Wikistrat is the world’s first Massively Multiplayer Online Consultancy (MMOC). It leverages a global network of subject-matter experts via a patent pending crowdsourcing methodology to provide insights unavailable anywhere else. This online network offers a uniquely powerful and unprecedented strategic consulting service: the internet’s only central intelligence exchange for strategic analysis and forecasting. These ideas and insights are delivered, for the first time, on a real-time, interactive platform.
Our network of hundreds of experts follows our scenario-driven crowdsourced policy planning methodology to generate unique intelligence products.
We realize this is a radically new approach to traditional consulting, but we believe that a massively multiplayer online consultancy will revolutionize the industry by shifting a significant portion of the market from typical “black box” consulting (you tell the firm your issues and an answer pops out of the other side in a big fat static report) to wide-scale employment of global talent accessed transparently via interactive and real-time delivery.
As globalization grows ever more complex and unpredictable, we are certain that collaborative crowd-sourcing of large numbers of analysts will become a primary analytic tool for enterprises across the board – especially in its capacity to brainstorm rapidly and provide multiple perspectives.
If, for example, you have a client interested in having dozens/hundreds/thousands of strategic thinkers chase down a problem, query or brainstorm for you, then Wikistrat can mobilize them en masse for a X-week-long collaborative simulation. We’d simply tailor the parameters and the participants. But the key thing is, the desired effort would now involve a true “wisdom of the crowd” dynamic, with the crowd in this instance being a vetted group of strategic thinkers collaboratively competing to come up with the best answer.
Why we think that’s a better route: In today’s complex world, we’re certain that companies and governments will benefit deeply from such intellectual exposure. No, we don’t think this completely replaces in-house studies or working with contractors, because there will always be those needed deep dives on specific issues. Plus you simply can’t outsource your strategic thought processes in every instance. But there will also increasingly be the need to tap into far wider pools of thinking, or ones that explore issues more “horizontally” (i.e., plumbing the cross-domain connections) than “vertically”–especially when you’re talking strategic planning on an international scale. Ina black- swan world, you can never ask too many “what if” questions, or have too many bright minds proposing possible answers.
When Wikistrat pulls hundreds of topic-experts into an online venue explicitly designed to foster collaborative competition – directly, then we turbo-charge the dynamic by concentrating it to an unprecedented degree. I honestly believe that Wikistrat, with its crowd-sourcing-of-analysts approach, represents the future of consulting. I think it will change the way governments and corporations consume analysis and conduct strategic planning.
Dr. Thomas P.M. Barnett
Chief Analyst, Wikistrat