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Wise Democracy

Wise Democracy

At the Center for Wise Democracy (www.WiseDemocracy.org) we've created social innovations which can transform the most pressing problems in society by facilitating "We the People" to arise. Guest hosts interview Jim Rough to learn about how these innovations can work.

  • Peggy Holman is co-author of the Change Handbook and one of the early adopters of Open Space Technology. With Jim Rough, originator of Dynamic Facilitation, she describes Open Space and it's potential. 7/14/09


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  • Russ Waddel, a 30 year-old man, is frustrated by having NO VOICE in our democracy. He contacted Jim for help in organizing a new THIRD PARTY as a way to get a voice. But this seeming "Obvious Solution" won't achieve a real citizen voice. But there is something that will ... 4/2/10


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  • Can philanthropic money transform society itself -- social justice, the environment, public involvement, etc.? The Center for Wise Democracy offers social innovations like Dynamic Facilitation, the Creative Insight Council and the Wisdom Council Process that provide the opportunity. DeAnna Martin and Jim Rough present this exciting potential. www.WiseDemocracy.org. 12/15/09


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  • New social innovations allow government to achieve breakthroughs in performance by involving citizens. Ruth Gordon, Jefferson County WA Clerk and activist, interviews Jim Rough, www.WiseDemocracy.org, to find out how. 10/12/09


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  • DeAnna Martin, Director of the Center for Wise Democracy, is guest host on the Jim Rough Show. She helps Jim describe how Society's Breakthrough would work on the issue of "terrorism" To illustrate Jim describes his model for five levels of thinking. 8/6/02


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  • Ben Crichlow, public defender, is guest host of the Jim Rough Show investigating the merits of the Wisdom Council as a way to transform the Criminal Justice System. 5/27/03


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  • Two men, Don Miller and David Whitfield, grew up in the 50's in Mississippi. One white and one black, they meet to tell their stories about the emotional damage of racism and their struggles to heal. 9/23/08


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  • Jim Rough is interviewed by Dr. David Whitfield about his idea for transforming the system of society, Society's Breakthrough. This slight change promises to transform our most impossible-seeming issues. 7/22/08


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  • How might we achieve a system of economics beyond Capitalism? How would it work? Paul Everett helps Jim Rough explain how the Wisdom Council process can facilitate "Wise Economics". 7/21/04


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  • The Great Turning Conference was a conference sponsored by Leslie University and attended by many environmental educators in October 17-20, 2007. This Keynote by Jim Rough describes a shortcut strategy to an environmental turnaround. In the conference was also a demonstration of the Wisdom Council concept, described in the presentation.


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  • Good news! .. There is a breakthrough to solving the biggest problems of our society— Global warming, Peak oil, Debt crisis, Poverty, etc. This is an introduction to the video series describing this breakthrough. (1/17/08) The non profit organization web site is ... www.WiseDemocracy.org.


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  • Matt Tyler, manager of Parks and Recreation for Jefferson County, describes the crisis in his department and the strategy for involving citizens using Dynamic Facilitation. 12/9/08


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  • David Whitfield, the guest host, is on a quest to bring social justice to our society. He explores the role of the Wisdom Council as a shortcut, systemic solution strategy. 8/19/08


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  • To overcome racism requires a particular form of community conversation where everyone comes together to face real problems and creatively seek what's best for all. This show uses slides as well as conversation to explain how this works and how it can really happen. David Whitfield is guest host interviewing Jim. 9/16/08


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  • William Bass, author of the upcoming book "We the People of Earth" interviews Jim Rough about the Wisdom Council process and how it offers a practical way to achieve a global "We the People." 3/11/08


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  • According to the Case Foundation we must shift our democracy to become citizen-led. Paul Everett is guest host as Jim Rough discussed the criteria for this to happen and the role of the Wisdom Council.4/24/08


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  • Even though the Wisdom Council process potentially offers a way for us to transform our society, this is more than most people want or can appreciate right now. This show focuses more narrowly on how it can improve "Citizen Participation." Paul Everett Interviews Jim Rough. 8/22/05


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  • Empowerment Coach Linda Showler interviews Jim Rough about the Wisdom Council as a way to empower people both as individuals and collectively. Using this approach can create a "We the People." 8/14/06


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  • Choice-creating is the quality of thinking that is called for in a crisis. It's where we face the important issues collaboratively and creatively and seek creative answers that work for all. Paul Everett is guest host interviewing Jim Rough on this topic. 7/25/07


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  • Healthcare is in crisis because our system gets in the way of people's natural desire for health. The point of leverage for aligning our system with our highest intention is to shift the quality of conversation. 11/26/02


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