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Roundtable Discussion Format and Topics
It's easy to participate in a roundtable discussion, which are 1.5 hours long. The discussions take place primarily 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. By the end of each cycle, we've co-created multiple interlocking modules that can be retooled for future use.
Below is a growing list of topics we aim to dig into during the course of the Collaboratory. While these are fascinating topics in themselves, what really interests us is how these subjects overlap, feed into each other, and make the whole system stronger and more coherent. Thus, our mission is not only to cover these areas separately but to make meaningful progress in cultivating the information flow around the network so each discussion is seeding several others, dramatically boosting the learning across the entire cohort.
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 email@example.com. We are also on Twitter (@cicollaboratory) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/collectiveintelligencecollaboratory/) Also, feel free to join our knowledge gardening/annotation group on Hypothes.is.
It is not enough for us to hold up a candle of truth;
we must plan and execute an audacious light show on its behalf.
The Collaboratory is meant to be highly inclusive of different genders, races, income levels, skill sets, and geographical locations. This is not simply because we “value diversity,” although we do, but because the more diverse the opinions and outlooks, the stronger and more robust the end results will be, as diversity is key to a healthy knowledge ecosystem.
A planner track for people trained in hackathons, collective intelligence, mapping, etc, that can set up a basic recipe for success;
A conversational track for people from a variety of fields who simply want to hold deep discussions. These conversations will be recorded, transcribed, and shortened into more digestible chunks of information in order to better spread throughout the network;
A creative track for artists who are interested in producing fantastic content in a collaborative setting, simultaneously learning about new tools, techniques, and organizational structures that empower them;
A communication track for journalists, bloggers, Tweeters, etc. who can effectively broadcast the new ideas and concepts being produced.
An analytical track for people who want to go through the assets produced (such as meetings, artwork, etc) and figure out how to make meaning and identify patterns and connections between people and projects and discussions (this could, for example, mean watching several different discussions and figuring out ways of synthesizing the information, or matching people/projects);
A technical track for those who want to build things, such as programmers, data scientists, DAOists.
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? The purpose of most of the algorithms around us is usually to decrease our focus and encourage us to buy more stuff, not to help us feel calm and deeply connected to our own sense of purpose.
We are creating a smart network with built-in incentives to connect us to what is truly good for us. In order to make that happen, we need a new form of social technology that lets us surmount the barriers that keep us from collaborating for our own benefit. CICOLAB is the social "watering hole" facilitating connections that create sparks.