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Collective IQ

Collective IQ

Doug Engelbart coined the term Collective IQ as a measure of how well people can work together on important challenges : how quickly and intelligently they can anticipate or respond to a situation, leveraging their collective:

  • perception
  • memory
  • insight
  • vision
  • planning
  • reasoning
  • foresight
  • experience 

... into applicable knowledge. Collective IQ is ultimately a measure of effectiveness in dealing with a landscape exploding with Complexity and Urgency.


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Open Hyperdocument Systems (OHS)

Is a framework for enabling technology to support dynamic knowledge ecosystems (DKEs) sufficient to boost Collective IQ in fast-evolving organizations. 

OHS is a toolset with a few characteristics:  

  • ubiquitously available 
  • providing structure and organization
  • functionable: viewing, navigating, linking, editing, sharing, etc. 

Doug Engelbart, its creator, characterized OHS as “the critical missing piece” still needed by organizations to push the envelope of performance & transformation.


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Augmentation System

Augmentation System

Whether you are in the business of innovation or transforming your organization in the face of accelerating change, it's important to think in terms of capability: What makes us (more) capable? How do capabilities evolve and improve? How to innovate and improve them faster, smarter, better?

The solution rewuires an infrastructure of:

  • tech capabilities (Tool System): that augments our  
  • human abilities (the Human System): practices, paradigms, procedures, customs, methodologies.


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ABCs of Organizational Improvement

ABCs of Organizational Improvement

The efforts to improve an organizational capability and increase collective IQ can be broken down into:

  • A Activities Performing the day to day functions of an organization (“business as usual”)
  • B Activities Attempts to improve how we do A Activities
  • C Activities Attempts to improve how we do B Activities (“improving how we improve”)

Doug Engelbart proposes that in order to face an uncertain future an organization needs to evolve from a state of business as usual to state of constant improvement, an unfinished revolution.


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Doug Engelbart

The unfinished revolution is about what we can do to change the way we face the future so that we can better cope with all that is now happening.



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Networked Improvement Communites

Networked Improvement Communites

In Doug Engelbart's terms, an improvement community is any group involved in a collective pursuit to improve a given capability

An improvement community that puts special attention on how it can be dramatically more effective at solving important problems, boosting its collective IQ, is a networked improvement community (NIC). 

Improvement communities opperate at the C-level activities in an organization (see above). Meaning the group is improving the capabilities of the people working on improving the business as usual-type activities. 


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