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co-intelligence.org

Tom Atlee's co-intelligence .org, formally the Collective Intelligence Institute. It focuses on the following process issues which issues become}become key in the Troll Age:

"Intelligence - Intelligence is more than IQ. It is the whole palette of capacities through which we continually create a fit between our minds and lives and the world around us.

Co-intelligence - Co-intelligence is intelligence that is guided by and nurtures wholeness. Co-intelligence manifests in diverse ways that reflect wholeness, such as the integration of our heads and our hearts, the wisdom of spirit and nature, the collective intelligence of groups, communities and whole societies and much more.

Democracy and Politics - Co-Intelligent political theory explores how human society at all levels — from neighborhoods to nations — can self-organize wisely. The Co-Intelligence Institute's work focuses on catalyzing wiser democratic systems. High quality dialogue is perhaps the most important factor in developing the capacity for wise democratic self-organization. Many of the articles in this section focus on how to institutionalize wisdom-generating dialogue in democratic political culture and representative governance. We also include sections on co-intelligent activism, polarization and public issues which involve practical political applications of co-intelligence. There is also more material on democracy at the website of Tom Atlee's book The Tao of Democracy.

Wholeness - As noted above, co-intelligence is intelligence that is guided by and nurtures wholeness. Wholeness refers to the evolving inclusive coherence of life and its various parts, and the relationship dynamics between those parts. This coherence underlies familiar concepts like health, integrity, wholesomeness, holiness, and other holistic concepts. Comprehending the many dimensions and dynamics of wholeness can help us understand and enhance co-intelligence.

Diversity - Diversity, used creatively and well, is a hallmark of co-intelligence. New realities are woven out of the interaction of diverse people, ideas, viewpoints, forces, lives, etc. Human Diversity involves far more than race, gender, culture and other hot-button demographic differences, and is a potential source of immense treasure. One of the hottest forms of diversity is polarization.

Wisdom - Co-intelligent theory views wisdom as the capacity to appreciate the wholeness of life with an expanded, deepened perspective — and to act on that appreciation to produce long-term common good, or useful lessons in that direction. Most phenomena normally associated with wisdom (compassion, humility, insight, etc.) are embraced by this view. Most importantly, wisdom in co-intelligence theory includes the expansion of perspective and co-creativity that's possible through dialogue among diverse people or viewpoints. This is a major foundation for a wise democracy.

Community - The Co-Intelligence Institute and many other organizations offer abundant principles, insights and tools to help communities that want to build their quality of life, their sustainabilty, and their ability to address their problems wisely. This page provides links to many of them.

Leadership - Co-Intelligent leadership supports co-creativity, self-organization and the emergence of collective wisdom. Leadership is recognized as coming from both individual leaders, as well as systems, processes and culture.

Process and Participation - "Process" is a word we use to describe "what's going on" or "the unfolding of life." Whenever we participate in a process — whether it's a conversation, eating, recycling or exchanging money — our activities shape (and are shaped by) the processes around us. For example, we pay X amount of money for bread because of the price, but the price is influenced by the demand we co-create with other consumers. We live in a participatory, co-creative universe. Everything we do or don't do has multiple impacts, and is part of larger events we co-create with our actions. We can be more conscious of the processes in which we are participating. Co-intelligent processes support our efforts to be consciously co-creative in ways that benefit the whole (group, organization, system, etc.) and all its parts.

Morality and Ethics - Co-intelligent moral sensibilities are guided by wholeness, interconnectedness, co-creativity and synergy. From the co-intelligence perspective, these guides are basic to the holistic nature of life and they can be consciously nurtured for greater, broader benefit. The primacy of dialogue in co-intelligence suggests that nurturing quality public conversations about moral issues among diverse moral perspectives is a highly moral act.

Story - Co-intelligence often involves sharing our stories and co-creating the larger stories within which we live our shared lives. What we call "reality" and "consciousness" may well be examples of larger stories we have woven together to make sense of our world.

Spirituality - In its current forms, co-intelligent spirituality honors a common core of Spirit or shared connection to Spirit. Grounded in that communion, the infinite diversity of Life dances itself into being, moment to moment, through co-creative, co-incarnational, co-evocative interaction and dialogue, evolving into ever-new forms of wholeness."

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It also supports "Imagineering" visionary stories about future social applications of co-intelligence, Imagining Collectively Intelligent Communities for instance includes "Pat & Pat, a view from 2020 — a story of two co-intelligent politicians who became mayors of a medium-sized city in Iowa."

CI theoretical articles