Adam McKenty is a writer, meditator, photographer, and computer programmer from a small island off the west coast of Canada. He is passionate about finding ways to work together to create harmonious, sustainable, and mindful human society on planet Earth.
Collective Intelligence: Academia Catches Up To Ecovillages
In this workshop, I will show GEN attendees how far the academic world has come in recognizing, measuring, and analyzing the power of collectives to make wise and intelligent decisions. While ecovillage and community members are already experts at practical collective intelligence, it is inspiring to see the sometimes astonishing ways that research supports deep and long-lasting intuitions about what makes groups function well, how independence and cooperation can be balanced to make good decisions, and the value of emotional safety and connection in collective wisdom. Beyond the research results lie deep and intriguing questions about consciousness and the nature of human groups. Research highlights will include: – Studies from MIT on the importance of sensitivity, balanced participation and women’s contributions to group cognitive performance; – Google’s attempts to quantify team performance showing social safety is more important than IQ; – Dramatic results from “swarm intelligence” platforms that have predicted sports events and cultural awards with extreme accuracy; – An overview of new “digital decision making” systems that are applicable to communities and towns; – Fascinating research on the collective intelligence of bees, birds, trees, and other natural systems; – Frontiers in consciousness science that point to the mysteries of collective intelligence in our bodies and brains; We will finish the workshop by tapping the collective’s intelligence about collective intelligence with some participatory examples. Resources for further learning will also be provided.
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