king arthur RTThis is part two in a series of posts about The Ideal Problem Solving Tool. In the previous issue we shared with you our discovery that the Einstein’s upper level of consciousness dwells in the WE, meaning the properly organized group of people. What’s fascinating about it that it’s not something new, humanity has known about it for millennia and intuitively used it to some degree.

So, we have a group of people with a common problem and all the members truly seek its resolution. It sounds simple, isn’t it? Yet, the more we progress the more difficult it becomes to find the common ground. It applies to any areas of human life from families to communities, from societies to businesses. Despite of all our intellectual development, all technological advancement, something still hinders our ability to connect and reach the common solution.

This something is not a secret; we knew it from the ancient times. It is our ego that rules in us and controls all our actions. And, this ego has also been developing and getting stronger along with our progress, and for the most part unfortunately winning the struggle between our common interests and our selfish desires. Hence we know our enemy, we know what holds us back, we just haven’t found the way to overcome our ego and use for the common good. However, subconsciously we felt that the solution lies in connection between people.

We can easily find hints of it in the Bible, the most read book on earth. There are plenty of aboriginal and native traditions where people get together in circles. These circles intentionally create a special space that removes barriers between people welcoming new possibilities for connection, collaboration and enables them to come up with a commonly acceptable solution. The famous King Arthur’s knights were sitting around the round table that equalized and connected them.

Traditionally, we are brought up believing that our future depends on powerful and charismatic “superheroes”  and our innovations happen when some unique individuals have their “eureka” moments… but modern science proved it wrong. Research from the field of collective intelligence shows that a group’s “collective intelligence” is not an average or maximum or a sum of individual intelligence of group members. Instead, it is correlated with the average social sensitivity of group members, meaning the level of connection between them. The foremost researcher and writer in the field of collective intelligence and business management Dr. Thomas Malone said that he has identified a general principle indicating how the whole really can be greater than the sum of the parts. This, by the way, was stated by Aristotle over two thousand years ago.

There is a vast body of research on this subject, some of the works were cited in the previous posts. Essentially, this research served as a basis for developing our Ideal Problem Solving Tool, of which we will talk in the next issue…