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Crowdeverything, part 3: Collective Intelligence

Collaborative Sensemaking, part 105: Scenius

”The real collective intelligence cannot be named.”
-- +John Kellden  , ( riffing on Tao Te Ching )

”Collective intelligence unfolds out of the implicate order through each one of our smallest necessary steps.”
-- +John Kellden 

”Twitter and Google+ is the Herakleitan source of collective intelligence. We're writing ourselves co-intelligent.”
-- +John Kellden 

+ConversationLab 
Scenius, Group Flow & Group Genius Tea House Sequence:
Gather, Diverge, Scenify, Converge, Prototype

Gather: Participants, Expertise
Diverge: Personal passion, Unique talents
Scenify: Be part of something bigger, Performance
Converge: Flow, Alignment
Prototype: Satisfying work, Cocreation of value

Co-intelligence
”Healthy communities, institutions and societies -- perhaps even our collective survival -- depend on our ability to organize our collective affairs more wisely, in tune with each other and nature.
This ability to wisely organize our lives together -- all of us being wiser together than any of us could be alone -- we call co-intelligence.”
-- Tom Atlee
http://www.co-intelligence.org/

Scenius
”Scenius stands for the intelligence and the intuition of a whole cultural scene. It is the communal form of the concept of the genius.”
-- Brian Eno
http://lifehacker.com/5062659/oblique-strategies-on-your-iphone

What conditions favour the emergence of scenius?
+Seb Paquet on Collective Intelligence, Quora:
http://www.quora.com/What-conditions-favor-the-emergence-of-scenius
In his blog post on scenius, +Kevin Kelly  cites the following attributes of the geography of scenius:
http://www.kk.org/thetechnium/archives/2008/06/scenius_or_comm.php
- Mutual appreciation -- Risky moves are applauded by the group, subtlety is appreciated, and friendly competition goads the shy. Scenius can be thought of as the best of peer pressure.
- Rapid exchange of tools and techniques -- As soon as something is invented, it is flaunted and then shared. Ideas flow quickly because they are flowing inside a common language and sensibility.
- Network effects of success -- When a record is broken, a hit happens, or breakthrough erupts, the success is claimed by the entire scene. This empowers the scene to further success.
- Local tolerance for the novelties -- The local "outside" does not push back too hard against the transgressions of the scene. The renegades and mavericks are protected by this buffer zone.
- Flexibility -- giving participants the freedom to be creative.
- Barriers to entry -- this filters out many wannabes.
- Barriers to exit -- keeps people around, so there are more prolonged contacts and people get to know one another.
- Nondescriptness --  from the outside you would never guess there was anything special about the place.
- Some flash of excitement to kick off the virtuous circle.

Meraki
"To do something with soul, creativity or love; to put something of yourself into your work."
https://plus.google.com/u/0/101010252943098026073/posts/QVFYnUQQmxc

Social Architecture & Third Neighborhoods
The importance of social tools and settings for both startups and well established large organizations.
“We are seeing a rethinking of work, collaboration, and the role of management in a changing world, where the principles and tools of the web are transforming society, media, and business.”
-- +Stowe Boyd 
http://stoweboyd.com/post/765078370/the-sum-of-all-fears-the-social-business-naysayers

Epicenters
http://archizoo.com/2010/03/03/scenius-and-workspace-genius/
”Alex Steffen,. In his blog, Steffen suggests that the “art of courting genius” is an essential capability of those attempting to innovate and develop solutions to big problems. He points out that genius does not arrive on cue, but instead in “unruly clumps, in great non-linear spurts of changed thinking.” Without the right places and spaces, you’ll miss what you had hoped to achieve. Instead, you must “create a welcoming place for [genius] and increase the likelihood that it will show up.” Steffen uses the term “epicenters” to embrace the concept of scenius, places with the right ingredients to “set the conditions for a planetary explosion of new thinking.”
-- Alex Steffen, Worldchanging – A User’s Guide for the 21st Century
http://www.worldchanging.com/archives/008160.html

Nature of Order
”Wholeness (and life) emerges as a result of naturally occurring processes which are based on locii known as centers.”
-- James O. Coplien
http://www.bradapp.com/docs/NoNoO.html

Envisioning the Future
”You begin by talking to people--people in big business, people in small business, people who started businesses and people whose businesses failed. They tell you all sorts of stories and give you enough conflicting advice that you think you would have been better off locking yourself in a room to come up with ideas. You stop for a moment, though, and think back to all of the interactions you have just had. What could you learn from that?”
-- James B. Smethurst
http://www.mgtaylor.com/mgtaylor/jotm/spring97/wsr_model2.htm

Collective Intelligence
http://storify.com/TheTransitioner/collective-intelligence

+Michel Bauwens 
”When the sum of all personal intelligences is greater than the sum of its part, because the field has become intelligent.”

+Pierre Levy 
”Collective intelligence and human development are interdependent and the basis of cultural evolution.”

+Jerry Michalski 
”Collective intelligence emerges from our efforts to negotiate personal truths against inconvenient facts:”

Jascha Rohr
”Collective intelligence is the the emergent quality if individual potential unfolds in deep reciprocal relation to others.”

+Jean-François Noubel 
”Collective intelligence is this extraordinary property of social living that emerges when beings collaborates.”

Image source:
+Mike Arauz 
http://mikearauz.wordpress.com/2010/06/03/community-centered-collective-action-design-framework/
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