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On ‘Big Mind’ Thinking: A Collective Intelligence ‘Paradigm’ For Our Time? – Part 1 of 3

Today, in 2018, Collective Intelligence and its capabilities are gradually becoming increasingly familiar to a broader audience, thus beginning to have a greater impact, with a strong argument in favor of extended communication.

presents several challenges, especially for contemporary intelligence and the work it pursues.[2] The contemporary challenge for intelligence: ‘Multi-everything!’ In an era of so-called Big Data, the Internet-of-Things (IoT), and the proliferation of artificial intelligence (AI), digital/social media and cyber challenges, including enhanced nuclear risk;

now, more so than ever, intelligence is increasingly concerned with overlapping-to-blurring conditions and situations of ‘multi-everything!’[3] We are only just beginning to grasp the implications and ramifications of these trends, extending to their associated events and developments;

Renowned US intelligence educator, Mark Lowenthal, has equally raised the ‘everything’ challenge, which intelligence and its collectors and analysts, in particular, confront today.[4] There are no easy or straightforward solutions for producing operatives or practitioners on the ‘front-’ and ‘fault-lines’;

If we accept the ‘multi-everything!’ characterization of the overall challenge for intelligence and its doing (in terms of what concerns intelligence), an important question soon arises: ‘how do we go about realizing our goals and accomplishing our intended effects and outcomes?’[5] As Part 2 of this blog post reveals next – adopting a ‘Big Mind’ and harnessing Collective Intelligence provides us with a starting point for moving forward… Dr. Adam D.M.

Geoff Mulgan

Under his leadership it moved out of the public sector to become an independent foundation;

greatly expanded its work, partly through creating new units, centres and funds in fields ranging from evidence and impact investment to challenge prizes and skills;

Between 1997 and 2004 Geoff had various roles in the UK government including director of the Government's Strategy Unit and head of policy in the Prime Minister's office.

He has advised many governments around the world and is currently chair of an international advisory committee for the Mayor of Seoul and a member of advisory committees for the Prime Minister’s office in the UAE, the Scottish Government and SITRA, the Finnish Innovation agency.

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