EXPLORING DEEP DEMOCRACY

Definition: Deep Democracyis the self-reflective, compassionate, and inclusive participation in the social construction of social reality.

Mission: The goal of this project is the redesign of democratic institutions to expand the inclusion of stakeholders in decision-making processes, to use our knowledge of the design of decision-making processes to improve the quality and inclusiveness of public policy decisions, and to improve the quality of systems information available to participants in democratic decision-making processes.

Deep democracy recognizes that the founding fathers did an amazing job of creative design work in the 18th century, but that we can do some effective redesign today, based on new epistemological insights and social technologies.

Some critical issues include:


California 2020: Blueprints for a Golden State (Based on a template created by The Politics of Trust Network)

Sustainable Economic Development for Sonoma County

A Proposal for an Interdisciplnary Humanistic Curriculum in Community Development 
Selected Web Sites:


Democratic Culture Essays & References:

In order to include stakeholders in the democratic decision-making process, it is necessary to understand their worldviews in depth, and to approach them in such a way as to encourage the communication and understanding of multiple views of reality.

Essays:

Royal Alsup

William DuBois

John W. Harbeson

Art Warmoth

Richard Guarasci. Developing the Democratic Arts. Reprinted from About Campus, Jan./Feb. 2001.

Education for effective citizenship in higher education programs.

Bill Moyers. This is Your Story - The Progressive Story of America. Pass It On.

A review of the history of progressive politics that highlights the parallels between the era of the late nineteenth century "robber barons" and today's business-dominated conservatism.

Paul Ray. The New Political Compass.

A new politics for "culture creatives."

Report on WCC &endash; ILO CONFERENCE ON DECENT WORK (Geneva, 22-25 February 2002) Submitted by Stella Humphries <seh@whidbey.com>

Sprituality, ethics, and work.

Organization:

The Politics of Trust Network

At the heart of the John Vasconcellos Legacy Project, this Network is dedicated to implementing a visionary human agenda for California in the coming decades.

Sonoma County California 2020  Network

Recommended Reading:

Bill Moyer. (2001). Doing Democracy. Gabriola Island, BC (Canada): New Society Publishers.

A social psychology of successful social movments offering a model which describes stages, roles, and pitfalls to avoid.


Politics of Healthy Communities

One way to frame this issue is to look at the ecology of healthy communities. I propose the hypothesis that they need at least the following resources:

Young folks interested in right livelihood participating in the development of healthy communities will need both quality information and strong networks and alliances. (See my article "How to Construct a Postmodern Career", reprinted from AHP Perspectives, August-September, 2000).

--Art Warmoth
1/20/02


Selected Democracy Web Sites

The Politics of Trust http://politicsoftrust.net

"What would it be like to live in a democracy that inspires hope and healing in each and everyone of its communities?
"What would public policy look like if our government held, as its primary function, the nurturance of healthy communities and the potential of every individual within it?
"This is the vision of Senator John Vasconcellos, and this is your invitation to join a collaborative network of like-minded citizens committed to developing and implementing this new form of governance, THE POLITICS OF TRUST."

A project of the John Vasconcellos Legacy Project, this Network is dedicated to implementing a visionary human agenda for California in the coming decades. There are two complementary goals for the project:

  • To nourish the development public policy options that will promote the realization of our better nature, at the state and local levels
  • To do this in ways that increase the quality and quantity of democratic political participation

Politics of Trust: California 2020 Sonoma County Network

AlterNet http://www.alternet.org

Check out their "top stories from the independent news & syndication service." Click here for a recent day's headlines and subscriber information.

California Connected http://www.californniaconnected.org

California Connected is a weekly newsmagazine that view events through the eyes of state policy leaders, opinion shapers and grass-roots community leaders. It airs on PBS stations throughout California.

Citizens for Tax Justice. <http://www.ctj.org>

Citizens for Tax Justice is a nonpartisan, nonprofit research and advocacy organization dedicated to fair taxation at the federal, state, and local levels.

Citizen Works: Tools for Democracy http://www.citizenworks.org

Citizen Works is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt organization founded by Ralph Nader in April 2001 to advance justice by strengthening citizen participation in power. We give people the tools and opportunities to build democracy.

Our strategy is to develop systemic means to advance the progressive citizen movement. We do this in three ways: First, we enhance the work of existing organizations by helping to share information, build coalitions, and institute improved mechanisms for banding activists together; second, we bring new energy and support to the progressive movement by recruiting, training, and activating citizens; and third, we start new groups and act as a catalyst where there are too few public interest

The Democracy Center http://www.democracyctr.org

The Democracy Center was founded in San Francisco in 1992 to strengthen the advocacy work of nonprofit and community groups in California as well as NGO's in a variety of countries around the world.

Don't Laugh at Me Project http://www.dontlaugh.org

The Don't Laugh at Me Project (DLAM) is working to transform schools, camps and other youth organizations into more compassionate, safe and respectful environments. Founded by Peter Yarrow of the folk group Peter, Paul & Mary, the project disseminates educational resources that are designed to establish a climate that reduces the emotional and physical cruelty some children inflict upon each other by behaviors such as ridicule, bullying and - in extreme cases - violence.

Earth Share http://www.earthshare.org

Earth Share, a nationwide network of America's leading non-profit environmental and conservation organizations, works to promote environmental education and charitable giving through workplace giving campaigns. Earth Share is an opportunity, a system, and an answer for environmentally conscious employees and workplaces to support dozens of environmental groups at once through a charitable giving drive.

Green Party of the United States http://greenpartyus.org/

The Green Party of the United States is a confederation of state Green Parties.  Committed to environmentalism, non-violence, social justice and grassroots organizing, Greens are renewing democracy without the support of corporate donors.  Greens provide real solutions for real problems.  Whether the issue is universal health care, corporate globalization, alternative energy, election reform or decent wages for workers, Greens have the courage and independence necessary to take on the powerful corporate interests.  Recognized by the FEC as the National Committee of the Green Party, we are also partners with the European Federation of Green Parties and the Federation of Green Parties of the Americas.


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Last updated 7/9/04