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Theories and Tools for Collective Intelligence

Date & Time:
12:30:00 - 14:00:00,
Thursday 27 November, 2014


Geoff Mulgan will talk about theories and tools for collective intelligence: what is the state of knowledge and what could we hope for in the next decade? The talk will cover some of the recent technological tools for decision-making: open data, machine learning, predictive algorithms, crowd-sourcing – and ask: how well are these working, and how much are these transforming the intelligence of organisations and groups? The talk will address the interface between human and machine intelligence; the capacity of computing to transform the many dimensions of human intelligence, from observation and creativity to memory and judgement; and possible research agendas for the future. Nesta is heavily involved in many fields of digital technology application as an investor, grant funder and research organisation – from crowdfunding and crowdsourcing, to open data challenges and a new programme of work on collective intelligence. This talk will stand back and consider the state of theory and practice.

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  • Name: Geoff Mulgan
  • Affiliation: Nesta
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  • Bio: Geoff Mulgan Chief Executive of Nesta, a foundation that combines investment, research and grant programmes supporting innovation for the public benefit. From 2004-2011 he was the first Chief Executive of the Young Foundation, which became a leading centre for social innovation, combining research, creation of new ventures and practical projects. Between 1997 and 2004 Geoff had various roles in the UK government including director of the Government’s Strategy Unit and head of policy in the Prime Minister’s office. Before that he was the founder and director of the think-tank Demos. He has also been Chief Adviser to Gordon Brown MP; a lecturer in telecommunications; an investment executive; and a reporter on BBC TV and radio. He is a visiting professor at LSE, UCL, Melbourne University and a regular lecturer at the China Executive Leadership Academy. He is an adviser to many governments around the world, and has been a board member of the Work Foundation, the Health Innovation Council, Political Quarterly and the Design Council, and chair of Involve. He is also currently chair of the Studio Schools Trust and the Social Innovation Exchange. His recent books include The Locust and the Bee (Princeton University Press, 2013), The Art of Public Strategy – Mobilising Power and Knowledge for the Public Good (OUP, 2008) , Good and Bad Power: the ideals and betrayals of government (Penguin, 2006) and Connexity (Harvard Business Press and Jonathon Cape, 1998).