Here is a list of human systems which I think of as being capable of collective intelligence. 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.
The systems on this list may share certain characteristics, but they also may have different characteristics. Hopefully someday we will know more about this and be able to talk clearly and usefully about collective intelligence dynamics in each of these human systems, and the relationships between them.
At the very least, right now, we can be conscious of the level(s) or system(s) we’re focusing on, and realize that others may be focusing on other levels or systems — and that that may be a significant reality. My own focus has been on community and whole society collective intelligence. A tremendous amount of work has been done on collective intelligence in organizations, because corporations have the funds and motivation to support such work. What sorts of higher collective intelligence are most vital for our survival and thrival as a civilization? What needs to happen for those sorts of collective intelligence to evolve and grow rapidly?
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Some Human Systems Whose Collective Intelligence We Can Observe and Nurture
INDIVIDUAL CI (CI among our own internal subjective parts and voices)
INTERPERSONAL / RELATIONSHIP CI
NATIONAL / WHOLE SOCIETY CI
INTERNATIONAL GROUP/NETWORK/ORGANIZATION CI
GLOBAL HUMANITY CI