Tom Atlee
Biography & Resources


Tom Atlee, founder of the nonprofit Co-Intelligence Institute, has written and spoken for twenty years on politics, democracy, and cultural transformation. Recently, his work has focused on developing our capacity to function as a wise democracy, so we can turn our social and environmental challenges into positive developments for our society. His resource-packed website,, is used by thousands of people every month.

Tom has written extensively on leading-edge issues in politics, philosophy, and social transformation. His political vision, based on processes that tap our collective intelligence, is presented in his 2003 book: The Tao of Democracy: Using Co-Intelligence to Create a World That Works for All. His articles on social issues and co-intelligence have appeared in National Civic Review, Communities, Co-Op America Quarterly, IONS Noetic Sciences Review, In Context, Yes!, Permaculture Activist, Earthlight, Thinkpeace, and numerous other journals.

Raised in a Quaker activist family, Tom has been exploring social issues and personal and social transformation since an early age. In 1991, he was invited to Belize and to Czechoslovakia (with his life partner, Karen Mercer) to consult on green social change and community-building. He lives in Eugene, Oregon, with Karen and several of their friends.

selected books

The Tao of Democracy: Using Co-Intelligence to Create a World That Works for All
(Writers' Collective, 2003)
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selected articles

“Empowered Dialogue Can Bring Wisdom to Democracy”
published as “Wisdom, Democracy, and the Core Commons” in Earthlight, Fall/Winter 2002/2003

“Using Citizen Deliberative Councils to Make Democracy More Potent and Awake”
Nov. 2003

organizational affiliations

The Co-Intelligence Institute
Founded by Tom Atlee to further the understanding and development of co-intelligence. The institute focuses on catalyzing co-intelligence in the realms of politics, governance, and cultural evolution.

Innovations in Democracy
Aims to make available innovative practices, ideas, experiments, organizations, and references useful for building wiser democracies that work for all.