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Nov 23

The team recently attended the Better-Data conference hosted by Goldsmith College’s Hungry Mind Lab, which showcased several innovative research technologies within the behavioural and psychological sciences. These tools aim to provide new ways of collecting data as well as collecting new types of information that, prior to these technologies, was impossible to harness. At Silverman Research,

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Nov 10

In the last few weeks I’ve been busy talking about Collective Intelligence at a number of conferences. Quadriga Internal Communications Conference, Berlin First off was the Quadriga Internal Communications Conference in Berlin. The two-day conference focused on “Transforming Challenges into Innovation” and consisted of a number of presentations of ground-breaking best cases mixed with clever workshops.

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Oct 7

GreenBook’s latest Research Industry Report is based on over 2000 interviews with market research specialists across the world. Taking a closer look, Silverman Research presents the report’s key insights. Technology Use in 2016 Use of Mobile Surveys and Online Communities is reported to be mainstream, with these technologies being used by 74% and 61% of companies respectively. Areas which are considered more ‘niche’ include

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Sep 22

Silverman Research’s Managing Director, Michael Silverman was recently interviewed for the cover feature of CIPD People Management Magazine’s September edition. Investigating the ways in which employees are voicing their opinions today,  the article explores the status of traditional Trade Unions which find themselves increasingly challenged by today’s landscape of atypical contracts, a changing labour market and a new culture

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Sep 14

Three months on from the historic vote that divided Britain, what can organisations learn about about giving people a voice? Lesson #1 – The Power of Participation When historians come to look back on the events leading up to the in-out European Referendum, it’s my hope they’ll remark upon what is arguably the most important key

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Aug 30

Produced by Lesley Crook and co-hosted by the IABC and EEA as part of a wider investigation into how organisations can demonstrate Working Out Loud behaviours, this presentation evening explored how companies can utilise Enterprise Social Networks to engage employees and ultimately improve business functioning. After the event, Crowdoscope hosted a discussion to discover attendee’s key learnings and how

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Aug 9

The argument that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts provides a powerful incentive to consult a group rather than an individual. As a research agency that promotes the generation of Collective Intelligence through online tools, Silverman Research acknowledge that under certain circumstances groups can make terrible decisions. While our report on Collective Intelligence in Organisations explores this

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Jul 27

Collective Intelligence tools yield superior insight to traditional surveys. This is because simple survey methodologies lack the crucial social element that enables participants to evaluate each other’s responses. Unlike that extracted from a survey completed by an individual in isolation, the intelligence generated in the collaborative environments of Collective Intelligence tools is an emergent property. It is necessarily stimulated within conversations between

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Jul 21

Design considerations are crucially important in ensuring the output from discussion forums is authentic and representative of the population. Traditional discussion forums that present comments in lists tend to hide the true diversity of opinion by favouring early birds or those with extreme views. To avoid this, Collective Intelligence tools can apply algorithms that distribute

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Jul 6

We invite you to listen to Michael Silverman’s recent radio interview with Jo Dodds, sharing insights on Collective Intelligence in Organisations. http://www.blogtalkradio.com/engage-for-success/2016/06/13/show-162-collective-intelligence-in-organisations Michael Silverman, Managing Director of Silverman Research and Founder of Crowdoscope, appeared as special guest on the ‘Engage for Success’ radio show. The interview clarifies what Collective Intelligence is, the impact of social and digital technologies

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Jun 7

The employee survey is dead: long live collective intelligence! The last decade has witnessed the rapid advance of social technologies in our day-to-day lives. This has created a deeply interconnected society and revolutionised the way we exchange knowledge, opinions and experiences in our personal lives. Surprisingly, many organisations were slow to react to this reality,

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May 20

We are delighted to announce the release of Crowdoscope v1.2. Crowdoscope can now be accessed on mobile and tablet devices, meaning you can get involved in the discussion whenever and wherever you like. There’s no need to download an app, Crowdoscope will automatically work on your device’s browser. Unlimited Survey Questions You now have the option

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May 13

Collective Intelligence tools can reduce complex problems that computers find tricky to solve, into simple tasks that can be worked on simultaneously by large numbers of individuals. The examples below show how results of this parallel task approach can be rather extraordinary. Cyber Space In under a year, ordinary people classified more than 50 million photos

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Apr 20

Spring into action

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Welcome to this month’s Silverman Research newsletter. It has already been a busy year as we officially unleash Crowdoscope. Using our new online survey and discussion tool, we have been running a number of projects with Unilever and we have generated some pretty spectacular insights which we have shared with their leaders. As we move

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Feb 11

  Overwhelmed by Intelligence This series will unpick how Collective Intelligence methods are already being used by organisations to overcome common challenges. Previous blogs explored what distinguishes Collective Intelligence from other collaborative methodologies, a goal based approached interested in the generation of output through participant interaction. There are a number of different ways in which

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Oct 15

  What tool to use? The growth in technological capabilities and our interconnected lives have provided a massive boost in generating social collective intelligence. But can we generate this type of data, harnessing the power of groups to problem solve? Specialised tools need to be developed and applied. Researchers in the field of both Human-Computer

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Sep 25

The Rise of Social Collective Intelligence. What do Wikipedia, Tripadvisor, Quora and Climate CoLab all have in common? They use the power of social collective intelligence: networks of people and computers acting together in intelligent ways. Two key developments have been essential to the rise of collective intelligence: the enormous increase in interconnectivity between people

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Sep 16

Can crowds be intelligent? When we describe an individual as being intelligent, we often mean that they are book-smart, good at learning and applying knowledge that they can think clearly, are capable of understanding difficult ideas and overcoming problems. But what about collective intelligence? It has become an often used buzzword in recent years, but

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Jul 20

We are hiring! We are looking for an ambitious and dynamic individual to join our team in the role of Research Manager. You can find out more about the position here. To apply please send your CV to milly.picton@silvermanresearch.com, applications close on Wednesday 29th July.

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Jun 3

The Internet is giving rise to some remarkable technologies that enable large groups of people to collaborate online. This is having a huge impact in the field of Collective Intelligence as it provides an opportunity to progress research and practice in this area. There is a need to understand what’s important in mass online interactions

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