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CII Seeks Support to Develop New “Wise Democracy” Tool

Long time NCDD members John Spady recently sent us news of a project being undertaken by another NCDD member, Tom Atlee, and his Co-Intelligence Institute that we wanted to share here. Tom and the CII are developing a new tool for supporting “wiser democracy,” and are seeking support to obtain a matching grant for the work. We encourage you to read John’s letter about the project below or learn more about the project and how to support here.

Fundraiser request from the Co-intelligence Institute with Tom Atlee

The board of the Co-intelligence Institute (CII) has initiated a fund raiser to support the emergence of “wiser democracy” – Tom Atlee and Martin Rausch have developed a pattern language card desk design (similar in design to the Group Works deck created in 2011) to impart a sense of what is possible and promote wiser archetypes of design, and they are calling on the D&D community for support in funding the project.

The CII fundraiser is at this secure link: https://bit.ly/CII-fundraiser2016. Here’s a bit more explanation from the fundraiser page:

Tom Atlee and Martin Rausch have been working on a Wise Democracy Group Pattern Language deck, that builds on the insights of Tom’s previous books, The Tao of Democracy and Empowering Public Wisdom. In some ways, this new pattern language is analogous to the Group Pattern Language deck, only its focus is on democracy as a whole, instead of on groups. Your contribution will allow us to complete this project, which is already half-way there! We still need to edit the cards, complete the designs, and invest in our first print run.

It’s also a great time to contribute, since your money will be doubled through an anonymous challenge grant, if we reach our goal by August 31st! Any funds over the amount we are requesting here, will be used for other co-intelligence projects, such as the completion of a nearly-finished book on the need for a participatory approach to sustainability.

This challenge grant from a generous and anonymous donor has been made and the challenge can only be met if CII first raises $10,000. Please take a moment to visit the link and review the challenge.

In the words of Walt Whitman: “I cannot too often repeat that Democracy is a word the real gist of which still sleeps, quite unawakened, notwithstanding the resonance and the many angry tempests out of which its syllables have come, from pen or tongue. It is a great word, whose history, I suppose, remains unwritten because that history has yet to be enacted.”

While wise democracy has not yet been enacted on a large scale,  a number of successful experiments show what is possible. The cards that have been drafted distill patterns of “good design” – aspects we need to consider when creating  a wiser democracy. These are not a “set of rules” but instead support reflection, integration, and implementation.

Thank you for you interest in this project from the Co-intelligence Institute!

John Spady
CII Board Member
and Founder of the National Dialogue Network

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An inclusiveness trainer and group process facilitator, Roshan Bliss serves as NCDD's Youth Engagement Coordinator and Blog Curator. Combining his belief that decisions are better when everyone is involved with his passion for empowering young people, his work focuses on increasing the involvement of youth and students in public conversations.

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