Which one came first? Collective intelligence? Or collective stupidity? Are we getting more intelligent as a specie? Or are we destroying ourselves and the environment? Are other species smarter because they are not destroying themselves? Truth and science keep changing. What we claim true and “natural” one day is to be found untrue by the next generation. We can try our best, have the best intention, we still harm ourselves, others and the planet. Was the world a better place when “intelligent” being were not around? How can I know, how can we know we’re on the right path? Is collective intelligence the remedy to collective stupidity? Or the other way? What can individuals do? What can private companies do? If there is no clear answer, what is the right question to ask?
I was lucky to be invited by the Chalhoub group in Dubai to speak about “Collective intelligence” and share some personal and collective experiences I took part in. I am posting my slides here as I had many (174 slides!). Thanks to my speaker agency, the Lavin Agency.
I speak here about :
1. Connect yourself
Your life on one page
2. Connect others
3. Change the world
Crowd funding, Crowd sourcing, global innovation network
Sailing around the world
Open Hardware for the Environment projects
4. The value of a team, teams values
Ups and downs
Mission : what we do
Luxury : excellence, against planned obsolescence, elegance, sustainability
Ethics : why we do it, how we do it
Family values, Bushido
Carolien Whaley (Nike Foundation)
Spirit : Team spirit, fairplay, pursue victory, accept defeat, humble, persistence,
5. Value your team can create in society
Evolution of our society
Agriculture, Industry, Service, information, intelligence, wisdom, creativity
6. Why this is the greatest place in the universe
Geographical and values shift
Limited ressources, unlimited possibilities
11’000 people team
I was asked some interesting questions. The answers here are short edited versions of what I answered / or maybe what I wish I answered.
> Crowd sourcing is great but how do you moderate ideas?
_ Now of course, we need to manage budgets and deadlines too. So we encourage the bad ideas die as fast as possible, or are turned into good idea by experience, by learning. So, we don’t moderate that much, the ocean moderates good and bad ideas. We encourage people to test ideas, good ideas lives, bad ideas die, natural selection. We are lucky that we can be nice and encouraging, the ocean can be unforgiving.
>Why dont you work with big brands?
_ We would love to work with brands – please introduce us :)
> How did you get to live on a rooftop in the middle of London financial district?
_ Because it is possible.
>It’s illegal no?
It is extra-legal – not illegal. It is a temporary structure and no one lives there permanently.
> What is the main strategy for collaboration?
_ The underlying most important narrative in collaboration is respect. If you talk to a 5 years old or to your boss, you want to give your full attention and respect to that person, like if that person was saying the smartest thing in the world.
In my case respect comes from curiosity. The best idea come from unexpected places. So you want to be humble and listen to all. Let your open, loving and creative mind make decisions, not your prejudices.
In practice, we use some brainstorming rules :
- Be crazy. Everything is possible
- Build on each other ideas
- Quantity -> Quality
- Make, test, learn [repeat]