I’m currently writing an assignment about hierarchical and flat leadership structures in Christian organisations. So I was fascinated to find this article about swarm theory, looking at the way ants and bees achieve swarm intelligence in the absence of any hierarchical leadership system. In essence, every ant or every bee acts as a researcher contributing to a collective understanding of what’s the right thing to do.
Such collective intelligence is observable in a way in human society, particularly on the internet in the way that Google ranks pages, or ebay sellers build trust through feedback or Wikipedia articles are refined and improved.
And there are examples of the ways good organisations can harness the collective intelligence of everyone involved.
[via: Alan Hirsch]