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Collecive intelligence tools for supporting global cooperative work

The stellar
line up of workshops
at the upcoming ACM Conference on Computer-Supported
Cooperative Work reflects the edge of CSCW research, with profound implications
for the global-scale cooperative work needed to mach global challenges.

Technically, it has become possible to connect constellations of CI pools of
any size. That possibility, when coupled with the passion of social innovators
and the wizards of social process technologies, is a key enabler of the current
and much needed shift in the evolution of how we organize ourselves as
societies and as the crew of Spaceship Earth…

Back to the ACM Conference on CSCW, I’ve just learned that
there will be a workshop 
on software tools to support Collective Intelligence in organizations. I’m
wondering whether the designers/organizers of the conference envisioned to wrap
it into a blanket of advanced CI tools and methods, as to augment the CI of the
field of CI tool makers, itself?

The program doesn’t say anything about it, probably because
the focus is CI in organizations, as
it should be, not what it can do for solving
world problems
. Nevertheless, I believe that there will be a good number of people among
the delegates, speakers, panelists, and interactive poster presenters, who feel
inspired to address the broader implications of frontier research in CSCW for
the world.

message in a bottle.jpgWhat could crystallize that interest so that during the
conference a “Big Picture” caucus can form (under any other name) and explore
research questions of common or adjacent interest? This blog entry is a message
in a bottle, thrown into the digital ocean for someone interested in that question…

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