way AC2004 unleashes collective
intelligence is via our Saturday evening Collective
Collective Intelligence Dinner (closed to
press) blends small-group brainstorming with large-group idea
presentation to gain individualized perspectives on a range
of Challenge Questions
(i.e., issues of importance for group foresight). It is an
efficient way to plumb the knowledge banks of our distinguished
attendees and to improve the quality of their networking and
participation in the conference's themes.
questions (in science, technology, business and humanist dialogs)
are placed on signs around "Brainstorming" tables that
seat approx. eight individuals, one question per table. Attendees
self-organize around their table of choice, either by question,
by dinner partner, or randomly, on a first-come, first-seated
Formal discussion of the challenge question at each table
is requested during the last 45 minutes of the 90 minute dinner.
Interested individuals take notes during the discussion, attributing
specific points or ideas to attendees by name, when allowed.
Next, in the "Reporting" phase, a group-appointed speaker
from each participating table gives a four to five minute
summary of these notes to the main group. (Attribution of
comments by name is encouraged.)
CI dinner has been designed with the assistance of Tanya
Jones, who has managed similar creative events for the
among other organizations. Special thanks to Romana Machado
for the "Collective Intelligence" name.