Facilitating the Evolution of our Collective IQ Strategically improving our capability for coping with complex, urgent, large-scale problems. Douglas C. Engelbart Accelerating-Change Conference Stanford University, 7-Nov-04
Life-Changing Epiphany Just-engaged, 25-yr-old Country Kid, full of excited thoughts about building a family: “ Hey, but there’s also that professional career. Some big plans there, too?” (Over-does it!) Let me design a professional goal which will maximize the contribution my career can make to mankind !
Weeks Later: Naïve Country Kid’s Lifetime Goal Emerged, and Stuck! Continuous, dedicated pursuit now for over 50 years . “ As much as possible, to boost mankind’s collective capability for coping with complex, urgent problems”
Consider a community’s Collective IQ as its relative capability for dealing with complex, urgent problems
To understand them as thoroughly as possible
To unearth the best candidate solutions
To assess resources and operational capabilities and select appropriate solution commitments
To understand how best to organize and execute selected approaches
To monitor progress and adapt effectively to unforeseen complications. Etc. …
Collective IQ: Emerged As Primary Strategic Focus CODIAK Capability Dynamic Knowledge Repository CO ncurrently D eveloping, I ntegrating, & A pplying K nowledge
“ Capabilities” become a key, central consideration
… and we find very important things to observe about our capabilities:
Consider how they are derived;
And how they form an “infrastructure” that opens an important perspective to our quest for
our “Collective IQ”!
Humans’ Capabilities Depend Upon their Augmentation System Capability Infrastructure Skills Knowledge Training Basic Human Capabilities Sensory Perceptual Motor Mental (This interface is much more significant than “HCI” ) Tool System Media Portrayal Views Study Manipulations Retrieve Compute Communicate Human System Paradigms Organization Procedures Customs Methods Language Attitudes
Purposefully pursuing accelerated evolution of mankind’s knowledge development and application capabilities is a HUGE CHALLENGE, and requires very effective strategies in applying our resources . This Augmentation Model is valid over huge scale! Individual Human Community Of Practice A Complete Country The World Operative IQ Collective IQ Collective IQ Collective IQ
Concurrency: Scaling Up -- actually , to global scope . Aggregate DKR Intelligence Collection Recorded Dialog DKR Intell. Dialog Critical Factor: “ Concurrent” Evolution of Society’s DKRs
No one can specify the design for our future capability infrastructure
Far too many of the possible “improvement steps” will change the design environment for other improvement candidates.
Have to depend upon an Evolutionary Process!
BUT, we CAN learn to FACILITATE this evolutionary process !
The World’s Organizations in Human-Tool Space Representative distribution of world’s societies Anticipate-able Today Tool System Utilization Human System Development
“ Co - Evolution Frontier” Human-Systems and Tool Systems Interactively Co-Evolving
Technology's quantum leaps generate accelerating rate of opportunities.
But, human paradigms already lag behind opportunities.
The scale of technology change = >
Paradigm changes have to be accelerated
Human skills, culture, governance already severely stressed
Effective Facilitation of our Co-Evolution .
Emergent Co-Evolution Frontier On a scale we can barely anticipate Outposts ? Best Routes? Where best should your organization head? … .By what route? Who else is out there?
We need a DKR that provides the best possible understanding of the current and projected states of this frontier.
Every member organization can then make its own choices about its movements into this frontier .
Uncharted, and Changing Tool System Utilization Human System Development
Networked Improvement Community (NIC) An Augmented Improvement Community, Using best-practice Collective-IQ Capability To improve its common-choice group capability. • Investigate & collect intelligence • Share experience of using leading-edge, collective-IQ practices. • Objective: provide best understanding of the “Co-Evolution Frontier” for augmenting this capability . Knowledge Products Intelligence Collections Networked Improvement Community (NIC) Dynamic Knowledge Repository Recorded Dialog Org 2 Org N Org 1
The better we get at getting better, the better and faster we’ll get better .
1. Currently available information about Collective IQ 2. Best DKR/knowledge about improving Collective IQ The Bootstrap Feedback Loop 3 3. NIC immediately utilizing the best Collective IQ improvement knowledge NIC for Improving Collective IQ 1 2
Bootstrapping: Extension to Many NICs The Bootstrap Feedback Loop NIC for Improving Collective IQ NIC for Improving Capability Z . NIC for Improving Capability X
Towards Effective Facilitation Where/How to Start our First NICs? NIC Candidates? Special Improvement Infrastructures? Government Agencies? Businesses? Professional Societies ? Universities? Philanthropic Organizations?
The Need For An Open Hyperdocument System (OHS)
To support the implementation and use of DKRs
“ Open” - Scaleable, evolvable, interoperable across domains
“ Hyper” - To enhance access, maneuverability, verification, study and integration.
“ Document” – The Knowledge Container into which the emerging heterogeneous knowledge is captured, integrated, and managed.
“ System” - Provides a complete “Community Knowledge Workshop ”