Tom Atlee: Democracy of Citizens, Democracy of Stakeholders

Democracy of Citizens, Democracy of Stakeholders Some people think that democratic decisions should be made by everyone in the community or country – or their representatives. Others think that democratic decisions should be made by the people who will be affected by the decisions (stakeholders) – or their representatives. Both versions of democracy have important …

Tom Atlee: Interbeing and Mutual Learning — Evolving World Consciousness (Plants and Animals & Rocks are Thinking Energy Too…)

Braiding ourselves back into the world Here is my experience with the remarkable book, Braiding Sweetgrass, which successfully immersed me in the indigenous awareness of the living world as “all my relations”. The implications are staggering – and superbly communicated by the author, Robin Wall Kimmerer, equally grounded in indigenous Potawatomi and Onondaga wisdom and …

Tom Atlee: A New Wise Democracy Pattern Language

A new wise democracy pattern language I am immersed in work co-creating version 2.0 of the wise democracy pattern language that we anticipate will be available by mid-April – free online as well as offered in a beautiful boxed set of cards for sale. The new set has most of version 1.0 patterns plus more …

Tom Atlee: In a wise democracy, who are “stakeholders” and what is their role?

In a wise democracy, who are “stakeholders” and what is their role? Stakeholders are citizens involved with a specific issue or domain, whose activities actually constitute that issue or domain. Thus the stakeholders of a domain collectively have the potential – IF they collaborate – to make whatever difference is most important to be made …

Tom Atlee: Deep Democracy and Community Wisdom

Deep Democracy and Community Wisdom A community has more potential capacity to generate wisdom than any individual. But that potential can only be realized to the extent the community creatively utilizes both its diversity and the tensions and disturbances that arise within it. The most potent forms of leadership and governance thus involve nurturing the …

Tom Atlee: Dialogue Guidelines to Deepen Awareness (Part 3)

Dialogue Guidelines to Deepen Awareness (Part 3) This is the third of three posts in which I share some insightful guidelines for expanding individual and group consciousness by highlighting certain dynamics during dialogue exercises. For more information and background about this remarkable approach, see the first post in the series. That first post, this post, …

Tom Atlee: Scaling Up Powerful Conversations IV

Scaling up powerful conversations: Examples, methods, and approaches (Collective Coherence Part Four) Below are a dozen approaches to scaling up what we know is possible in relatively small face-to-face conversations to include and/or influence thousands or millions of people. Keep in mind that many of these approaches have special qualities that – in combination with …

Tom Atlee: How Anyone Including Donald Trump Can Scale A Conversation to Include Millions

How to scale up conversations to embrace millions Four factors to keep in mind when scaling up All the different approaches to scaling up that I’ve explored in my research involve different versions of the following four factors: 1. Broad Participation – Sometimes it’s the number of people involved, sometimes it’s their targeted diversity (diverse demographics …

Tom Atlee: Self-Organized Collaborative Governance

Sprouting self-organized collaborative governance When we think of governance we usually think of formal institutions: The Government. But governANCE is simply the function of managing our collective affairs. GovernMENT is just one way of doing that. People without special authority but with real interest in their community and larger social issues are working together to …