Tom Atlee

Tom Atlee is founder, co-director, and research director of the non-profit Co-Intelligence Institute. From the mid-1990s through the mid-2000s, his work focused on developing a society’s capacity to function as a wise democracy. Since 2005, his work has increasingly focused on the dynamics of conscious evolution — in particular the conscious evolution of social systems. These intertwined undertakings are motivated by a desire to turn our social and environmental challenges into positive developments for our society.

Tom’s social change vision is based on new understandings of wholeness which recognize the value of diversity, unity, relationship, context, uniqueness and the spirit inside each of us and the world. Co-intelligence is a form of intelligence grounded in that kind of wholeness. It has collaborative and collective dimensions, which we see clearly in higher forms of politics and governance. Co-intelligence theory also acknowledges many facets of intelligence (like head and heart), wisdom, and the higher forms of intelligence (natural and sacred) that move through and beyond us. Although Tom and the Institute focus on very practical issues of group, social and political dynamics, co-intelligence has many esoteric dimensions as well.

His work in conscious evolution has unfolded in close partnership with Peggy Holman, lead editor of The Change Handbook, and Michael Dowd, author of Thank God for Evolution! Tom collaborated with them on both books, on organizing a series of “evolutionary salons” and, along with Susan Cannonl, on organizing a new nonprofit, Evolutionary Life. With Peggy he has undertaken intensive research on evolutionary dynamics that can guide the transformation of social systems (one key paper is here, others are here) and envisioning and building a movement for the conscious evolution of social systems. He is lead editor of the Evolutionary Life newsletter.

Transforming Power: Impact, Partnership and the Tao of Wholesome Power


“The world we live in is a whole and so, of course, are we—individually and collectively. So are every environment and situation we face. When we act as if we and they are separate from each other, wholeness creates ‘side effects’ that can be undesirable and ultimately catastrophic. On the other hand, when our exercise of power is in harmony with the reality of wholeness, wholeness evolves in harmony with us, including and supporting us. This conscious participation in co-created power of, by, and for the whole—this wholesome power—is key to creating the kind of lives and societies that are an ongoing delight to belong in.”

Positive Possibilities for a World in Crisis


We join with everyone and everything—past, present and future —in sharing our influence on what happens. We are neither guilty nor innocent. Rather, we are consciously or unconsciously involved in everything. Right here and right now. Our actions matter. Our awareness matters. Because we are a factor in the Life of Everything.

Positive Possibilities for a World in Crisis (Serbian)


U životu se pridružujemo raznim ljudima i priklanjamo raznim konceptima – nekim prošlim, nekim sadašnjim i ili budućim – zajedno deleći uticaj koji imamo na sve što nas okružuje. U tome nismo ni zašta krivi niti smo potpuno nevini. Pre bi se reklo da smo svesno ili nesvesno deo svega oko nas. I to baš ovde i sada. Sve što radimo je važno. Naša svest o tome je važna. Jer mi igramo ulogu u Životu Svega.