Collective Wisdom: Principles and Mechanics

Showing the power of the collective wisdom of a group to generate solutions to a problem.

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I have used a protocol involving collective wisdom (CW) with our faculty, our district, and in other professional development settings for a couple of years now. When a group sees how quickly ideas and solutions to problems can be created it can quiet the nay sayers - "We could never do that/fix that"  The book itself is not directly geared towards education but does a nice job explaining the psychology of group think.  Because I have seen it work so well, I would like to see groups practicing this process at all levels of interaction. In addition, the National Faculty at the Buck Institute for Education ( is using a protocol around CW with teachers to help teachers with their perceived issues with implementing PBL in their classroom. 


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