Commenting on The emergence of CI, an online experiment, Charles Savage asked a powerful question that, I believe, deserves a lot of attention from all who donâ€™t only want to theorize about CI but experience it live, vibrant, and tangible. He wrote:
>I have one questions, is there something between:
> Is it not possible to have a “collective intelligence” context where the “individual intelligence” comes alive?
Charles, thank you for inquiring into the very heart of what I find the most exciting about Collective Intelligence as theory AND practice. In my experience, individual intelligences come alive and shine best, indeed, in the context of a collective intelligence. Autonomy and community are not only not opposite but one doesnâ€™t really exist without the other.
> In other words, how it is possible to have a dynamic interaction so that as individuals value the intelligence (and emotions) of the other, the collective intelligence emerges?
I donâ€™t think that individuals valuing the intelligence (and emotions) of the other, will necessarily give rise to collective intelligence if thereâ€™s not something else present too. The key of that â€œsomethingâ€ is: humility, a willingness to let go of, or at least to suspend personal judgments, and recognize the shared pool of intelligence as potentially higher value, capable to absorb more complexity than my fixed ideas.
Without that, people may be mutually stroking one another’s ego, even get some nice emotional charges from it but CI wonâ€™t emerge.
David Bohmâ€™s â€œDialogueâ€ and Andrew Cohenâ€™s â€œEnlightened Communications â€ are good examples of ways to facilitate the emergence of a new, higher quality intelligence from beyond-ego interactions. I was lucky to meet Bohm in the 80’s, and currently, my experience and understanding of the intersubjective consciousness are ripening each time when I participate in one of the experiential discussions inspired by Andrewâ€™s work.
In this blog, you can find more entries about intersubjective consciousness here.