For and about all those people working to build together a sustainable world through collective intelligence and agility. Knowledge to share and collective behaviours to adopt to build and foster a sustainable future for all of us. «The future is already here – it's just not evenly distributed» William Gibson, who invented the word «Cyberspace»
Consider the following examples of two companies:Company A was doing quite well. Top management had decided that in order to increase growth and keep the company budget in line, there would be no salary increase for the current year. They believed it would ultimately help the company, and they applauded themselves for finding the money in the budget without having to fire anyone. The decision was announced in a stand-up meeting, and emailssent out explaining ...
Distributed intelligence is an ability to solve problems and process information that is not localized inside a single person or computer, but that emerges from the coordinated interactions between a large number of people and their technological extensions. The Internet and in particular the World-Wide Web form a nearly ideal substrate for the emergence of a distributed intelligence that spans the planet, integrating the knowledge, skills and intuitions of billions of people supported by billions of information-processing devices. This intelligence becomes increasingly powerful through a process of self-organization in which people and devices selectively reinforce useful links, while rejecting useless ones. This process can be modeled mathematically and computationally by representing individuals and devices as agents, connected by a weighted directed network along which "challenges" propagate. Challenges represent problems, opportunities or questions that must be processed by the agents to extract benefits and avoid penalties. Link weights are increased whenever agents extract benefit from the challenges propagated along it. My research group is developing such a large-scale simulation environment in order to better understand how the web may boost our collective intelligence. The anticipated outcome of that process is a "global brain", i.e. a nervous system for the planet that would be able to tackle both global and personal problems.
David France's passion for music changed his life. It took him to Venezuela where he met a mother of five who had moved out of her house so the kids on her street could form an orchestra. Children played classical music there seven days a week, transforming the barrios with music and positivity. "I was really moved by that and thought, 'When I go back to Boston when am I going to move out of my house and sell chicken eggs, and on behalf of what community will I do that for?'" David returned to Boston to found Revolution of Hope, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to transforming the lives of children in inner-city neighborhoods through music.