An innovative, web-based application, created to enable organizations and social enterprises to gather and develop the wealth of knowledge that resides within.

Why do we need to do this?

When facing complex issues, with the accelerating factor of an uncertain future, effective development of “collective intelligence” of ALL of our staff and allies is the rational path.

Everyone knows more than anyone.

We need everyone to explore the parameters of a specific issue or problem if we want to optimize our resilience and nurture initiative-taking and innovation.

The WindTunneling effect surpasses all traditional risk-assessment consultants or software, by allowing all levels of an organization to offer insights, ideas and knowledge on an equal plane, and anonymously.

The results of a WindTunneling project informs the design of strategic planning activities, and empowers the entire organization to trust their ability to adapt to constant and accelerating change.

WindTunneling is being used by a California state agency to include all of its staff around the state, at all levels, in the various steps of their strategic planning process.

It is also being used by communities and police departments, striving to develop new options to reduce fear and enhance the safety of all participants in diverse communities.

Because complex issues are so varied, as social architects, we’ve designed WindTunneling to be non-linear and as flexible as elastic thread. Simultaneously, it is as disciplined as an Olympic athelete. Magic? No, but WindTunneling evolved and has existed for over two decades: only in the past four years has it taken on the benefits and burdens of a virtual life.

Ironically, our design using technology enables us to to be more human as opposed to less human. We are able to “hear” each other in ways that common convention blocks. We are able to use time to think through new ideas without the pressure of seven people at our table waiting for us to say something. Our higher purposes include giving a voice to those who do not have a voice today. Our experience is that we need every perspective and voice to inform our options if we are to design and craft a future that will stand up to the challenges we face.

Trying to explain WindTunnling is an interesting opportunity:  it is like trying to explain a screw-driver and a screw to someone who has never seen one.  A  common question is, “How does this work?” and our answer is, “What do you want to build?”   A common question is, “What is this?” and an answer is, “A new social form.”  A corporation is a social form.  A cooperative is a social form.  A book is a social form.  WindTunneling is a new social form designed by social architects to enable organizations and communities to effectively tap what resources they have and share their knowledge so that they can see and build new options for a preferred future.

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WindTunneling is a group-process software that enables invited participants to quickly and safely share ideas and experiences. It is particularly helpful when organizations face complex issues.