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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 

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

”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

”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

What conditions favour the emergence of scenius?
+Seb Paquet on Collective Intelligence, Quora:
In his blog post on scenius, +Kevin Kelly  cites the following attributes of the geography of scenius:
- 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.

"To do something with soul, creativity or love; to put something of yourself into your work."

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 

”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

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

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

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 
Jan Friman's profile photoJohn Kellden's profile photo
The driving factors behind Collective Intelligence is what needs to be pursued and integrated into the organization of Groups. Working many years as a project manager for large global organizations I have found that the greatest outcome in terms of collective intelligence has been when any individual partaking in the group effort feel that they fit into the whole as a unique and integral part, with their unique talents lifted and made visible - yet not feeling that they are better than someone else - just that they fit in and they are recognized as an integral part of the whole. It's imperative to acknowledge their individual contributions and performances from the perspective that the result would simply not be the same without them - and even more important that their peers acknowledge that very same fact. This is the type of 'feeling' that drives astonishing work without burning any bridges. In these particular circumstances is where social leadership truly makes a difference. 
+Jan Friman you're outlining an essential point, one which if we choose to build intelligence around it, will enable us to anchor, to implement solutions in a much better way.
+George Pór it's a really good definition. I particularly like the word capacity, which makes it possible to relate collective intelligence with the dynamic of building shared vision in a much more cocreative way.
Yes, that's true +John Kellden - Many times the solutions present themselves in this type of context. Someone come up with a great idea and it's being instantly implemented by the group. It's all about supporting this kind of 'internal supportive structure' - really :)
+Jan Friman Yes. At it's best, it is a co-evolving between community and social leadership.
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