Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Fixing Democracy, Part 10

This is the next in a series of posts on how to make our democracy work better based on an article in The Intelligent Optimist magazine (formerly Ode) by Tom Atlee.


“Unfortunately, involving millions of people in any particular deliberative activity reduces the likelihood that a wise, inclusive, coherent and legitimate voice of the people will emerge from it—unless the activity includes citizen deliberative councils.  Ideally, the wisdom generated by such well supported mini-publics would inform the citizenship, conversations and activism of the rest of us, thereby helping us to be collectively wise in the directions we take our society and world.


“Without deliberation we don’t get public wisdom. Even in an individual, wisdom does not come from experience or teachings alone.  Individuals must reflect on their experience and what others have told them; notice connections, consequences and contradictions; and must test what they believe against challenges in their minds, in conversations and, above all, in life in order to derive sound, beneficial knowledge over time.”

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