October 23, 2009

C'est par amour que nous changeons l'histoire...

In her response to my blog entry on "Why we need an English edition of this siteMichelle Holliday, wrote:

> how can we nurture enough cross-pollination between language groups to support the collective intelligence of this group?

I'm grateful to her question for a very personal reason. It brought back the memories of my very first, sweet connection with Quebec.

C'était des années 70 et à l'époque je vivais à Paris avec une amie féministe, et nous étions enchantés par des idées et pratiques de libération sexuelle et politique, et par ce chanson d'une une chanteuse, compositrice et actrice québécoise:

"C'est par amour que nous changeons d'histoire
C'est par amour que nous changeons I'histoire."

What does the lyrics of Pauline Julien have to do with cross-pollination between language groups to support the collective intelligence of this group? Everything.

When we operate in a social networking space, outside the hierarchical model of delegating translation tasks, or the market model of buying translations, our best bet to get a post that touches us deeply re-awakened in another language, is to offer the author and the community our gift of love and attention by translating it.

I have already a short list of favorite ones; now, i just have to find the time to start translating... Maybe on the plane in my way to Montreal, to honor the memory of Pauline, and the heart and wisdom that appear on the pages of this website...

April 22, 2006

Diving into the CI of what is emerging

In the months that gone by since I last wrote in the blog, I've been on a fast-pace learning journey into emergent CI, not as a concept but as the living experience of people gathering in circles, in various countries, and diving into such questions as:

• What is our individual and collective learning edge?

• How can we grow competence in attending to and sensing from the whole?

• What is the role of collective intelligence in moving the edge of evolution?

If you want to read what other questions people in the evolutionary movement ask from themselves, here you will find a good sample of them.

Below are some links to places where I've been in active conversations with others interested in those and similar questions:

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February 8, 2005

Co-evolving Self and Network

Since I last wrote an entry in this blog, I've been busy with faciltating projects and communities exploring and using some of its themes. I'm still too busy with living CI in action, rather than blog about it but here's a piece of news that I thought you'd like to know about. Three of my favorite people, Lisa Kimball, Howard Rheingold and Joichi "Joi" Ito, will be keynoters at an extraordinary web event that will open tomorrow and will no doubt contribute to the collective intelligence of online social networks.

OSN 2005: February 9-23

In 1987 I was a columnist for Computer Currents, a California-based computer magazine, when Howard introduced me to Doug Engelbart. The interview with Doug has literally changed my life, by giving a much sharper focus to a key question of my work and learning: I became obsessed with how emergent technologies of collaboration can contribute to the dramatic upshift that humankind's complex and entangled crises require, from its current level of intelligence. Thank you, Doug, again.

Doug has just passed 80. If you don't know who he is, check out

My friendship with Lisa goes back even further, to our meeting in the early 80's on the "text-only" online social networks of those years and co-founding the Electronic Networking Association and its award-winning online newsletter, the Netweaver. That's where I met, back then, with Joi too. I ran into him more recently, virtually, in a multi-channel conference call on emergent democracy, using a chatroom, a conference call and a wiki, concurrently. I'm looking forward to catch up with them at OSN2005.

Starting on Feb 14, at the same place, I will host a workshop on
Boosting the Collective Intelligence of Your Network

This collaborative inquiry is for online facilitators, leaders of virtual teams and communities of practice, change agents, or just about anyone who curious of how to co-evolve Self and Network. We experience the rapid emergence of a new generation of more capable web browsers, co-authoring and publishing tools, free VoIP telephony, photo-blogging, video-chat, etc. What do they tell us about the potential for our co-creativity to rise on the spine of the double helix of autonomy and community?

This will be not a traditional “e-learning” event but a time-bound peer learning community of authentic dialogue, where participants can share their learning edges and negotiate their learning agenda related to their experience and aspirations in social networks. Reading materials will be provided based on the participants’ interests.

I would love to connect at OSN 2005 with all the readers of this blog interested in online social networks and their potential for collective intelligence. If you're one of them, please click on the button above.

March 23, 2003

Community straddling

I wrote about multi-membership in 2002, in blog (that a tech glitch wiped out): "Cross-functional individuals belong to multiple communities of practice, and it is the multi-membership that gives them the boundary-spanning multi-perspective, from which they can see radical innovation opportunities where others may see an opportunity only for gradual improvement or nothing." Given that, it was a true delight to discover Sébastien Paquet's concept of "community straddling" in a brief but germinal essay on Online Communities and the Future of Culture. A "community straddler is someone who participates in several communities, be it simultaneously or sequentially, and who understands the culture of each to a certain extent." Seb also wrote:

These people do not feel irrevocably bound to a particular community. They see themselves as multidimensional: as opposed to saying "I'm a doctor, don't expect me to teach you anything" or "I'm just a programmer, don't bug me with politics", they'll say "Well, right now I'm into this and that and that, and if you have something new to show me I just might take a plunge!"

As humankind's collective intellect--reflected to some extent on the web--became the most powerful force of production of our times, multi-community membership and the corresponding multi-dimensional evolution of human faculties, became harbingers of cultural and economic transformation much more profound and broader than we've ever had a chance to experience.

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