Making progress in how we understand, think and act together is critical to solving some of the most complex challenges of our time, from climate change to prosperity and wellbeing. At Nesta’s Centre for Collective Intelligence Design (CCID) we have been focusing on advancing knowledge and practical applications of collective intelligence in fields with public benefit, such as health, international development, or digital democracy.
We know that new digital technologies such as artificial intelligence can help us analyse, predict, learn, communicate, and make better decisions faster, thereby 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. At the CCID, 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. 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.
In September 2018, we launched the first call for ideas for practical experiments and applied research that help advance knowledge about the design and application of collective intelligence for social good. By November, we had received over 200 diverse and high-quality proposals from all around the world. We are now funding 12 diverse experiments that look into how new technologies can help us overcome barriers to collective decision-making or increase the uptake of citizen-generated data, test how we can sustain mid- and long-term crowd engagement, and explore new use-cases of collective intelligence. This is just the start - there are many other questions that still need to be explored.
Following the great interest in our first round of grants we want to make the most of the rapid growth of collective intelligence as a field and offer collective intelligence practitioners and academics another opportunity for funding. This is why we are launching a new call for ideas for practical experiments that help advance knowledge about the design and application of collective intelligence for social good. In this second round of grants, we are delighted to be announcing a £500,000 experimentation fund in partnership with the Wellcome Trust, Cloudera Foundation, and Omidyar Network.
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 that enable collective intelligence at scale.
We are open to working with startups 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 Friday, 25th of October 2019, 11am GMT (UK time).