Exploring Collective Wisdom: Our Invitation to Shape An Aspiring Polymath Council

Exploring Collective Wisdom: Our Invitation to Shape An Aspiring Polymath Council

The Polymath Council is a collective of exceptional thinkers and experts from various fields, akin to a contemporary oracle drawing inspiration from the ancient Greek Tholoi. This council embodies a tapestry of knowledge, encompassing science, technology, arts, humanities, and more. Each member is a polymath, possessing a deep understanding of multiple disciplines, allowing for a holistic and nuanced approach to problem-solving. The council’s purpose is to deliberate on complex, multifaceted issues of global significance and propose innovative, well-rounded solutions.

Preliminary Framework: How the Polymath Council Operates

These are some of the ideas on how the Polymath Council could operate:

  1. Case Submission and Review: Individuals, organizations, or governments can submit cases or challenges to the council. These might include complex societal issues, technological dilemmas, environmental concerns, etc. The council reviews these submissions to select cases that benefit most from their multidisciplinary approach.
  2. Diverse Expert Panels: For each selected case, a panel is formed from within the council, ensuring a diverse range of expertise relevant to the issue at hand. This panel leads the deliberation and solution development process.
  3. Research and Deliberation: The panel engages in comprehensive research, discussion, and analysis. This process may involve consulting external experts, reviewing scientific literature, and exploring creative and unconventional approaches.
  4. Solution Formulation: Drawing from their collective knowledge, the council formulates solutions or recommendations. These solutions are not just pragmatic but also innovative, taking into account the multifarious dimensions of the problem.
  5. Presentation and Documentation: The council presents its findings and suggestions to the relevant stakeholders. Additionally, the solutions and the deliberative process are documented and published, contributing to a broader understanding and public discourse.
  6. Feedback and Iteration: Post-presentation, the council may engage in feedback sessions to refine their suggestions or assist in the implementation process, ensuring that their solutions are adaptable and effective in real-world scenarios.
  7. Continuous Learning and Adaptation: The council remains committed to learning and adapting, incorporating new knowledge and methodologies to enhance their problem-solving capabilities.

This structure allows the Polymath Council to act as a beacon of interdisciplinary wisdom, offering profound insights and solutions to some of the most pressing and complex challenges of our time.

If you want to consider contributing, please join the Polymath Forum on Linkedin.


  • Edwin Korver

    Edwin Korver is a polymath celebrated for his mastery of systems thinking and integral philosophy, particularly in intricate business transformations. His company, CROSS-SILO, embodies his unwavering belief in the interdependence of stakeholders and the pivotal role of value creation in fostering growth, complemented by the power of storytelling to convey that value. Edwin pioneered the RoundMap®, an all-encompassing business framework. He envisions a future where business harmonizes profit with compassion, common sense, and EQuitability, a vision he explores further in his forthcoming book, "Leading from the Whole."

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