What Is Collective Intelligence?

def-i-niti-on :: Collective intelligence (CI) is shared or group intelligence that emerges from the collaboration, collective efforts, and competition of many individuals and appears in consensus decision making. It arises in groups of individuals—whether those individuals are individual people or whether they are organizations, companies, or markets.

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Collective Intelligence is not new. In fact, we've been moving away from expert dominated functions and getting validation from the crowds for a long time now. Collective Intelligence is being garnered and implemented across the globe, with more and more successful use cases being validated every day.

Cue Swae, and it's ability to add value to capture “cognitive surplus" – explained very eloquently by Clay Shirky in the TED video to the left – all with a goal of building a better, more cooperative world.