About Deep Democracy
You may not guess this from the title, but deep democracy is a practical facilitation approach for anyone who is working with groups or individuals. It is "democratic" because it emphasizes that every voice matters and that decision are wisest when majority and minority voices are both valued. It is "deep" because it goes far beyond the conventional methods of facilitating the exchange of ideas and instead surfaces emotions, values, beliefs, and personalities to inform and enrich the group's process.
Based in process-oriented psychology and developed in the tension-ridden context of post-apartheid South Africa [History], Deep Democracy has been specifically customized to meet some of the most common challenges faced in any modern group setting.
Does this sound familiar?
- Your group is trying to make a decision by consensus. It has been trying for hours! Someone is clearly blocking progress by being extra difficult. What if there was a way to honour the wishes of the majority, but include the minority wisdom and move on efficiently and with an improved decision?
- You are chairing a group discussion and there are a few people who just won't speak. You would love to hear their quiet voices but when you put them on the spot they withdraw even more. What if you had the tools to make the space safe for all the views to come out?
- You have factions within your group who are not even able to begin talking to each other. There is ideological, historical, social and interpersonal differences that run so deep that having a civilized conversation seems impossible. What if you could create the conditions for a productive argument?
- You are of two minds about something. You go over the decision in your head, over and over again. It is like you are endlessly cycling around the crux of the matter but you just cannot quite get to it. What if there was a way that you could tap into the real issues underpinning your confusion?
Deep Democracy will help
More about Deep Democracy...
The Lewis Method of Deep Democracy was born out of South Africa’s metamorphosis from Apartheid to democracy. It is now widely used by leaders, facilitators, teachers, healthcare professionals, couples and children to name a few; in parliaments, boardrooms, classrooms and homes. The methodology enables all views and voices to be heard, encourages finding the wisdom in diversity, and through resolving tension and conflict facilitates transformation.