This article is provided by Global Mind Share, a non-profit organization that is focused towards building a global cognitive network.
In my mind.
A new idea has appeared.
The idea is not completely new, of course, because it appeared from some previous ideas and thoughts. But it definitely has essentially new content that could be either true or false.
What should be my next step? How could I figure out if it is close to true or mostly false? I will probably start with an internal dialog where my other me (my alter ego) will criticize me as an author of the idea. This other me will look for weaknesses of the idea while me as the author will argue either proving validity of the idea or modifying it or even rejecting it due to reasonable critique.
However, such internal dialog is not usually very effective because an author rarely criticizes himself or herself well. Two heads are better than one. And if my idea passes the internal dialog and isn’t rejected in the very beginning I will look for external dialog with a relative, friend, or colleague. This will be a step from one-to-itself to one-to-one relationship.
If my idea survives this external dialog I will probably write an article about it or present it at some conference or symposium. This article or presentation starts a one-to-many relationship between me and the expert community while feedback from my readers or listeners can be considered as a many-to-one relationship. Sometimes it certainly can be temporarily separated into one-to-one dialogues.
Finally, if the idea is found interesting enough it could start network discussions among experts themselves. This terminal step of its estimation process is actually many-to-many relations inside the experts’ communities.
Global Cognitive Network
All these steps were not only common but the only possible ones just a couple decades ago. However, the situation has drastically changed now. Wide spreading of the Internet has opened essentially new opportunities for one-to-many, many-to-one, and especially many-to-many communications while the two first stages of an idea estimation (one-to-itself and one-to-one) remained practically the same. But the following steps drastically shrank in time and unbelievably spread in space.
Before the appearance of social media publishing, presenting your idea took at least months if not years, but now you can present it and get feedback in days or even hours. And your audience has risen from readers of a journal and participants of a conference to potentially all the Internet users from all over the world. This global involvement allows increasing effectiveness of thinking by rapid estimation of your ideas and continually comparing your thoughts with ideas of other thinkers in the same area.
Although the collective thinking on a global scale could be very helpful in any subject area, there is one area where it is especially natural and crucially needed. This is the area of global problems, their formulation, their ranking by severity and importance, and looking for their solutions. Problems vitally important for each human being must be discussed by all mankind, and everybody who wants to can share his or her ideas in this area, or just estimate others ideas, must have a way of doing so.
Global Mind Share
To make this true (i.e., a reality), we established an international non-profit organization called Global Mind Share and started an internet project under www.globalmindshare.org. Everybody is encouraged to visit this web site and get involved in this grass-roots humanitarian venture in which he or she can identify, comment on, and propose or discuss proposed solutions to solve the most critical of Earth’s problems. Our goal is to determine the most crucial global problems in the first stage of the project and to attempt solving them by using a global thinking approach in the second stage.
The end result of the problem definition and solution process will be the use of expert panels from each of the nine areas of concern which are society and politics, economy and finance, environment and climate change, health and medicine, education, human rights, science and technology, art and culture, and religion and philosophy. This is exactly what Global Mind Share is meant to be – a place where everyone can come together to achieve common goals and solve universal problems using collaborative and highly diverse thinking.
Let’s do this together: reveal global problems; submit ideas how to solve them as solutions appear in our individual minds; estimate each such idea together using one-to-many, many-to-one, and many-to-many communications; and finally choose the best solutions.
And then something will be changed for the better, not only in our minds but also on our planet.
Note: George Mikhailovsky, PhD in biophysics and system ecology, is the president and founder of Global Mind Share with interests in collective thinking and crowdsourcing.