Bringing the Wisdom of Crowds to MontrealFebruary 28, 2008 — nicolask7
The main speaker of last Wednesday event organized by Journée Infopresse was James Surowiecki. He is the author of a column on business and finance called . His presentation was about . FYI, I tried to find his book last Monday but I’ve quickly realized that most of the bookstores in Montreal are non-bilingual (French version supposed to come in april). Actually the lady from my neighbourhood’s bookstore told me to go downtown in order to find a spot to buy the book (since I live in the northern part of the island, I ended up without the book).
The power of collective intelligence
There are some great thoughts behind Surowiecki’s presentation but it seems that I wasn’t the only in the crowd thinking that his formula sounds a bit like what we call ‘the average’. According to me, if you are problem solving and you make sure to have a diversity of people thinking on a specific solution, it just makes sense that you will get a fair result (specially if you have people with independent background and if you are aggregating the results). Anyway, the guy is a great speaker and he’s giving a lot of examples to back his theory.
How the Wisdom of Crowds can apply to social media sites
If you are already familiar with social medias, I would strongly suggest you to take a look at what muhammad saleem describes as his journey through james surowiecki’s wisdom of crowds. For those of you less familiar with and , who wrote few very interesting posts on topics such as , , and .