Citizen WISDOM COUNCIL by random selection
Center for Wise Democracy 501(c)3 brings a model of ‘We the People’ participatory democracy; Dynamic Facilitation and the Wisdom Council Process [DF/WCP], which has a proven track record in business, industry, organizations and government.
In Europe, in Austria, the state of Vorarlberg has instituted the Wisdom Council Process aka Citizens Council as a Constitutional Amendment, it having proven its efficacy through more than a decade. The originating impetus for this model in Vorarlberg civic affairs was our U.S. Center for Wise Democracy and its co-founder, Jim Rough.
Jim Rough published his book in 2002; ‘Society’s Breakthrough; Releasing Essential Wisdom and Virtue in All the People’
It speaks to this model of DF and the Wisdom Council. It was picked up by Vorarlberg’s ‘Office of Future-related Issues’, which had been tasked with identifying participatory democracy models around the world. They found Dynamic Facilitation and the Wisdom Council. They found Jim Rough.
The Wisdom Council, convened from a random selection and using this model of Dynamic Facilitation, had proven again and again to be a true voice of ‘We the People’. The ‘operating system’ of the Wisdom Council Process is DYNAMIC FACILITATION.
The social and political benefits of establishing the Wisdom Council Process in a region or municipality:
- make breakthrough progress on “impossible issues;
- build a new public conversation and sense of unity;
- transform the system toward true democracy, with “We the People” asserting its rightful and wise authority
“Most people experience politics as an adversarial process. Many people have never had an experience of being in a creative political conversation, where people seek win/win solutions, that may go beyond the ideas offered by politicians. The Wisdom Council shows people that creative political conversations are possible by including them in one.”
Rogue Valley Wisdom Council,