Some related articles that made me think today.

  • Brainstorming causes hive mind. There is a theory that groups tend to dive off down extreme routes that a) don’t reflect the variety of opinion and b) that you only get the right solution if you ask people for ideas invididually, not collectively. This is covered in The Wisdom of Crowds.
  • So maybe this method of getting people to self-organise for dinner shouldn’t replace our supra-anal checking and double-checking and working out who should go with who. Our method works very well, by the way.
  • So instead, why not use a virtual innovation fund like this? I’m going to recommend it to ODPM for the Digital Challenge.

Lots of brain fodder there.