So, I’ve got this idea called Manchester Think Tank.
It’s a website where people share their big idea for Manchester. It’s a crowd sourcing hub for ideas at a time when people are swelling with civic pride.
The wisdom of crowds theory dictates that there are four things needed for the wisdom of ‘crowds’ to succeed.
|Diversity of opinion||Each person should have private information even if it’s just an eccentric interpretation of the known facts. (MTT is free and open to anyone)|
|Independence||People’s opinions aren’t determined by the opinions of those around them. (can operate annonymously in isolation)|
|Decentralization||People are able to specialize and draw on local knowledge. (local people are clever at local stuff)|
|Aggregation||Some mechanism exists for turning private judgments into a collective decision (the website is the mechanism)|
So, the theory is that if Mancunians are given the opportunity to tip an idea into a big meting pot of ideas then some good will come of it. The ideas will be voted ‘up’ or ‘down’ on the site and the cream of the crop will rise to the top. Then, progressive politicians in the city, inspired individuals and private enterprise will fill the gap.
There are some great talkers in Manchester but even better thinkers. I’m sure that they’d love to take part. In the meantime I’m supporting the I LOVE MCR campaign organised by Marketing Manchester. If you’ve got any more than a droplet of Manc blood in you then you should too.