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CICOLAB is a founding member of the Alliance for a Conscious Internet (powered by ThreeFold) as well as the emergent Open Global Mind (powered by Jerry Michalski).



We’ve started a weekly call series (Mondays Noon Pacific / 3pm EST / 9p CET here on Zoom) initially called “Snarky Anarchy” and directed by the benevolent dictatress Lauren Nignon. Tina Fey’s Rules of Improv apply for the month. Discover and explore "hashbins", dive into race matters, and more (check out last week's conversation below).


We're also inspired to be in conversation with Tom Atlee (Wise Democracy Project) and cohorts from Co-Intelligence Institute and Open Global Mind exploring within various scenarios as a tool to inform community policy-making around issues. Together with Tom we're looking at his new ecosystem modeling of Collective Sensemaking through the “get-shit-done” lens of functions, tools/ platforms and practical uses.


At MetaCAugs we just did a third round of Pattern Jamming, which is an attempt to develop a practical, collaboratory methodology for creating a pattern language. This time we did it around interoperability, to try co-generate some wisdom and a vocabulary set around the subject, which is relevant in the context of race.

Last week's session we produced our first invention, the Vibometer! In other words, a collective intelligence tool for measuring a group vibe, which we hope to use to compare different groups within a network and help people easily find a group that works for them.

