Somehow I landed on this page and then I ended up at the launch of the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence (CCI) and watched an insightful lecture given by Bob Metcalfe. The CCI seems to have lots of potential to do some good. Will see.
Quoting the message on the front page of CCI,
“While people have talked about collective intelligence for decades, new communication technologies—especially the Internet—now allow huge numbers of people all over the planet to work together in new ways. The recent successes of systems like Google and Wikipedia suggest that the time is now ripe for many more such systems, and the goal of the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence is to understand how to take advantage of these possibilities.
Our basic research question is: How can people and computers be connected so that—collectively—they act more intelligently than any individuals, groups, or computers have ever done before?”