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August 31, 2005

Possible Invitees

A list of potential invitees to a conference on Collective Intelligence (in addition to us and our former group, of course) -- please add more in the comments


Posted by Tom Atlee, Wed, Aug 31 2005 07:18 AM
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The unity of external and internal purpose

Tom wrote:

The purpose of our coming gathering Sept 1 is plan how to convene -- before the end of 2006 -- diverse scholars, practitioners, advocates, and others involved in the emerging field of collective intelligence and wisdom (CI/W, broadly defined).

The purpose of that conference (and subsequent similar gatherings) is to enable these leaders to discover each other's work and produce together common (or synergistic) understandings of the full spectrum of CI/W dynamics and possibilities -- including especially their/our realization of the movement they/we comprise -- and to create common projects together.

If we agree on the above as the purpose of the conference we want to convene (as I suggest we do), then what would it take to do a good job at enabling those leaders, including ourselves, to discover each other's work and produce together common (or synergistic) understandings of the full spectrum of CI/W dynamics and possibilities -- including especially their/our realization of the movement they/we comprise?

Since Tom has published in the Blog of CI his mini-essays on the forms, levels/realms, and fields of collective intelligence, I knew that it will take more than my mind alone to envision the full potential of the unfolding spectrum of CI/W dynamics and possibilities that he is sensing. Hence my questions:


Posted by George Por, Wed, Aug 31 2005 12:59 AM
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August 30, 2005

Why and how to nourish our taxonomy

A taxonomy is an ordered collection of mental models that members of a community or organization use to describe the essential concepts or events of their shared domain of study or action. It can be an important vehicle or detractor of collective intelligence, depending on how skillfully it is designed and maintained. That is the main reason why I've been studying taxonomy issues for 18 years.


Posted by George Por, Tue, Aug 30 2005 02:09 PM
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Internal and external purpose

The purpose that Tom drafted is very clearly stated and expresssing well what has been motivating me too from the beginning of our conversations about the gathering of CI practitioners. I also liked the staggered, 3-stage way of describing the suggested purpose (primarily from an "external" perspective):

1. What our meeting can accomplish in relation to the larger gathering that we seek to call into being.

2. What that gathering can accomplish for its participant.

3. What that accomplishment can create for the world.

That triplet describes well an aspect of the value that our coming together can, ultimately, create for society. I say "an aspect" because there might be other ones emerging, too, unexpected results on the horizon, which are attractive enough for all of us to include in the results of our work/play that we want to realize.

Let's take to the heart the wise words from Ria:

"We need to be open to what wants to emerge. I don't mean to start from scratch (again). There is a clear purpose as set by Tom and Duri one year ago. But there is a reason that the 5 of us (+???) meet now; the unique blending of our talents and competences can and will reveal new insights and new opportunities.

I borrowed the question: "Now that we have met, what is our Work?" form Toke Moeller, and I keep it always in the back of my mind. It is an opening to the evolutionary impulse that "needs us, humans, to... ". Our being together can create a bigger, newer, innovative dynamic, where more collective intelligence and wisdom becomes possible.

from Michelle:

I see us dancing a dynamic dance of balance between, on the one hand, keeping our compass needle pointed to the North Star of our clear intention to convene the larger CI tribes and field for the purposes we've stated, while also tuning to and reading the unexpected guidance of the changing winds and tides of emergent wisdom - and helping each other stay on track and navigate true to both of these complementary realities.

and from Joel:

I sense that "our Work" in the days to come has to do both with
1- what wants to emerge
2- our intentions and stated visions
and that it's a very rich, dynamic, disciplined perhaps and mysteriouis blend of these both.

The quality of our already paying attention to that balance is delicious. It is inspiring me to see the possibility of a tele-Presencing session, maybe on Thursday.

As a footnote to the title of this entry, you will find below some words on the paired distinctions of internal/external purpose.


Posted by George Por, Tue, Aug 30 2005 12:44 PM
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August 29, 2005

Now that we have met, what is our Work?

This morning I was contemplating on our small gathering this week.
Reading Tom's 'requirements' some days ago I was wondering if I was the right person, but anyway I feel very connected and involved.

