It's easy to participate in a roundtable discussion, which are an hour and a half long. The discussions take place  online (via Zoom), are recorded, posted unlisted on YouTube (you can turn off your video if you prefer),  transcribed and condensed for accessibility and ease in spreading the most important points.


Rapid Sensemaking and the Pandemic Topics

Apocalypse DAO

How could we create a new kind of insurance produce to protect us from the unthinkable, for people who can't afford personal helicopters to come rescue us?

Crap Detection: Round 2

A follow-up to our first discussion, with special guest Howard Rheingold. June 9 at 3pm EST, 9pm CET (see calendar for details)

The New Story

When we integrate the information from different fields, what is the story that starts to develop?

Deep Profiles

Connecting individuals in the group would be so much easier with better profiling methods. How can we develop profiles that don't feel like more work?

See previous session

Mutual Aid

How can we support each other during this time?

Crap Detection

In this May 22 meeting with MetaCAugs with special guest Howard Rheingold we discuss Crap detection in the context of Covid-19.


Full transcript


Covid-19 and CI Activism

Find out how people are using collective intelligence to solve the pandemic.

Innovation Diffusion

How can we spread this concept, so it spreads itself?

Covid-19 and DAOs

How can we use DAOs to help us deal with the pandemic? (Already happened)

Innovating Innovation

How do we welcome corporations on board without their dictating the message or taking over the intellectual assets?


Our Calendar


Making it easier to find the people, projects, and ideas that inspire us

When the postal service made it possible to send an envelope anwhere in the world, they revolutionized communications and allowed a flourishing of knowledge. We are creating something similar, for people and ideas. Except these days, the problem we need to solve is exactly the opposite: it is so easy to send virtual envelopes around the world that we can no longer keep up with the information overload. So our greatest problem is making sense of the mental chaos: what do we absolutely need to know, and how do we connect to the people, ideas, projects, software, and tools that we resonate with on a deep soul level? CICOLAB is the social "watering hole" facilitating connections that create sparks. We create the conditions for great projects and great people to find each other and actually do things together using resources that already exist.

Open, transparent and participatory design

One of the most important parts of CICOLAB is maintaining a detailed knowledge repository of everything that we are doing and each discussion we are facilitating. We are using Workflowy, the easist and most intuitive software we could find, to organize our documents and task lists, recorded interviews/roundtables and protocols. We have edited the permissions so that you can jump in and add resources to our knowledge repository yourself and tag things yourself. If you have video, audio, or written materials that you think are relevant to this discussion, you are free to add them. If you want to get involved, learn more,  or have any ideas on how we can better organize things, we would love to hear from you! Email us at We are also on Twitter (@cicollaboratory) and Facebook ( Also, feel free to join our knowledge gardening/annotation group on


Our values


We believe in data-driven decision-making and academic rigor, but we also know that you don't have to have an MBA or a PhD to have valid, life-tested wisdom, and we want to make sure that our participants feel like their opinions are valid and important, no matter what their background. Data alone can show important patterns, but it is also robbed of important, contextually relevant information that we can only get from real conversations.  The more diversity in viewpoints we can attract to our roundtables, the greater our collective wisdom.


People shouldn't need to feel like they have to ask for approval in order to show some initiative. They should feel empowered to produce things on their own, experimenting with new technology and business models.


Our strategy is not to govern from the top, but to help people make better decisions by giving them access to a variety of sensemaking tools and strategies to help them acurately assess where they are in the ecosystem, what information is the most relevant to them, and who could partner with to achieve the most success. With streams of information floating by, how do we best make sense of it all?


Giving agency to participants enables an environment of being free to ask questions and make suggestions.



We don’t know who will make the best contributions, so we are taking down the technical barriers to participation.



How do we judge what the meaningful contributions are, and how do we reward them? What tasks have intrinsic value, and what is the crap work that needs to be remunerated?