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• One of the popular misconceptions about honey bees is that their lives are ruled by a queen. • After forty years studying bees, scientists learned that their colonies are remarkably complex and democratic.
• And every year, they are faced with some important life-or-death challenges:
– Problem of choosing a new home.
The hive is overpopulated 10,000 Bees leave home and gather in a branch 300 most experienced bees take off searching for tree cavities Tree Cavity – Features 10 meters off the ground 40 liters cavity A bee discovers a promising site A bee returns to the cluster and perform a dance A decision is taken based on the number of the bees that follows the dance
• For millions of years, the bees have faced the task of selecting proper homes. • Evolution by natural selection has structured these insect search committees so that they make the best possible decisions. • What works well for bee can also work well for human groups.
Remind the group´s members of their shared Interests
• Remind the group's members of their shared interests and foster mutual respect, so they work together productively. • Working together productively avoids clashing situations and arguments.
Explore diverse solutions to the problem
• Explore diverse solutions to the problem, to maximize the group's likelihood of uncovering an excellent option. • The scout bees search far and wide to discover a broad assortment of possible living quarters.
Aggregate the group's knowledge through a frank debate
• Use the power of a fair and open competition to distinguish good options from bad ones. • The scout bees rely on a turbulent debate among groups supporting different options to identify a winner.
Minimize the leader's influence on the group's thinking
• By functioning as an impartial moderator rather than a proselytizing boss, a leader enables his group to use its combined knowledge and brainpower. • The scout bees have no dominating leader and so can take a broad and deep look at their options.
Balance interdependence and independence among the group's members
• Balance interdependence (information sharing) and independence (absence of peer pressure) among the group's members. • Only if ideas are shared publicly but evaluated privately will the group be good at exploring its options and making good choices.
• Even though an individual bee is not particularly intelligent, the collective intelligence of the group produces impressive results. • Almost always — about 90 percent of the time in important experiments — the swarm chooses the best of the alternatives.
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