Studying collective intelligence to solve big challenges

Tom Malone, founder of the Center for Collective Intelligence at MIT Sloan discusses his group’s efforts to find out what gives groups superior cognitive abilities across a wide variety of tasks. Statistically, group intelligence only moderately correlates with individual imageintelligence;the most important attributes proves to be social perception, taking turns in discussions, and percentage of women in the group.

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As people increasingly share stories, videos, and tips through their networks, they are no longer just news consumers but news producers. There’s even a neologism coined to describe the shift from passive consumer to active producer: “presumer.” It confers an added obligation to evaluate what amid the clutter is worth sending on.

How to Become a Social Organization - Forbes
I spoke to Anthony Bradley,  who is a group vice president at Gartner Research. He manages teams  that cover business process management, project and portfolio   management, enterprise architecture, IT procurement, IT sourcing, and   vendor management. He also advises clients on the enterprise employment   of social media and social software solutions. Anthony’s latest book is  called The Social Organization: How to Use Social Media to Tap the Collective Genius of Your Customers and Employees. In this interview, he talks about what a social organization is, why most people have social media wrong, and more.
What is the social organization?
Social media enables mass collaboration. That is the unique power it  brings. Never before have hundreds, hundreds of thousands, even millions  of people been able to effectively create content, share experiences,  build relationships and engage in other forms of productive work to  achieve otherwise impossible results.  A social organization can tap  into the power of mass collaboration (enabled by social media) to tackle  important business challenges and create new business opportunities.   Social organizations view social media and mass collaboration as  strategic to their business.  A social organization applies social media  and mass collaboration to new challenges and opportunities to rally  communities of people and engage them to deliver business value.

How to Become a Social Organization - Forbes

I spoke to Anthony Bradley, who is a group vice president at Gartner Research. He manages teams that cover business process management, project and portfolio management, enterprise architecture, IT procurement, IT sourcing, and vendor management. He also advises clients on the enterprise employment of social media and social software solutions. Anthony’s latest book is called The Social Organization: How to Use Social Media to Tap the Collective Genius of Your Customers and Employees. In this interview, he talks about what a social organization is, why most people have social media wrong, and more.

What is the social organization?

Social media enables mass collaboration. That is the unique power it brings. Never before have hundreds, hundreds of thousands, even millions of people been able to effectively create content, share experiences, build relationships and engage in other forms of productive work to achieve otherwise impossible results. A social organization can tap into the power of mass collaboration (enabled by social media) to tackle important business challenges and create new business opportunities. Social organizations view social media and mass collaboration as strategic to their business. A social organization applies social media and mass collaboration to new challenges and opportunities to rally communities of people and engage them to deliver business value.

Beyond Facebook - Do We Really Know What Social Business Means? - Forbes
Fascinating to read Alistair Rennie’s  ”The Time is Right for Social Business“ here on Forbes (it got great traction too). But do you really know what a social  business is or what the term means? It is after all the next wave of  business process innovation. I went digging to find out.
The gist of it for Alistair? “This is what makes a social business –  embracing networks of people to create new business value and  opportunities.”
However, when you explore the term it has a lot more meaning than  that. It’s been used in many contexts. And creating a richer and  empowering definition is both important and still there to be done.
Here’s a simple visual of “social business” from different perspectives.

Beyond Facebook - Do We Really Know What Social Business Means? - Forbes

Fascinating to read Alistair Rennie’s  ”The Time is Right for Social Business“ here on Forbes (it got great traction too). But do you really know what a social business is or what the term means? It is after all the next wave of business process innovation. I went digging to find out.

The gist of it for Alistair? “This is what makes a social business – embracing networks of people to create new business value and opportunities.”

However, when you explore the term it has a lot more meaning than that. It’s been used in many contexts. And creating a richer and empowering definition is both important and still there to be done.

Here’s a simple visual of “social business” from different perspectives.


