We believe that humans are not problems waiting to be solved, but potential waiting to unfold.
This is why we nurture projects helping individuals amplify their potential through open systems that expand our collective minds at local, regional and global scales. If this fires your synapses, we unpack it below and describe the behaviours we’ve adopted for the journey.
We deliberately keep ourselves open to all varieties of work that helps us progress our purpose — technological and social; and perhaps the economic, political, legal, and environmental too. Some will be big, bold, long-term projects, some will be more bitesize and fleeting, and many will be in between.
An omnipresent, digital fabric mediates and modulates our conversations and relationships, our access to information, and our interface with the world. Importantly, this affects personal agency — the potential to act, the capacity to participate, to start something, to make free choices, to act independently.
Amongst “the truths revealed by nature’s living processes” is the criticality and interdependence of agency and decentralized network topologies. To nurture a collective mind one must first nurture personal agency and this in turn means we must work on privacy , trust , equality, and decentralizing systems.
An open system encompasses processes that exchange materials, energy, people, capital, and information with its environment. Our purpose relates to the real world and not some closed, theoretical construct. “Open” also has some appropriate connotations relating to open software and our openness to co-operating with others.
A mind is not a name for a thing, a substance, but rather a collection of cognitive processes, dispositional states, meaning-making, and behavioural characteristics. It is not easily delimited and is definitely not constrained to “what’s in your head.”
We are dedicated to two manifestations of collective mind, one in which individuals may demonstrate thought processes and behaviours only in a social situation, and the other in which the emergence of mental states at that group level aren’t reducible to the states of individuals.
We’re particularly interested when this enhances human agency in co-operation to help produce a fairer, more peaceful, more intelligent, sustainable and regenerative future.
Not infrequently, a simplification reduces all scales down to just two. Sociology for example grapples with structure (at the societal level) and agency (the individual), and computing has been based on the client-server model, now writ large as the mighty cloud and mere user. Yet this is akin to insisting a fractal be viewed at no more than two discrete scales. Nature doesn’t work like that.