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The Learning Conference 2011

June 6–7, 2011

Baltimore, MD

Opening Plenary Luncheon — Achieving Collective Intelligence: A Thinker's Guide on Why We Need to Think Less

Monday, June 6, 2011 at 12:00 PM–2:00 PM EDT
Corinthian Room (Second Floor)
Session description

We can do better together than individually, right? We know this is true. There are countless examples in nature, in systems, and in society that validate this premise. And yet, when we try to behave more intelligently collectively, we often seem to fail in spite of our best intentions. Why? What are the factors that allow us to maximize our collective intelligence? More specifically, how can philanthropy both behave more intelligent collectively and catalyze that same behavior in other systems? In this facilitated conversation, Eugene Kim will explain how we can achieve more by thinking less and letting go, drawing from real, practical examples.

Intended learning level

Activation — exposure to new ideas you maybe haven’t heard before


Eugene Eric Kim, Blue Oxen Associates
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Speaker Biography

Eugene is the cofounder and principal of Blue Oxen Associates, a consulting firm that works with groups to maximize their collaborative intelligence. He's developed collaborative strategies for a number of organizations, from Fortune 100 organizations to philanthropic foundations to government agencies. He focuses especially on large-scale, multi-stakeholder collaboration and collaborative learning. Past clients have included NASA, Institute for International Education, Socialtext, and the Wikimedia Foundation. In addition to his work at Blue Oxen Associates, Eugene serves on the boards of the Leadership Learning Community and WiserEarth.

Kathleen P. Enright, Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
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Speaker Biography

Kathleen P. Enright is president and CEO of Grantmakers for Effective Organizations. Previously, she served as the group director, marketing and communications, for BoardSource. Prior to joining BoardSource, Enright was a project manager for the National Association of Development Organizations Research Foundation, where she directed a Ford Foundation–funded project to encourage collaboration between nonprofits and local governments. Enright serves as chair of the board of Fieldstone Alliance and on the advisory board of the Center for Effective Philanthropy. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a master’s degree in public administration from The George Washington University.

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