CICOLAB hosts 90-minute roundtable discussions, which take place online (usually via Zoom; though we are experimenting with alternatives like Jitsi and Big Blue Button). We record these conversations and post them unlisted on YouTube (you can turn off your video if you prefer) after lovingly cleaning up and editing the transcriptions, highlighting and creating condensed summaries, and putting them in our knowledge garden for you to to easily discover, harvest, and spread the most important points. Explore the videos, notes, and transcriptions to previous roundtable discussions on our Workflowy repository https://workflowy.com/s/roundtable-discussio/Mc3nAtF9cCufuBQi or check out some quick quotes on our Pinterest page (no need to have Pinterest installed).
New! International Sensemaking Roundtables
in Spanish, French, Portuguese, and Italian
At CICOLAB we're convinced that the more new voices we bring in to our community, the better we can sense and feel the major themes emerging from our shared experience of CoronaVirus. In our second roundtable cycle, we are hosting four non-English sessions around "Sensemaking and the Pandemic." These sessions are designed to be easy enough to follow for those who lack full fluency, helped by slower speech and visual aids. We know that diversity is critical to collective intelligence. Thus we're proactively aiming to be more inclusive of new perspectives, in a welcoming and supportive space that encourages authenticity and co-learning.
Rapid Sensemaking and the Pandemic – Topics
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.
Today, the problem we need to solve is exactly the opposite:
It's so easy to send virtual envelopes around the world, we can no longer keep up with the information overload.
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 other tools 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 within our network. And being passionate "network weavers", we know a lot of great people.
Open, transparent and participatory design
One of the core aspects of CICOLAB is structuring, maintaining and growing a detailed knowledge repository of everything we do and each conversation we facilitate. We are using Workflowy, the easiest and most intuitive software we could find, to organize our documents and task lists, recorded interviews/roundtables and protocols.
If you have video, audio, or written materials relevant to a particular discussion, please let us know and feel welcome to contribute. If you want to get involved, learn more, or might share ideas for us to improve, we would love to hear from you!
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Find us on Twitter (@cicollaboratory)
Also, please join our knowledge gardening annotation group on Hypothes.is.