Virtualization And THE Collective “We”

How are the modalities of collective intelligence going to be shaped in the post-industrial society? Predicted by the science of collective intelligence in the late 20th  century[i], the consequences of a growing virtualisation of our collective “we” have blurred the notions of unity and location, which became particularly evident in the times of the global pandemic crisis of 2020[ii]. In Click to read full article

Update from Crowd Predictions From the Frontline

We are now four months from accomplishing the three-year empirical study “Crowd Predictions from the Frontline”, which investigates the ability of frontline employees to predict critical performance measures of multinational organizations to improve decision-making. In Lego Group we study product quality and in Radiometer Medical we study retention and attraction of employee talent. It’s been a great and inspiring research Click to read full article

Who is smart at predicting short-term fluctuations in the economy?

The global financial crisis of 2007-2008 highlighted the need for better monitoring and forecasting of fluctuations in the economy in order to avoid similar economic recessions in the future. Since then, various institutions have been searching for new and more accurate prediction methods, which could reduce the uncertainties associated with economic fluctuations at a national level [1]. One of such studies Click to read full article

Using Collective Intelligence to address Democratic Challenges

Democracies around the world are experiencing declining trust in politicians [1]. In France this has amounted to the Yellow Vests, a complex social movement with a variety of different interests, but united around the notion that their voices have been excluded from the political process. There is general distrust in democratic institutions and a recent study shows that 60 % Click to read full article

Fifteen Years With The Harnessing of Tacit Knowledge and Employee Predictions

It was a sunny April afternoon in 2003 on the Cornell University campus. I was sitting outside the Johnson School of Business, glancing at the world’s leading hotel school, the Cornell School of Hotel Administration. It made me reflect on the many rich insights that hotel staff accumulate from their daily operational experiences. Hospitality employees are in continuous interactions with Click to read full article

Crowd Predictions From The Frontline – Project Updates

Last fall Collective Intelligence Unit (CIU) initiated the 3-year research project “Crowd Predictions from the Frontline”. The project is supported by The Danish Industry Foundation, and aims to apply new crowd predictions methods to demonstrate how information from frontline employees in Danish multinational organizations can be aggregated and used for optimized, strategic decision-making. The research project is divided into a Click to read full article

On ‘Big Mind’ Thinking: A Collective Intelligence ‘Paradigm’ For Our Time? – Part 3 of 3

Building on ‘mindset shifts’: From ‘thinking’ to ‘doing’ Circumstances are frequently trendsetters. Effectively bypassing ‘hype-cycles’, greater investment and understanding of artificial intelligence (AI), automation, machine learning (ML), and what those types of approaches to technologies can realistically deliver, has substantial value. When harnessed on robustly tested, well-proven and evidence-based paths, these approaches to technologies provide tangible results and outputs, forming Click to read full article

On ‘Big Mind’ Thinking: A Collective Intelligence ‘Paradigm’ For Our Time? – Part 2 of 3

Addressing ‘multiple complexities’: ‘Proof-of-concept’ to ‘productization’ Naturally, in today’s overall era of ‘multiple complexities’, also known as ‘multiplexity’ and involving ‘globalized strategic risk’, several suggestions arise as to the central question posed at the end of Part 1 of this blog post: ‘how do we go about realizing our goals and accomplishing our intended effects and outcomes?’ An improved understanding Click to read full article

On ‘Big Mind’ Thinking: A Collective Intelligence ‘Paradigm’ For Our Time? – Part 1 of 3

A source of ‘Big Mind’ origins This summer I read the latest book Big Mind: How Collective Intelligence Can Change Our World, by Geoff Mulgan, Chief Executive of Nesta, the UK’s National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts. Mulgan presents a proposal to assist humankind to find ways forward into the future. He does this by helpfully surveying and Click to read full article

The Studies that “Disproved” Free Will (and why it may not even matter)

Do we have free will when it comes to our actions and behaviour? A series of neuroscience experiments linked to the predictive brain led scientists to question this notion, sparking an intense scientific debate. This post breaks down and discusses these experiments, and, most importantly, the implications of whether or not we believe free will exists. Neuroscientific “Evidence” against Free Will Click to read full article