I contributed to this massive tome, edited by Mark Tovey, which explores the nascent science of collective decision-making
Collective Intelligence expert, editor of WorldChanging Canada, and all-around polymath Mark Tovey has released a huge collection of essays optimistically entitled Collective Intelligence: Creating a Prosperous World at Peace. There's contributions from dozens of experts in this nascent field, as well as activists and stakeholders in a variety of different disciplines who are experimenting and refining the ideas behind CI. To name just some of the people involved in this project: Tom Atlee, Howard Rheingold, Jerome C. Glenn, Jaron Lanier, Thomas Malone, Pierre Levy, Thomas Homer-Dixon, Alex Steffen--and myself. I contributed a short fiction piece that starts the whole collection off. There's an afterward by former prime minister Rt. Hon. Paul Martin.
Collective Intelligence is not yet a mature field, either in terms of research or application. This book accepts that, and asks what first steps are needed to get us on the road to understanding CI. There's a healthy dose of skepticism--Jaron Lanier provides a good dollop--and I have my own reservations about the ultimate power of this idea; but it has to be explored, and CI may just turn out to be the key to the next step of human social evolution. We owe it to ourselves and our children to find out, and this book starts the process off with a bang.