Rapid Sensemaking and the Pandemic
CICOLAB is a "change tank," a combination of a think tank and a do-tank. We bring together diverse minds in focused, online roundtable discussions to pool our unique expertise in different aspects of collective intelligence (CI), which is a shared or group intelligence that emerges from collaboration. With the flood of misinformation, accererating change and potential systems collapse, rapid sensemaking has never been as difficult or as critical. CICOLAB is currently exploring how we can strengthen our own social networks and empower each other by combining our innovative ideas in deep profiling, technology, currency design, mutual aid, distributed governance, and technology.
CICOLAB's Current Session:
"Rapid Sensemaking and the Pandemic"
During CICOLAB's last session on "Love Bombs" (see map above for video summaries of the roundtable discussions) we learned a lot, and this time we are building on that knowledge by using the questions and ideas raised in the last round to help guide us in this extremely challenging time.
This is a liminal period in human history, and whether the next phase is a post-capitalist utopia or a global dystopian nightmare is largely the privilege and responsibility of those who can most effectively promote a memetic, simple story.
How do we make sense out of this period, on the political, technological, and spiritual planes? We host 90-minute online roundtable discussions on a variety of subtopics, and you can choose to attend as many as you like.
The meetings take place online via video conference, and are recorded, transcribed, processed, tagged, and placed in a growing knowledge repository that is fully open to everybody.
How are people using collective intelligence to help us make sense of the pandemic?
How do we frame the Covid-19 story so that we can actually learn some lessons from this difficult period?
How can we fix our information grid to decrease the amount of misinformation?
How can we use decentralized governance and DAOs during this time?
Snippets of last session's discussions:
CICOLAB is a social network of some of the top creative and revolutionary thinkers of our time. We bring people together strategically to foster discussions across silos and to introduce people working in different aspects of collective intelligence, such as mass collaboration, identity, discoverability, interoperability, deep profiling, healthy new business models, and currency design. Browse highlights from our last session, "Love Bombs".
A more effective funding mechanism
To fund the Collaboratory, we have formed a decentralized autonomous organization (DAO), built on blockchain technology. Assets (including funds or various non-monetary resources) are released when and if certain measurable conditions — predetermined and contracted between CICOLAB and the funders — are reached. The assets are held in escrow until the agreed conditions are met and verified by an “oracle”: a trusted, neutral third party who judges whether the goal has been reached. Thus, funders don't contribute funds if the fundamental metrics are not achieved, while participants remain confident they can “unlock” funds when their specific goals are met. For example, if the Collaboratory hits a certain predetermined benchmark, we could “unlock” the services of an advertising agency, a production house, or obtain free access to software that we need.
How can rebuild from the ashes of late-stage capitalism?
In a time of spreading misinformation, growing economic insecurity, rising polarization, and inequality, armageddon is starting to look like a forgone conclusion. At CICOLAB, we think that there has never been a better time to shine the brightest spotlight we can on the future that we want. In this liminal space, we are going are going from what we have been taught to what we truly know. The pearls of wisdom that got us to this place no longer serve us, so what do we take with us, and what do we take behind? It's less about humankind becoming something else, but rather remembering who we are and reconnecting with the deepest part of our spirits. In this session, we try to make sense out of the pandemic and see how we can use this catastrophe for the power of good.
Lauren Nignon started her research into designing intelligent innovation ecosystems while completing her Masters at Harvard, and continued her work as a Mozilla Open Leader to develop her "Rapid Learning Network" concept. In 2019 she also started a collective intelligence collective called Practical Knowledge Ecology which has mutated into CICOLAB. Lauren is based in Paris, France.
Contact: lauren [at] cicolab.org
Charles Blass is a curator-activator and team builder working at the intersection of movement growing, systems thinking and dynamic mapping. Integrating diverse approaches to knowledge gardening and collective wisdom cultivation, Charles explores creative innovations in on- and off-chain governance and social norms.Longtime media producer, broadcaster, archivist and nonprofit director, Charles is based in Zurich, Switzerland.
Contact: cb [at] cicolab.org