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.
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Fixing Democracy, Part 12
This is the last in the 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.
“Citizen deliberative councils have a unique and pivotal
role to play in bringing public wisdom into the formal functioning of politics
and governance.These temporary councils
of citizens are designed to reflect the diversity of the population, so when
they are convened to deliberate on public concerns and provide guidance for
officials and the public, they have a special legitimacy—the legitimacy of We
the People, the rightful source of guidance and power in a democracy.
“The primary quality that makes them different from other
democratic forms that claim to represent We the People—that is elected
representatives, populist partisan groups, public forums open to whoever show
up and public opinion polls—is the fact that citizen deliberative councils are
microcosm of the whole society, and they are undertaking a near-ideal act of
interactive citizenship on behalf of that society.They call forth, embody and ultimately
promote the latent public wisdom of the whole population.
“Creating the capacity for public wisdom in the 21st
century is our task, our calling. We are the revolutionary founders of this new
democracy—a democracy that will have an impact at least as great, and probably
greater, than the impact the American Revolution had on the world almost 250