Co-Intelligent Political and Democratic Theory
From the co-intelligence
perspective, democratic politics is primarily a means through which human
groups, communities and societies co-create their future together.
Co-intelligent politics involves
and addresses the health and capacity of whole human systems.
It operates at a more holistic level than isolated citizens,
adversarial interest groups or individual issues.
Co-intelligent democratic politics exercises, utilizes and enhances
the capacity of "We, The People" to generate the very real
wisdom we need to make it through the 21st
century and evolve to higher forms of civilization.
Ideally, it provides forms through which the whole and all its parts
can access the wisdom of the whole and all its parts for the benefit
of the whole and all its parts.
It seeks to institutionalize
that capacity so that it is exercised competently and repeatedly
at all levels and in all sectors of society.
In order to understand the potential
and practice of co-intelligent politics and "wise democracy,"
it is necessary to understand a number of processes and innovations
(both existing and envisioned), for which links are provided
in the articles below.
Perspectives on Democracy
Deep Democracy and Community Wisdom
A Call to Move Beyond Public Opinion to Public Judgment
Empowered Dialogue Can Bring Wisdom to Democracy
Using Citizen Deliberative Councils to Make
Democracy More Potent and Awake
The Common Ground of Peace and
Building a Wise Democracy as Crises
Evolutionary Role of Citizen Deliberation
Feedback, Social Power, and the Evolution
of Social Systems
Democracy and the evolution of societal
The Challenge of Technology in a Democracy
Co-Intelligence and the Holistic Politics of Community Self-Organization
Thinking Holistically beyond Politics and Governance
Beyond positions: a politics of civic co-creativity
Can Political Will become
A Public Pledge to hear the People's
2001 Innovations in Democracy
For programmatic proposals for wiser democracy and deliberative democracy see
For detailed information about this vision of democracy, see Tom Atlee's
books The Tao of Democracy
For an annotated list of political articles see:
Co-Intelligence, Democracy and Holistic Politics:
The CIPolitics Home Page
For more ideas and resources regarding wise democracy, see DemocracyInnovations.org
Some of Tom Atlee's commentaries
on governance, politics, and our collective situation, from a co-intelligence
Pat & Pat, a view from 2020 (fiction
by Tom Atlee, 1996) a futuristic, down-home story about a new, co-intelligent
politics. It tells how Patrick and Patricia McFallow become co-mayors of
Story City, Iowa, in 2016. During their four-year mayorship they engage
thousands of citizens in powerful, empowering conversations about what they
want their community to be like and how they can change it. Of course, the
community starts changing, brilliantly and fast.
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Process and Participation