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December 13, 2009

Collecive intelligence tools for supporting global cooperative work

The stellar line up of workshops at the upcoming ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work reflects the edge of CSCW research, with profound implications for the global-scale cooperative work needed to mach global challenges.

Technically, it has become possible to connect constellations of CI pools of any size. That possibility, when coupled with the passion of social innovators and the wizards of social process technologies, is a key enabler of the current and much needed shift in the evolution of how we organize ourselves as societies and as the crew of Spaceship Earth...

Back to the ACM Conference on CSCW, I’ve just learned that there will be a workshop  on software tools to support Collective Intelligence in organizations. I’m wondering whether the designers/organizers of the conference envisioned to wrap it into a blanket of advanced CI tools and methods, as to augment the CI of the field of CI tool makers, itself?

The program doesn’t say anything about it, probably because the focus is CI in organizations, as it should be, not what it can do for solving world problems. Nevertheless, I believe that there will be a good number of people among the delegates, speakers, panelists, and interactive poster presenters, who feel inspired to address the broader implications of frontier research in CSCW for the world.

message in a bottle.jpgWhat could crystallize that interest so that during the conference a “Big Picture” caucus can form (under any other name) and explore research questions of common or adjacent interest? This blog entry is a message in a bottle, thrown into the digital ocean for someone interested in that question...

July 4, 2009

Autonomous commons groups as drivers of the transition, their CI, and the CI they are part of

A good interview opens new conversations by triggering more questions than it answers. I"m grateful to Christiana Wyly for interviewing James Quilligan and for the new questions that their conversation made possible to ask.

"[T]he real epistemic break is happening where individuals with deeper understanding are organizing to preserve and manage a particular commons which they depend on for their own livelihood or well-being (be it natural, social, cultural or intellectual), and allowing the energy of shared governance to flow in and through that space." -- Quiliigan

What are the signs of such epistemic breaks?
How can we recognize them when they happen?
What are their necessary antecedents?

What difference could it make for the movement of transition to a better world if the collaborative inquiries into those questions would unearth some initial, useful replies?

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July 21, 2008

"What the hell are all these connections and social media for?"

I rarely choose to fall even further behind on my GTD Next Action list, by adding a comment to blogposts, which may never will be read, but your intriguing question caught me because I've been asking myself, for quite a while, the same:

Bev Trayner asked, "what the hell are all these connections and social media for?"

We'll see in 2-3 years from now but that's not an answer to my wanting to sense the lay lines of our emerging planetary reality, as they emerge, so that they can inform wiser actions: mine, my clients' and communities'...

Holding that question for a couple of years led me to the first sketches that you may want to take a look at here and here and here.

What kind of social learning system would be appropriate to address the challenges inherent in those posts?

Regarding our shared "falling behind" syndrome, what if it was only evolution's trick to help us recognize that resistance to distributed cognition and collective intelligence/wisdom is futile, the relevant cognitive unit is not me but we?

(By "relevant" I mean capable to develop the functionally fit differentiation of one's contribution to the whole, based on relatively accurate maps of our social and technical ecosystems.)

October 27, 2007

Facebook and Collective Intelligence

It seems that Facebook can help members in "real-life" communities and networks to be more visible to themselves and increase their opportunity to think, feel, learn, and act together. That brings up two questions:

What combination of current Fb apps could support a circle of friends in cultivating their collective intelligence and wisdom?

What new, innovative app can you imagine that could become a big CI booster? (Hint: some of the categories, into which I classified this entry, serve me as reminders of the context for this question.)

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.

May 10, 2004

From states of collective consciousness to a new, higher stage of CI

At the end of his feature on the Mystery of Collective Intelligence, in the May-July 2004 issue of “What Is Enlightenment?” magazine, Craig Hamilton asked: “What would it take for us to remove any barriers to the emergence of collective consciousness, not just as an occasional peak experience but as a permanent ongoing capacity?”

That question comes on the last of 24 pages filled with stories of small groups experiencing spontaneous irruptions of collective consciousness—described in very evocative images by their participants—and interviews with pioneers of the collective intelligence and wisdom movement. It is breathtaking survey and vista of this rapidly emerging field, that I recommend to all readers of this blog to visit.

The rest of this blog entry is a modest contribution to the efforts of addressing the question raised by Craig Hamilton.

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January 21, 2004

Collective Intelligence seen through Wilber's quadrants

I've just read a fascinating sentence in Wilber's One Taste:

"Once we have integrated the body and the mind, it is much easier--and more likely--that growth can then continue beyond the body and mind, into the realms of soul and spirit."

It seems that Wilber was writing about a progression of stages, through which both the Witness in us, and what we are capable to be aware of, evolve. Contemplating his words inspired me to look at Collective Intelligence through the lenses of the Wilber quadrants. Discovering the "collective intelligence" dimension within each quadrant would certainly give more depth to the concept and the field of CI.

If you happen to know anybody who is already working on an "All Quadrants, All Levels" approach to understand and appreciate Collective Intelligence, please let me know either by a reply to this entry or email to George at Community-Intelligence dot com. I'd be also curious to learn about any places in Wilber's writings where he is explicitly addressing issues of "collective intelligence" or "collective wisdom". I googled him with both terms but it didn't turn up anything substantive. What am I missing?

December 23, 2003

The idividual/community relationship

The change in human consciousness which we call the enlightenment is the most decisive force shaping our present society - its effects are still being worked out. In particular it has affected the relationship of the individual and society, and working out how we feel about that has to be of interest to us all as individuals. Let us say then that the question is worth asking.

from In praise of individuation , by Sen McGlinn