Let’s face it, polls are polarizing, and political polls are deeply polarizing. They don’t merely reflect the views held by groups, they drive groups into entrenched positions.
So is there a better way? It turns out, there is. And like many innovations, the solution comes from Mother Nature herself – SWARMS.
It all goes back to the birds and bees… and fish too. When flocks and schools need to make a collective decision, they don’t take a poll and analyze the results.
They form a swarm – a unified system that acts as a collective intelligence, everyone pushing and pulling in real-time, with feedback loops maximizing the consensus among them.
That’s great for the birds and bees, but what about us humans?
Can people swarm? We can – a new platform called UNU allows groups to swarm on issues, finding consensus in a matter of seconds. But does it work for emotional topics, like politics
That’s what we wanted to find out, so we asked a group of Democrats and Republicans: “What should congress focus on?” Normally that would produce a never-ending argument…
But can a swarm find common ground? As shown in the replay below, the group weighed the options in real time, and came to consensus in under 60 seconds:
The swarm has spoken – “Job Growth”
Will this put an end to political arguments? Never. But, to get a group of people with diverse political views to find common ground in under 60 seconds… that can only help.
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