Check out and contribute to the NYC Severe Weather Crowdmap, where you can see reports made by your fellow New Yorkers about weather conditions, incidents and service disruptions. 

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Check out and contribute to the NYC Severe Weather Crowdmap, where you can see reports made by your fellow New Yorkers about weather conditions, incidents and service disruptions. 

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A Survey of Crowdsourcing Systems on the Web 
A new article from Communications of the ACM strives to provide a useful survey of crowdsourcing systems on the web: “Crowdsourcing systems enlist a multitude of humans to help  solve a wide variety of problems… The topic has been discussed  extensively in books, popular press, and academia. But this body of work  has considered mostly efforts in the physical world. Some do consider  crowdsourcing systems on the Web, but only certain system types or  challenges (for example, how to evaluate users).”
Source: semanticweb.com

A Survey of Crowdsourcing Systems on the Web

A new article from Communications of the ACM strives to provide a useful survey of crowdsourcing systems on the web: “Crowdsourcing systems enlist a multitude of humans to help solve a wide variety of problems… The topic has been discussed extensively in books, popular press, and academia. But this body of work has considered mostly efforts in the physical world. Some do consider crowdsourcing systems on the Web, but only certain system types or challenges (for example, how to evaluate users).”

Source: semanticweb.com

Map of the Decade, ExaTrends of the Decade, and the Zeitgeist for 2011 - Trends in the Living Networks
It is traditional at the turn of the year to look forward at what is to come. We have crystallized our thinking on the year ahead and the decade of the 2010s in a new 3-page visual landscape. Note on ExaTrends: Given the exponential pace of change of today we are far beyond a world of MegaTrends. Exa is the prefix meaning 10 to the power of 18, following Mega, Giga, Tera, and Peta. As such Exa is Mega cubed. 

Map of the Decade, ExaTrends of the Decade, and the Zeitgeist for 2011 - Trends in the Living Networks

It is traditional at the turn of the year to look forward at what is to come. We have crystallized our thinking on the year ahead and the decade of the 2010s in a new 3-page visual landscape. Note on ExaTrends: Given the exponential pace of change of today we are far beyond a world of MegaTrends. Exa is the prefix meaning 10 to the power of 18, following Mega, Giga, Tera, and Peta. As such Exa is Mega cubed. 

Working Beyond Borders | The 2010 Global Chief Human Resource Officer Study

By Denis Brousseau, Vice President & Global Leader, Organization & People, IBM Global Business Services

In this new global era the business of leadership and understanding your workforce’s capabilities have come to the forefront. We live in an increasingly borderless world. Instrumented, interconnected and intelligent systems connect people and organizations in ways we never thought possible just 20 years ago.

Today, IBM launched an in-depth look into these challenges and trends, with the 2010 Global Chief Human Resource Officer Study (CHRO), based on insights from 700 HR leaders from 61 countries who discussed workforce priorities and the progress their organizations are making within the industry.

In the study findings, we identified three key themes for how CHROs can continue to develop and deploy talent in diverse areas around the globe at an accelerated rate as the workforce dynamics continue to change. The key themes include the need to cultivate creative leaders, capitalizing on collective intelligence and mobilizing for speed and flexibility.

While many of the executives surveyed are leading programs that are positively impacting their organization’s bottom line, we also found some interesting gaps such as:

  • Only 1 in 3 believe they are effectively developing leaders 
  • 78% say they’re not collaborating and sharing knowledge effectively across the organization 
  • Just 31% think they’re good at rapidly developing new workforce skills and capabilities

From analyzing this broad base of input, we developed solid recommendations that we believe will enable organizations to work more effectively across functional silos, institutional boundaries, generational divides and all the other boundaries that are inhibiting improved business performance.

As organizations and businesses are looking to expand their markets and offerings, what do you think are some of the challenges and obstacles and what can HR do to help?

To download a copy of the 2010 Global CHRO Study please visit http://www.ibm.com/chrostudy

And for more, please visit the IBM Human Capital Management solutions.