Being considered a professional is important. But most of us are 'old' professionals, not old in age, but old in thinking style and approach to living. Old professionals separate science and spirit and think in terms of either/or - 'you're either for me, or against me.' New professionals connect science and spirit and think in both/and terms. Please read: The New Professionalism: Connecting Science and Spirit, available at www.WisdomAtWorkUSA.com.
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Fixing Democracy, Part 11
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.
“In a citizen deliberative council, the experience being
considered is the diverse experience of its members, and the teachings of the
diverse facts and lessons provided by various experts. It is precisely the
diversity of these things that enables them to support the emergence of wisdom.
“Instead of wisdom deriving from making sense of varied
moments over time in one person’s life, it derives from making sense of the
diversity of life experiences and lessons in a mixed group and the diversity of
information and perspectives gleaned from fair full briefings and diverse
“Instead of this being mulled over in the lone mind of an
individual, it is mulled over in the minds of a dozen or a hundred people in
respectful, creative conversation. Whatever coherent understanding emerges from
the process has broader applicability and benefit.This is because of the diversity of knowledge
and experience from which was not suppressed but instead honored and used
“The popular ‘wisdom of crowds’ idea—that the aggregated
responses of many independent people generates better answers than any one of
them would, or even than experts would—is sometimes useful for crowd sourced
estimates and predictions. But it does not generate true wisdom. That requires
high-quality deliberative conversation among diverse people.
“My definition of deliberation in this work is ‘thorough,
thoughtful consideration of how to best address an issue or situation, covering
a wide range of information, perspectives and potential consequences of diverse