Intuition and the Creation of a Better World

Hamilton, Craig

"When groups get really good at [collective wisdom] and practiced at it, it can lead to very fast decision making," Robert Kenny points out, "because you're drawing on intuition which is a way of direct knowing as opposed to linear process of rationality and discursive logic." Part and parcel of this collective intuition seems to be the capacity for truly original thinking that can often lead to breakthrough solutions. Glenna Gerard, coauthor of Dialogue: Rediscover the Transforming Power of Conversation, explains, "When the group has really come together and there is collective wisdom present, there seems to be the ability to generate thinking that transcends what any one individual has thought before." But to Gerard, what is perhaps most distinctive about the kind of intuition that emerges in groups is its ability to reflect a sense of the whole.

Craig Hamilton, 'Come Together : The Mystery of Collective Intelligence' in What is Enlightenment magazine, Issue 25, May - June 2004, p. 73

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