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Collective Intelligence in Neural Networks and Social Networks

Collective Intelligence in Neural Networks and Social Networks | The Next Edge | Scoop.it

"Context for this post: I’m currently working on a social network application that demonstrates the value of connection strength and context for making networks more useful and intelligent. Connection strength and context are currently only rudimentarily and mushily implemented in social network apps. This post describes some of the underlying theory for why connection strength and context are key to next generation social network applications."


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Too Much Social Media, Not Enough Social Message

Too Much Social Media, Not Enough Social Message | The Next Edge | Scoop.it

‎Imposing Structure and Losing Complexity


In trying to turn a setting where complexity, emergence and non-linearity come alive and work to create conversation, social media property managers are stifling the very thing that makes their tools and platforms so attractive. Creativity is born from serendipity and diverse connections. In imposing structures that remove or highly limit this potential for discovery by adding unnecessary noise, we are a risk of losing some of the best tools for idea testing, discussion, and knowledge translation we have ever known by reducing the opportunities for serendipity.

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The social economy: Unlocking value and productivity through social technologies

The social economy: Unlocking value and productivity through social technologies | The Next Edge | Scoop.it

"While 72 percent of companies use social technologies in some way, very few are anywhere near to achieving the full potential benefit. In fact, the most powerful applications of social technologies in the global economy are largely untapped. Companies will go on developing ways to reach consumers through social technologies and gathering insights for product development, marketing, and customer service. Yet the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) finds that twice as much potential value lies in using social tools to enhance communications, knowledge sharing, and collaboration within and across enterprises. MGI’s estimates suggest that by fully implementing social technologies, companies have an opportunity to raise the productivity of interaction workers—high-skill knowledge workers, including managers and professionals—by 20 to 25 percent."

 

McKinsey Global Institute 


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A New Fundraising Tool for Permaculture Permaculture Research Institute

A New Fundraising Tool for Permaculture Permaculture Research Institute | The Next Edge | Scoop.it

WeTheTrees provides a multifaceted tool to every permaculturalist, and can be used very creatively to not only raise funds for a project, but also to fundraise for a course, assess the market potential of different ideas, and even to pre-sell products that will be produced with aforementioned fundraised capital, allowing the farmer or eco-social entrepreneur to feel more secure in their undertaking.

 

WeTheTrees can also function as an excellent way for a community to collect money for cooperative endeavors.

 

And furthermore, WeTheTrees allows a wonderful and meaningful way for anyone to be able to contribute to positive change on this planet. Just browsing through the site can be enjoyable, seeing all the interesting projects that other folks are raising money for, and when a person sees one that really excited them, its just a click away to become a contributor.

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Chickens on the balcony, tomatoes on the roof - France discovers urban agriculture

Chickens on the balcony, tomatoes on the roof - France discovers urban agriculture | The Next Edge | Scoop.it
Beehives, rooftop gardens, chicken coops on balconies - these are part of the growing phenomenon of urban agriculture in France. It's so new that no one really knows what will be the impact on the environment, food production and urban development.
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Mapping the USDA's Local Food Work - Organic Connections

Mapping the USDA's Local Food Work - Organic Connections | The Next Edge | Scoop.it
The USDA's Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Compass is a map of all of the local food projects—including farmers markets, food hubs, infrastructure, and producers—the USDA funds.
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‘It’s the most ecstatic thing, to just be yourself’

‘It’s the most ecstatic thing, to just be yourself’ | The Next Edge | Scoop.it
Seán Dagan Wood discovers how a new series of innovative workshops run by the award-winning filmmaker, musician and ‘creative catalyst’ Jamie Catto, is inspiring people to realise their potential...

 

“I think we’re living in a world where we’ve all agreed a massive compromise through the pursuit of approval,” Jamie tells me. “We get addicted to the ‘crack’ of approval very early on in life. Because of this, we edit ourselves incrementally until we’re these crippled 30% versions of ourselves. On a date or job interview we’re brochure versions of ourselves, tailored perfectly for the part.

