Why are we doing this?
Digital platforms offer the potential to assemble people and knowledge as never before. The challenge is to build environments that truly support distributed networks of citizens in coming together to combine their knowledge and skills.
To foster these processes we need innovative digital solutions, governance models and social relations. Complex questions need multiple perspectives, data and wisdom and we must understand how to bring these together.
What are we doing?
We are studying how patient organisations can use different platforms to integrate clinical and lay knowledge to help sufferers and forward scientific knowledge. We are examining what are the requirements for collectives to collaborate on distributed systems to address questions of sustainable living.
Our paper, 'Collective Intelligence: How does it emerge', explores the cognitive, cultural and organisational requirements for collective intelligence.
This research on patient organisations builds on Nesta's many years of work in the health arena. Our past work includes researching and implementing projects in: health knowledge commons, the future of health data, the role of peer support, and people-powered health.
Our reflection on Collective Intelligence and democracy has also been stimulated by the D-Cent project on digital tools for democratic participation and economic empowerment.