Co-Intelligence Institute Newsletters - December 2003 to June
excerpts, from Tom Atlee and the CII Board
THE VISION AND TASK
In April 2005, the Co-Intelligence Institute took a weekend board
retreat to reflect upon our work and recent experience. We sought
to clarify our unique contribution to the emergence of an evolving
We see the Co-Intelligence Institute as a catalyst of sustainable
systemic change that enables the ongoing conscious evolution and
collective learning of society. With co-intelligence, the challenges
of the coming century become a stimulant for this evolution and
Our unique gift is to call attention to this societal capacity
for co-intelligence and wise decision-making, and to invite transformational
agents to join in developing that capacity. So we are choosing to
focus our efforts on bringing this gift -- the co-intelligence worldview
-- to the many diverse efforts already underway around the world
to build a sustainable, wise culture.
We have been active along these lines for months:
- In the last month, Tom presented a co-intelligence workshop
at the invitational Evolutionary Salon in California. He gave
a speech on "Generating Citizen-Based Collective Intelligence"
at the Innovation in Community Engagement conference in Perth,
Australia, to 300 practitioners and public officials. He will
be doing more presentations over the summer. Earlier he spoke
with Unitarians in Portland, OR; to audiences in Austin, TX, and
East Lansing, MI (including state agency staff), and several radio
- He played significant roles in the planning and ultimate success
of the Evolutionary
Salon and the Innovation
in Community Engagement conference, both of which were transformational,
inspiring experiences for influential participants.
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- Board member Heather Tischbein has been engaged with Make Democracy
Work, a group in Vancouver, WA, that includes elected state officials
and other leaders. She also brought the co-intelligence worldview
to an invitational Deep Democracy conference last month in New
- Board member Adin Rogovin is working to catalyze Co-Intelligent
democratic process in Portland and Lake Oswego, OR. In Portland
he is working with several community groups and the Mayor's staff
on deepening public involvement. One path is to develop a demonstration
project integrating several inclusive dialogue processes with
city institutions. In Lake Oswego he is working through the Lake
Oswego Neighborhood Action Coalition (LONAC) which is well established
with the city. Adin is also supporting the Interra
Project Portland organizing team, supporting the development
of local economics.
DECEMBER 2004 - Report
from Tom Atlee
THE INCREDIBLE NATIONAL COALITION FOR DIALOGUE AND DELIBERATION
The four-day National
Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation (NCDD) Conference in
October exemplified convenor Sandy Heierbacher's dream of weaving
together the full range of dialogue and deliberation practitioners.
I support her view that the more we in this field can learn about
each other's work and wisdom, the more effectively we'll be able
to midwife the birth of "a culture of dialogue," where
ordinary people will be able to create a world that works for all.
At the NCDD conference we had Open Space and World Cafe experiences,
playback theater (which does powerful extemporaneous skits based
on real-life stories from the audience), conflict resolution teams,
dialogue graphic artists -- and dozens of workshops on spiritual
dialogue, crafting questions, visions for the future, dozens of
methods and approaches, and breath-taking dialogue programs from
around the world.
For example, Janette Hartz-Karp's multi-faceted public deliberation
program, which has been going on for four years in Western Australia
(a state which takes up a third of Australia's territory), really
knocked me out. It not only involves thousands of people -- but
does so in forms that range from giant public forums to TV specials
to grade-school essay contests to detailed newspaper descriptions
of the issues under consideration. And this program has the full
support of the Minister of Planning and Infrastructure, who takes
the results very seriously. It accesses and increases the community's
energy and intelligence over years in ways that I so often envision
but so rarely encounter. I was delighted when she invited me to
come to Australia next year to explore how they might institutionalize
some of these community deliberations.
Another NCDD highlight was an eye-opening all-day training about
the National Issues Forums. NIF
sponsors some of the most widespread quality deliberations in the
United States. I was drawn to the workshop by Hawaii State Senator
Les Ihara -- the only public official so far to sign the Co-Intelligence
Institute's "Listen to
the People Pledge". I was fascinated to discover NIF's brilliant
method of "framing an issue" in ways that can help to
free people from polarization and open them to alternatives. At
this workshop I also met a number of remarkable people, including
Taylor Willingham (of the LBJ Library's Texas Forums) and Diane
Miller, leading organizers of one of the most impressive collections
of community dialogues in the U.S., going on in and around Austin,
Texas (see here
With six Co-Intelligence Institute board members and friends in
attendance and strategizing together, we managed to cover many of
the sessions we were most passionate about, and then share our experiences
and learnings with each other. My conversations with NCDD colleagues
new and old spilled over schedules and often went long into the
night. I left Denver breathless with stimulating ideas and contacts.
