Wisdom system principles are the set of articulated shared intentions and commitments of a community, reflecting the heart and soul of a group. They are generated by the whole community, often with serious effort.
Seven Patterns of a Healthy Community
From March until November of 1999, more than four thousand people took part in the Healthy Community Agenda Campaign. They participated in one of 300 dialogues using the Healthy Community Agenda Dialogue Guide. The Dialogue Guide had two purposes. The first was to stimulate action on the local level to build healthier communities. The second was to articulate a message to the nation from the nation’s communities about what creates health and improves quality of life. Seven patterns emerged from what was said.
A healthy community:
- Practices ongoing dialogue
- Generates leadership everywhere
- Shapes its future
- Embraces diversity
- Knows itself
- Connects people and resources
- Creates a sense of community. (Adams & Pittman, 2000, para. 4)
Several phrases expressing whole-community values and beliefs can be found over and over throughout thrivingresilient movement initiatives.
Sustainable, just, and fulfilling/compassionate/healthy
Head – Heart – Hands
We invite you to listen to the heartbeats of the following wisdom communities active in the United States. The EarthCharter and Charter of Compassion principles are adoptable by any community.
United Religions Initiative
United Religions Initiative is a global community with spiritual heart including thousands of members in over 50 countries representing more that 100 religions, spiritual expressions, and indigenous traditions. Its purpose is to promote enduring, daily interfaith cooperation, to end religiously motivated violence and to create cultures of peace, justice and healing for the Earth and all living beings.
The URI Charter was developed through a four-year global chartering process by several hundred women, men, and youth representing a diverse array of religions, spiritual paths and indigenous traditions. It inspires, grounds, and guides all URI activity. The themes of its principles include respect for each other’s diverse traditions, nonviolence, respectful equitable nondiscriminatory practices, environmental stewardship, local autonomy, and ongoing learning.
The mission of the Earth Charter Initiative is to promote the transition to sustainable ways of living and a global society founded on a shared ethical framework that includes respect and care for the community of life, ecological integrity, universal human rights, respect for diversity, economic justice, democracy, and a culture of peace. Created by the largest global consultation process ever associated with an international declaration, endorsed by thousands of organizations representing millions of individuals, the Earth Charter seeks to inspire in all peoples a sense of global interdependence and shared responsibility for the well-being of the human family and the larger living world. The Earth Charter is an expression of hope and a call to help create a global partnership at a critical juncture in history. The primary EarthCharter Principles are:
- Respect and care for the community of life
- Ecological integrity
- Social and economic justice
- Democracy, nonviolence, and peace
Future Search is a planning meeting that helps people transform their capability for action very quickly. The meeting is task-focused. It brings together 60 to 80 people in one room, or hundreds in parallel rooms. Future search brings people from all walks of life into the same conversation—those with resources, expertise, formal authority, and need. They meet for 16 hours spread across three days. People tell stories about their past, present, and desired future. Through dialogue they discover their common ground. Only then do they make concrete action plans. Future search criteria for success include:
- Get the “whole system” in the room. Invite a significant cross-section of all parties with a stake in the outcome.
- Explore the “whole elephant” before seeking to fix any part. Get everyone talking about the same world. Think globally, act locally.
- Put common ground and future focus front and center while treating problems and conflicts as information, not action items.
- Encourage self-management and responsibility for action by participants before, during, and after the future search.
Glad you’re here with us! Since many integral principles are already familiar to our members, our operating principles were spontaneously gathered popcorn-style during our first gatherings.
Earth Charter Charter for Compassion
Whole living system Integral Head-Heart-Hands Sustainable, just, and spiritually fulfilling
Transformative Deep HeartSpace Magic Telepathy Follow synchronicity
Power-with Safe peer participatory space Self-responsibility Keep your commitments
Fun Guilt-free Nourishing Joy Self-care Non-attachment
Agile Organic Next elegant steps Right timing Chaordic, minimalist, & evolutionary