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Collective Intelligence as a Field of Multi-disciplinary Study and Practice by Tom Atlee and George Por In this paper we define intelligence as the ability to interact successfully with one’s world, especially in the face of challenge or change . Human intelligence involves gathering, formulating, modifying, and applying effective knowledge — often in the form of ideas, images, sensations, patterns of response and sense-making — a process we refer to with words like learning, problem solving, planning, visioning, intuition, understanding, creativity, etc. Anyone seeking to generate more effective groups, organizations, institutions, healthy communities and sustainable societies soon discovers that individual intelligence is an insufficient factor in their success.
In this column, we typically write about the practical use of social software. This month, we'd like to step back and look at the broader cultural implications of social software.
A panel on social search at SES Chicago tried to define social search more precisely yesterday. Chris Sherman suggested the following definition: social search are “ wayfinding tools informed by human judgment .”
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