The Tao of Democracy

The Tao of Democracy

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The Tao of Democracy presents an increasingly relevant and compelling vision of wiser public policy and vibrant democratic culture. Written by lifelong activist Tom Atlee, The Tao of Democracy is rooted in a simple, yet revolutionary proposition that opens doors to positive democratic change: Given a supportive structure and resources, diverse ordinary people can work together to achieve common ground. Tom Atlee takes readers through numerous examples of how this proposition has been tested and proven hundreds of times around the world in diverse and innovative forms of public conversation. a€c In Oregon, a nonprofit involved thousands of ordinary citizens in in-depth conversations about how to best use limited health care funds; the result was a mandate by the state legislature to use such community meetings to guide state health care decisions. a€c In Toronto, Canada, a group of a dozen people widely divergent political views created, over the course of one weekend, a consensus vision for improving the nation as a wholea€”a feat that parliamentary committees, focus groups, and millions of dollars in funds had been unable to achieve. a€c In Andhra Pradesh, India, twenty farmers participated in a prajateerpu or citizensa€™ jury, listening to testimony and cross-examining experts (including international government officials) in order to present the World Bank with practical proposals for managing the statea€™s agriculture systems. Ideal for community organizers, nonprofit workers, policymakers, and elected officials, The Tao of Democracy illuminates new forms of collective citizenship that can help us achieve creative consensus without compromise, addressing the diversity and complexity of our society while preserving and utilizing our precious individuality. a€œTom Atlee paints a vision not of some distant, ideal democracy but of here-and-now practices showing us whata€™s possible in our immediate future. An important gift for our small, challenged planet!a€a€”Frances Moore LappAc, author of Diet for a Small Planet and EcoMind TABLE OF CONTENTS Introduction Section I: An Overview of Co-Intelligence 1. What Is Co-Intelligence? 2. Tales and Commentaries 3. Wholeness, Interconnectedness, and Co-Creativity 4. Resonant Intelligence Section II: Making a Whole Difference Together 5. Reaching Beyond Adversarial Activism 6. Collective Intelligence 7. Ways to Have Real Dialogue 8. Other Approaches to Co-Intelligence 9. The List Goes Ona€b Section III: Creating a Wise Democracy 10. Democracy and Wholeness 11. Cooperative and Holistic Politics 12. The Canadian Experiment 13. Citizens Deliberate about Public Issues 14. Citizen Deliberative Councils Section IV: Citizenship toward a Wiser Civilization 15. Citizenship Meets Complexxity 16. More Approaches to Deliberative Democracy 17. The Emerging Culture of Dialogue 18. Consensus: Manipluation or Magic? 19. Co-Intelligent Citizenship and Activism 20. The Tao of Democracy Epilogue What You Can Do Bibliography IndexThe how- to manual for one of the simplest, most powerful self-organized collective processes we have:conferencesof, by andfor the participants. See also Peavey, Fran.By Lifea#39;s Grace: Musings on theEssenceof Social Change (New Society, 1994). ... a€œPrajateerpu: A Citizensa#39; Jury/Scenario Workshop onFood Futures forAndhra Pradesh, Indiaa€ (International Institutefor Environmentanbsp;...

Title:The Tao of Democracy
Author: Tom Atlee
Publisher:North Atlantic Books - 2014-05-13

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