Contemplating, I 'saw' a connection between our gathering now and the time/space frame of Jan 2006 - Seattle - Evolutionary Salon. I don't know exactly what it means, but our meeting now will feed gatherings in that time/space frame. We can take some time to look deeper into the question what this relation-connection could be.

Looking deeper into our meeting this week, it seems that we need to be open to what wants to emerge. I don't mean to start from scratch (again). There is a clear purpose as set by Tom and Duri one year ago. But there is a reason that the 5 of us (+???) meet now; the unique blending of our talents and competences can and will reveal new insights and new opportunities.

I borrowed the question: "Now that we have met, what is our Work?" form Toke Moeller, and I keep it always in the back of my mind. It is an opening to the evolutionary impulse that "need us, humans, to... ". Our being together can create a bigger, newer, innovative dynamic, where more collective intelligence and wisdom becomes possible.

Starting from the knowing - of Tom and Duri, and all of us - 'leaning into the not-knowing' with an open heart, an open mind and an open will. That's what I envision us to do.


Posted by Ria Baeck, Mon, Aug 29 2005 10:47 PM
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Draft purpose (to get us started)

The purpose of our coming gathering Sept 1 is plan how to convene -- before the end of 2006 -- diverse scholars, practitioners, advocates, and others involved in the emerging field of collective intelligence and wisdom (CI/W, broadly defined).

The purpose of that conference (and subsequent similar gatherings) is to enable these leaders to discover each other's work and produce together common (or synergistic) understandings of the full spectrum of CI/W dynamics and possibilities -- including especially their/our realization of the movement they/we comprise -- and to create common projects together.

The purpose of that discovery and co-creation is to enable them/us to enable our movement and societies to generate enough CI/W to translate our growing crises into a positive evolutionary leap for humankind.


Posted by Tom Atlee, Mon, Aug 29 2005 07:14 PM
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The Design of Intellectual Movements

I believe these ideas (from an article which was referred to in a comment some time ago on the collective intelligence blog) may be relevant to some of our movement-building efforts, for which many of us are gathering together over the coming months. We may want to address some of the questions professor Umpleby poses at the end of this excerpt. -- Tom

Excerpts from
The Design of Intellectual Movements
by Stuart A. Umpleby


Posted by Tom Atlee, Mon, Aug 29 2005 07:36 AM
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August 28, 2005

Who Should Join our Core Group?

My suggestion would be that anyone can join us who

1. recognizes that there are multiple forms of (and "tribes" involved in) the broad field we're calling "collective intelligence and wisdom" (as suggested in my foundational articles);

2. believes that helping these diverse forms and tribes evolve
(a) a more coherent body of knowledge/practice/ideology
(e.g., George's idea of "shared language and mental models
of what collective intelligence is") and
(b) a more coherent field/network/movement for CI/W
will increase the ability of this emerging movement to generate greater collective intelligence and wisdom about itself so that it can meet its function of transforming the mess humanity has created into an evolutionary leap;

3. believes that before the end of 2006 there should be some sort of multi-day gathering of at least several dozen people (and preferably more) from all/most parts of this emerging field explicitly to facilitate (2a) and (2b) above; and

4. wants to be personally involved in catalyzing (2) and (3) with us. There need be no explicit shape to that personal involvement yet, just a calling to be involved in realizing the potential of (2) and (3).

I think anyone who meets all four criteria should be welcome to participate in this exploration. And anyone who does not meet all four criteria should not join us AT THIS STAGE, even if they have many other desirable qualifications. We may need to engage others (e.g., people with conference logistical skills and connections) later, once we are clearer on what we are doing.

What do you think of this as a standard? I feel that if all of us involved share these four points, there is a very good chance we will make good progress in Seattle 9/1-2.


Posted by Tom Atlee, Sun, Aug 28 2005 05:09 AM
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August 27, 2005

Tentative connection schedule for Sept 1-2

Here's the suggestion for the flow of our 'working hours' between Seattle and Europe, based on Ria's figuring out.

1. Meeting in Seattle starts on Thursday 4:30 pm. That's 1:30 am in Belgium, so we won't be there but can connect prior to that.

2. Work time in Seattle, sleep time in Europe.

3. Thursday, 10 pm in Seattle, 7 am in Europe.
We can connect via Skype or iSight

4. Sleep time in Seattle, work time in Europe.

5. Friday 8 or 9 am to 3 pm in Seattle; 5 or 6 pm to 12 pm in Europe
This will be the best time for our working together synchronously.

