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How to Cultivate Collective Intelligence

The first time I heard the word "swarming" in a business context, it made me chuckle. I had an instant visual of bees dressed in suits and carrying briefcases, furiously buzzing over, under, and around a conference table. They weren’t accomplishing anything—just making a lot of noise and looking for something to sting. Then it occurred to me that all worker bees are female. Each bee in my mental image was now wearing a suit with a skirt, and red high heels on all six feet. However, I am a huge believer in collective intelligence, whether at work or in the wild. Similarly, the human brain is naturally wired for empathy, connectivity, and collaboration. An important issue may develop in another time zone across the world, or an immediate deadline may be set. Progress will depend on your ability to bring together highly functioning groups of diverse people. As meetings become more diverse, people who do not know each other will come together to accomplish difficult work. Related:  WisdomCollective IntelligenceCollaborative Organizations

Collective Intelligence: Creating a Prosperous World at Peace---Complete Book minus jacket flaps - Education-Adult-Education Getting from Collective Intelligence to Collective Action I really enjoyed attending the Collective Intelligence FOO Camp, sponsored by Google and O'Reilly Media, last weekend. I'd been expecting a sort of geek slumber party, and had looked forward to rolling out my awesome Darth Vader impersonation. I was all set to cut loose with a growling, "I'm your father, Luke." It didn't quite come to that, but I still had a blast, meeting lots of smart, informed, articulate, creative, and successful people. Friendly people, too. I described how to establish the legality of real money, open-access prediction markets under U.S. law. That strategy would stand a fair chance—a 75% chance, I'd say—of establishing the legality of a great many in-house and (effectively) public prediction markets under U.S. law. This legalization program would most directly benefit subsidized markets; it would not plainly establish the legality of markets where traders could invest their own funds or hedge against off-market risks.

Collective Intelligence Collective Intelligence As we explore ways to generate more effective groups, organizations, institutions, and other human systems, it may help to begin by taking a closer look at collective intelligence. When I investigate the problems that we face in the world today, I seldom find that individual evil is a central cause. More often I find basically good, intelligent people collectively generating discord and disaster -- in families, groups, organizations, nations and the world. Clearly individual intelligence is not enough. There are many different kinds of collective intelligence, including To date, much has been learned about how to develop collective intelligence within organizations-usually to help corporations become more competitive in the global market. Yet comparatively little effort has been applied toward building collective intelligence in the public sector, for governance and social system design. You can explore collective intelligence further in the articles below. Books

The Nature of Consciousness: How the Internet Could Learn to Feel - Steve Paulson "Romantic reductionist" neuroscientist Christof Koch discusses the scientific side of consciousness, including the notion that all matter is, to varying degrees, sentient. If you had to list the hardest problems in science -- the questions even some scientists say are insoluble -- you would probably end up with two: Where do the laws of physics come from? How does the physical stuff in our brains produce conscious experience? Even though philosophers have obsessed over the "mind-body problem" for centuries, the mystery of consciousness wasn't considered a proper scientific question until two or three decades ago. By the 1980s, Crick had jumped from molecular biology to neuroscience and moved from England to California. Koch remains on the front lines of neurobiology. Why have you devoted so much of your life searching for the neural roots of consciousness? Koch: Consciousness is the central factor of our lives. What makes consciousness such a difficult problem for scientists to explain?

Collective intelligence in small teams A new study co-authored by MIT researchers documents the existence of collective intelligence among groups of people who cooperate well, showing that such intelligence extends beyond the cognitive abilities of the groups’ individual members, and that the tendency to cooperate effectively is linked to the number of women in a group. Many social scientists have long contended that the ability of individuals to fare well on diverse cognitive tasks demonstrates the existence of a measurable level of intelligence in each person. In a study published Thursday, Sept. 30, in the advance online issue of the journal Science, the researchers applied a similar principle to small teams of people. They discovered that groups featuring the right kind of internal dynamics perform well on a wide range of assignments, a finding with potential applications for businesses and other organizations. “We did not know if groups would show a general cognitive ability across tasks,” said Thomas W.

Collaborative Leadership What is collaborative leadership?Why practice collaborative leadership?When is collaborative leadership appropriate?Who are real and potential collaborative leaders?How do you practice collaborative leadership? Consider two communities' efforts to address teen pregnancy. In Putnam, the mayor decides that teen pregnancy is a problem, and that it makes the town look bad. The aide summons the members of the coalition to a meeting, explains what the mayor wants, and quickly gets it, over objections from one of the agency directors that the problem is complex and needs more exploration. Down the road in George City, a group of teen parents and parents of teens have also been meeting to talk about the teen pregnancy issue. The group is facilitated by the head of a youth leadership agency, a woman respected by both teens and the community. Would it surprise you to learn that, after two years, there had been no reduction - a slight increase, in fact - in the Putnam teen pregnancy rate? Buy-in.

Hard problem of consciousness The existence of a "hard problem" is controversial and has been disputed by some philosophers.[4][5] Providing an answer to this question could lie in understanding the roles that physical processes play in creating consciousness and the extent to which these processes create our subjective qualities of experience.[3] Several questions about consciousness must be resolved in order to acquire a full understanding of it. These questions include, but are not limited to, whether being conscious could be wholly described in physical terms, such as the aggregation of neural processes in the brain. If consciousness cannot be explained exclusively by physical events, it must transcend the capabilities of physical systems and require an explanation of nonphysical means. For philosophers who assert that consciousness is nonphysical in nature, there remains a question about what outside of physical theory is required to explain consciousness. Formulation of the problem[edit] Easy problems[edit] T.H.

Collective intelligence Does this person feel playful or irritated? If you said irritated, you aren't as likely to raise the collective intelligence of a group. It is a truism that the smartest of all of us is not smarter than all of us, but how much smarter all of us are depends on how we work together. Ecology lives and breathes by group efforts these days--very rarely are papers ever published by a single author. Yet, we have paid scant attention to how to put these groups together and what makes them successful. A paper last fall in Science actually did experiments to test what factors made groups collectively the most intelligent. What made some groups the most successful? It wasn't necessarily how smart the smartest person in the group was. Not all the lessons transfer directly to scientific working groups. Woolley, A.