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Citizen Think Tank - Web Monday Cologne, July 3, 2006
Please note: This is all still very early-stage (and might not always make sense). It's little more than a few idea fragments that I'd like to put out there and get some feedback on.
I'm making a number of wild assumptions here, of course, such as:
Post your questions/thoughts here
Problem; Possible coruption of police department and district atterney. Question; How can one find justice for the murder of a family member?
A think tank is a research institute, other organization or informal group providing advice and ideas on any aspect of future planning and strategy - for example issues of policy, commerce, and military interest, and are often associated with military laboratories, corporations, academia, or other institutions. Usually this term refers specifically to organizations which support multi-disciplinary theorists and intellectuals who endeavor to produce analysis or policy recommendations.
Social messes (synonyms: wicked problems, ill-structured problems, messes). Definition: social messes are those problems about which different people have very different perceptions and values concerning their nature, their causes, their boundaries, and their solutions. They are the problems that bring out two or more points of view from the first mention of them.
Wicked problems are situations that have these properties:
The Wisdom of Crowds: Why the Many Are Smarter Than the Few and How Collective Wisdom Shapes Business, Economies, Societies and Nations, first published in 2004, is a book written by James Surowiecki about the aggregation of information in groups, resulting in decisions that, he argues, are often better than could have been made by any single member of the group. The book presents numerous case studies and anecdotes to illustrate its argument, and touches on several fields, primarily economics and psychology.
Four elements required to form a wise crowd
Not all crowds (groups) are wise. Consider, for example, mobs or crazed investors in a stock market bubble. Refer to Failures of crowd intelligence for more examples of unwise crowds. What key criteria separate wise crowds from irrational ones?
A situation where the knowledge and problem solving capability of a group is much greater than the knowledge possessed by an individual group member.
As groups work together they develop a shared memory. The memory is accessible through the collaborative artifacts created by the group: meeting minutes, transcripts from threaded discussions, drawings etc,. The shared memory (group memory) is also accessible through the memories of group members.
Distributed Collaborative Intelligence is the act of a group collaborating within a virtual sphere of interaction. Group members can interact in real time or asynchronously even though they are not located within the same physical space.
The ability of a group to solve a problem collectively is potentially directly proportional to the number of members in a group, however effective architecture of interaction is needed to achieve this.
Critical success factors for a high collaborative intelligence quotient are:
Dialogue Mapping is the combination of (i) a shared hypertext display, (ii) a trained facilitator, and (iii) a conversational grammar.
Dialogue Mapping is structural augmentation of group communication. As the conversation unfolds and the map grows, each person can see a summary of the meeting discussion so far. The map serves as a “group memory,” virtually eliminating the need for participants to repeat themselves to get their points made.
Other benefits of Dialogue Mapping include: