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Tom 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. In 2005 he became closely involved with the evolutionary spirituality work of Rev. Michael Dowd and his wife, science writer Connie Barlow. Atlee realized that his co-intelligence work was part of a larger evolutionary development -- the formation of a functioning global life-form embracing nature, humanity, and human technologies. 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 62 Atlee lives in a cooperative house in Eugene, Oregon, currently with nine other people, three cats and two dogs. While 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.

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  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 4, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449597955
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449597955
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,719,009 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am the founder of the nonprofit Co-Intelligence Institute, author of the books listed here and a lead contributor to COLLECTIVE INTELLIGENCE: AN INTRODUCTION (edited by Nasreen Taher) and COLLECTIVE INTELLIGENCE: CREATING A PROSPEROUS WORLD AT PEACE (edited by Mark Tovey). I have published many articles in alternative journals, collaborated on numerous projects and books, been on several nonprofit boards, and occasionally consulted internationally. For more details, see .

Born in 1947, I was raised as a Quaker peace and social justice activist. On the 1986 Great Peace March, a nine-month trek undertaken by four hundred ordinary people, I experienced bottom-up self-organization and palpable collective intelligence for the first time. This watershed experience changed my life into a search for how to evoke these collective capacities in activist groups, communities, and whole societies. Starting in the mid-1990s, my activist instincts led me to apply my discoveries to the creation of wiser forms of democracy and governance. In 2005 I began a study of evolutionary dynamics that could be used to transform social systems. I have also been exploring the emerging and evolving landscape of green, local, humane, self-organizing, co-intelligent economic innovations (see )

I live simply in a nine-bedroom, consensus-based co-op house in Eugene, Oregon, with a changing population of friends, dogs, cats, chickens, plants, books, and chores. While I spend most of my time glued to my computer, talking passionately with colleagues, or hanging out with my beloved partner, I also enjoy reading, walking, writing poetry, playing twelve-string guitar, watching movies, and learning how to split wood. My daughter, Jennifer Atlee, is a green building professional in New England who loves hiking and can usually think rings around me.

My main blog is and my book-related events are listed at .

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Robert David STEELE Vivas HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on January 4, 2010
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I read this book in galley form and posted a review when it first appeared at its own home page. I am very glad to see it on Amazon and adding a link from Phi Beta Iota, the Public Intelligence Blog where all my reviews are accessible in any of 98 reading categories. Below is my formal review and ten links that Amazon makes possible:

Tom Atlee, author of The Tao of Democracy: Using Co-Intelligence to Create a World That Works for All has been moved at this particular point in time to present to all of us, soon on Amazon, an extraordinary collection of short stories and paired poems that develope a very important new theme, that of Evolutionary Activism.

There is no other person who has had more influence on the activities of Robert Steele and the various endeavors of OSS.Net, Inc. and its multinational conferences (1992-2006) as well as the follow-on Earth Intelligence Network, a 501c3 Public Charity pioneering the modern World Brain with embedded Global Game.

The bottom line: intelligence professionals (and politicians and policy professionals, but one thing at a time) should stop trying to produce answers and instead focus on producing a process that connects all stakeholders with both one another and with all of the relevant information including especially historical, cultural, and anticipatory information.

Below, honoring Tom and his gifted integration of science, spirtuality, and sacredness, is my blurb offered for the dust jacket, and my full review. My Word Table, a device we use for the most serious books of import to the future of civilization, is below the same review at Phi Beta Iota, the Public Intelligence Blog.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Lee Brown on August 18, 2010
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I have relied upon such works as this material from Tom Atlee, (and Barbara Hubbard, HeartMath, IONS too), as an antidote to antidepressants. Tapping into my passions and/or becoming inspired regularly adds life to the belief that keeping ones head above their troubled waters is purposeful. This book is nothing less than concentrated soulful energy juice. Take of it often. Become of it daily. ~dlb
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