Empowering Public Wisdom

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Empowering Public Wisdom

Creating Citizen Councils as Platforms for Collective Intelligence

Thursday, Oct 18, 2012 , 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Tom Atlee
EarthRise at IONS
101 San Antonio Rd
Petaluma CA 94952
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Join Friendly Favors for a potluck dinner followed with a presentation by the research director of the Co-Intelligence Institute and advocate to use democracy as the means through which human groups, communities, and societies co-create their future together.

About our Speaker

Tom Atlee - - is a political pioneer from Eugene, Oregon, and he will be introducing his new book: EMPOWERING PUBLIC WISDOM -

Atlee was raised in a progressive Quaker activist family and left Antioch College in 1968 to do anti-war work. After a decade in a spiritual community, Atlee's peace work led to the 1986 cross-country Great Peace March, a watershed experience of collective intelligence in a self-organized mobile community. That experience inspired him to study innovations that help groups, organizations, and communities function in a collectively intelligent manner. As an integrative thinker, Atlee wove these innovations into coherent theories of holistic intelligence and wise democracy.

In 1996 Atlee founded the non-profit Co-Intelligence Institute and in 1998 created its vast and very popular website - - including many materials on using social crises for personal and social transformation.

His activism ceased to be partisan and became targeted at increasing the ability of society to make wise decisions on all the issues it faces. In 2003 he published THE TAO OF DEMOCRACY: USING CO-INTELLIGENCE TO CREATE A WORLD THAT WORKS FOR ALL. He became a leading figure in the development of the National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation and in its creation of the 2009 "Core Principles of Public Engagement," which is now the leading set of guidelines in the field of citizen participation.

Atlee sees potential for a more activist, social change dimension in the "conscious evolution" work of Dowd, Barlow, and others, who focus more on celebration, personal development, and shifting the dominant cultural story. Atlee feels that conscious evolution implies a coherent and powerful role for a new form of activism that can stimulate evolutionary leaps in social systems. This led to his 2009 book REFLECTIONS ON EVOLUTIONARY ACTIVISM.

At 65 Atlee lives in a cooperative house and is mostly occupied with his research, writing and networking, he occasionally speaks and advises professionals and officials on group process and community engagement. He enjoys movies, playing guitar, and occasionally relaxing in nature.

You may also want to participate at the online webinar organized by the Intelligent Optimism Magazine (former ODE) on Oct 18 at 5 pm:

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Cost: $20 (or 20 Thankyous) and a dish to share; $40 with no dish
Discount Cost: Applies when you RSVP and choose to give Thankyou's.
Payment Instructions: Make checks payable to IONS

- 6 PM: One hour for socializing and eating dinner
- 7 PM: 30 minutes for welcome, announcements and introductions
- 7:30 PM: One hour for our guest speaker's presentation
- 8:30 PM: 30 minutes for Questions and Answers
- 9 PM: We close the event, allowing time for post-event commingling and cleaning before leaving by 10 PM.

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