“Collective intelligence” has become a buzzword in many fields without always the substance, scientific grounding and know-how it deserves. This is particularly the case in the field of public action, where very little has been published outside highly specialized and academic publications. Many actors however are trying to innovate in policy making by tapping into a the wisdom of a wider, more diverse set of contributors.
With this in mind, think-and-do-tank Dreamocracy wishes to bring together and analyze a unique set of real-life case studies through the lens of recent social science research. This will be in service to a diversity of readers, mainly policy makers, public authorities, service providers, academics, students, and the informed citizen, who urgently need inspiration, references and practical tools to foster collective intelligence for the common good.
Dreamocracy’s team is undertaking this bold project as it believes that the world needs such a book to help accelerate positive change. As we have experienced with the first phase of conceptualization and scouting for contributors, the work required to recruit, coordinate and edit 50 co-authors is very significant. We also hope to put in place a concerted comms effort, as mentioned.
The support we hope to obtain therefore from Citizens for Europe and any interested organization consists of:
With increasingly complex challenges needing to be tackled urgently and democracy being under threat, the purpose of Smarter Together: 50 Case Studies on How Collective Intelligence Can Help Government is to provide policy makers and civil society with an easy-to-read yet highly informed set of case studies that:
After a foreword by a prominent policy maker – e.g. Kristina Persson, former minister for the future of Sweden-, and an introduction by the book’s editor, Stephen Boucher, the book will bring together 50 case studies, organized in a logical sequence of 7 sections, looking at the broad phases of the policy cycle as well as any creative process, plus one “meta-phase”:
Each case study will be relatively brief (8-10,000 characters), and will have 3 parts:
In the concluding chapters, a relevant academic and policy maker will highlight how these examples show how to unlearn the old way of doing politics; how we can overcome the reductionist dichotomy of “more” or “less State” in favor of state that acts more as a catalyst of society’s creative potential. It will also sketch out a reform agenda for public authorities to address the challenges of the XXIst century and enhance democracy, as well as what research agenda is needed in light of the case studies.
Contributors already committed are a mix of experienced academics, practitioners, experts and policy makers