Collective Wisdom Initiative


The universe emerges out of an all-nourishing abyss
not only twelve billion years ago but in every moment.
...It is not possible to find any place in the universe that is outside of this activity
- Physicist Brian Swimme, Hidden Heart of the Cosmos: Humanity and the New Story
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This website has been created to help make visible an emerging field of collective wisdom, its study and practice. It came into being in 2002 with support of the Fetzer Institute and has evolved to the form you see today by the support and contributions of hundreds of people and organizations who have, for decades, been actively engaged in this field.

CONNECTIONS: Connect with others by visiting People, participating in Events, or by contributing to Seeded Conversations. Seeded Conversations are accessible in selected parts of the site and may be found wherever you see the icon. You are also invited to add to what is available on this site by contributing a Self-Portrait or suggesting content.

DECLARATION of INTENT: We believe there exists a field of collective consciousness — often seen and expressed through metaphor — that is real and influential, yet invisible. When we come into alignment with this field, there is a deeper understanding of our connection with others, with life, and with a source of collective wisdom. The work is on-going and dynamic. We are calling into awareness this field of collective consciousness and invite you to join us in building this discipline of collective wisdom, its study and practice.... [continued]

ROOTS: The Collective Wisdom Initiative began with the publication of Centered on the Edge, an Inquiry into group wisdom. This inquiry developed into an exploration of ten arenas of collective wisdom, represented by the Doorways you see on the left. All of the content to be found through these doorways is contributed by people who are living, studying, or practicing in the field of collective wisdom.... [continued]

GETTING AROUND: This site is richly inter-connected, and in addition to the underlined links, almost any graphic image or photo can be clicked on to take you to another part of the site. For some tips about how to best make use of this site, click on "Getting Around". We hope you enjoy your journey through and beyond this site...

CONTACT CWI: You are invited to contact the stewards of the Collective Wisdom Initiative with comments or suggestions. Just click on the yellow "Contact CWI" icon wherever you see it.