September 08, 2005
Convening the Field of Collective Intelligence
Collective intelligence is intelligence that arises from -- and is a capacity or characteristic of -- groups and other collective living systems.
Although collective intelligence can be coherently defined, in practice it is not one thing. It serves diverse functions, comes in diverse forms, and has many diverse aspects. In fact, it is so multifarious that few of us who work with it comprehend its many dimensions. The time is ripe for us to come together and discover the fullness of the field weve been working in.
All over the world, the need is great. Collective intelligence can
On many fronts, the world can use -- and increasingly needs -- more and better collective intelligence. There are many names for it. They describe distinct but overlapping and interconnected phenomena, so they are all embraced as part of this rich and useful interdisciplinary field of study and practice. They include:
In order to ensure our survival and success as a species, we will need to integrate and apply what we have all learned about collective intelligence to improve our capacity to create sustainable social, political, and economic systems that work well for everyone involved, and to creatively meet the challenges of the 21st century.
Given the right conditions -- conditions which have been created in numerous environments around the world on many occasions -- communities and societies can collectively reflect on their problems and possibilities, and collectively choose and implement effective, even brilliant solutions and initiatives. Coming together to understand collective intelligence -- in all its dimensions -- can help us fulfill the original dream of democracy: the wise participatory determination of our collective fate.
We believe it is not only possible but vital that we who deal with collective intelligence come together to understand the different parts of our important field, acknowledge our responsibility for its health and success, and find ways to actively assume that responsibility together, for our mutual benefit and the benefit of our world.
• Coordinating our co-authoring on the fly
• intro to "Convening the Field of Collective Intelligence"
• Collective Intelligence/Wisdom and Emerging Crises
• Functions of Collective Intelligence - and Names for its Aspects
• Not a core group, then what? pollen?
• Asking tech questions on the use of this blog
• Uploading documents and pictures
• Convening the Field of Collective Intelligence
• What constitutes "important" for an entry (vs. a comment)
• When to post a comment vs. a blog entry
Conference Design Elements
Design/logistics of Real-Time Meetings
Growing a CI Movement
Intersection of Top-down and Bottom-up
Leaning into the Unknown
Synergy of Physical and Virtual
The Field of Collective Intelligence