Deep Democracy Institute


Process Oriented Leadership Development is built on the Worldwork paradigm. Worldwork is a collective transformation model with applications in leadership development, change management, personal development, and organizational development. It contains many intervention systems. For example; a powerful self-management skill set, a one-on-one team coaching skill set, a large group facilitation technology, and a business development and change management technology. Many people also know it for its powerful conflict resolution approach.

Worldwork is based on three pillars:

  • Deep Democracy Perspective:

Deep Democracy is an attitude that focuses on the awareness of voices that are both central and marginal. This type of awareness can be focused on groups, organizations, one's own inner experiences, people in conflict, etc. Understanding how individuals and organizations centralize or marginalize information and experiences is a fast track to helping groups to understand and change the mindsets that initially prevented the discovery of adequate solutions. Worldwork has an easy, applicable technology to foster thinking outside of the box. This approach often brings unexpected solutions to group conflicts, interpersonal conflicts, and personal ambivalence.
Unlike "classical" democracy (which focuses on majority rule), Deep Democracy suggests that all voices, states of awareness, and frameworks of reality are important. The process model makes it possible for organizations to determine when it is time for consensus building and when it is time for focused leadership. Deep Democracy also suggests that the information carried within these voices, awareness’s, and frameworks is needed to understand the complete process of the system. The meaning of this information manifests when the various frameworks and voices relate to one another. Deep Democracy is a process of relationship and flow, not a state-oriented still picture or a set of policies.

  • The Theory of Worldwork:

Worldwork theory is informed by particle physics, complex system theory, and concepts from psychology and anthropology. The theory suggests that if marginalized aspects are brought to the foreground, an experience of dynamic flow re-enters the system bringing resolution, new creativity, and depth to group and individual experience. Deep democracy, when applied in specific circumstances, takes a variety of forms, depending on cultural practices and beliefs. This approach allows individuals to work as well with measurable facts and linear logic as with intuitive and emotional experiences during non-linear processes.

  • The Worldwork Methodology:

Worldwork methods include tools from psychology, social psychology, sociology, and brain research to enhance individual and group learning. An important focus is the awareness style that an individual or an organization is using. Awareness styles are the actual psychological processes that make up mindsets.
Worldwork is a trans-cultural and ethno-specific approach to leadership. It is trans-cultural because its methods and theory are based on complex system theory, concepts from quantum physics, and the role of the observer in a hard science context. This foundation provides a global theory and framework that can be applied for different cultural manifestations and perceptions of reality.
Under the umbrella of this unifying perspective, we develop additional theories and methods that rest on the understanding that social institutions, ethnic traditions, and diverse thinking styles and norms create histories reflected in individual ethnic patterns that are culturally specific, and used by members of society to form their own unique leadership styles, organizational forms, and institutions.
The trans-cultural approach of Worldwork celebrates and frames this diversity. Our leadership model results from a collaborative effort between trainers and participants that includes a process of two-way teaching, training, and development. Our staff has experience in developing trainings in over 40 countries, in hundreds of organizations, and in communities on all continents.

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