The What, Why and How of Collective Intelligence

How can we develop a new field of collective intelligence that pulls across disciplines and works between academic and practitioner domains? This was a key question addressed at the ‘Designing collective intelligence to address social needs’ event hosted by the global innovation foundation Nesta, and co-sponsored by SAGE, in mid-September. An opportunity to to highlight some of the key challenges within collective intelligence, the day brought together researchers and practitioners to look at ways we can collaborate and push the field even further. Kicking off, Geoff Mulgan, Nesta CEO, announced the launch of Nesta’s Centre for Collective Intelligence Design to explore how human and machine intelligence can be combined to make the most of our collective knowledge. He spoke of the need for the cultivation of skills, harnessing intelligence at scale, which needs both a community to be able to bridge research, and tools to mobilize individuals, which the event and the center were set to explore. Next, Ziyad Marar, president of global publishing at SAGE, welcomed attendees, noting the important opportunity that collective intelligence holds in enabling us to integrate collective brainpower into an action oriented approach. As methodological innovations continue to reshape the way that researchers do their work, and as the publisher of research methods, SAGE is committed to supporting researchers as these innovations continue to develop, whether this be through our publishing outputs, investment in software solutions or by encouraging interdisciplinary collaborations. This commitment is highlighted through SAGE’s sponsorship of Public Editor, a project led by sociologist Nick Adams, director of Goodly Labs (which brings the public into research projects improving society) which Marar announced as part of his welcome. Public Editor uses TagWorks content analysis to classify input – in real time – from thousands of people annotating various critical thinking shortfalls they identify in the daily news. The day concluded with a panel chaired by Marar entitled ‘Collective Intelligence – the what, why, and how’, with panelists:
  • Geoff Mulgan, chief executive, Nesta
  • Carina Antonia Hallin, assistant professor, founder and director of Collective Intelligence Unit, Copenhagen Business School
  • Bradley Busetto, senior adviser of the SDG Fund, United Nations
  • David Halpern, chief executive, Behavioral Insights Team (listen to his Social Science Bites podcast HERE)
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