We have recently established a new Centre for Collective Intelligence Design that will focus on the practical skills and knowledge needed to design intelligence well. We believe that every individual, organisation or group could thrive more successfully if it tapped into a bigger mind— drawing on the brainpower of other people and machines.
Making progress in how we understand, think and act together is critical to solving some of the most complex challenges of our times – from climate change to prosperity and wellbeing. That is why our focus is on advancing knowledge and practical applications of collective intelligence in fields with public benefit.
We know that new digital technologies such as artificial intelligence can help us to analyse, predict, learn, communicate, and make better decisions faster – enabling groups to become smarter than the sum of their parts, and mobilising human intelligence at greater scale. But it is not a given. It requires careful design and committed orchestration.
Through our small grants programme we want to encourage practical experiments that generate insight and knowledge about how collective intelligence can be designed and applied effectively, and to support our grantee community to accelerate learning in this area.
We will support practical experiments and applied research that help advance knowledge about the design and application of collective intelligence for social good.
You must be able to show that what you are doing will help generate actionable knowledge or insight, ideally in a way that has generalisable practical application. This could be through testing a particular aspect of collective intelligence design, or applying collective intelligence to a new problem. Either way, your project should include using new digital technologies and methods for collaboration, deliberation, observation, analysis, prediction or idea creation, memory or learning - functions that enable collective intelligence at scale. We are open to working with start-ups and large firms, public bodies and charities, universities and research organisations. You must be motivated by learning and want to work with us to start building out the collective intelligence playbook. Collaboration with our team of researchers and commitment to careful research is critical. We welcome applications from organisations based anywhere in the UK or globally. We will not fund individuals. Once you have read all the documentation below, submit a short Expression of Interest (EOI) by 11am on Friday 9th November.