I suspect most of the rest of the 300 attendees were as affected
as I was, in ways that will positively impact our increasingly coherent
field for years to come.
A BURST OF STRATEGIC CONVERSATION
Since last summer, one part of my work has grown quite unexpectedly
-- co-convening and participating in conversations designed to make
a significant difference for the world. Such "strategic conversations"
explore "Who needs to talk with whom about what to transform
a situation?" They seek to make connections that could lead
to breakthroughs. These conversations might take the form of anything
from email correspondence to conference calls to major face-to-face
When I returned home from the NCDD conference, I picked up where
I'd left off with three separate collaborations that are planning
three intriguing strategic conversations. One is about evolution.
The second is about collective intelligence. And the third is exploring
how to combine computer networks and face-to-face dialogue to create
a powerful, inclusive voice of We the People.
EVOLUTION: My collaboration to create
a strategic conversation on evolution emerged from my friendship
with Michael Dowd. Michael, who loves the co-intelligence work,
is a preacher of the Great
Story of Evolution and
Christianity. At present, he and his science writer wife, Connie
Barlow, are traveling the U.S. doing dramatic evolution presentations
(at which, incidentally, they have sold a couple of hundred copies
of The Tao of Democracy).
With Russ and Cheryl Genet -- who have convened many retreats for
leading scientists to debate scientific questions -- they decided
to convene a four-day gathering of thirty experts on social, biological
and cosmic evolution at a retreat center in California next May.
Michael invited me to participate and help create the invitation,
choose a diverse group of invitees, and plan the event's dialogue
One of our main inquiries at this Evolutionary
Salon will be: "How can we work with evolution instead
of being merely subject to it or blindly playing out destructive
roles?" Therefore, we will be seeking new insights into
evolutionary dynamics. Although most people think that Darwinian
evolution is about a competitive and often deadly struggle to survive,
recent research suggests that cooperation is at least as important.
So we will explore how cooperation arises from, supports or suffers
from competition and other stressors like natural cataclysm, war,
economic conditions and technological innovations.
Leading evolutionary academics and authors have agreed to participate,
along with evolution-oriented experts in organizational development,
spirituality, psychology, education, business, sustainability, politics,
computer networking, telecommunications and other fields.
COLLECTIVE INTELLIGENCE (the intelligence
of a group, society, etc.): The strategic conversation on collective
intelligence that I'm involved with has much the same inspiration
as NCDD: Bringing together diverse practitioners. There are many
diverse forms of collective intelligence-- from dialogic to
spiritual to systemic -- but most collective intelligence practitioners
and scholars know little of the work outside their own branch of
One of the most "big picture" practitioners in this field
is George Por, a colleague of mine for over a decade who moderates
a leading collective
intelligence weblog and who was working in this field long before
I came along. George picked up on ideas I mentioned in his blog
and asked me to help pull together a global learning community dedicated
to bringing diverse experts together to generate socially useful
breakthroughs in this critical field.
With a handful of others, we've crafted a founding statement and
are planning an initial 4-day gathering to be followed by network
building and possibly a major conference. We don't know what will
happen, of course. But with some of the leading lights in the field
bringing both content and process expertise, this effort has the
potential to catalyze an important movement.
WE THE PEOPLE: The third strategic
conversation gathering force is nick-named "The Tao of Extreme
Democracy" after a September
2004 Silicon Valley panel in which I participated. The name
combines my book's title -- The
Tao of Democracy-- with the title of an online book, Extreme
Democracy about how to use computers to enhance democracy, which
is being written by visionaries from the world of geeks, network
theorists and software wizards. In the Silicon Valley "Future
Salon" panel, I explained citizen
deliberative councils to an audience of about 50 high tech folks.
I then invited them into an inquiry at my own leading edge: "How
might we integrate the distributed intelligence capacities of self-organized
computer networking and 'social software' with the democratic wisdom-generating
capacities of high quality face-to-face deliberation? How can we
use what you techies know -- and what I and 'dialogue and deliberation'
people like me know -- to create and empower a grassroots, inclusive,
legitimate voice for We the People."
