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.
Roundtable Discussion Format and Topics
It's easy to participate in a roundtable discussion, which are an hour and a half 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.