For more on this definition go to link.
Different Portals into
Wise Democracy Theory and
Its Pattern Language
3D Wise Democracy theory considers how power, participation and wisdom manifest – and can be increased and integrated – in democratic systems. Today power is seldom very participatory or wise, participation is limited and relatively powerless, and wisdom is isolated and has little impact on public affairs. We can and must change these fatal shortcomings. To read more, click here.
If you’d just like to scan over the pattern names to get a sense of what this “pattern language” covers, visit the alphabetical list “Patterns by Name”. (If that is too much you can burrow into the side of the whole pattern language using “The Starter List” of six patterns.)
Many people enjoy exploring the patterns in their illustrated form which also has a brief description of each pattern. We have created a set of illustrated pattern cards which you can download (LINK) or scan through (SLIDE SHOW).
Wise Democracy Pattern Language provides a set of categories with which to evaluate and think through democratic practices. Such categories include: SORTITION, DIVERSITY, MULTIPLE PERSPECTIVES, CITIZENS AND STAKEHOLDERS, and EXPERTS ON TAP, NOT ON TOP. An analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the Civic Councils in Austria and Public Hearings in many democracies can be found here.
Christopher Alexander and a team of architects and designers created the first pattern language in the early 1970s. Their ingenious approach to designing vibrant living systems inspired many admirers to create pattern languages for other human challenges. To learn more about the history of the original pattern language, click here. To learn more about pattern languages, click here.