The Collective Intelligence potential

8 March, 2018

The Collective Intelligence is a distributed intelligence, continually enhanced, coordinated in real time, that brings together competencies in an efficient way.  This collaborative model, enabled by digital technologies, allows millions of people to share their knowledge and achieve goals they would have never reached alone.  Not only the Collective Intelligence encouraged the interaction and the sharing of competences between perfect strangers, but it helped organisations and societies to think bigger and to commit to large-scale projects too. The most well-known example of Collective Intelligence is Wikipedia, where millions of volunteers share their knowledge for the benefit of the community.

In order to unleash this mechanism’s potential, the way institutions and organisations interact and work need to be reformulated completely. Furthermore, the sharing of uncompleted or false information, such as fake news, or the failure of some Collective Intelligence projects, risk to prevent the full dissemination of this promising approach.

We believe that Collective Intelligence, by combining people’s knowledge with digital tools, has the potential to solve some of the most challenging problems of our era.

Geoff Mulgan, CEO of Nesta – National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts, strongly believes in a future where this “bigger mind” will lead companies, governments, universities and societies to make the most of the human brain and digital technologies.

On the 26th of March at the Rinascimenti Sociali spaces in Turin, Geoff will talk about how we can use Collective Intelligence to have a real impact in our society. He will explain how recent experiments can mobilise millions of people to solve current problems through digital technologies, such as Google Maps.

During the event, Geoff will introduce his new book “Big Mind: How Collective Intelligence Can Change Our World”, published by Princeton University Press, which illustrates how Collective Intelligence can help improve the society we live in.

We have a limited number of seats, please register to the event here

Geoff Mulgan is the Chief Executive of Nesta, National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts, and a senior visiting scholar at Harvard University. He was the first director of the think-tank Demos, director of the strategic unit of the Prime Minister and head of politics under Tony Blair. Past books include ‘The Art of Public Strategy’ (Oxford University Press),  Good and Bad Power (Penguin) and ‘The Locust and the Bee’ (Princeton University Press) 2013.