Geoff Mulgan will talk about advances in how societies, organisations and cities think, and where they could lead. Over the last few decades new technologies have transformed the ways we can observe, analyse, discuss or create. They include the Internet itself which now reaches a majority of the world’s population; rapidly advancing artificial intelligence, which is now embedded in phones, cars and homes; but also new ways of mobilising millions of people to contribute to science, the design of products or to organise democracy in new ways. These are sometimes labelled as ‘collective intelligence’.
The COVID crisis has led to a further jump in how data and intelligence of all kinds can be organised, particularly in parts of Asia which have generally handled the crisis much better than countries like the UK or US. Geoff will discuss how these have worked, what we can learn from them, and how these ideas can be applied in the future to other questions such as climate change.
Geoff is Professor of Collective Intelligence, Public Policy and Social Innovation at University College London; formerly CEO of Nesta; and before that CEO of the Young Foundation, head of policy in the Prime Minister’s office and Head of the Government Strategy Unit. He is the author of many books, including most recently ‘Social Innovation: how societies find the power to change’.
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