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Wisdom of Crowds, Collective Intelligence

If you attend a conference, and people don’t randomly state “web 2.0″ or “world is flat”, you know that the people attending just aren’t cool. While “wisdom of crowds” hasn’t hit that level of hype, it is becoming a common part of the language of many educational technologists. The result – the term becomes confused, used in the wrong context, and subject to incorrect applications. Henry Jenkins provides needed clarity-
Collective Intelligence vs. Wisdom of Crowds: “Surowiecki’s model [wisdom of crowds] seeks to aggregate anonymously produced data, seeing the wisdom emerging when a large number of people each enter their own calculations without influencing each other’s findings. Levy’s model [collective intelligence] focuses on the kinds of deliberative process that occurs in online communities as participants share information, correct and evaluate each other’s findings, and arrive at a consensus understanding.” (via Smart Mobs)

One Comment

  1. midphase wrote:

    I’m not sure I agree with the “Wisdom of Crowds” explanation. Most people, if not all, derive their conclusions based on collected data available through their senses. Unless each person has been living under a different rock and isolated from everyone else, then the statement would be true (in my opion).. However, people are constantly bombarded with other people’s thoughts and actions. So I hardly believe that wisdom of crowds is achievable from original thoughts.

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