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The Power of Collective Wisdom: And the Trap of Collective Folly

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Stories and historical examples throughout this work serve to illustrate how collective wisdom is emerging in a range of settings and how, if accessed, this collective knowing can create extraordinary results.
ebook, 239 pages
Published October 1st 2009 by Berrett-Koehler Publishers (first published 2009)
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I read this book in advance of a workshop I am attending knowing that this book informed the workshop presenter. Thought it would be good to learn more about the concept through reading. Learned lots and wish this book had been out when I took Community Work back in the 1980s.

I am in a bit of a lull at the moment in terms of collective action, but am feeling pulled back into the group effort. There is a concise and helpful This book at a glance section to start. I liked this line regarding the f

Wonderful book. It's also oddly similar to my own book, Getting Messy. We must have been breathing the same molecules from the collective unconscious or something...

It's really great to read someone else write about this stuff though, and it makes me happy and excited that I'm in this field. I think the most interesting part of the book for me was learning about Jacob Needleman's belief that the group is the new "art form" of the future. I've always been most interested in the creative process o

Leland Beaumont
Hang together or hang separately!

What happens when a group faces a difficult problem? In some circumstances the group arrives at an extraordinary solution that was unknown to any individual at the start of the deliberations. In other cases the group settles on a decision that becomes tragic, even though many in the group thought better of it. What are the conditions that can allow a group to access their combined wisdom? How can we connect with each other and tap into our cocreative abilities?
This book wasn't actually what I thought it was going to be, but it was good. I'm starting to lead a group that is wounded and fractured and was looking for some help. This was a good book and I liked it. I don't know that I got a ton of practical guidance, but I recommend it just from a philosophical standpoint.
Recommended by Shauna. Very profound. I can see many personal and wider ways to apply the principles in this book.

Still loving this book. Would love to discuss it with a group. Along with The Abundant Community: Awakening the Power of Families and Neighborhoods.
working together, we can achieve much more than working individually!
it is obvious, but why are we not doing it!

A good book that discusses this question
This is a good book for leaders who want to harness the collective wisdom from their groups!

we can't create collective wisdom. However, we can create breeding grounds for collective wisdom!
Sep 05, 2015 Mo marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
"Collective wisdom is about how we come to make sound judgments with others, touched by what is common and decent in all of us. It is an insight or action recognizing that what happens to one happens to all." page 18
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