On Collective Intelligence

Keeping up with this week class topic on “Collective Intelligence” as what panel discussion by MIT World, the first thing came to mind is the Obama’s 2008 Presidential Election. Thomas Malone in MIT International Conference, April 27-29,2009, defined collective intelligence as “groups of individuals acting collectively in ways that seem intelligent,” and he went on mentioned that “all families, tribes, teams, and governments, for example, act with some degree of collective intelligence”. In Obama’s campaign he used collaborative and collective efforts within families, communities, religious groups, different ages groups, and institutions. Obama open up government decision-making and involve the public in the work of agencies, not simply by soliciting opinions, but by tapping into the vast and distributed expertise within American citizenry to help government make more informed decisions. Obama’s innovation and tech agenda is new kind of surge of social creativity and collective intelligence to solve problem face America together. This is inline what Tom Atlee and George Por definition of Collective Intelligence, ” Collective intelligence is any intelligence that arises from–or is a capacity or characteristic of–groups and other collective living systems”. obama campaign expanded perspective and motivate not only African American and the American youth, but it all nation.

According to Wikipedia, “Collective intelligence (CI) can also be defined as a form of networking enabled by the rise of communications technology, namely the Internet”. Well, again using Obama’s campaign, Obama use new media tools, particularly social media and online video publishing for grassroots campaigning, campaign financing and connecting with constituencies.

This campaign to me is clear success of understanding the uses of Collective Intelligence by adopting what we are calling a collaborative approach not only in traditional campaign but in technologies and new media, embracing audience participation, and mobilizing fans as grassroots advocates.

At least that the way I understand how to use Collective Intelligence. I am sure others relate to different events and examples. Since I am living in today society which I witness the history of American presidential election, from now on I completely believe than anything is possible in America.



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5 Responses to “On Collective Intelligence”

  1. Pilar egusquia Says:

    I do not want to talk about politics, some weeks ago some people talked to me about Obama’s web page. After reading your post I check Obama’s site and I found that they have a good site. I found a section for blogs even ready to aggregators (rss). They used their web site to get voters.

  2. Interesting the way you related collective intelligence and the usage of internet with Obama’s campaign. Before, I would like to say that I am not talking about politics at all, I am using the examples given here of how to use all this into something beneficial, in this case, Obama’s campaign (we need to find out where is the collective intelligence used). Indeed Obama is well aware of what technology represents in our society and he and his campaign team used/uses the media to reach out not only us but the rest of the world. Now, my question is, did Obama’s campaign used this “collective intelligence” to get votes only? How are they collecting intelligence to get something better? Besides votes, what else? I mean, collaborative and collective efforts are very nice attributes but I don’t know where the collective intelligence there is. Bringing people to vote is not really an example of collective intelligence, getting people together to bring new ideas about something and making it better, that’s collective intelligence.

  3. Agustinch, to answer your question of “Did Obama’s campaign team used/uses the collective intelligence to get the votes only?” To be hones, I don’t know. So far what I know is that the Obama campaign, they uses Collective Intelligence, in particular to get votes, by adopting what we are calling a collaborative approach not only in traditional campaign but in technologies and new media, embracing audience participation, and mobilizing fans as grassroots advocates. As I mentioned in my writing above, that Thomas Malone in MIT International Conference, April 27-29,2009, defined collective intelligence as “groups of individuals acting collectively in ways that seem intelligent,” and he went on mentioned that “all families, tribes, teams, and governments, for example, act with some degree of collective intelligence”. In Obama’s campaign he used in some degree collaborative and collective efforts within families, communities, religious groups, different age’s groups, and institutions. Me personally, hoping that Obama people (or administration) will use the collective intelligence approach to raising the quality of the public voice is to integrate collaboration tools into the social network platform. The network can be organized into affinity groups and given tools that allow them to build collaborative documents that are supported by more consensuses or the approximation of consensus. These affinity groups may be geographically based, issue based, demographically based, or based on any meaningful group of people with a shared interest. Each group can work together, if provided the right tools, to create a coherent policy recommendation to pass up the line.
    To comments your statement of “Bringing people to vote is not really an example of collective intelligence, getting people together to bring new ideas about something and making it better, that’s collective intelligence.” Probably you are right, however, my argument is that bringing people to vote could be an act of collective intelligence. What are the people voting for? Is there any new ideas? For instead in Obama campaign he wants to instill the idea about transparent and connected democracy, and this is at least to me is new idea, after years I heard talked about how Washington is disconnected from Main Street.
    Please understand, that politic is not a subject I like, it was happens that the first think that come to my mind how move myself with the effort of people around me different levels, education, profession, who has passion with Obama campaign, even though my 15 years old niece, she is volunteer in one of Obama’s campaign offices.
    Please correcting me if I mis-understand of what is collective intelligence is. Just like other in this class, I am still in my learning process.

  4. I’m not sure I agree with obama’s campaign having “used” collective intelligence to get votes. Political parties are a form of collective intelligence, which arises as people decide to participate voluntarily in a forum. It’s not a tool you can entice or gather votes with so I think there needs to be a clear difference between political parties and political campaigns.

    Political parties are the social interaction of those already dedicated to the cause, where the contribution of like-minded individuals causes new ideas to evolve and further the party as a whole.

    In a campaign, you’re seeking the opposite. You trying to impress your existing ideas on a set of individuals who are unlike you (it would be inefficient to waste campaign resources on individuals who already support you, which is why politicians campaign where they’re not liked.) Because your forcing existing ideas on non-like minded individuals in a campaign, I think it inherently inhibits the idea of collective intelligence.

  5. I am wondering how the political basis of people coming together is any different than a religious group, or and educational group, or a union of steelworkers? Also you seem to have a certain idea about political campaigns, which may not be shared by many people. Collective intelligence is not necessarily what each of us claims to be “intelligent” but what the group demonstrates in their outcome.

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