Collective Intelligence in Small Groups

My DH works as part of a small, intimate team.  They provide intensive outreach for those with severe mental illness and most of their time is spent on the streets, monitoring and assisting patients who otherwise wouldn’t get care or know how to locate important resources available to them.  This involves a great deal of coordinated effort.  In fact, he often remarks that every aspect of his team’s success relies on superlative coordination;  “We’ve learned to think as one brain.”

burak-arikan-os-realtionships-ad-collective-intelligence-2005Being that I am passionate about Community (the Intentional sort), I am fascinated by collective intelligence and its inherent synergism.  I knew I had to share this article on Collective Intelligence in Small Groups over @Kurzweil as soon as I read it.  It’s based on a study performed by MIT and published by Science that found that the Collective Intelligence Factor in the performance of small Human groups is not correlated with the intelligence of the group members, but with how well the group works together.  Maximum collective intelligence is not born from cognitive ability but from “social sensitivity”, which the study defined as the willingness of the group to take turns and apply their individual skills collectively to solve challenges.


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