Author Archive | DavidFriedman

Self-organizing and Collaborating Minds (and a hat tip to Stewart Brand for an old article!)

We’ve been thinking a lot about “social” organization at Collaborating Minds, because recent discussions have confirmed that our emphasis on the social interaction of the participants distinguishes us in a meaningful way from other collaboration approaches.  At the same time, we know a lot but still have a lot to learn about how to make […]

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What kinds of people make groups work?

Collaborating Minds is working to create a bond between people in a large, geographically dispersed group. It has mechanisms to help bring people together. What kind of people might we need? Collaborating Minds member Dave Summa assessed multiple small groups of executives (about 12 execs per group) who met regularly for education and mutual assistance. […]

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What’s missing from crowdsourcing (some results of the Gates Foundation toilet competition)

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation held a competition recently to design an ecologically sound, cost effective toilet for the poor in developing countries. It was done by crowdsourcing, and it pulled in people with unique expertises who developed fascinating approaches.  But as as recent New York Times OpEd piece said earlier this week, the […]

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Another view on collaborative, large scale problem-solving

Here’s someone else’s take on large scale problem-solving (“imagine a million minds working on a single problem”).  He’s got some interesting ideas about the roles in the problem-solving process, and a reference to the Theory of Communicative Action and the basis for reaching an agreement on has met the validity claims of truth (logically supported […]

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The kind of community we are after

The community that we are aiming to create among the members in Collaborating Minds is one of mutual support and aid.  We want it to be a place where people bring their own challenges, because they know that they are among a group of people who are committed to the success of each of their […]

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Reinventing Discovery and Collaborating Minds

My work on collaboration has been greatly influenced by the Polymath project in 2009.  In the first Polymath project (there have been more since) mathematician Tim Gowers asked if there was a way for mathematicians to do research together.  He proposed on his blog to test the idea by trying to shed some light on a problem […]

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We’re back

We’ve been away for quite a while since the last post.  In the last few months though, Jim and I have been working hard on getting the site ready for the Beta test.   We are almost there, with a great deal of improvement in how things work.  In particular, I’m proud that we have […]

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