Intelligence For Good

(Picture) Khadija, a drone pilot in Tanzania trained by WeRobotics. Lynx connected WeRobotics, who focus on humanitarian, development and environmental projects, with our partners in Tanzania to assess damage after the 2016 earthquake.

By:  Trevor Jones, Co-Founder at Lynx Global Intelligence

 

The word “intelligence” has many meanings. It is an old word, with etymological roots in the 12th Century.

Intelligence, basically translated, meant “comprehension” in Old French. It wasn’t until the 16th century that intelligence gathering entered the lexicon. As various nation-states built up their military information gathering services, “Intelligence” began to mean the collection and distillation of enemy positions and plans. Intelligence gathering has expanded to include IMINT (imagery intelligence from satellites) and recent practices, like SOCMINT (Social Media Intelligence).

And yet “capacity for comprehending general truths” – from the Old French, remains at the core of the meaning. To simply gather or possess knowledge is not enough. Active analysis is required; the data must be cultivated and presented to an intelligence consumer. But what if

those consumers went beyond national entities, to include NGO’s and private sector entities focused on changing the world around them?

Because of that exact notion, Lynx Global Intelligence was formed to focus on “intelligence for good” as a differentiator, a way to stand out from similar firms and do the right thing by human beings and the environment. “Intelligence” has also garnered several negative popular meanings. Intelligence services in many countries have gone beyond knowing, to doing, and sometimes impinge on domestic human freedoms in its most extreme form.

While some assume that intelligence gathering itself has negative implications, Lynx wants to subvert that notion.

It’s not wrong to assume that intelligence gathering can be intrusive or harmful. But it is equally wrong to assume that intelligence collection and dissemination cannot be used toward the end of human security and environmental sustainability.

The intelligence collection cycle itself is the “ comprehension” of ground truth information. By keeping the collection lens wide, convergences are discovered. States may seek information to promote sovereignty, Lynx collects intelligence to promote human and environmental security.

Lynx also comprehends the needs of the private sector. Convergences between the triple helix of protecting People, Planet and Profit are uncovered to promote corporate or organizational growth in a way that keeps the big picture in mind. By doing so, Lynx speaks the languages of the public, private and non-profit sectors to create positive convergences around the globe.

 

*The photo above is of Khadija, a drone pilot in Tanzania trained by WeRobotics. Lynx connected WeRobotics, who focus on humanitarian, development and environmental projects, with our partners in Tanzania to assess damage after the 2016 earthquake.

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