Counterintuitively, the highest evolutionary wisdom lies on the fringes of business as usual. The fringes are fringes because they are different, dissident, dissonant with business-as-usual – both with the mainstream and even with our own personal or group business-as-usual. The challenges presented by the fringes can expand our view of what’s really going on and what really needs to be addressed. But, of course, that is easier said than done; there’s something to know about including the fringes creatively so that greater wisdom and possibility result rather than folly and destructive messes. Luckily, we know a bit about that – and could learn more…
In the end, I believe that those who call forth the most collective intelligence and wisdom will be those who can manifest – and help others manifest – two vital capacities:
1. the ability to include more of what is normally overlooked and excluded and
2. the ability to use diversity and disturbance creatively.
ROBERT STEELE: Tom Atlee, whom I found through his book, The Tao of democracy: Using co-intelligence to create a world that works for all, has been my mentor on Collective Intelligence. It was because of Tom that I published the book with 55 contributors, Collective Intelligence: Creating a Prosperous World at Peace. Tom is for me, the center of gravity for sanity in a world gone mad.