Maps and Mapping
            "What is the territory of collective wisdom? How might graphic representations help us recognize its landmarks and navigate this territory successfully?"


Maps on the Collective Wisdom Initiative site

People Map:  This map of the all the continents includes markers indicating people who have been described by their colleagues and friends as active, engaged and in one way or another involved in the field of collective wisdom and for whom we have received a self-portrait.

Places Map:  These meeting places have been recommended by colleagues as places where transformational collective experiences have taken place. They represent a variety of settings and types of meeting spaces worldwide in which place and environment are considered significant contributing factors toward intended outcomes and quality of experience for those gathered.

Events Map:  Markers on this worldwide map indicate where you will find upcoming activities having to do with practice related to and events and action with a collective wisdom focus. Each event is convened by colleagues or organizations contributing to evolution of the Collective Wisdom field.

Visitors Map:  This global map shows the last 1000 visitors to the CWI website. On the average, CWI has a new visitor every 15 minutes, which means about 150 a day or 5000 a month.  85% of these visitors are new to the website day by day; 15% have visited prior and are returning again and again to explore more of what the website has to offer.

Dynamic Map of Practices for Collective Wisdom Practices

In the summer of 2003, the Collective Wisdom Initiative commissioned an experiment in the design of a dynamic (moving) map for the collective wisdom field. A team of six from the Rhode Island School of Design's Graphic Design Graduate Program, conceived and crafted what came into form quite unexpected as an animated interactive practice tool. Tom Ockerse, Dan Gaidula, Soe Lin Post, Stephanie Grey and Anne West focused their creative mapping attention in response to Jacob Needleman's compelling question: "How do can we touch and be touched by the intelligence we need?" Based on Tom Ockerse's extensive work in the field of semiotics (the study of how we construct meaning) and design theory, they designed an interactive software program based on an array of 28 principles and practices for developing capacities of collective wisdom as described in Centered on the Edge (pages 59-63). This practice tool is innovative, provocative and useful for personal practice, and can be experienced by clicking here.  Also, see Designing the Map for a description of the process of creation and thinking behind design of the interactive software.

Mapping the Field of Collective Wisdom

Collective wisdom may be a form of spiritual presence that pervades group consciousness, an intelligence that appears to be calling each of us. At the heart of our initiative, there has been the task of “mapping the territory.” What calls for our attention? What experiences and relationship of ideas frame our exploration into this territory? How might visual forms of mapping make visible subtle and complex phenomena? Based on conversations with several stewards of the initiative, we asked Chrisann Brennan, an artist and graphic illustrator, to create a visual synthesis of some of our initial reflections, Mapping of the Field of Collective Wisdom. Read also The Story Behind Mapping the Field of Collective Wisdom.

Elements and Shifting Factors in Collective Resonance

Renee Levi interviewed individuals from 32 diverse group contexts ranging from military units, football teams, and police arrest situations to professional work groups, leisure gatherings, and educational environments to study “collective resonance”. This work resulted in a doctoral dissertation, which includes two maps summarizing her findings (click on images below). See also her notes on the creation of these Collective Resonance maps.