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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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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Getting ready for relaunch

We’ve had a number of conversations with alpha testers and with others that suggested it was an opportune moment for redoing the site and relaunching – perhaps as a beta test. Jim and I thought it was a good time to catch people up on what’s been going on and what we are thinking about […]

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Rethinking data and decisions – Big Data’s Impact in the World – NYTimes.com

The New York Times recently ran an excellent overview of the evolving state of data analytics. Big Data’s Impact in the World – NYTimes.com: “The story is similar in fields as varied as science and sports, advertising and public health — a drift toward data-driven discovery and decision-making. “It’s a revolution,” says Gary King, director […]

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