You may well like this concept - civilization as a system of collective intelligence. This short writeup is an entry in a contest (until midnight EST, Jan. 5, 2017) for social likes and shares. If it wins it will get a lot more visibility and credibility and I'll get to go to the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week conference for a week where I can talk about it more. Just to support a local boy, would you go to this url and click "share?" http://DaimonSweeney.com/civilization-3-brief.
If you want, there's a much more complete writeup linked to it.