Routledge to publish long awaited handbook of collective intelligence

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The term collective intelligence covers technology enabled processes in which large groups of individuals gather, share, or generate knowledge, data, and skills – as such it is a field that holds massive potential for the private and public sectors. However, collective intelligence is still an emerging field, and a large knowledge gap persists in academia as well as across the private and public sector.

With the coming publication of the Routledge Handbook of Collective Intelligence for Democracy and Governance, co-edited by Assistant Professor Carina Antonia Hallin, research coordinator and founder of the Collective Intelligence Research Group at the Business IT department at ITU, a huge step is taken towards formalizing theory and practice for the field.

In the Routledge Handbook of Collective Intelligence for Democracy and Governance more than 60 contributors including scholars from prestigious universities across the world explore the concepts, methodologies, technologies, and implications of collective intelligence for democratic governance, in the first comprehensive survey of the field. It is essential reading and an authoritative reference for scholars, students, researchers and practitioners of public policy, public administration, governance, public management, information technology and systems, innovation, and democracy as well as more broadly for political science, psychology, management studies, public organizations and individual policy practitioners, public authorities, civil society activists, and service providers.

The handbook is illustrated by case studies and will serve as a unique primer on the science of collective intelligence applied to public challenges and it meant to inspire public actors, academics, students, and activists across the world to apply collective intelligence in policymaking and administration to explore its potential to foster policy innovations and reinvent democracy.

In addition to Carina Antonia Hallin, the handbook is edited by fellow collective intelligence pioneers Stephen Boucher, lecturer at Sciences Po Paris, the Egmont Institute – The Royal Institute for International Relations, CIFE (Centre international de formation européenne), Université Libre de Bruxelles, and CEO of, as well as Dr. Lex Paulson, Executive Director of the School of Collective Intelligence at Université Mohammed VI Polytechnique in Morocco and lecturer at Sciences Po Paris.

“The handbook is the first of its kind to provide an in-depth understanding of what collective intelligence is for society at large, the potential it harbours, and its implications for democratic governance,” says Carina Antonia Hallin. “It is a foundational and must-needed resource to the research community as well as for private and public actors working in the field.”

Carina Antonia Hallin is the Founder and Research Coordinator of the Collective Intelligence Research Group at the IT University of Copenhagen, co-founder of the Academy of Management’s Community on Knowledge Integration, Synthesis and Engineering, and co-founder of the research spinout company Mindpool which was recently acquired by the world’s leading innovation platform, UK based Wazoku.

Routledge Handbook of Collective Intelligence for Democracy and Governance is available for pre-order via Amazon.

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