Research: Group Mind
            "How can we study the phenomenon and experience of collective wisdom scientifically?"

  Scientific research into the phenomenon of collective wisdom is in its infancy. However, a large number of studies have been conducted over the past 30 years, which directly or indirectly suggest the nature and effects of collective consciousness, and provide a solid starting point for the scientific study of collective wisdom.

What is the Collective Wisdom Theory?
Essay by Dale Ainsworth

The purpose of this essay is to explore the emerging theory of collective wisdom in light of existing and similar theories. Collective wisdom has been defined by philosophers, authors, researchers, organizational consultants, and others in a number of ways. Many believe that collective wisdom represents a level of knowledge and wisdom that cannot be accessed by any one individual; rather, collective wisdom can only be experienced by groups that are functioning in certain states. However, for the collective wisdom theory to move forward, an important question must be addressed: is collective wisdom simply the repackaging of other, similar theories of social intelligence or transactive memory systems? This essay will address this important question.

The Powers of Place by Renee Levi
An Inquiry into the Influence of Place, Space and Environment on Collective Transformation

Using a phenomenological methodology Dr. Renee Levi has recently completed a careful, revealing and provocative research study inquiring into the influence of place, space and environment on collective transformational experience. Her research was based on the following questions: (a)What is the influence of place. space and environment on collective transformational experience, separate from other factors such as design of a meeting or gathering, topic, or facilitator skill? (b) How is the setting perceived and described by individuals participating in transformational group experiences? (c) What specific elements of the environment are most influential? and (d) How can characteristics and qualities of place, space and environment—if more thoroughly understood—be more consciously included in the design of gathering places and guiding processes where collective transformation is intended?

SEED PAPER: What Can Science Tell Us About Collective Consciousness?

The Collective Wisdom Initiative invited Fetzer Fellow, Robert Kenny, to create an overview of the research that is relevant to studying collective consciousness and wisdom. Robert's seed paper includes an integrative, organizing framework, a rich array of research examples, references to key researchers and research institutions, and ample links to resources that interested individuals can investigate. We invite you to take a glimpse into what is likely the most up-to-date and comprehensive review and analysis of the scientific evidence for collective consciousness. We and Robert would love your feedback and comments. If you feel any important research has been missed, please let us know.

Collective Resonance: Doctoral Dissertation Summary

This summary by Renee Levi provides a brief but comprehensive overview of her doctoral dissertation on a group phenomenon she calls collective resonance, the "magic" that occurs in everyday situations enabling groups to transcend their usual ways of working together. If something in this writing reminds you of a personal experience of collective resonance and you are willing to share it, she would like to know about it. The research continues in the form of a growing collection of remembered stories, and each one that comes forward amplifies the entire field. Please contact Renee or visit The Resonance Project. See also Elements and Shifting Factors of Collective Resonance.