Tom Atlee: Abundant Democracy Resources

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Tom Atlee

Dear friends,

In 2001 the Co-Intelligence Institute released a breakthrough compilation of more than 100 democratic innovations.  At that time there was no other comparable resource on the web.

This year we decided — and began — to update this list, to fix its broken links, to add new innovations and resources, and to make it into a wiki to allow other people to add democratic innovations they knew about.  You can see our initial progress online.

While preparing a grant proposal to expand the project, we researched the web for other lists of democratic and participatory practices and resources.  We were surprised to find quite a few.

We decided that to add the most value in the context of this great wealth of resources, our project should

*  tell people about these other resource sites and what made each one unique and useful
*  encourage all the other resource sites to tell their visitors about these sisters sites, including ours
*  focus OUR site on what we know best: innovations that could enhance the wisdom of democracy and
*  facilitate democracy’s positive evolution by providing an online forum for democratic innovators to share, critique, develop and try out innovations in self-governance that don’t currently exist.

Since funding to do all this is uncertain — and since the need for improving democracy is more urgent and obvious than ever — we have decided to simply share with you the websites we have found that list or catalogue resources you can use to enhance democracy, participation, public engagement, and capacity for collective wisdom.

Here is what we’ve found so far.  Please spread the word and share with us any other sites that describe multiple resources on these subjects.

1.  Participedia

2.  ParticipateDB

3.  National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation Resource Pages

Participatory Practices

4.  Orton Family Fund’s “Community Matters

5.  Craigslist Foundation’s LikeMinded

6.  WiserEarth – e.g. Democracy and Participation
7. – e.g. Collective Intelligence

8.  A Pattern Language for Group Process

9.  People and

10.  Deliberative Democracy Helpline

11.  Co-intelligence Institute lists e.g. Community Resources and Co-Intelligence Compilations

12.  Involve

13.  E-Democracy

14.  Tom Atlee’s list of participatory budgeting resources

We hope you will find these as fascinating and useful as we do.




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