I've been researching & promoting co-intelligence since 1988. I mostly apply it to creating a wiser democracy. I see it within the context of evolution becoming conscious of itself -- largely through our efforts to become a sustainable society. I wrote THE TAO OF DEMOCRACY and REFLECTIONS ON EVOLUTIONARY ACTIVISM. I'm working on a book about the many facets and manifestations of wholeness. //// I was born in 1947 and grew up in NY, OH, and PA. I never graduated college. During the Vietnam War I was a conscientious objector and then draft resister, followed by 10 years in a spiritual community. My daughter was born in 1976. In 1986 I went on the 9-month 400 person cross-country Great Peace March, which was probably the primary watershed experience of my life, during which I experienced palpable collective intelligence for the first time, triggering my subsequent inquiries into co-intelligence. I currently live in a 9-person co-op house in Oregon.
Areas of Expertise
co-intelligence, evolutionary activism, wholeness, holistic activism, Group Process, Conscious Evolution, wiser democracy, Collective Intelligence, collective wisdom
An idea worth spreading
We can create a society capable of conscious, wise self-evolution. Top targets for transformation: our political & economic systems & worldviews on which they're based. When we work to effect those transformations we are functioning as conscious agents of evolution. We need to learn more about evolutionary dynamics & use them in our work. E.g., top strategies: (1) Powerful conversations, a human form of a fundamental evolutionary dynamic - interactions among diverse entities in supportive and/or challenging environments generate innovations & emergent phenomena. Thru such conversations wisdom of the whole can be accessed on behalf of the whole. (2) Designing systems so the self-interested activities of the parts of society (e.g., individuals, corporations) serve the well-being of the whole (society, planet, etc.). E.g., internalizing the social & ecological costs of products in their prices so harmful products become more expensive at which point free markets heal the planet.
I'm passionate about
Catalyzing a society capable of conscious, wise self-evolution. Includes primarily transformation of political and economic systems and the worldviews upon which they are based.
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Resources for wiser democracy and conscious evolution of social systems, including transforming change agent roles like activism, philanthropy, and consulting