Factors that support collective intelligence and wisdom
Many factors play a role in how collectively intelligent or wise a group, system, or situation is. Here I offer tentative lists of factors that enhance collective stupidity, collective guesstimations (the “wisdom of crowds” phenomenon), collective intelligence, and collective wisdom. I invite readers to add their own thoughts about this in the comment section below this blog post.
Some colleagues have asked that I discuss what contributes to collective intelligence and wisdom, compared to the criteria for Wisdom of Crowds-type “guesstimation” exercises – and, in contrast, what contributes to collective stupidity.
Enric Duran of the Catalan Integrated Cooperative has taken the time to comment on Michel Bauwens’ recent article on Open Coops, contrasting Bauwens’ proposals with the practical realities already under way in the CIC’s own forward thinking cooperativist environment.
Bauwens’ summary of these proposals include four key proposals which Duran addresses below. To give some context, the four proposals are:
- That coops need to be statutorily (internally) oriented towards the common good
- That coops need to have governance models including all stakeholders
- That coops need to actively co-produce the creation of immaterial and material commons
- That coops need to be organized socially and politically on a global basis, even as they produce locally.
Here are Duran’s comments to each proposal.
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Research has just shown that “The Wisdom of Crowds” phenomena can be biased – a bias that can be avoided by focusing on the responses of “confident” responders and ignoring everyone else. While this is interesting, it neglects a number of important points, such as (a) how the whole process is limited to questions that have a single right answer (which, it turns out, the researchers failed to do); (b) problems with “confidence” as a source of accurate information; and (c) the fact that making guesses about facts or predictions about the future is but a tiny part of the full reality and potential of collective wisdom – and focusing on that tiny part is distracting us from our urgent need to develop more comprehensive and powerful forms of collective wisdom and to apply them to our current global predicament.
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