At the Roots of Collective Intelligence – One-Day Conference Organized by Nesta Around Collective Intelligence and the Challenges of Social Cognition

Andrew Young — September 11, 2015

Cross-posted from Nesta

The conference will bring together a group of extremely distinguished thinkers in cognitive science, philosophy, information science and sociology to analyse the mechanisms which underlie emerging forms of networked collaboration.

Collective intelligence is a term that is increasingly being invoked in relation to networked democracy, citizen science, collaborative production, e-health etc. Our aim in this event is to combine different

perspectives in Cognitive and Social Sciences to trigger an informed discussion on the prerequisites for collective intelligence in the public sphere. We will question the cognitive, social and biological processes that enable collectives to share objectives, elaborate joint solutions and reasoning.

Our speakers include:

  • Robin Dunbar and Chris Frith talking about the roots of social cognition,
  • Colin Blakemore and Bahador Bahrami who will introduce the neurobiological perspective on cooperation.
  • Licia Capra and Orestis Palermos will discuss the role of technology.
  • Hugo Mercier and Geoff Mulgan will focus on decision making processes.
  • The day will be framed by the challenges set by Paolo Gerbaudo and Arnau Monterde who are investigating  new social movements and the role of the internet on political action. 

The agenda leaves ample time for discussions and breakout sessions to identify the most critical questions emerging in this field.

The event is being organised by the Collective Intelligence team at Nesta in collaboration with the Human Mind Project of The School of Advanced Studies.

Registration and breakfast open at 8.45am with the event starting promptly at 9.30am. It will be a full day event closing with a drinks reception at 5.15pm.

Register here.