6. Work time in Seattle; sleep time in Europe.

7. Friday 10 pm in Seattle; 7 am n Europe.
The last connection of the two crews real-time.

We can adjust this as needed, but at least we have a tentative set of time windows. Thanx, Ria.


Posted by George Por, Sat, Aug 27 2005 10:14 AM
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What do we mean by the "field of CI?"

My thinking about the field of CI has been shaped, primarily, by the following documents authored by Tom Atlee. I greatly appreciate the breadth and depth of his sensing and pioneering cartography of the field.

Given that it's a fast-moving field no map can ever be 100% accurate but a collective of "map makers" could keep the travellers more or less well-equipped. Beyond that starts the wonderful, most exciting challenge - augmenting the collective intelligence of the CI field.

Enjoy the reading and help improving the maps; accuracy with your questions and comments!

* Notes on forms of collective intelligence

* Emerging and converging fields involving collective intelligence

* Levels/realms of human collective intelligence"


Posted by George Por, Sat, Aug 27 2005 08:27 AM
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August 26, 2005

What exactly do we try to accomplish?

In a reply to Joel's question ab out what exactly we are hoping to accomplish, I wrote on Aug. 18:


Posted by George Por, Fri, Aug 26 2005 09:48 PM
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The fruits of one conversation feeding another one

Another member of the CI Circle, Juanita Brown offered her aadvice:

"My sense is that however many gather it will be an important gathering. When we were doing community organizing in the 60's-- if there was more than two it was the beginning of something big!-- so I'd encourage those who can be there to go so that the fruits of that conversation can be brought into larger circles as they continue to gather momentum. The work of collective intellgence is work whose time has come and it is now! Hugs to all....and I did make it on line--- Yippee!!"

The title of this entry refers not only to the possibility that results from the CI meeting in the Leveys' house can flow and be enhanced byh subsequent meetings of practitioners in Devon, UK (Sept.17-21) and Whidbey Island (Jan. 14-18). It also means that the some lessons learned from the Movement of the 60's can be reviewed and re-purposed in our context today. That's what I tried to tease out in my reply to Juanita. See below.


Posted by George Por, Fri, Aug 26 2005 12:37 PM
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Jumping into the not-knowing

In a message supporting the idea of the meeting in Seattle, even if she and I cannot attend, Ria has outlined a model of what I would call a "contemplative tele-communion" as follows.


Posted by George Por, Fri, Aug 26 2005 12:28 PM
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When "two or more" who are called to gather...

Another member, Glenna Gerard, replied to Tom's message and my supporting the idea of the meeting even with small number of participants, as follows.


Posted by George Por, Fri, Aug 26 2005 12:18 PM
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The Whole cannot meet in limited physical space-time

When the number of participants who could attend the CI Circle's gathering in Seattle kept shrinking, Tom Atlee wrote a message to the cirelce on July 29, 2005 that opened the possibility for a second life of our original intent. Here is his letter:


Posted by George Por, Fri, Aug 26 2005 12:01 PM
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Mission-oriented questions

Here is a set of questions contributed by participants in the conference call of March 5, 2005. They all seem to relate with our appreciation of the life-affirming trends in the world, and our evolutionary mission to support them.


Posted by George Por, Fri, Aug 26 2005 11:31 AM
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Practice-oriented questions

Below is the set of our practice-oriented the questions that emerged from the conference call of March 5, 2005.


Posted by George Por, Fri, Aug 26 2005 11:26 AM
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The second invitation

The group that came together in response to our first invitation crafted a second, more elaborate invitation, on January 2nd, 2005, calling for a face-to-face meeting of the conveners group. We have not managed to arrange the timing and logistics of that meeting. However, most of the elements of that second invitation is still valid. See full text below.


Posted by George Por, Fri, Aug 26 2005 10:49 AM
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First invitation to convene a gathering of CI practitioners

Responding to a need we sensed in the world for augmenting the CI of the CI field itself, Tom Atlee and myself sent the following invitation to two dozen colleagues, on July 3rd, 2004,


Posted by George Por, Fri, Aug 26 2005 10:16 AM
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