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What is “Conceptual Convergence ”?

A converging of ideas and concepts of two or more people is conceptual convergence. "A Meeting of the Minds."

Social media in all forms breaks down barriers and speeds up conceptual convergence.

When two or more people construct shared meanings for a concept there can be conceptual convergence. It is usually a gradual process where there is refinement of ambiguous or partial meanings presented in group space such as a social media website, forum, or in-person group setting.

Conceptual convergence activates both emotional intellisense and social intellisense. Both cognitive and social processes are engaged in group interactions that shape collaboration and conceptual convergence. Shared conceptualization is heavily dependent on social context and interactive patterns.

Even when engaging in social activities individuals in the groups display very different patterns of interaction and achieve varied degrees of conceptual convergence. The group dynamic plays a big part in conceptual convergence. Individual issues such as the quality of individual self-confidence, group leadership impact conceptual convergence. The intentional avoidance of challenging and constructive debate limits true conceptual convergence. If there is a power struggle in the social group the odds of conceptual convergence is undermined.

Collaboration in social media settings can be effective by bringing individual content into the public arena to establish a group shared conceptualization of the new content idea. 

Some definitions for the words "conceptual", "converge" and "concept" from:  http://www.thefreedictionary.com

1. relating to or concerned with concepts; abstract
2. concerned with the definitions or relations of the concepts of some field of enquiry rather than with the facts

1. The act, condition, quality, or fact of converging.
2. Mathematics The property or manner of approaching a limit, such as a point, line, function, or value.
3. The point of converging; a meeting place: a town at the convergence of two rivers.

1. an idea, esp an abstract idea the concepts of biology
2. (Philosophy) Philosophy a general idea or notion that corresponds to some class of entities and that consists of the characteristic or essential features of the class
3. (Philosophy) Philosophy
a. the conjunction of all the characteristic features of something
b. a theoretical construct within some theory
c. a directly intuited object of thought
d. the meaning of a predicate



100th Monkey Theory*
source: http://www.wowzone.com/monkey.htm

The 100th Monkey

A story about social change.

By Ken Keyes Jr.

The Japanese monkey, Macaca Fuscata, had been observed in the wild for a period of over 30 years.

In 1952, on the island of Koshima, scientists were providing monkeys with sweet potatoes dropped in the sand. The monkey liked the taste of the raw sweet potatoes, but they found the dirt unpleasant.

An 18-month-old female named Imo found she could solve the problem by washing the potatoes in a nearby stream. She taught this trick to her mother. Her playmates also learned this new way and they taught their mothers too.

This cultural innovation was gradually picked up by various monkeys before the eyes of the scientists. Between 1952 and 1958 all the young monkeys learned to wash the sandy sweet potatoes to make them more palatable. Only the adults who imitated their children learned this social improvement. Other adults kept eating the dirty sweet potatoes.

Then something startling took place. In the autumn of 1958, a certain number of Koshima monkeys were washing sweet potatoes -- the exact number is not known. Let us suppose that when the sun rose one morning there were 99 monkeys on Koshima Island who had learned to wash their sweet potatoes. Let's further suppose that later that morning, the hundredth monkey learned to wash potatoes.


By that evening almost everyone in the tribe was washing sweet potatoes before eating them. The added energy of this hundredth monkey somehow created an ideological breakthrough!

But notice: A most surprising thing observed by these scientists was that the habit of washing sweet potatoes then jumped over the sea...Colonies of monkeys on other islands and the mainland troop of monkeys at Takasakiyama began washing their sweet potatoes.

Thus, when a certain critical number achieves an awareness, this new awareness may be communicated from mind to mind.

Although the exact number may vary, this Hundredth Monkey Phenomenon means that when only a limited number of people know of a new way, it may remain the conscious property of these people.

But there is a point at which if only one more person tunes-in to a new awareness, a field is strengthened so that this awareness is picked up by almost everyone!

From the book "The Hundredth Monkey" by Ken Keyes, Jr. 
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