More Definitions of Co-Intelligence
Here are a number of additional definitions of co-intelligence,
all of which are true. Obviously, this is still (and probably
always will be) a field in progress. Defining co-intelligence
is like defining spirit or art. There are many legitimate perspectives.
Co-intelligence is the holistic intelligence
of a living holon (a person, group, culture) that knows and acts,
using its whole self, with positive synergy, trying to play its
role consciously as both a whole and a part, with the big picture
always in mind.
Co-intelligence is the ability of holons [holon: anything considered
both as a whole and as a part of larger wholes] to co-create patterns
Co-intelligence is the capacity to live
well WITH each other and life, creatively using diversity and
uniqueness, consciously evolving together in partnership with
nature, and consciously transforming culture. Co-intelligence
is intrinsic in all living systems and can always be improved.
It can be used for organizational development, better family relations,
community renewal, and creating a more just, democratic and sustainable
Co-intelligence is life's way of working
things out among all parties involved in a situation.
Co-intelligence is the capacity of life to co-evolve and co-create
with other life the larger flow of life within, among and around
Co-intelligence is the capacity to fruitfully engage the diverse
gifts of all involved for broad benefit. This capacity is possessed
not only by individuals but also by human and natural systems,
such as groups and organizations, cultures and political systems,
ant colonies and forests.
Co-intelligence is the capacity to engage the diverse gifts of
all involved to enhance understanding or the quality of life.
Intelligence is the ability to recognize and work with patterns
of existence to generate positive outcomes. If that ability is
exercised by collective entities... if the patterns being worked
with are multi-modal (ideas, emotions, sensations, structures,
processes, etc.) and multi-level (long-term/short-term, big picture/immediate
situation, etc.)... and if the power used is collaborative rather
than controlling... and if the outcomes are positive for all stakeholders,
including oneself, and The Whole ... to that extent we're talking
Co-intelligence is the capacity to muster and integrate the fullest
capabilities of all involved to engage with their broad, long-term
circumstances -- especially during times of change -- by working
with the patterns of existence in ways that satisfy the deepest
needs of all.
Co-intelligence is the capacity to satisfy needs amidst the ebb
and flow of life's challenges and possibilities, in harmony with
the need-satisfaction of other participants.
Co-intelligence is intelligence-WITH. It is intelligence with
a co- prefix -- co-creative, co-evolutionary, coherent, collaborative,
collective, congruent, coordinated, etc.
Co-intelligence involves a dialogic sensibility, a dialogic way
of living... a sense of a powerful partialness in every viewpoint,
every situation.... and a search for what's missing. Not missing
PIECES needed to wrap it all up, but missing PARTNERS needed to
co-create whatever's next, to dance the future into existence.
If the entire world is pattern, and intelligence is a pattern-shaping
capability, then co-intelligence is the capacity of patterns to
shape each other and, together, to shape their world.
Co-intelligence is the capacity to collaboratively deal with the
challenges of life by together observing, creating and modifying
the patterns of existence. It is intelligence that takes the fact
and ultimate desirablility of co-creativity seriously.
Co-intelligence is the capacity to co-create shared awareness,
understanding, success, transformation or wholeness out of whatever
dissonance and harmony are present. Co-intelligence is made possible
by the fact of interconnectedness, and can be enhanced by waking
up to and/or enhancing interconnectedness.
Co-intelligence is our capacity to live whole, interconnected,
co-creative lives -- individually and collectively -- and to engage
with a world that is whole, interconnected and co-creative.
Co-intelligence is the capacity to have good things happen among
us because of who we really are, in all our diversity.
Co-intelligence involves an elegant, selective inclusiveness that,
mindful of the underlying interconnectedness of life, leaves cracks
for arguably relevant factors to slip into consideration. Co-intelligence
eagerly searches for relevance in whatever shows up, thereby expanding
its sense of what it is dealing with. To the extent we can include
possibly relevant perspectives, participants, information, concerns,
fields of knowledge, dimensions of human experience, dimensions
of reality, needs and possible contexts, we reduce the likelihood
that any knowledge obtained or solutions (or decisions) arrived
at will have unanticipated consequences.
Co-intelligence is actually any and all intelligence that takes
the interconnectedness, wholeness and co-creativity of life seriously.
Co-intelligence is contrasted with fragmentary intelligence --
intelligence that is individual, one-sided, controlling, mechanical
and/or exercised for narrow benefits. Fragmentary intelligence,
when applied outside its proper realm of mechanical systems or
very small-scale circumstances, generates co-stupidity.
Any phenomena, practice, belief, entity, culture, approach or
ability that satisfies any of these definitions can be considered
co-intelligent. The task before us is to collect, understand,
and usefully arrange these things so that we can engage them towards
our collective survival, development and transformation.