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MIT Center for Collective Intelligence

How can people and technology be connected so that – collectively – we act more intelligently than ever possible before? Our team of researchers and thought leaders are studying and inventing the future of problem-solving, whether it’s reimagining how organizations develop a product or solving climate change. cci.mit.edu We work with organizations who are ready […]

How do we land this plane? How do we land this planet?

In business meetings we often ask “how do we land this plane?” meaning, “How do we bring this process to a successful conclusion?” and–mixing metaphors–“How do we go from having a lot of balls in the air to bringing about an outcome we can live with?” In our current global situation,  “How do we land this planet” […]

CO2 Poisoning may be the most important threat to people

CO2 at about 500ppm interferes with thinking.  Below is the chart.  Now, here’s the big idea:  We are now at 400ppm, and the Paris talks are heading us higher than that–into the Co2 poisoning range: Here is the startling chart summarizing the study results:   Exclusive: Elevated CO2 Levels Directly Affect Human … thinkprogress.org/climate/…/carbon-dioxide-impair-brain/ ThinkProgress […]

Notes on monopolies that are restrictive of co-evolution around them

If you want to proliferate across the world, then every key field of contribution needs to be as open as possible to talent, capital and so on, so that capabilities develop.  In addition, the results of the field need to be made to serve a wide range of use cases, because “one size does not […]

CO2 and the rising middle class: making our way forward through designing for abundance

While abundance is a very real possibility, we are also in a race against time. Can some version of today’s world handle a population of nine billion? Peter Diamondis, Abundance: the future is better than you think[i] I subscribe to the following line of thought. It is supported and perhaps best articulated by Ray Kurzweil […]

Working draft: Design for Abundance

This project began with the support of key leaders in the smartphone ecosystems, with doors opened up by the senior executives of ARM Holdings.  In the two years since I began, I’ve expanded the study, and abstracted the ideas and made them more generally applicable.  The following are essays that demonstrate a new level of […]

To accelerate and direct science toward the most important challenges of our time

It is my belief that the basic knowledge that we’re providing to the world will have a profound impact on the human condition … and [on] our view of our place on the biological continuum. Craig Venter[ii] We are living in a modern renaissance of science. Whatever else business is good for, businesses bring the […]

GeoPartners and shared purpose: improving ecosystems through comprehensive design

Today the biological ecosystem of our planet cannot be separated from human society, technology and business; that is, human ecosystems.  And there are no social, technological and business ecosystems independent of biology. The challenge today is to develop ecosystems comprehensively, from the standpoint of biology, society, technology and business.  This is causing traditional ecologists and geophysicists to rethink their […]

Ke Rong and China-oriented studies of business ecosystem formation

Business Ecosystems: Constructs, Configurations, and the Nurturing Process http://www.amazon.com/Business-Ecosystems-Constructs-Configurations-Nurturing/dp/1137405902 And these fascinating articles on business ecosystems development in China Reshaping the business ecosystem in China: case studies and implications K Rong, Z Liu, Y Shi – … of Science and Technology Policy in …, 2011 – emeraldinsight.com Purpose–The purpose of this paper is to explore a way to […]