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What can dynamic views (in mapping emergent systems) enable?

In a comment to A tool for mapping the future as it's emerging, Glisten wrote:


> The visual mapping of an evolving system is not a trivial affair. If we create a map of our "current state" we only provide a snapshot view of what is more closely aligned analogously with a continual stream of images such as video...

Yet, for humankind's emergent metabeing to become fully conscious of itself (as whole and parts), it must grow simultaneous capacity and tools for the awareness of both the structural and dynamic aspects of its life.

Why not prototype that feature into the élan mapping tool? I have some ideas of how we and the groups we want to support could greatly enhance our sensing of, and making meaning from, the next level of emergence (at any scale that our imagination can hold). However, what is more important than my ideas is our co-sensing what is really needed with members of those groups.

Before inviting them to this blog exchange, let's imagine what a globally linked creative community could do with new tools and ways to sense breakthrough practices in any domain, as son as they appear in our global nervous system: in our connected conversations.


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I see multiple large screens stacked on the wall of a team lounge or community center. We sit there with cams turned on ourselves, watching the vid streams coming from our preferred channels, and at the same time, engaged in accessing and using novel ways to discover patterns of possibilities, connect dots, and share what we see.  (One of my fave mixes would be the mix of 24x7 tele-BarCamp channels dedicated to invent/improve Augmented Reality tools and processes for more co-intelligent evolution.)

The key to that possibility is a web-enabled strategy for attenuating (incoming) complexity and amplifying (outgoing) complexity through our presence in the social networks, and a tool-set supporting it.


> Any snaphot view will be outdated immediately and superseded continuously. So we need a tool which is capable of illustrating the dynamic of the evolving neuronal network as it emerges into our field of awareness.

Using TweetDeck, I can display 3 columns showing 3 streams of tweets idexed with the hashtags #junto, #commons, and #collectiveintelligence. What I cannot do, for example, is to recombine the interesting ones, on the fly, and discover elements of solutions to challenges that we've put in the focus of our shared-attention.


> I'm sure the technology exists to provide an interactive, visually oriented platform for co-operative, co-evolution and collective observation of the emergence of a collective mind-space, it is a matter of discovering the components and integrating them with the input information we wish to observe and interact with

Yes and yes! If those components and our configuration of them add up to boosting the collective intelligence in and across the commons, integral, and evolutionary movements, then I feel mission accomplished.

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Love this and agree with this:

"I'm sure the technology exists to provide an interactive, visually oriented platform for co-operative, co-evolution and collective observation of the emergence of a collective mind-space, it is a matter of discovering the components and integrating them with the input information we wish to observe and interact with"

Infact this was a big motivation for the surprising new direction our 8yrs of permaculture action-learning took, last summer:

If we have the technology to do things like 2ndLife, we can do what we envisage with 8thLife - to follow a team of 8 dedicated and well-prepared people into creating a team and taking a piece of land to maximum fertility, beauty and production using permaculture principles, WHILST they used the same modelling scientific and systems thinking to grow and improve the group, community, in short to GROW through the basic teamwork which is actually where 90% of projects fail.

HOW to get that to have a rich interactive but virtual* edge we don't know yet, we just know it must be possible and that designing for this (very) live central component will challenge us into new and interesting directions.

* (emphasis on 'virtual' because the 'fishbowl' quality is quite important to this experiment. We've already done the other, 'tourism'-type alternatives)

So, collaborations warmly welcomed! Busy now investigating all of George's links .. :) Thanks!

Stella
http://8thlife.org

> GROW through the basic teamwork which is actually where 90% of projects fail.

Indeed. Many of them never gets off the ground because the founders fail to attract the team, at the first place. Using wisely the co-initiation cycle outlined on page 378-387 of Theory U can help with that.