Ancient Wisdom Council

Ancient Wisdom Council

For More Information: Ehama Institute, www.ehama.org

Purpose:
To awaken “whole” thinking using a holistic and collaborative process for deeper wisdom.

Outcomes:

  • Enhances cohesion and energetic motivation
  • Increases use of people resources
  • Develops balanced and unbiased perspectives
  • Clears blocked communication
  • Builds trust and deepens relationships


When to Use:

  • For complex issues that require innovation
  • To slow down the cycle of act and react
  • When dominant voices close out valuable contributions
  • To make decisions that affect the collective’s longevity
  • To bring a more holistic view when many biases are present


When Not to Use:

  • Leadership is unwilling to cocreate
  • Decisions have already been made
  • The climate is one of mistrust and disrespect
  • No trained facilitator is present


Number of Participants:

  • 1–500
  • 16 is ideal; one man and one woman in each of eight perspectives
  • Can include a group in each perspective acting as a society or be used within oneself


Types of Participants:

  • Any team, community group, or board
  • All those affected by decisions


Typical Duration:

  • Preparation: 2–5 days
  • Wisdom Council: 2–5 days
  • Follow-up: 1–3 months
  • Ongoing: 0.5 day monthly


Brief Example:
World Business Academy called a meeting to bring together the diversity of issues among 80+ members. Over four days, using the Ancient Wisdom Council, the people worked through 60+ issues to become a cohesive group. The WBA adopted the Ancient Wisdom Council for their decision-making process, resulting in a sharp increase in morale,a deeper connection,and a renewed vision in the organization.

Historical Context:
Deeply rooted in Native American and pre-Mayan tribal cultures and made relevant to our current culture by WindEagle and RainbowHawk Kinney-Linton in 1987.