About this Book
Power of Collective Wisdom is the culmination of efforts that
began with the Fetzer sponsored Collective Wisdom Initiative and
which led to this website. Many of the people on this website have
contributed directly to this book. Many more have influenced our
thinking and/or contributed through the surveys we sent out regarding
the key ideas of this emerging field and the naming of the book
itself. On so many levels, this book has been a collective effort.
From our perspective, collective wisdom refers
to knowledge and insight gained through group and community interaction.
At a deeper level, however, it is about our living connection to
each other and the interdependence we share in our neighborhoods,
organizations, and world community.
Ultimately, this book emerges from a deep
conviction that we all have a stake in each other and that what
binds us together can be greater than what drives us apart. Stories
and historical examples illustrate how collective wisdom has emerged
in a range of cultures, settings, and traditions, and we offer a
set of practices to help readers realize the key lessons of the