While I still believe that citizen deliberative councils are our
most potent tool for generating community wisdom, I've wanted them
to be put in place and given real power quickly -- and haven't known
how to do that. So I've begun analyzing what is special about them
and how to achieve their special contribution using different forms,
like face-to-face deliberative groups of diverse citizens connected
through the Web. Furthermore, the 2004 election year demonstrated
the power of online activities like MoveOn.org, DeanSpace and blogs
(web logs). I want to see that kind of online power helping to mobilize
support for common-sense proposals generated by inclusive networks
of diverse deliberators.
A number of the high tech folks -- including Co-Intelligence Institute
Associate John Abbe who arranged my participation in the panel --
are now interested in continuing the conversation in a longer, more
focused way. When I spoke of this vision with people at the NCDD
conference, they suggested weaving libraries and institutions of
higher learning into the mix. Recently I posted my
thoughts on this topic on the NCDD Wiki (participatory website)
so others could explore and tweak it.
This strategic conversation could come up with inexpensive, easily
replicable ways to bring a thoughtful, dynamic, inclusive We the
People to life.
DEALING WITH POLARIZATION
The polarization articles I wrote
this summer turned out to be very timely, and the most popular ones
I've written this year. Several were reprinted in a number of online
and in-print journals, including Turning Wheel: The Journal
of Socially Engaged Buddhism.
I made the "We the People" agreement, that came out of
that remarkable Fetzer gathering
on "de-polarizing" liberals and conservatives, into an
online petition which you can sign. You might enjoy some of
the other signers' comments there, as well; they are very heartful.
I'm also exploring involvement with some ingenious anti-polarization
initiatives coming out of the Mainstream Media project, particularly
the Both/And Project.
GETTING THE WORD OUT
Co-intelligence ideas have been spreading rapidly over the last
five months, through a number of channels:
PRINT MEDIA: My articles
have appeared in a variety of publications (10+) that include: Utne
and What is Enlightenment? magazines; Turning Wheel:
The Journal of Socially Engaged Buddhism; Group Facilitation: A
Research and Applications Journal of the International Association
of Facilitators; The Systems Thinker, a Pegasus Communications
journal; and The Bridging Tree, the Lifebridge Foundation
newsletter. I want to especially note two of them:
- The Sept-Oct 2004 Utne magazine wrote up the co-intelligence
democracy work as part of an article on "the radical middle"
of U.S. politics. This is one of the largest circulation magazines
to mention co-intelligence.
- A big special
edition of the International Association of Facilitators'
peer-reviewed Group Facilitation journal tells the story
of AmericaSpeaks' "Listening to the City Project." Thousands
of New Yorkers met face-to-face to recommend what should be built
on the Trade Center site destroyed on 9-11. The journal's 21 articles
paint a fascinating multiple-viewpoint picture of one of the more
remarkable public participation exercises ever done in the U.S.
Among them is my article, "Collective Intelligence and Approaches
to Public Participation," a major study of the conditional
relationship between collective intelligence and public participation,
using the New York event as a case study.
ONLINE MEDIA: Over 25,000
visitors come to the co-intelligence websites each month. And Google
reports that the word "co-intelligence" now appears on
at least 12,300 pages (of which less than 800 are ours).
In addition to the polarization articles that were picked up online,
two online journals now regularly carry co-intelligence articles
-- The Orcular Tree
Following Utne's print coverage, Mark Satin of The
Radical Middle newsletter and I were invited guests on the online
Utne Cafe for ten days, discussing the radical middle discussing
the radical middle.
INTERVIEWS: I did a major
interview for a Connecticut radio station, and two interviews for
online classes -- one for facilitators and one for librarians.
In addition to those mentioned elsewhere, I offered workshops and
presentations in Seattle (in lieu of the cancelled NW Social Forum)
and Eugene (for the Annual Northwest Permaculture Gathering and
post-election reflections on holistic democracy for the general
MISCELLANEOUS: My other engagements
with co-intelligence-spreading have run quite a gamut -- from critiquing
book manuscripts, new websites and curricula to partnering new visionaries
and seeding group dialogues.
CO-INTELLIGENCE BOARD AND ASSOCIATE ACTIVITIES
We have some new Co-Intelligence Institute Associates -- and we
invite you to join them at http://co-intelligence.org/CII_AssociatesProgram.html.
