Note — Oct 07, 2018

Collective Intelligence to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

At Nesta, some ideas on how to leverage collective intelligence in achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). “1. Seeing: A far wider pool of data and inputs. 2. Shaping: Design and creation. 3. Learning: Monitor, adapt and improve.”

[C]ollective intelligence – ways of harnessing more data and more brain power of all kinds and at every level and learning faster.

Often the less obvious data are more valuable than the official data. For example, in many countries, mobile phone data is a better indicator of economic activity and its shifting location than anything else. Recent initiatives like Global Pulse have shown how valuable these can be. Often, too, very local, tacit data is more useful than formal data.