Newsletter - July 2018 - Collective intelligence, what is it?
Newsletter July 2018
In a world that is constantly evolving at high speed, with the development of new technologies and digital, the company must be flexible in dealing with the different situations that it does not even imagine today. In this month of July, we are dealing with the subject of collective intelligence.
The 2.0 company challenges the traditional model that promotes individualism and information retention. Today this has changed with the emergence of the Internet and tools such as social networks or any other platform, allowing collaboration between individuals. To do so, it adopts various development strategies, notably by promoting a community-based organisation (or 2.0). Indeed, this new mode of management, sublime the overall performance of the company because it induces a climate of work healthy and favorable to the speeches while drawing all the benefits of the diversity that composes the group.
What is collective intelligence?
Most authors agree on the following definition: "collective intelligence is different from the sum of the individual intelligences that make up it". (Rallabhandi, 1996)
For Lévy (1997), collective intelligence refers to intelligence carried out at different collective levels of the Organization, if not in the entire organization; So it's not the sum of the individual intelligences. Collective intelligence refers to the cognitive abilities of the community, resulting from multiple interactions among its members. The collective intelligence is therefore the intelligence of the working teams. Source Tissot Edition)
Collective intelligence in a human society comes from complex interactions that meet various conditions:
At a time of digital savings, social networks and the emergence of a growing virality in the sharing of information, knowledge and practices, the new modes of communication allow individuals to build a new data in Wealth creation. This wealth now passes through the development and sharing of knowledge, cooperation and the ability to decompartmentalize the modes of operation to inspire greater transversality and a collective commitment of the teams.
How to develop collective intelligence?
"Communities become multidimensional, that is, they have both real and numerical existence." Antonio Casilli, French sociologist specialist in social networks
And at Isahit, how does that apply?
Created in 2016, the community of Isahit continues to grow. It now brings together more than 300 people, mostly women from francophone Africa, who work on the digital platform and exchange via private newsgroups on Facebook.
Our digital task platform requires basic computer skills such as browsing the Internet and using a computer for example. Instructions per project are provided to help our community achieve the digital tasks available on our platform. When members of our community want to succeed, they can count on not only the help of the Isahit team to guide them but also the other Members who have a better understanding or more extensive knowledge in private groups Facebook, for example. We also organize online workshops/trainings that involve each participant on a pre-determined subject to make them accountable and mobilize them. Moreover, thanks to the suggestions of the members of our community, we evolve our platform as we go along in order to make it efficient and effective on all levels: technically and humanely.
We are convinced that the collaborative intelligence resulting from the pooling of the individual intelligences of the community is a source of wealth that can certainly increase the performance and commitment of each collaborator.
One more year of annotating and cleaning thousands of data. One more year of assigning, monitoring and controlling tasks. One more year of supervising and monitoring hundreds of projects.
Since isahit's creation, we measure yearly the social impact generated on our community with the help of a firm specialized on the topic. In 2022, we went even further by developing our own impact measurement indicators to assess - in the future and on an ongoing basis - our impact and the impact generated behind each of our clients' projects.
Depuis la création d'isahit, "l'humain" a toujours été au cœur de notre mission. Aujourd'hui, notre communauté comprend plus de 1400 femmes originaires de 41 pays différents; et leur diversité est notre plus grand force. En cette rentrée de septembre, nous avons souhaité aborder les sujets de diversité et d'inclusion en entreprise, pourquoi est-ce important, quelles politiques les entreprises peuvent mettre en place et comment les promouvoir en interne.
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