We've been liaising with Associates on a number of their projects
- teaching dialogue
- integrating inner, interpersonal, group, and community work
- establishing Citizen Councils
- writing visionary books and essays
- organizing conferences
- and more.
Some Associates are organizing among themselves for more collaborations
with each other.
And we'd like to introduce our two new board members.
Heather Christine Tischbein of Vancouver,
Washington, brings three decades of experience working with community
and environmental groups (specializing in sustainable agriculture
and forestry). She has served as a mediator, negotiator, executive
director -- and as a board member of three nonprofit organizations.
For the last five years she has been board chair of the Cold Spring
Conservancy, managing hundreds of thousands of dollars and a multi-stakeholder
planning team. She has also done volunteer coordination and special
education work for the Vancouver and Battle Ground (WA) public school
Elliot Shuford, a long-time associate
of Tom's, became an excellent dynamic facilitator after years as
a student activist. This summer he completed his Masters in Planning,
Public Policy and Management with a thesis on the Rogue
Valley Wisdom Council (which the Institute helped organize).
Elliot, who recently moved to Portland, now works for Oregon's state
Government Accounting Office evaluating programs for quality.
Even before they formally joined the board, both Elliot and Heather
worked hard with the rest of us to update basic statements of the
Institute's goals and operations, develop programs to build community
wisdom in Washington and Oregon, and begin a well-grounded fundraising
EMPOWERING COMMUNITY WISDOM
We have been building networks for dialogue and deliberation in
Eugene and Portland (OR) and Vancouver (WA), tabling at events and
conferring with local activists and officials.
Over the past year Adin and Tom have done workshops and presentations
with community groups in Portland. Adin is leading the development
of the Portland project to demonstrate how a system of varied and
integrated dialogue processes can empower a voice of We the People
in the community (see Community
Resources from the Co-Intelligence Institute). Elliot is working
on the research and evaluation design along with faculty members
Tod Sloan from Lewis & Clark University (Portland) and Carol
Chetkovich from Harvard University, JFK School of Government (Cambridge,
In Eugene, Susan and Tom have led events that Susan organized with
city officials and staff as well as for the general public. As a
result, a number of citizens and local organizations have asked
to participate in the initiation of citizen deliberative councils
and other community dialogue processes in Eugene and Lane County.
Susan is beginning to meet with Eugene area folks to initiate dialogue
Heather is creating opportunities to seed co-intelligence projects
in Vancouver by hosting Let's Talk America conversation cafes and
serving on the advisory board of a large Make Democracy Work project
sponsored by the Regional Library, while exploring opportunities
for dialogue in public affairs programming on her local cable tv
ENGAGING DIVERSE AUDIENCES IN DIALOGUE
Early this year Tom gave a speech to a conference of reform-minded
intelligence agents, spent an intense day of dialogue at a community
of spiritual revolutionaries, and just recently engaged in three
days of bridge-building conversations with leading voices on the
Right. The CII as a whole is engaging more diverse audiences, and
talking more with citizen groups and public officials in Oregon,
Massachusetts and California. In Portland, Oregon, board member
Adin Rogovin is rapidly weaving together over a dozen community
groups for coordinated community dialogues. Board member Susan Edwards
is sparking interest in Eugene, our home base. We're designing a
project to enhance the collective intelligence of whole communities
-- and we are collaborating with the Center for Wise Democracy,
the Lets Talk America project and Democracy In America to build
powerful and widespread conversations across the U.S.A. about America
and the state of its democracy.
Many of these conversations are being designed to build bridges
across the polarized divides of Liberal and Conservative, Left and
Right. The polarization in the U.S. -- and between the U.S. and
the rest of the world -- is rapidly eroding our capacity to generate
collective intelligence by normal means. So we are seeking to understand
and counter the powerful polarizing forces in and around us. Tom
has written consistently about this issue during the last six months,
including his mailings "Terrorism, Co-Intelligence and Thought
Control" (Feb), "Forgiveness, 'The Passion' and a World
that Works for All" (Mar), "Extremism in Social Health
and Democratic Evolution" (Mar), "Resources for People-Empowered
Politics" (Apr); and "From PARTisanship to Conversations
of the WHOLE Society" (May). In June he attended a powerful
conversation at the Fetzer Institute in Kalamazoo, Michigan, with
people from across the political spectrum. He has described his
experience and the lessons he learned in a number of articles and
a radio show. Tom also advised CII Associate Sharda Miller who had
two Christian fundamentalists join her mostly liberal class on methods
Being more advocates for democracy and co-intelligence than partisans
in the election-year battle, we have spoken out strongly about how
dangerously dysfunctional the existing U.S. electoral process is.
