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.
Friday, October 19, 2012
One More on Fixing Democracy, Part 1
This is the next to the last in a series of posts on how to
make our democracy work better based on an article, The Wisdom of Crowds, How to involve ordinary citizens in complex
political decisions,in The
Intelligent Optimist magazine (formerly Ode).
“The Teknologiradet, a Danish advisory council that informs
the public and politicians about technological issues, had always relied on experts
and opinion formers. It met in panels and committees to report to the
government on its findings.All that
changed over a few beers one Friday afternoon about 25 years ago when the
council came up with the idea to bring together complete novices instead.
‘After the weekend, everyone still agreed it was a good idea,’ Lars Kluver
“Kluver was named project manager for the first Consensus
Conference. The topic was a tough one: biotechnology in agriculture. ‘Although
the technology may be complicated, lay people don’t really have a problem
understanding what’s going on,’ [after all, you can drive a car without
understanding the finer points of the internal combustion engine] Kluver says.
Ordinary citizens were perfectly able to discuss the opportunities and risks
and to reach useful conclusions. Many more such meetings have taken place since
then on topics like mobility, air pollution and electronic surveillance, in
which average citizens have spoken out after extensive research, debate and
interviews with experts.”