 

The speed at which he cuts to the chase in getting us to open up could be unnerving for some. Yet the humour and playfulness of his approach – alongside the caring intentions behind it – makes the workshop feel entirely safe. We’re also encouraged by the fact that he sets the example for how to be ourselves in all our absurdity.

 

I want to do it quick and I want to do it funny; that’s the criteria I have for my evolution.”

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Make the UN Data-Driven

Make the UN Data-Driven | The Next Edge | Scoop.it

The UN Global Pulse is out to make the UN more data-driven. UNGP acts as an intermediary for all of the data needs of groups within the United Nations. Currently we are collecting projects to partner on with the UN, but previous DataDive projects together entailed studying low-altitude imagery of African crops to determine fertilizer effectiveness and analyzing the results of a global cellphone survey on happiness and wellbeing around the world.

 

About The United Nations Global Pulse
Global Pulse is an innovation initiative of the UN Secretary-General, harnessing today’s new world of digital data and real-time analytics to gain a better understanding of changes in human well-being. Global Pulse hopes to contribute a future in which access to better information sooner makes it possible to keep international development on track, protect the world’s most vulnerable populations, and strengthen resilience to global shocks.

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The Hivemind Singularity

The Hivemind Singularity | The Next Edge | Scoop.it
In a near-future science fiction novel, human intelligence evolves into a hivemind that makes people the violent cells of a collective being.

 

Adam Roberts inquires into the phenomenon we call "hive mind":

 

"Are our electronic technologies on the verge of enabling truly collective human intelligence? And if that happens, will we like the results?…


In short, [soldiers equipped with advanced electronic communications technologies] behave like a slime mold, which changes size, splits and combines, according to need, in such a way that it's hard to say whether the slime mold is one big thing or a bunch of little things. Slime molds and social insects behave with an intelligence that ought to be impossible for such apparently simple organisms, but, as Steven Johnson points out in his fascinating book Emergence, simple organisms obeying simple rules can collectively manifest astonishingly complex behavior….
New Model Army presents us with a question: What happens when human beings, not just slime molds or ants, submit themselves to collective will and become part of an immense shared intelligence? If complex behavior can simply "emerge" through the simple decisions of simple creatures, what might happen if much more complex creatures become absorbed into a collectivity?...


The first answer that science-fiction fans are likely to give is: The Borg. Which is to say, the prospect of any single human intelligence being lost in a collective mind fills us with fear. We fear that the transcending of human intelligence will also mark the transcending of human feeling, that all of our familiar and deeply-treasured ideas about what constitutes human flourishing will be simply cast aside by a superior intelligence that has other and supposedly greater concerns….
What if this is the Singularity? Not simply our machines becoming smarter than we are, but the machines we use to communicate with one another enabling our own translation to a supposedly "higher" sphere of being?"

 

In this article, author Alan Jacobs makes a case for the importance of cultivating wisdom and consciousness to match our technological capacities. As we grow in the strength of our technological tools and weapons, can we expand our empathy, apply the intelligence of the heart-mind, and strengthen our integrity even more?


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The Weave: Participatory Process Design Guide

The Weave: Participatory Process Design Guide | The Next Edge | Scoop.it

What would the ideal strategic planning engagement look like?


The Weave provides guidance for sustainability practitioners wishing to more deeply engage people in creating their sustainable future

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The Need for a Visual Language of Biomimicry

The Need for a Visual Language of Biomimicry | The Next Edge | Scoop.it
Yet, these languages mentioned above are ways to structure the information for thinking, not necessarily apt communication strategies. A complete language then must also addresses communication, and as Alëna shows in her work, ...

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'The Economist' Discusses Money Creation

'The Economist' Discusses Money Creation | The Next Edge | Scoop.it
An unnamed journalist at The Economist seems to have caught on to the significance of money creation by banks, after reading Richard Duncan's latest book The New Depression.

 

This is not capitalism, [Duncan] suggests, but “creditism”. It is this system which has broken down, and unless you understand it, you will not be able to fix it.


