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.
Wikistrat exists to help public and private sector organizations maximize their organizational goals through the application of our crowdsourcing methodology and global network of experts. Our analysis remains objective and non-partisan, and is applied to help our clients understand, anticipate, and manage complex issues. Both the analysis we provide and solution-sets we offer all our clients are used to advance our corporate worldview of:
What is the organizational structure of Wikistrat?
Wikistrat Inc., a privately-held, Australian-owned company, is incorporated in the US State of Delaware, and is a for profit corporation, unaffiliated with any government agency.
Are there limitations for who Wikistrat will and will not do work for?
Wikistrat’s corporate ethics policy, mission statement, and bribery and corruption policy and company values, can all be found in the tabs above. Wikistrat operates an Advisory Board of former senior government officials and operates a governance structure that practices a corporate ethics policy grounded in integrity and transparency.
Where was Wikistrat founded?
Wikistrat was founded in Sydney, Australia, in 2009.
Where is Wikistrat?
Wikistrat’s headquarters are based in Washington DC, although it operates an R&D in Tel-Aviv and Sydney, Australia.
Who are Wikistrat’s analysts?
Wikistrat’s Analytic Community is extensive in number (850+) and diverse in nature. Wikistrat staff make an ongoing and concerted effort to diversify the Analytic Community in terms of geographic location, worldview, area of expertise and career experience, in order to maximize the number of perspectives available to our clients. We welcome and encourage participation from analyst in all countries (where in accordance with all relevant legal rule sets). Wikistrat’s diverse network of analysts have no organized political agenda. All members of the Wikistrat Analytic Community have been vetted and trained on the Wikistrat platform and have legally committed to abiding by Wikistrat’s Analytic Community confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements, and Wikistrat’s code of conduct.
How are Wikistrat analysts remunerated?
Wikistrat provide a combination of a minimum revenue guarantee and potential access to project prize pool for analysts participating in the lead team of all client projects. The larger the client project the more the available funds for the analytic community according to a strict algorithm consistent across client project.
Is there a difference between analysts and employees?
There is an important difference between Wikistrat company employees and members of the Wikistrat Analytic Community. Members of the community enjoy potential access to client and internal projects, and have the opportunity to learn, network, develop their analytic skills, and profit from their analysis.
Who has access to content produced by Wikistrat’s analytic community?
Wikistrat’s Analytic Community and clients are bound by confidentiality and non disclosure agreements, limiting the use and reproduction of content produced on the Wikistrat platform for clients. Client simulation content is only accessible for a limited time by contributors.
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
Wikistrat regularly runs internal simulations to train its analysts and expand the company’s knowledge-base. These simulations typically attract between 60 and 120 participating analysts who produce dozens of competing scenarios or policy options on Wikistrat’s unique, Web 2.0 interactive platform
The findings of each simulation are outlined in an Executive Summary and/or Final Report, several of which have been made available here.