We have urged citizens to invest energy in changing that, if not
before the current election, then afterwards. In particular, we
spoke out early and strongly about the dangers of voting machines
that leave no paper trail -- a subject that has now been picked
up by mainstream media and spokespeople. In May we promoted major
electoral reforms, including alternative voting systems (instant
runoff voting, proportional representation, and others) and clean
money elections, as well as citizen deliberative councils to interview
and evaluate candidates in depth. The money currently financing
negative campaign ads could change America's electoral system so
that negative campaign ads would be irrelevant. The CII is also
about to launch a campaign to get politicians and public officials
to pledge to attend to the voice of We the People when that voice
speaks through properly convened citizen councils.
CREATING AMAZING RESOURCES
In the last six months we have collaborated in the creation of
two remarkable resource initiatives. The first is the National Coalition
for Dialogue and Deliberation's wiki -- a fully participatory website
-- spearheaded by Tom and CII Associates John Abbe and Sandy Heierbacher
and others. Already up and running with the
most comprehensive list of collaborative, participatory practices
on the web, this resource will soon include extensive information
about all these practices, as well as theory, visions and conversations
exploring all forms of dialogue and deliberation. The second resource,
The Cairns Project
of New York Law School, is currently being designed as a powerful
co-created web database to allow democratic practitioners in public,
private and social sectors to easily share and find information
about each other's participatory programs. In May we traveled to
Boston to participate in a one-day invitational design workshop
with Cairns organizer Beth Simone Noveck, who sent us "HUGE
thanks" for our contributions.
BUILDING A COLLECTIVE INTELLIGENCE MOVEMENT
In the last six months we have catalyzed a nascent movement to
integrate all the dispersed forms of "collective intelligence."
Tom had intensive conversations with the publishers of What
is Enlightenment? magazine, whose May-July
issue reviews the entire field, featuring the remarkable spiritual
and transformational dimensions. In May, Tom developed the
first inclusive typology of the field, listing eight forms of
collective intelligence. He is working with others to co-convene
one or more conferences on this subject. While promoting the whole
field to itself and the world, the Co-Intelligence Institute is
also the leading advocate -- within the field -- for building democratic
institutions that can generate collective intelligence for politics
and governance. Tom's message on these challenging opportunities
was enthusiastically received in a radio interview, in two talks
at the Foundation for Global Community in Palo Alto, and to a group
of fifty facilitators in San Francisco.
THE WORD IS SPREADING
Co-intelligence materials have recently been used in college courses
in Oregon, Canada and Australia. Tom's essays are carried by several
online journals and are regularly picked up by countless blogs and
listservs. People in at least sixteen countries have ordered The
Tao of Democracy. More than 20,000 visitors come to co-intelligence
websites every month. Behind the scenes, invisible to most of us,
Tom continues his theoretical work with colleagues, including in
depth peer reviews of writings by numerous co-intelligence researchers
like The Cultural Creatives author Paul Ray, deliberative
communications researcher Jane Macoubrie and The Wisdom of Crowds
author James Surowiecki.
We have just completed the first wave of a major overhaul of the
Co-Intelligence Institute website. Take a look -- even a quick peek
will do. We're sure you'll find it far more appealing, useful and
informative than it has ever been. Over 100 of the top level pages
have been reworked to make the site far easier to understand and
navigate. Dozens of new and never-before released articles have
been added to fill out important subject areas. Summary paragraphs
have been written. Choices have been made about the best articles.
This has been a major part of our work since our fundraiser in September.
Your continued support will help us complete this upgrade, expand
the site's offerings, and then complete the upgrade of the Innovations
in Democracy site, already well underway. Through these websites,
we will make a major contribution to the upcoming election-year
conversations about democracy.
ROGUE VALLEY WISDOM COUNCIL
Just one month ago, we helped the world's first county-wide citizens'
Wisdom Council become a grassroots success. The story reads like
Months earlier a member of this list got Tom on a local talk radio
show. One person who heard him then convinced the host to interview
Wisdom Council innovator Jim Rough, as well. That second interview
inspired three listeners to form the Rogue
Valley Wisdom Council (RVWC) project and to call on the CII
and Jim's Center for Wise
Democratic Processes (CWDP) for advice.