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The Alchemy of Intention And Collaboration

The Alchemy of Intention And Collaboration | The Next Edge | Scoop.it

An intention is an internal statement of what you are committed to creating for your life, including your business. It describes the essence of what you want in terms that your subconscious will recognize and attract to you.

Collaboration is the willingness to look beyond competition and scarcity in order to freely work with others inside and outside an organization for the greater good of all concerned.

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About ‘Money and Sustainability’ | Money and Sustainability

About ‘Money and Sustainability’ | Money and Sustainability | The Next Edge | Scoop.it

We tend to assume that we must have a single, monopolistic currency, funded through bank debt, enforced by a central bank. But we don’t need any such thing! In fact, the present system is outdated, brittle and unfit for purpose (witness the eurozone crisis). Like any other monoculture, it’s profitable at first but ultimately a recipe for economic and environmental disaster. The alternative is a monetary ‘ecosystem’, with complementary currencies alongside the conventional one.

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How Might We Leverage Informed Intuition for Decision-making? - Design - GOOD

How Might We Leverage Informed Intuition for Decision-making? - Design - GOOD | The Next Edge | Scoop.it

"By using a network of knowledgeable experts, each of whom is good at recognizing a certain type of pattern that works, you can ultimately catch many more of the types of things that will succeed. Call it “network intuition” if you will—building on the cumulative pattern recognition of multiple expert perspectives to create a more systematic way of using intuition.

 

A networked approach to intuition also allows you to eliminate some of the error and bias that can creep into intuitive judgments. It’s possible to see the flaws when you’re using logical reasoning, but it’s almost impossible to catch mistakes and biases in your intuition. By compiling the perspectives of a network of advisors, you can begin to filter out some of the specific biases that might taint a single individual’s intuition."

 

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Why I Decided, 11 Years Ago, to Live Without Money

Why I Decided, 11 Years Ago, to Live Without Money | The Next Edge | Scoop.it

Daniel Suelo's decision to live without money was conceived on a backpacking trip to Alaska in 1998.  He writes, 

 

"Thus began a hypothesis of why wild nature’s economy is balanced while the commercial economy is not and can never be. I saw that nature is a constant free current – a true currency, that is. Money and possession represent our control, our interruption, of nature’s current, both in our minds and in our environment."

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Against the Professional Cooptation of Community - P2P Foundation

Against the Professional Cooptation of Community - P2P Foundation | The Next Edge | Scoop.it

E.F. Schumacher:


"The professional co-option of community efforts to invent appropriate techniques for citizens to care in community has been pervasive. Therefore, we need to identify the characteristics of those social forms that are resistant to colonization by service

technologies while enabling communities to cultivate and care. These authentic social forms are characterized by three basic dimensions: they tend to be uncommodified, unmanaged, and uncurricularized.


The tools of the bereavement counselor make grief into a commodity rather than an opportunity for community. Service technologies convert conditions into commodities and care into service.


The tools of the manager convert communality into hierarchy, replacing consent with control. Where once there was a commons, the manager creates a corporation.


The tools of the pedagogue create monopolies in the place of cultures. By making a school of every-day life, community definitions and citizen action are degraded and finally expelled.


It is this hard-working team—the service professional, the manager, and the pedagogue—that pulls the tools of "community busting" through the modern social landscape. If we are to recultivate community, we will need to return this team to the stable, abjuring their use."

 

http://web.archive.org/web/20050207124554/http://www.smallisbeautiful.org/lec-mck.html

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We’re All Climate-Change Idiots

We’re All Climate-Change Idiots | The Next Edge | Scoop.it

CLIMATE CHANGE is staring us in the face. The science is clear, and the need to reduce planet-warming emissions has grown urgent. So why, collectively, are we doing so little about it?

 

Yes, there are political and economic barriers, as well as some strong ideological opposition, to going green. But researchers in the burgeoning field of climate psychology have identified another obstacle, one rooted in the very ways our brains work.  ... 

 

We have trouble imagining a future drastically different from the present. We block out complex problems that lack simple solutions.

