Stories of CI within

My last entry on What Is My Collective IQ? – Boosting CI from Within received some juicy comments, to which I prefer to respond here as to both salute the contributors, Robert David Steele, Mark Ranford, and Andrew Campbell, and make my reply referenceable by URL.
Mark Ranford wrote:
> Somehow I feel that its relevance is not going to be recognised as widely as it deserves (I maybe wrong).
Mark, I think relevant ideas are not recognized because they deserve to be but because they express something valid in an accessible language. My “boosting CI from within” approach maybe valid but certainly not expressed in an easy-to-grasp way. That’s because I use the blog, basically, as a notebook of drafts not polished writings–almost like a collection of self-reminders–on subjects that at some future point I want to refine and develop. So, your point is well taken.
> But what I feel is that the language and the terminology is too far ahead of the thinking of many practising managers… I just wish that the gap to bridge this thinking with the majority of practicing managers was easier to bridge.
That’s a very inspiring comment! See what it triggered:

> George do you think that there are ways to make these complex concepts more immediate and understandable? Are there ways to bring their own direct experiences to bear when internalizing these points. Would “Storytelling” ala Steve Demmings, be useful tools.
Definitely yes! In fact, the concept of “collective intelligence within” was born from the lived stories of my personal experiences of:
• Reduced cognitive and action-effectiveness when I am temporarily divorced from that part of my intellectual and relational resources which are the Web
• High rewards for moving from ego-centric to net-centric thinking
• Being both whole and parts of other wholes that I choose to support
• Processing in the “inner conversation” of my thinking the key themes emerging from the networks of conversations that make up the various groups that I am part of
All of these examples have very clear managerial implications, at least for me.
I could write up the related stories, and someday I will, but it may be more important to complete setting the context, and articulate a new initiative, for an “appreciative inquiry”-style collection of relevant stories from the life of managers, scientist, artists, athletes, and others who experienced CI within.

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4 Responses to Stories of CI within

  1. pad says:

    Hi George…
    Ditto for my last comment … keep it up.
    PS Be less busy and be more in&out


  2. David A Brown says:

    I really appreciate this blog. This is the first time I have posted to it but I feel a voice for a deeply inner domain of our being is necessary. In my experience this is where true CI finds its conduits and amplifiers.
    The only way that I get full impact of the complicated set of concepts about CI is to have a way to let them all go and return to a much more natural place of being; a place that is before or beyond the conceptualizing function of our minds. George refers to this in his section on reflections by pointing to contemplation and meditation, which is right on my view.
    I would include this at the center of the diagram of Collective Intelligence Internal Flow to enhance the potency of each of the poles. It would be an invitation to stop the mind flow, for just a moment, and find the place in awareness before concepts. This moment in the non-conceptual realm allows CI an open mind to generate within. It helps old concepts to dissolve and slows the reification of new ones.
    This continual opening brings a potent presence to its person that can aid the “CI-as-out-there”, the community aspects of this process. One becomes much more available when the hold of the ego or concept structured self are relaxed, available both to new meanings and other people.
    Thanks for all your good work on this.


  3. andrew campbell says:

    Hello again George and friends,
    One of the strongest affiliations i have felt and allowed myself to be influenced by this last year has been the community of embodied and enactive thinkers and doers; teachers and practitioners. They claim allegiance to the Merleau Ponty school, then down through Varela and others. A google on ‘Warren Linds’ and ‘BodyMind’ should bring up related papers and info. I have been reading and sharing and co-creating with Warren and his friends for about six months. If anyone reading here has insights, views, perspectives and/or reflections about how that tradition and modern practice flows out into organizational change and collective intelligence i’d like to engage with them. Also ‘semantic fields’ and ‘semantic constellations’ (se-cos) are also ways of understanding and articulating access to and of CI (maybe?)- My personal like in this latter is the work of Sheldrake, ‘Morphic Fields’ and ‘ —- Resonance’ etc.
    Does any of this create sparks…as heat and or light? 😉
    George, how’s the new apartment?


  4. I “conceptualize” Collective Intelligence easily in terms of Morphic Fields, so thanks for that link, Andrew Campbell. The collective creates one, contributes to it, strengthens it, and draws from it, is infused and inspired by it. And the MF is a “black box” which is not like computer memory, although computer memory shared by a group in a sense could be called “CI.” Ci as the MF actually changes things, between input and output, in mysterious ways. That is why the “receptivity” of quiet openness that David A. Brown mentioned, is so important, in the groups I am in which function in CI.


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