We also developed several images to put in our Zoom backgrounds to help better express our feelings about the vibe. See below for notes and check out the Workflowy doc for more detailed notes. Also available are the full transcript and the original videos.
Notes from July 27, 2020: Rites and Passages + Vibometer
See full notes in Workflowy
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  • Transcript:
  • Present:
    Indra Adnan, Randall Boseman, Stacey Druss, Charles Blass, Daphne Brunet, Jimmy Lusero, Phalan Granthier, Marque Gilmore, Lauren Nignon, Trisha Callella, AnaLua Dutka-Chirichetti, Judith Benham
    Lauren revisits HashBins for the first 20 minutes. She is working off the CICOLAB HashBin Mother Doc, that lists that hashbins that we have been creating. 
  • Snarky Anarchy:
    Four rules from Tina Fey's Rules of Improv
  • Check-ins
  • Rites and Passages
    • Judy: The rites and passages --> kind of my seventh generation perspective of life. Wanting to introduce that in as many areas as possible is sort of spiritually strong for me. From an executional standpoint, I'm trying to make the transition into higher level of activism on inclusion of all different viewpoints and sort of wholeness, which partly fits in the other one, but it also hits Vibometer and several of the others.
    • Jimmy, V1 1:15:50 I think there's something about lip sync rituals, monopolies and rituals, seasonal trends, seasonal rituals, and then like rituals for yourself, like rites of passage, just to get back into your own body, but then rites of passage to be initiated into a group and to move into greater stages of expression and to let go previous parts so like full scale, you know, rites of passage where you really transform. Man, the idea of just graduating towards the end we're sort of talking about whitewashing, and capitalism in a sense. And how that eliminates eliminated eliminating people's histories, serves capitalism and monopolies and monopolies. It doesn't really do anything for rites of passage. Because we've started going down the path of enlightenment virtues. I was talking about stages, so rituals and stages of development, like you know, getting a yellow belt or a green belt or a black belt of some sort.
    • Jimmy: How could music be involved in Rites and Passages?
      • Judy: I love the idea of music and rap and things like that because I think it reaches people. For its sensory path, it's not intellectual it invites a different type of response more at the spirit level than the thinking level.
    • AnaLua: I argue that healing individuals is the first step to healing the system. If we're going to build anything at all, that's going to be healthy.
    • Phalan: It definitely starts with just deconstructing everything, from the personal all the way out to the systems that we all contribute
    • Judy: there's some information that I've collected because of work on diversity here in Minnesota, sort of talks about fairly reasonable set of stages of enlightenment, if you will, from sort of totally out of the picture. Just so integrated, that you know who you are, you know who others are, and you know how to engage to oppose racism, and things like five stages. But it's rich because it has documentation about the stage and documentation about how to learn more to move to the next level. the same sort of stages could be easily adapted to your susceptibility to differences in sexuality expression or differences in religion or any boundary line.
    • Daphne: (Video 2, 1:20:02) what seems to be a personal process is actually part of a collective process and can be felt intensely by an individual. But it's actually a part of a culminating of, you know, accommodating of events is happening on a much greater scale.
  • #CulturalTranslation HashBin [CICOLAB]
  • #Vibometer HashBin [CICOLAB]
    • The Vibometer is based on Jimmy's idea of a  hip hop meter, measuring the vibe in a room, for example using their Zoom background image people can indicate how they think the vibrations in the room are going.
    • The Story
      • Daphne (Video 2 1:20:02) - Network intelligence, talking about how our DNA basically functions like the internet, that we are all connected through our DNA, and are drawing from a source of consciousness, of intelligence to which we are all attached, and therefore, can receive, are constantly receiving messages from each other through our DNA, past, present and future. And so like, I don't know, because you said out there, so like thinking that the app lets the technology actually exist in our bodies to communicate this kind of information.
    • What are vibes?
      • Judy, from Ken Homer (Video 2 1:00) - Taking advantage of somatic feedback, noting your own reactions to things in a sort of meditative mode. So that if you he did it by polarizing happiness versus fear, imagine your super happy place. Imagine your super scared place. Now you have an index from A to Z. And if you think about if you observe how you feel in your happy place or your fearful place, you can use that physical signal to alert your head the change that's occurring and how you're responding.
      • Vibes and relations with hip hop
      • Daphne, Video 2 1:26:35 communication: verb words are verbal communication is such a small fraction of communication, but we're actually communicating  vibes all the time, and body language and all kinds of things. And there was a time in my life where I felt that very uncomfortable here in Germany, because of the dissonance between the what was actually being communicated and the words that were coming out of people's mouths, they didn't match up.
      • Jimmy 1:33:59 To where I like to use the word flava array#Meme ,  it's like really hard to get a sense of a person's flavor spectrum and their array of flavor. People have it though, like we naturally attracted to certain people and, and we're sort of testing why we like them or not. I don't know some earlier guys mentioned I was all excited to introduce the word flavor array. Because that's, that's my inner that's my inner EQ, like the EQ level you're talking about. Always, I'm always assessing flavor arrays, you know, like But it's my own personal. Yeah. And it's a lot of different data, right?
      • Jimmy 1:35:53 There's like a spectrum to what you know about a person like that. It begins. And now it's freestyle, but there's like a there's like an introductory phase of knowing someone as opposed to the depth in the span, the depth of knowing someone over a period of time. I don't know if that this goes back to temporal ideas. Is this like live EQ to a moment? Or is this like a way to profile at targets? I mean, we're definitely good at profile, like targets, profiling targets, where there's all kinds of predatory
    • What is the problem that we are trying to solve?
      • Discoverability
    • Dimensions of a Vibometer to consider
      • Are we measuring our own vibe or someone else's vibe?
      • Is this physical or virtual? Online or offline?
      • Judy: Is it an instantaneous read, or it's more of a developing history of reads?
    • A modern-day Greenbook, sort of a crowd-sourced thing like Wayz
      • Randall Gordon: When you are walking down the street, you may be wondering, where is the black people bar, the place that I am welcome? Maybe a Vibometer could help you find that
      • Phalan V1 1:56:42 so imagine to create behavior with people basically give you their perception of the vibe in a place you know. And that behaviors like oh you come in and you feel kind of like obligated like in ways you know like you want to be able to To get to the vibe that you want, and then people could basically like self identify what that vibe is within the place
      • Marque G V1 1:57:36 Looking for the true north, but on one side might be a vibe that people would prefer to avoid. But need to engage because it's it's the people they want to bring into the middle and another side might be the vibe that we are very fearful of.
      • Marque Gilmore, 9:23 you guys are in this this AAK platform,  Annotating All Knowledge. So that it's not managed by Google. It's not balanced by any of these online platform. It's this annotation layer. So that hopefully there's this freedom. That's, that's, that's involved, so that when people do self identify, and this app somehow shows where to go in a vibe in a region of where you live for, or maybe you're going to travel somewhere, eventually, that you can use that  data is being collected through this adaptation layer, not through these data mining, you know, monsters. So that, to me sounds like the kind of experts that that have been on previous panels, who are just completely down with blockchain. And they, you know, they understand this, this layer of technology and somehow retrofit, you know, 1000 smartwatches And an app that that is uncrackable and tested. You know, that, to me is like somehow just I see that as a possibility. But I don't even know how many people in this meeting would wear a smartwatch or use the app unless they know that there's some some security some dependable security
        • Phalan says he is working on this technology: "Breadcrumbs"
    • What might it look like?
      • Daphne, Video 2 8:00 It's like, so for me, it was like this idea of okay that I can somehow go somewhere and see on like a colored map spaces of more highly concentrated conscious people where I can find more like minded people have conversations, learn something, you know, stuff like that.
      • Daphne: Video 2 23:14 I'm getting an image of wavelengths. And like so if an immature saying of like, Okay, if we're trying to see if we are on the same page, or where we're going with this, if there's like a line, right? That is, we're on the same line, and then that wavelength can have different frequencies, you know, above and below that line. But then the wavelength can also completely leave the line and just be above the line or just be below the line.
    • What we could measure with a Vibometer
      • Stacey, Video 2 1:31:49 yes, but it definitely has to be more than one measure because that's not enough. We're so used to putting people in boxes. We assume that everybody in that box is same and they're not So it really has to be a number of different measures coming in all together, I think for it to be accurate.
      • Indra Adnan: the degree of agency: are people feeling helpless or the ability to change the world?
      • Randall Gordon: the degree of friendliness to gender/racial diversity
      • Judy: how technical?
      • Lauren: practical to meta
      • Stacey Video 2 45:13 So if we were on somebody's page, I'd want to be measuring, like, maybe how many people were interacting on the same conversation, you know, where it where it diverge, like, Is everybody just like piling on the bandwagon? Or is there actual conversation?
      • Daphne  Video 2 51:31 sense of openess/closedness
      • Judy, Video 2 59:54 How much is this conversation reaching me personally?
      • Phalan Video 1:06:58 Attention span: am I following this or should someone land the plane and wrap up?
      • Judy Video 2 1:07:36 There's the yes/no, agree/disagree, engaged/disengaged vectors
      • Judy Video 2 1:09:12 There could be a commitment barometer
      • Lauren Video 2  1:09:52 1:09:52 Focus/ unfocus
      • Stacey Video 2  1:12:18 How much it was like work/play
      • Judy Video 2 1:15:18 Whether goals are measureable, specific
    • Potential problems with a Vibrometer
      • Could be used as an absolute in a creepy social credit system
      • Daphne, Video 2 1:28:44 Beyond the barrier of skin... The measurement of hostility could be used to increase hostility
    • Random: DJs could use a Vibrometer
  • Idea without a hashtag: being in between races, effected by race but not belonging anywhere.
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