The Co-Intelligence Symbol
This symbol represents co-intelligence, not the Co-Intelligence
Institute. It is available for use by anyone. You can copy it from
this page and put it on your letterhead, business card, or anywhere
The symbol has a number of meanings and connotations.
In their most mundane meaning, the three elements constitute a
loosely formed CoI or
The right- and left-hand elements were derived from the famous
yin-yang symbol of Taoism:
The yin-yang symbol represents the interdependent opposites of
the universe -- male/female, good/bad, black/white, self/other,
The two halves of the co-intelligence symbol also represent difference
-- although not necessarily opposite-ness.
While the Taoist symbol represents the interdependence of yin and
yang using the "eyes" (the small circles of the opposite
color), the co-intelligence symbol represents connection between
differences using the oval in its center.
This oval especially represents dialogue between differences.
The two black sections on each side of this central oval, mirroring
each other, symbolize the two sides really hearing each other, even
though they are still very much themselves. (They are also a bit
like eyes, suggesting they are really seeing each other, as well.)
The central oval also symbolizes something co-created by the two
different lives that face each other and interact in the co-intelligence
symbol. The "S-shaped" space in the middle suggests they
are a good fit, that there is synergy. They are making something
This represents the essential co-creative dance of everything in
the universe with everything else, out of which each new moment
and every new phenomenon emerges.
The white I in the middle
of the oval is a symbol of intelligence -- in fact, co-intelligence -- the kind of intelligence that resides
more in the relationship and interactivity between us than
it does within us individually. It is the special intelligence that
arises out of dialogue and co-creativity (the central oval) -- especially
when we fully hear and see each other.
Some people reflecting on this symbol discover more meanings --
and we believe that is good. But the meanings described here were
the most conscious meanings guiding its design (or evoking its emergence...).
Feel free to use it, share it, spread it however you wish. It is
a generic symbol, like the peace sign or the yin-yang symbol above.
It belongs to us all. We would love to see it everywhere....
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