June 14, 2010

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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April 21, 2010

volcanic ash / distant proximities / Earth Commons rising / singularity / Teilhard de Chardin / Dilbert

In a conversation at World-Citizen Panels about the irruption of the Icelandic volcano, Rolf Carriere wrote, "a beautiful example of distant proximities in our glocal world."

Distant Proximities cover.jpgI googled "distant proximities" which led me to discover the book Distant Proximities: Dynamics beyond Globalization  by James Rosenau. You can download its first chapter here.

I can hardly wait to read the book because it seems to be very relevant to our deeper understanding of the phenomena of "Earth Commons rising"  .

The Foreign Affairs journal's reviewer wrote about the book: "In this sweeping study of global change, Rosenau argues that the world is undergoing an epochal transformation driven by relentless scientific and technological advances that collapse time and distance and alter the dimensions of political space. . . . Rosenau convincingly illustrates the increasing complexity of global relationships."

The destination of that growing collapse of time and distance is also known as "technological singularity."

Don't even think about whom to blame for that collapse. Why not, you ask?

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October 17, 2009

Learning expedition into global-scale CI

One of my first inspirations that lead to the ideas about wrapping a conference in a blanket of collective intelligencewas “Learning Expedition into Higher Order Global Learning” (1990) a funding proposal that came two decades too early and never got funded. It seems that the proposal’s problem definition is even more timely today:

“A growing number of women and men, communities and organizations from many cultures, are dedicating themselves to seeking sustainable solutions. Some of these efforts are large-scale and well known, but most are small and unpublicized. They frequently are lonely, disjointed journeys against tremendous odds. Lacking a unifying vision and a systemic framework, using inadequate tools and models for operational and meta-level communications, we duplicate our efforts rather than achieve what we are capable of.”

What I suggested was a Learning Expedition to seed and grow a network of local nodes that research and design tools, methods, and educational opportunities to empower collaborative learning in transformational communities. We were targeting the creation of multi-dimensional cognitive maps and mental models; advanced visual thinking; personal and group knowledge ecologies, integrating scientific and intuitive knowing. (Later, I expanded on the ideas of 1990, in a paper on "Designing for the Emergence of a Global-scale Collective Intelligenc," presented at the Global Brain Workshop in 2001.)

I am grateful to UQAM and the organizers of the 4 International Conference on Community Development for giving me the opportunity to re-visit those "old" ideas, whose times are slowly coming...

September 21, 2009

Facilitating the local/global dynamics of CI calls for a collective sensing organ

Robin Temple commented on the Chaordic Dialogue Practice blogpost. Instead replying to it in that thread of comments, I've chosen to put the thoughts that it triggered in a new entry, as to give more visibility to it and our dialogue. Quotes are from Robin's original comment.

“On Chaordic Dialogue - two things I perhaps could contribute:
- your proposal of 'dis-locating' dialogue in both dimensions of time and space opens up the possibility for the reality that is not bound by time and space to freely emerge in any such dialogue.
This 'non-located' reality is the one that holds the intelligence and wisdom we so much seem to lose when we get too much caught up in our space-time 'points of view'. Interestingly, this intelligent reality still 'needs' us, as participants in the conversation...”

It sure does. It's only through our active engagement can it become aware of itself. I am thrilled by that we can't even start fathoming the acceleration of local evolution when the intelligent reality of the global meta-being awakens to self-awareness. There’s a beginning conversation about the self-awareness of the meta-being here, which may be of interest to students of the life of our Emerging Planetary Reality.

Escher's Implosion of spiral toroid.jpgI believe there's an increasing return on the double spiral of the local enriching the global, and the global making the local wiser. I started sharing my observations about the local/global dynamics here and further explored some aspect of the “collective intelligences playing at different scale” theme under that heading in a research note As we apply both systemic observation and collaborative intuition to the inquiry into, and sense-making from, that dynamics, we can become better agents of it.

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October 27, 2007

Facebook and Collective Intelligence

It seems that Facebook can help members in "real-life" communities and networks to be more visible to themselves and increase their opportunity to think, feel, learn, and act together. That brings up two questions:

What combination of current Fb apps could support a circle of friends in cultivating their collective intelligence and wisdom?

What new, innovative app can you imagine that could become a big CI booster? (Hint: some of the categories, into which I classified this entry, serve me as reminders of the context for this question.)

June 5, 2005

A local-to-global definition of CI

I found yet another definition of CI worth to consider, on the "Leadership Decision Making" site. It says:

"Social Cognitive (SC) is the property of systems whereby the collective behaviors of entities interacting locally with their environment cause coherent functional global patterns to emerge. SC provides a basis with which it is possible to explore collective and distributed decision making without centralized control or the provision of a global model. To tackle the formation of a coherent social collective intelligence from individual behaviors, it must consider concepts related to self-organization, and the social bounds. It also includes the role played not only by the environmental media as a driving force for societal learning, but also by positive and negative feedback produced by the interactions among agents. The results will be the collective adaptation of a social community to its dynamic cultural environment."

Loads to ponder, isn't it? I'll come back to it when I will have more time; just wanted to put it here so that I don't loose sight of it.

Going local to global to local with Duane Elgin

Duane Elgin and his wife, Coleen, visited Amsterdam the last two days, and Friday evening, CommunityIntelligence honored their visit with a dinner dialogue (contributed to by 14 people), followed by delicious deliberations over not less delicious dessert at IEF Amsterdam.

It was a deep learning conversation, full of insights and inspirations, touching key issues of our times now and ahead, generously sprinkled by Duane's humor and playfulness. It would take many blog entries to give justice to the richness of the exchange. Here, I touch only briefly one stream of that evening's effervescent thought bubbles.

It started as a quote from the Promise Ahead: A Vision of Hope and Action for Humanity's Future in my invitation to the dinner guests who came to welcome Duane and Coleen:

“I do not assume that electronic communication can or should carry the entire burden of human communication. It is vital that we combine the power of global communication with study circles and other forms of grassroots dialogue. With the combination of the two, a local-to-global conversation could emerge to shape the outlines of a sustainable future... If we could generate this kind of worldwide dialogue, it seems plausible that the human family could mobilize itself to begin building a future that we scarcely could have imagined a decade or two earlier.”

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