Following up on the blog post “Toward a Wisdom Index” this post introduces the first such index, “Collective Wisdom Index Alpha.” I look forward to hearing your comments and feedback on this nascent effort.
The index recognizes two conditions:
- The level of wisdom or folly that emerges from a group is largely independent of the wisdom of the individual group members.
- There are many concepts of wisdom and few efforts to measure it.
Therefore it is presented tentatively as version 0.1 of one member of a family of indices I hope can be created.
I encourage you to put this index to use. Use it to assess the various groups you participate in. Perhaps it can directly help us to improve academic philosophy. If those of you who are members of, or connected to, academic philosophy departments use this index to assess and improve the collective wisdom of those departments, it may represent a step forward.
Would it be useful for us to use the index to evaluate the performance of this Global Circle?
What do you think?
Thanks for your consideration of this on-going work.