 

... energy monitors that displayed consumption levels in real-time cut energy use by an average of 7 percent, according to a study in the journal Energy in 2010. Telling heavy energy users how much less power their neighbors consumed prompted them to cut their own use, according to a 2007 study in Psychological Science. And trading on our innate laziness, default settings have also conserved resources: when Rutgers University changed its printers’ settings to double-sided, it saved more than seven million sheets of paper in one semester in 2007.

 

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Rehan School English Introduction

Rehan School.com uses low entry , low cost mobile phone systems as a education tool, by producing educational videos based on nursery to metric system curriculum. The project is free of charge. Spread the word.

 

 

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Sharing lessons on inclusive business - The Practitioner Hub - Business Fights Poverty

Sharing lessons on inclusive business - The Practitioner Hub - Business Fights Poverty | The Next Edge | Scoop.it

“Sharing knowledge is not about giving people something, or getting something from them. That is only valid for information sharing. Sharing knowledge occurs when people are genuinely interested in helping one another develop new capacities for action; it is about creating learning processes.”


Peter Senge, Center for Organizational Learning, MIT Sloan School of Management

 

Collaborating, innovating, asking hard questions and learning from others....are all vital ingredients for successful inclusive business. Every inclusive business project is unique but many of the opportunities, risks and challenges it faces are not. And every project, whether it succeeds or not, will provide a wealth of understanding that can be used to inform and improve future ventures.

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Envisioning the future of education technology

Envisioning the future of education technology | The Next Edge | Scoop.it
This visualization attempts to organize a series of emerging technologies that are likely to influence education in the upcoming decades.

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Student Power Convergence 2012

Student Power Convergence 2012 | The Next Edge | Scoop.it

College students are under attack in the United States, and around the world. One only need look as far as Quebec or Mexico for evidence of student uprising.

 

... in Washington politicians debated for months over whether or not to allow interest rates on federally subsidized Stafford student loans to double from 3.4 to 6.8 percent.

 

The $1 trillion of student debt held in the US officially exceeds our nation’s credit card debt. Legislators continue to propose bills which raise the cost of attendance at major public universities around the world.

 

I stand with students around the world seeking to create a universal system of higher education which empowers education as a human right, something which all human beings ought to able to pursue to the extent that they choose.

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Why Millennials Don't Want To Buy Stuff

Why Millennials Don't Want To Buy Stuff | The Next Edge | Scoop.it

Compared to previous generations, Millennials seem to have some very different habits that have taken both established companies and small businesses by surprise. One of these is that Generation Y doesn't seem to enjoy purchasing things.


The Atlantic's article "Why Don't Young Americans Buy Cars?" mused recently about Millennials' tendency to not care about owning a vehicle. The subtitle: "Is this a generational shift, or just a lousy economy at work?"


What if it's not an "age thing" at all? What's really causing this strange new behavior (or rather, lack of behavior)? Generational segments have profound impacts on perception and behavior, but an "ownership shift" isn't isolated within the Millennial camp. A writer for USA Today shows that all ages are in on this trend, but instead of an age group, he blames the change on the cloud, the heavenly home our entertainment goes to when current media models die. As all forms of media make their journey into a digital, de-corporeal space, research shows that people are beginning to actually prefer this disconnected reality to owning a physical product.

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Collective Intelligence: Ants colony solving TSP – CodeProject

Collective Intelligence: Ants colony solving TSP – CodeProject | The Next Edge | Scoop.it

Some nice examples of stigmergic collaboration in eusocial organisms. Humans are not cells in a superorganism, but we can apply stigmergic collaboration to collective intelligence involving populations of intelligent humans (Wikipedia, for example) -- Howard

 

"The algorithms based on collective intelligence have some “interesting” properties:

decentralization
parallelism
flexibility, adaptability
“robustness” (failures)
auto-organization
These algorithms are inspired by the nature. Here are some examples of collective intelligence which can be observed in the nature:"


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Four Concepts For The Future That Could Create A More Sustainable World

Four Concepts For The Future That Could Create A More Sustainable World | The Next Edge | Scoop.it
Earlier this year, Sony teamed up with the Forum of the Future to brainstorm four scenarios of what life will be like in 2025.

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