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Phase 1: April 26-May 9, 2021

During this first phase, participants will be asked to submit contributions in their areas of expertise, that is, in the domain where they are most comfortable. Even if a participant is bringing a perspective from outside of the life sciences (say, for example, they are a futurist), they'll be asked to contribute based on insights they may have gleaned from the news, life experiences, or their sense of how their field may intersect or inform the domain being addressed. 

During the first phase, participants will also be invited to support (supporting is akin to liking a social media post) and comment on contributions by others they find of interest. Participants will be encouraged to highlight the aspects of others' contributions they find most important and interesting and to highlight gaps or ways to expand on the idea as initially submitted. 

Phase 2: May 10-16, 2021

During this second phase, participants will be asked to submit contributions outside of their areas of expertise. Indeed, they will be encouraged to push outside of their comfort zones. Prior research in collective intelligence has shown the most novel and creative ideas often come from those who lack expertise in a domain under consideration. Participants will also be encouraged to examine contributions across all domains and fill in areas where they see gaps. 

As with the first phase, participants will have the opportunity to support and comment on the contributions of others. 

Phase 3: May 17-20, 2021 

During this phase, the Life Sciences Supermind team will cluster previously received contributions into categories that outline overarching themes. The team will use natural language processing (NLP) tools to assist in this process.

No new contributions will accepted during this week, but participants will still be able to support and comment on the contributions of others. 

Phase 4: May 21-28, 2021

This last phase of the exercise will seek to elicit participants' judgment, through a voting process, on which of the themes identified through the clustering done during phase 3 have the greatest potential to impact the life sciences sector in the future. During this phase, participants will also be invited to contribute comments about the clusters.