Then, almost like a story book, along came a documentary filmmaker
seeking footage on a real Wisdom Council -- and he needed it soon.
The RVWC folks -- who had never done anything like this before --
rose to the occasion and managed to get a Wisdom Council pulled
together in just a few months. The results were phenomenal.
On Saturday and Sunday November 15-16 seven diverse strangers --
randomly chosen citizens of Jefferson County, Oregon -- found themselves
immersed together in hours of thoughtful, heartful, and at times
dramatic conversation (facilitated and videotaped), exploring their
community's concerns. Much to our surprise, the conversation transformed
them before our very eyes. They discovered a level of passionate,
determined group citizenship they'd never experienced before. On
Sunday afternoon we watched their enthusiasm infect a whole town
meeting of local citizens gathered to hear them. Even the most colorful
person on the Wisdom Council, a passionate, challenging man who
had been repeatedly disappointed by earlier citizen boards and panels
he'd been on, spoke with great energy about the power of the conversation
he'd just experienced and about how it had rekindled the fire of
"We the People" among them.
Tom was amazed. As visionary as he is, he had not anticipated the
level of response he saw. "The energy in the room was like
a populist political gathering -- except that it was all about US,
the people. It was an awakening of the People, by the People and
for the whole People. There wasn't a THEM anywhere in sight. I hadn't
realized that watching We the People waking up would be such a powerful,
Most of the Wisdom Council members and a significant number of
the community audience signed up to help organize the next Rogue
Valley Wisdom Council... The mayor of Santa Cruz was there and excited
by what she saw... Our colleague Elliot Shuford did a research study
of the whole event under the auspices of the University of Oregon...
A video (now downloadable from the Rogue
Valley Wisdom Council site) and organizing manual are now being
made from the experience to help other communities create their
own citizens' Wisdom Councils... And that's not all....
INTEREST IS BOOMING
Interest in powerful, creative citizen deliberation and engagement
is skyrocketing -- and the CII is among its leaders.
Just yesterday Tom checked Google for "citizen deliberation"
and "deliberative democracy" webpages. He found both have
more than doubled in 18 months! Furthermore, a page from our http://www.democracyinnovations.org
site was 13th of 12,100 pages on deliberative democracy -- and
our main Citizen Deliberative Council
page was 8th out of 506 pages on citizen deliberation. The Internet
is vibrating with our messages...
There are other signs of shift. We just spent two days in an intensive
CII/CWDP meeting envisioning citizen deliberation efforts nationally
through the grassroots, through national media and through dozens
of interested state legislators involved with the Kettering Foundation,
the National Conference of State Legislatures and the Policy Consensus
The interest is out there. Tom's trip to New England in October
(part of which National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation's
Sandy Heierbacher chronicled)
included conversations with community organizers near Boston, several
academics, a remarkable spiritual community, and some equally remarkable
old friends and dialogue masters -- the
Study Circle Resource Center and the Public
Conversations Project. Every conversation was electric, and
Tom returned inspired.
A NEW GROUP PROCESS RESOURCE ABOUT TO BE BORN
In another example of remarkable timing, Tom's research on processes
for citizen dialogue and deliberation had a breakthrough just a
week or so ago when Matthew Shapiro of Mary
Parker Follett Foundation alerted him to the remarkable Citizen
Science Toolbox of processes.
So we've asked for and received permission to put this database
onto the National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation website
in the form of a Wiki -- a set of interconnected webpages which
can be modified by anyone (see the grassroots encyclopedia Wikipedia
for a great example). This will allow everyone with process
knowledge or experience to put what they know into a co-created
library of information about all processes.
A Wiki can be expanded endlessly with references, and it's easy
for anyone to create hyperlinks. Those of us who are interested
in the underlying dynamics of dialogue and deliberation, and who
want to study how different processes can be coordinated for better
results, will be able to use this process encyclopedia to point
out dynamics and possibilities. And the whole project will be furthered
by the results of new process research being undertaken simultaneously
by many researchers, including Matthew Shapiro, John Gastil, and
So it seems that not only are We the People beginning to wake up,
but the tools We need to think, feel and act with -- together, as
collectively wise communities and countries -- are being brought
into being at just the right time.
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