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February 7, 2007

Collective intelligence as integral capacity

Tom Atlee wrote in an email message:

> A capacity usually involves both being and doing. It manifests
> through doing, but usually requires some form of being.
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> Intelligence manifests largely through solving problems. If you
> can't solve problems of some type, most people wouldn't say you were
> very intelligent.
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> Intelligence is bigger than 'problem solving', but that's sort of a
> core standard.
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> Solving problems involves being able to see clearly, decide what's
> relevant, reflect on it, not be prejudiced in ways that block your
> ability to do these things, etc. These things are as much about
> being as doing.
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> Does one "apply" one's intelligence, or just "use" it?
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> Here's how I think about CI:

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August 20, 2006

The power of open AND generative questions

Robert Bystrom wrote in his comment on the "Connectivity ramp, CI, and Jaron Lanier" blog entry.

"Whenever you entertain an open question, you invite personal intelligence. Whenever a group entertains a shared question, they invite their collective intelligence."

Robert, the insights you shared with us in your comment are very much appreaciated. Not only they resonate with my own sense of CI and condtions favorable to its emergence but your focus on community empowerment is truly inspiring.

Regarding your key message that I quoted above, I can see that shared questions do invite collective intelligence but wether CI actually will show up, depends on a number of factors in each of Wilber's Four Quadrants.

The conscious cultivation of those factors may lead to higher level CI capacities. When dealing with complex challenges, nothing less will do. I am curious of what factors you differentiate and respond to in your practice. Would you say more about them?

I think not all open questions generate CI equally fit to call forth the most valued future of the organization or community. I call the ones that do "generative questions." Their power is in the qualities of the individual or collective attention and consciousness, from which they come.

August 21, 2005

Why to invest our time and attention in an Integral Operating System

I started reading the work-in-progress online Excerpts from Wilber’s forthcoming "Kosmic Karma and Creativity" and found the gems quoted below. They are followed by my burning questions.

“[T]he technological revolution can speed through the social system extremely quickly--leaving the old cultural worldview completely out of sync with the new realities. To change that cultural worldview requires, of course, a difficult subjective transformation of consciousness in order to tetra-mesh with the new social realities of increased depth.”
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“[T]hat modest 2% of the population that is now integral might soon swell to 5%, 10%, or more. I believe that, as with any evolutionary unfolding, we will especially start to see evidence of this increasingly integral consciousness at the growing tip, or at the leading edge, or in the avantgarde (by whatever appellation)--in academia, the arts, social movements, spirituality, thought leaders.”
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“Once individuals download and install [an Integral Operating System] IOS in their own worldview, they begin more conscientiously attempting to include all views, all approaches, all potentials in their own sweep of the Kosmos. IOS initiates a self-correcting, self-organizing outreach to all aspects of the universe previously marginalized by worldviews that were too narrow, too shallow, too self-enclosing to serve as more transparent vehicles of Kosmic consciousness.”

The power and clarity of those provocative ideas triggered some new insights and questions:

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