Monthly Archives: May 2004

Notes on Factors in Collective Intelligence

This is yet another essential blog entry by Tom Atlee. He wrote: “There are probably hundreds of factors we could identify as important for the generation of collective intelligence in different types of human system. We find these factors wherever we see collective intelligence being exercised, and when we support them (especially in combination) we often find collective intelligence increasing.
From my work with reflective forms of CI in groups, communities and societies, I find that about fifteen factors stand out most vividly, and I’ve listed them with brief descriptions here.”
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Levels/realms of human collective intelligence

Here is a list of human systems which Tom Atlee thinks of as “being capable of collective intelligence — from individual through organizations and societies up to global. It is, of course, only one possible list of this kind. Note that these are HUMAN systems. Other organisms, social species and ecosystems — at least — are also capable of collective intelligence.
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Notes on Forms of Collective Intelligence (CI)

This is a germinal CI taxonomy fromTom Atlee. He wrote: “I have lately been receiving a lot of information on forms of and approaches to collective intelligence that do not fit within models I’ve been working with for the last fifteen years (that are largely deliberative). I am no expert on these other approaches, but encountering them has led me to brainstorm an annotated list of different forms to cover what I’ve seen so far.
I feel certain my list is not complete and that there are other ways of differentiating forms of collective intelligence, which I’d love to hear about. I intend this initial listing to be temporarily clarifying and stimulating and, hopefully, to trigger people to come up with new ways to map this terrain that better lay the groundwork for an evolving general theory of collective intelligence that embraces all variations.
My list includes reflective CI, structural CI, evolutionary CI, informational CI, noetic CI, flow CI, statistical CI and relevational CI.”
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The challenge of co-intelligent economy

“I’d like to see greater understanding, application, and nurturance of ALL dimensions and types of collective intelligence — even such mundane factors as designing economic measures of success such that the self-organizing market dynamics that get motivated by those measures (and the rewards associated with them) automatically generate outcomes that serve the quality of life of all who live within that economic system.” –Tom Atlee
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Is self-awareness a requirement for CI?

Somebody asked, is self-awareness a requirement for being a CI?
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The collective intelligence of the imaginal cells

“The caterpillars new cells are called ‘imaginal cell.’ They resonate at a different frequency. They are so totally different from the catepillar cells that his immune system thinks they are enemies…and gobbles them up–Chomp! Gulp! But these new imaginal cells continue to appear. More and more of them! Pretty soon, the caterpillar’s immune system cannot destroy them fast enough. More and more of the imaginal cells survive. And then an amazing thing happens! The little tiny lonely imaginal cells start to clump together, into friendly little groups. They all resonate together at the same frequency, passing information from one to another. Then, after awhile, another amazing thing happens! The clumps of imaginal cells start to cluster together!.., A long string of clumping and clustering imaginal cell, all resonating at the same frequency, all passing information from one to another there inside the chrysalis.”
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When community intelligence becomes market intelligence…

Have you ever wondered what is common in “community intelligence,” “swarm intelligence,” “smart mobs” and “tipping points”? According to market intelligence guru, Britton Manasco, they are all about a “drift toward potential innovations that draw on the unspoken and unanticipated knowledge of today’s (and tomorrow’s) customers.”
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