How do we use collective intelligence to answer the question of 'what to do next'?

Rheingold (2004) wonders whether electronically created swarms of humans—who unlike ants, possess complex intelligence—will result in a similar collective intelligence of something entirely different. “Will we be wiser in our choices of how to use the small screen in our hand than we were with the television screen in what used to be the family room?” he asks. “The question is whether we have the wisdom to use our power-tools without amputating something vital” (Rheingold, 2004).

This space is designed to explore emerging outcomes from ongoing conversations, brainstorming sessions, and ideas resulting from our collective intelligence. We are committed to harnessing the power of the group and publishing our research as it develops, so that we can make a difference in a timelier fashion. In determining ‘what’s next’, we encourage you to explore and engage in our research so we can collectively determine where more sustainable pathways may lie.

Stay tuned for our new interactive Climate Action Pathway that will illuminate the co-benefits of how acting in one area leads to many unanticipated more sustainable pathways. For example, more compact communities (densification) leads to enhanced walkability, which cuts down on GHG emissions and leads to increased health outcomes, such as decreased obesity. A preliminary map will be uploaded in mid-June 2016, and we invite you to build on it sharing your thoughts on additional interconnections about acting on climate change.

Rheingold, H. 2004. Smart mobs: the Next Social Revolution. New York: Peagasus