50 Case Studies On How Collective Intelligence Can Help Government

Dreamocracy has recently launched a Call for Papers to contribute to the collaborative book Smarter Together: 50 Case Studies On How Collective Intelligence Can Help Government. Dreamocracy is coordinating the editing of the book, which will be published by a prominent academic publishing house.


Little attention has been paid to collective intelligence in the field of public action outside specialized publications despite the urgency of reinventing public decision-making. The science behind collective intelligence and creativity in policy making, inspiration through stories and practical guidance is needed, and this is what this book will provide policy makers, activists, consultants, and journalists.

This book is being developed in collaboration with the Collective Intelligence Unit of the Copenhagen Business School and with the UM6P’s School of Collective Intelligence.


The following case studies are currently being drafted. More will come, and the titles will change, but this will give you a taste of the diversity of perspectives and insights that the book will provide!

  • Citizen crowdsourcing: An investigation of opportunities and challenges of using collective intelligence in policy-making, Pr. Carina Antonia Hallin, PhD, Head of Collective Intelligence Unit at the Copenhagen Business School
  • Performing accountability, teaching citizenship: the Jan Sunwai in India, Pr. Stephanie Lama-Rewal, Senior Research Fellow, CNRS, Centre d’Etudes de l’Inde et de l’Asie du Sud-est
  • The Democratization of Policy: A Case Study of Online Crowdsourcing Cancer Legislation in Chile, Annalyn Bachmann, Manager for the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence
  • Troubled Youth: Turning Problem Makers Into Problem Solvers, Tim Switalski, M.S., President of Darwin Associates, co-founder of CREA Conference, founding partner of the Center for Certification in Creativity
  • The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund: how biodiversity actors successfully managed to put their heads together, Jean-Philippe Palasi, Founder of INDRI
  • Government challenges, and how a telegram sparked innovation 100 years ago, Luis Lafosse, Designer in public sector, City of Playford, Australia, and Jen St Jack, Consulting Partner Jack Jensen, board members with the Australian Institute of Urban Studies
  • The ‘Agora Energiewende’: How conflicting constellations of interests converge, Dr Lars Grotewold, Director at Mercator Stiftung
  • Games, power and collective intelligence, Pr. Gianluca Sgueo, Global Professor at New York University and analyst at the European Parliament Research Service
  • Collective intelligence for conflict prevention, Diana Dajer, PhD candidate at the University of Oxford, a Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship Research for Action Awardee, and director of Policéntrico
  • Iceland’s Case: Crowdsourcing the Constitution, Take 2, Elisa Lironi, Policy Analyst, European Citizen Action Service
  • Backchannel dialogue for European MPs: The Mercator European Dialogues, Verena Ringler, Director at European Commons, and Chiara Rosselli, Head of the Mercator European Dialogue
  • Sager der Samler: building the interface between the micro and the macro to bring social innovation to scale, Paul Natorp, co-founder of Citizen Change (Sager der Samler)
  • Common food for the common good: Wine and political creativity, Dr. Knut Bergmann, head of communication for the Cologne Institute for Economic Research, Political scientist, former speech writer of the Federal President and the President of the German Bundestag
  • How Health Care reinvented itself in Sweden, Bernard Leroux, Mediator at Dialogues AB, in partnership with the Swedish Association for Municipalities and Regions
  • Co-intelligence Wallonia: When a region explores major challenges through collective intelligence, Pierre Portevin, author, coach, co-founder of Co-Intelligence Europa and founder of Convergences
  • An Eagle Watches Over Us: The Role of Youth in Community Change, David Baum, conversation architect and consultant
  • Unleash – An international innovation experience, Catherine Jacquet Deloitte sustainability France, and Mamello Thinyane, UN University and International Telecommunications Union
  • ‘Zero long-term unemployed territories’: Enabling innovation through collaborative knowledge management, Stephen Boucher, Founder of Dreamocracy and professor at Sciences Po Paris, the Solvay Brussels School and the Institute for European Studies
  • Teatro do Oprimido: How Brazil involved the marginalized in municipal affairs through legislative theater, TBC and Nikita Meer, Dreamocracy
  • The Two-Team project: How the European paper industry reimagined itself and its lobbying, Stephen Boucher, Dreamocracy
  • School Participatory Budgeting: Creating Collaborative Young Communities, Ankitha Cheerakathil, Executive Director-India, Institute H21
  • Slum women think, act and negotiate collectively for Government services: a case study from India, Siddharth Agarwal, Kanupriya Kothiwal, Urban Health Resource Centre
  • Overcoming VUCA: Scotland experiments with Theory U, Keira Oliver, Scottish Government
  • Deliberative Polling: What Happens When the People are Thinking, James S. Fishkin, Janet M. Peck Professor of International Communication and Professor, by courtesy, of Political Science, Stanford University
  • The importance of values: The Alternative’s success and challenges, Uffe Elbaek, Member of the Danish Parliament and founder and former leader of The Alternative party – now independent green MP
  • Overcoming fake news: Graam Vani mobilises participatory media in rural India, Aaditeshwar Seth, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi
  • Systems thinking at the top of the European Commission, Elke Elders, founder of Politics Reinvented
  • The Youth Justice Board, or how to spread innovation across a country, Lord Jonathan Oates, UK House of Lords
  • Accelerator Labs as a new approach to accelerating development, UNDP
  • Appreciative Inquiry and public action, Daniel Jérôme, Integral Togetherness, with Pr. David Cooperidder (tbc)

Please note that the order of the case studies in the book will differ, as well as the title of some of them.


We have an open call for papers which allows you to submit potential contributions. We will make a selection to ensure that the case studies are the most inspiring possible and complement one another in bringing forward the key principles and insights that social sciences tell us are needed to foster collective intelligence for the common good. Also, there will be funding to enable some of the authors, if not all, to be remunerated (nb – contributors from civil society and academia will have priority in this matter before private consultants, think tanks and public agents).

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