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The Tao of Democracy: Using Co-Intelligence to Create a World That Works for All

How can we generate the collective wisdom to creatively address our 21st century problems, opportunities and dreams? Tom Atlee’s comprehensive 2003 book, The Tao of Democracy, offers hundreds of ideas and tools to heal and transform the world, including new forms of activism, citizenship and politics; ways to bring wisdom to politics and governance; and powerful approaches to collaboration, dialogue and deliberation. www.taoofdemocracy.com

What some people said about Tom’s book:

I’ve been a fan of Tom Atlee’s for years. He paints a vision not of some distant, ideal democracy but of here-and-now practices showing us what’s possible in our immediate future. In The Tao of Democracy he describes how we really can use citizen dialogue and deliberation powerfully to solve our common problems and meet deep human needs. What an important gift for our small, challenged planet!

– Frances Moore Lappé, author of Diet for a Small Planet

The Tao of Democracy provides clear evidence that we already have the resources and wisdom we need to confront even the most difficult challenges. It calls on us to access our collective intelligence to create the futures we want rather than being forced to live with the futures we get.

– Juanita Brown, Ph.D,. Co-Founder of The World Café

Tom Atlee breaks lots of new ground with a highly intelligent, original proposal for reinvigorating democracy in a manner that is fully consistent with the emerging global wisdom society.

Wink Franklin, past president of the Institute of Noetic Sciences

About Tom Atlee
Tom Atlee is vice president and research director of the Co-Intelligence Institute, a nonprofit organization he founded in 1996. His early co-intelligence research in the late 1980s focused on the relationship between group dynamics and collective intelligence. Beginning in the mid-1990s through the mid-2000s, his focus shifted to developing society’s capacity to function as a wise democracy. From 2005-2010 he explored possibilities for the conscious evolution of social systems, grounded in a sacred science-based understanding of evolutionary dynamics. During 2011-2015 he focused on public wisdom, co-intelligent economics and participatory sustainability. Seeking more practice-based ways to engage people around the idea of wise democracy, he is now doing courses and developing a community of practice around the wise democracy pattern language. He hopes these intertwined, expanding explorations can help channel the energies surrounding our 21st century social and environmental crises into positive possibiities and system-transforming initiatives.

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