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Defining “Collective Intelligence”

“Collective intelligence” is a richly diverse domain of study and practice. Having an inclusive definition may help diverse practitioners work and explore together. One such definition might be simply:
Collective intelligence is the INTELLIGENCE of a COLLECTIVE,
which arises from one or more SOURCES.
Expanding on each of the highlighted terms in the definition allows us to paint an inclusive picture of the whole domain. (In my blog entry, I do that, and then add 17 definitions of CI found on the web.)
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What is CI? – a community approach to define it

There are as many definitions of CI as different kinds of discipline-oriented or mission-oriented communities practicing it. I imagine that CI for the intelligence community, or marketers using it for predicting consumer trends, has a meaning quite different from what I suggested, in an evolutionary perspective, to use by a potential community of evolutionary agents.
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“Using Co-Intelligence to Create a World That Works for All”

In February, I wrote about Tom Atlee, pioneer of “co-intelligence”, whom I have the honor to call a friend. Tom talks about the following 5 dimensions of co-intelligence: multi-modal intelligence, collaborative intelligence, wisdom, collective intelligence and universal intelligence. His definitions … Continue reading

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Explaining collective intelligence to non-specialists

Here is below how I explain to non-specialists what is collective intelligence and why it deserves to become a science.

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Collective Consciousness

Collective Intelligence (CI), Collective Wisdom (CW), and Collective Consciousness (CC) are all very different phenomena. All of them have many definitions and descriptions, through the lens of various disciplines. To use them effectively, in ways that enable coherent discourse and … Continue reading

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“Collective intelligence” is defined

“Collective intelligence” is defined as the capacity of human communities to co-operate intellectually in creation, innovation and invention. from the news announcing the research program on “Collective intelligence” at the University of Ottawa

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What is Collective Intelligence

– “Intelligence” refers to the main cognitive powers: perception, action planning and coordination, memory, imagination and hypothesis generation, inquisitiveness and learning abilities. – The expression “collective intelligence” designates the cognitive powers of a group. These cognitive powers are closely related … Continue reading

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