Collective mind

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Engelbart called it CoDIAK (for Concurrent Development, Integration and Application of Knowledge). This was really his key insight, which has not yet received even nearly the kind of recognition it deserves. The point here is that the new information technology both enables and demands a thorough re-organization of knowledge work and other organizational structures – if it is to provide the kind of advantages that it in principle has to offer.

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Here's a simple explanation: With the old technology, all you could do as an author or inventor is to write an article or a book, publish it and hope that the people to whom your ideas might be relevant will find them in a library and do something with them. But in a world where we are all interconnected we can think and create together; and concurrently! Wikipedia is of course an example. But that is only a drop in the ocean of possibilities that are now opening up.

Add to this the global issues, and systemic innovation as "an informed person's approach to global issues", and you will see a most inviting scenario – that the technology of the day could be used to enable the solutions to our characteristic problems.


See Also
  • Blog post A Collective Mind – Part One, which introduces the collective mind paradigm historically, and describes a concrete project illustrating how Knowledge Federation undertakes to streamline the developments on the collective mind frontier.
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