October 17, 2009

Wrapping the conference in a blanket of collective intelligence (CI)

Since I published The Quest for Collective Intelligence in the anthology on "Community Building: Renewing Spirit and learning in Business" (1995), I knew that a moment will come within my lifetime, when all what we know about CI will need to be brought into conversation and action. That will be called by a viable future that urgently needs “loosely tied far-flung strangers learning to collaborate” (Sébastien Paquet), at increasing scale. In my epiphany, it was also a time when a loose network of communities of CI practitioners and research centers formed, and it started developing and sharing advanced CI tools, methods, frameworks, and practices.

I feel that time is now and our CI workshop at UQAM can provide an impetus for advancing both practice and research if we co-created it so. On the practice side, we’ll be successful if we closely align CI-boosting in and around our workshop with the common context of the conference and its participants, which is community development. Thanks to Isabelle Mahy's’s wise orchestration, we can use my keynote, the opening and closing world cafés, the roundtable and the workshop, for wrapping the conference in a blanket of “collective intelligence” practices and tools.

Those practices may include on-site interviewing of participants in different sessions and workshops of the conference, then bringing the insights, questions, and inspirations emerging from those interviews both into the room onto the net. The more people capable to conduct dialogue interviews (à la Scharmer) will contribute to the process, the more aware the conference as system can become of its richness and potential. If you're new to dialogue interviewing, you can learn about it by going to the"U-Tools" diagram and bringing your mouse over "Dialogue Interviews.

I did something like that with some friends, on a very a small scale, at Reboot 9.0 that was geek unconference (an Open Space-like gathering) in Copenhagen, a couple of years ago. Observing what happened there, I articulated some unpublished ideas about “wrapping a conference in a blanket of CI.” If some people would step forward to drive/coordinate the process of dialogue interviewing and synthesizing on-site, I’d be happy to be a resource person to them.

May 31, 2007

Opening session at Reboot 9

This is Martin. Coming to the conference or event of Reboot, the feeling of it is that it is very different than the academic conferences that I usually have gone to.
My sense of Reboot is that it seems to be without the nervous academic ambitions where all participants are anxious about whether they will be able to stand their ground in the company of their research peers.
Reboot - from this first impression - is more an experience of like-minded people leaning in to getting to know something new. It is very fascinating.

May 20, 2007

Collective intelligence in service of Reboot

Reboot is "Calling all practical visionaries of the world!" It's an event to reboot our minds, play on the edge of technology, and re-dream our culture. Its is a brainchild of Thomas Madsen-Mygdal, in its 9th successful year, happening in Copenhagen May 31 - June 1, 2007. The event is designed for 400 people ans is sold out but you can still participate in the Reboot online community, by registering (for free) here.

I will co-facilitate there an experiment in Boosting Our Collective Intelligence. The subtitle is: Presencing the future we care for, by liberating the potential of communities of practice and life-work communities.

Let me know whether you'd want to learn more about it, as it unfolds.

May 19, 2007

CI in the dialog between life sciences and management of organisations

The French chapter of the Society for Organizational Learning had conference on the "EMERGENCE OF COLLECTIVE INTELLIGENCE: a dialog between Life Sciences and Management of organisations."

Its aim was to explore the state of the art in each of these disciplines, to explore how these disciplines can inspire each other. I couldn't attend because a conflict of schedule, and so far, they didn't make their presentations public on their website. So I can't report on it.

They wrote, "This gathering can be the first step into a range of meetings and a multidisciplinary research program." If they'd think that my action research on "European Governance and Collective Intelligence" fit the bill, and invite me to help designing the next conference, the first thing I'd suggest is to design it for a better synergy between the face-to-face event and web-based tools of CI to be used before, during and after it.

January 23, 2007

Knowledge Management meets Collective Intelligence

I've just learned that the Southern California Cluster of KM Clusters will hold a "Collective Intelligence Networks" event in Los Angeles , Feb. 22, 2007. I wish I could be there but it's unlikely that I can fly to the US just one for one day even if the program is very appetizing. I hope there will be some good harvesting from the event, which can contribute to increase the CI of the wider field of CI.

Their website says:

"Entirely new ways to share, trade and aggregate information using collective intelligence networks are growing rapidly. These networks help companies, schools, governments, and individuals to acquire, to create and lead ever-growing bodies of knowledge... Online collective intelligence networks continuously amass, codify, refine and advance knowledge and wisdom. Open, value-based networks enable far better decision making about product launches, features, policies and myriad other critical questions."

The event may become yet another accelerator to the emergence of collective intelligence as a field of multi-disciplinary study and practice. If anybody reading this blog will go there, don't forget to post your comment about your experience.

October 12, 2005

CI in Denmark

Under the name CIPI, Collective Intelligence Practitioners Initiative, a loosely organized group of 15-20 people in Denmark, identifying themselves as practioneers (experienced, beginners, becoming, whatever...) in the field of CI, meets regularly for two day sessions of inquiry. Participation is by invitation - not to exclude anyone, but to ensure commitment and relevance in participation.

The purpose is to engage a field of collective intelligence in between members, and to bring the field in service of changes that they think needs support. They belive that the practices and leadership of CI can only be developed or discovered in collectives on the edge. You can connect with CIPI through World Café pioneer, Finn Voldtofte, .

I've just heard that the group may organize an international CIPI festival, next Spring, near Aarhus, Denmark. I offered my enthused support to it, so if it happens, you will certainly hear about it in the Blog of CI. Stay tuned.

May 10, 2004

How local meetings w/global experts can boost CI

This entry is copied from an email exchange with ChrisMacrae, with his permission. He wrote:

> -the need of deep foreign experts who travel through London to find 10
> disciples (in any way that disciples can help as the opposite of
> audiences paying to hear)

Chris, I remember, you mentioned that idea in the conversations we had with you and Johnnie Moore, last Friday, and suggested me to participate in such conversation, the next time when I will visit London. In the same conversation, besides gently deflecting to be treated as a guru :-) I extolled the benefits to our collective intelligence if we could seamlessly integrate and synergize our real-time and asynch dialogues. Your email provides me with an opportunity to illustrate my point as follows.

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March 22, 2003

Technologies of CI

Technologies of Collective Intelligence, two-day seminar (in French) at Collège de Polytechnique, in Paris.

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