If we think of intelligence
as how bright we are in dealing with any little piece of life,
we can usefully think of wisdom as big-picture intelligence.
Wisdom has many definitions
and dimensions, but the definition we've chosen for our co-intelligence
Wisdom is the capacity to both appreciate the wholeness
of life with an expanded, deepened perspective -- and
to act on that appreciation to serve the long-term common good
and to learn life-serving lessons.
So wisdom involves seeing beyond immediate appearances into
deeper, broader understandings of:
- the big picture,
- the long term,
- the common good,
- fuller meanings, deeper causes, greater complexity, subtlety
- the health and responsiveness -- the aliveness -- of living
systems, both human and natural,
- the healthy mutuality (synergy) of relationships,
- the fact that "there's always more to it,"
- and the unity of spirit -- and commonality of story -- that
underlies the details of life.
Where there is wisdom, we usually find balance, appreciation
of mystery, and tolerance of ambiguity and change. The expanded
perspective of wisdom usually fosters wonder, humility, compassion
We find a level of wisdom wherever people, knowledge, statements,
actions and solutions arise from Bigger Picture understandings
about Life to embrace more life than mere cleverness. Through
wisdom, we can become vehicles or channels for life's urge towards
health, mutual benefit and positive evolution.
For more about wisdom, see the articles below or the
page of article excerpts and summaries which will give you
a good overview of the scope and results of our inquiry into wisdom.
Some Ways We Can Be Wise
Some Characteristics of
Sources of Wisdom
Wisdom and Wholeness
Generating Wisdom through
Empowered Dialogue Can
Bring Wisdom to Democracy
What can be wise - or foolish?
Using Synergy, Diversity and Wholeness
to Create a Wisdom Culture
January 2002 "Wisdom Society"
The January 2002 "Wisdom
and the Core Commons