Achieving Collective Intelligence   A Thinker's Guide on Why We Need to Think Less   Eugene Eric Kim  <eekim@blueoxen.com>...
My Story
Actually famous Not quite famous
 
 
Collective Intelligence
1 + 1 > 2
 
 
 
 
 
 
Could you have done this exercise as well or better  by yourself ?
Could you have done this exercise as well or better  with five people  here  of your choice ?
Could you have done this exercise as well or better  with  any  five people of your choice ?
How would your answers change if there were  1,000  cards?
How would your answers change if there were  1,000,000  cards?
1 + 1 > 10?
1 + 1 > 100?
1 + 1 > 1,000,000?
Reed's Law <ul><li>The value of networks scales exponentially with the size of the network. </li></ul>
Brooks's Law <ul><li>Adding people to a complex project makes it take longer. </li></ul>
Network Potential Network Friction
We Want Reed to Win!
 
<ul><li>Certainty </li></ul><ul><li>Predictability </li></ul>Wicked Problems
The  most important capability  in a collectively intelligent system is its  ability to  learn  and  improve
 
What role could philanthropy play to harness collective intelligence for social impact? Is philanthropy maximizing its own...
Vision Is there alignment around a shared vision?
Vision Is there alignment around a shared vision? Is there visible feedback of progress towards the vision?
Space Is there shared, delightful space in which to connect and work?
Space Is there shared, delightful space in which to connect and work? Is the space designed to encourage emergence?
Practice Are there rapid feedback loops of action and learning?
Practice Are there rapid feedback loops of action and learning? Is the collective adapting quickly and skillfully to change?
Philanthropists as  Funders Many of the structural challenges with philanthropy are a result of a  funder's worldview .
Philanthropists as  Change Agents
 
Your  most powerful tools  are  your knowledge  and  your power to convene .
Money as Currency
Money as Currency
Knowledge as Currency
Knowledge as Currency
How aggressively  are you giving away  your knowledge?     
How aggressively  are you giving away  your knowledge?        What's  stopping you?
It takes courage to act in the face of structural resistance.
My Ask
Aggressively practice giving away your knowledge.
http://packard-foundation-oe.wikispaces.com/
Be bold!
Acknowledgements <ul><li>Thanks to Kathleen Enright and her staff at GEO for their invitation to speak and their willingne...
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My keynote at the GEO (Grantmakers for Effective Organizations) Learning Conference on June 6, 2011 at the Tremont Grand in Baltimore, MD. Full notes available at: http://packard-foundation-oe.wikispaces.com/GEO+Learning+2011+-+Achieving+Collective+Intelligence

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  1. 1. Achieving Collective Intelligence   A Thinker's Guide on Why We Need to Think Less   Eugene Eric Kim <eekim@blueoxen.com> GEO Learning Conference June 6, 2011
  2. 2. My Story
  3. 3. Actually famous Not quite famous
  4. 6. Collective Intelligence
  5. 7. 1 + 1 > 2
  6. 14. Could you have done this exercise as well or better by yourself ?
  7. 15. Could you have done this exercise as well or better with five people here of your choice ?
  8. 16. Could you have done this exercise as well or better with any  five people of your choice ?
  9. 17. How would your answers change if there were 1,000 cards?
  10. 18. How would your answers change if there were 1,000,000 cards?
  11. 19. 1 + 1 > 10?
  12. 20. 1 + 1 > 100?
  13. 21. 1 + 1 > 1,000,000?
  14. 22. Reed's Law <ul><li>The value of networks scales exponentially with the size of the network. </li></ul>
  15. 23. Brooks's Law <ul><li>Adding people to a complex project makes it take longer. </li></ul>
  16. 24. Network Potential Network Friction
  17. 25. We Want Reed to Win!
  18. 27. <ul><li>Certainty </li></ul><ul><li>Predictability </li></ul>Wicked Problems
  19. 28. The most important capability in a collectively intelligent system is its ability to learn and improve
  20. 30. What role could philanthropy play to harness collective intelligence for social impact? Is philanthropy maximizing its own collective intelligence?
  21. 31. Vision Is there alignment around a shared vision?
  22. 32. Vision Is there alignment around a shared vision? Is there visible feedback of progress towards the vision?
  23. 33. Space Is there shared, delightful space in which to connect and work?
  24. 34. Space Is there shared, delightful space in which to connect and work? Is the space designed to encourage emergence?
  25. 35. Practice Are there rapid feedback loops of action and learning?
  26. 36. Practice Are there rapid feedback loops of action and learning? Is the collective adapting quickly and skillfully to change?
  27. 37. Philanthropists as Funders Many of the structural challenges with philanthropy are a result of a funder's worldview .
  28. 38. Philanthropists as Change Agents
  29. 40. Your most powerful tools are your knowledge and your power to convene .
  30. 41. Money as Currency
  31. 42. Money as Currency
  32. 43. Knowledge as Currency
  33. 44. Knowledge as Currency
  34. 45. How aggressively are you giving away your knowledge?    
  35. 46. How aggressively are you giving away your knowledge?     What's  stopping you?
  36. 47. It takes courage to act in the face of structural resistance.
  37. 48. My Ask
  38. 49. Aggressively practice giving away your knowledge.
  39. 50. http://packard-foundation-oe.wikispaces.com/
  40. 51. Be bold!
  41. 52. Acknowledgements <ul><li>Thanks to Kathleen Enright and her staff at GEO for their invitation to speak and their willingness to play! Thanks to Kristin Cobble, Eugene Chan, and H. Jessica Kim for their critical feedback. </li></ul><ul><li>Many thanks to Amy Wong <http://wordsdesign.com/> for her delightful illustrations! </li></ul><ul><li>My Information </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>http://blueoxen.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>@eekim on Twitter </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.slideshare.net/eekim/ </li></ul>
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