Social physics and meetings

“The intelligence of the individuals didn’t matter.

The content didn’t matter.

It was the pattern of how they shared with each other.

If everyone was engaged; if everyone was sharing lots of ideas, acknowledging other ones (sounds really simple!) that gave rise to a collective intelligence that is about as strong as IQ…

…The flow of ideas between people…gives rise to this collective intelligence.

And you can shape it…

…[email and social media] turn out not to make much difference.

It’s the face-to-face stuff.”
Professor Sandy Pentland, Director of the MIT Human Dynamics Lab

Sandy’s research findings have been the focus of my meetings design work for over twenty years.

Hat tip to David Adler for sharing this video.