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Join our new weekly Monday call on July 27 at 12 pm PST / 3 pm EST / 9pm CET in Lauren's Zoom https://us02web.zoom.us/j/5448971989.
 

The aim of this initiative is to provide an opportunity for diverse collective intelligence experts, artists, activists, journalists, and technologists from different classes and races to come together and explore radical new ideas. Then we have a chance to turn them into highly contagious memes using our "hashbin" concept.

 

CICOLAB has developed a powerful, low-tech conceptual framework called hashbins, which can quickly amplify the impact of any memes we co-create. Hashbins let people explore different ideas and take them in different directions, while staying connected to the hive (through standardized "signalling protocols" - to be discussed).

 

 

On  Sunday, August 2 at 8am PST | 11am EST | 5pm CET, CICOLAB is partnering with Media Garden for an all-inclusive show and intro to co-learning, offering celebration, investigation and surprise. As part of a tribute to the scientist James Lovelock (the Gaia Theory and Daisy World ), we are exploring science, nature, and self-expression. In Lauren's Zoom room at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/5448971989.

 

NOTES FROM MONDAY, JULY 20, 2020:
THE CICOLAB HASHVERSE + RACE

Meeting #1 (soft launch; official launch is July 27th)

Present: Ken Homer, Lauren Nignon, Charles Blass, Jimmy Lusero, Daphne Brunet, Susan Stucky, Michael Dobbie, Bentley Davis, David Bovill, Robert Best, Judy Benham, Pete Forsyth

Video 1
Video 2
Session Notes in Workflowy
Session Transcript
Zoom Chat Text

Check-ins 0:27

Lauren's presentation on hashbins and hashverses 16:48
"CICOLAB Hashbin Project by Lauren Nignon"


MEMES
  • Bullshido, the art of fighting bullshit, David;  Video 1 22:02
  • Anti-racism as a ladder Pete; Video 1 1:08:16
  • Hip-Hop meter, Jimmy; Video 2  2:18:05
     
RACE CONVERSATIONS: WHAT WORKS
  • You gotta get uncomfortable, Gabe Video 1 1:12:02, and Pete; Video 2 1:17:36
  • When people get uncomfortable, ask questions, Daphne; Video 2 3:46
  • People need to connect in themselves things they need to change, Matt; 11:38
  • You need to be willing to confront your own pre-programmed ideas, Matt; Video 2 16:25
  • "I didn't call you a racist. I am trying to tell you how your words are having an impact." Pete;
    Video 2 1:28:58
  • Nature is about diversity, Ken; Video 2 21:28

RACE CONVERSATIONS: WHAT DOESN'T WORK
  • Refusal to confront white privilege, Matt; Video 2 11:41
  • White guilt stops people in their tracks, Daphne; Video 2 2:32
  • Binary dynamics, Judy; Video 1  40:12
  • Failure to examine self- Pete; Video 1 1:07:09
  • Using diversity as a buzzword, Gabe; Video 2 20:11
  • Zapatistas kick ass, woke white woman denies their accomplishments, Daphne points out racism, drama ensues - Daphne; video 2 1:19:18
  • Dumb shit white people say, Matt; 28:40
  • "Race is a social construct and isn't real, so we don't need to talk about it", Daphne; Video 2 39:46
  • System 1 and System 2 thinking and the danger of autopilot responses, Jimmy; Video 2 22:29
  • "You're cool, but your people bother me," Matt 32:09

IS THIS CONVERSATION TOO AMERICAN?
  • We need to expand this conversation internationally, 37:03 - Lauren, Daphne; Video 2 5:52
  • Racism is global and exported, Gabe; Video 2  37:25
  • This conversation is totally American: loud and passionate with demands of sensitivity - David; Video 2 1:42:49
  • Racism is global problem, and with China on the rise, we might have bigger fish to fry than American racisms, David; 1:45:25

WHAT IS A SAFE SPACE?
  • Lauren 'innocently' utters the N-word and Daphne speaks up, Video 2 32:56
  • One person's "safe space" is another's nightmare, David, Video 2 1:49:36
  • N-word revisited from different perspective, Daphne, Video 2 1:54:33
  • Comedy is for liberals, talk radio for conservatives, Jimmy, Video 2 57:01
  • With do-gooders, there is grave danger of taking ourselves too seriously - David, Video 2 2:01:16
  • If a space isn't safe for a comedian, I don't want to be there - Jimmy, Video 2 2:06:46

RACISM AND HEALTH/ HEALING
  • We always talk about black pathology, but is the white American mentality healthy?
    Lauren, Video 2 42:04
  • The Shoa; Constellation work to get out of ingrained patterns - Ken 1:07:24
  • CDC needs to classify racism as a public health issue - Gabriel, Video 2 1:32:23
  • Racism-->white trauma-->we need old forgotten medicine - Daphne, Video 2 1:02:01
     
INITIATIONS AND RITES OF PASSAGE
  • Rules of engagement; Ken recounts weekend workshop that started horribly but ended in brotherhood, 1:11:03
  • We need initiation rites - Gabe, Video 2 1:12:39
  • Zapatistas and initiation rites - Daphne Video 2 1:27:08
  • How do we counter the powerfully well organized oppressive rituals of white supremacy? Jimmy 2:15:32
     
AMERICAN AND RACISM
  • LBJ's Blue Ribbon Commission and the advice we didn't take back then, Ken 46:50
  • The Trump takeover revealed a deep racism which was there all along barely below the surface - Charles, Video 2 2:22:25
  • American is a 3rd world country with Elvis on the cover - David Video 2 2:32:43
  • American prison as a continuation of slavery, Daphne, Video 2 2:36:48
  • Since Bacon's Rebellion, the standard design is to have poor whites do the policing, Jimmy 2:46:00
  • American culture is all about winning - David Video 2 3:01:25

HOW DO WE GET UNSTUCK?
  • What we should be doing is find countries that are not racist and studying them, David Video 2 2:42:15
  • Intractable problems can be easy to solve if you can look at them differently (law example) - David Video 2 3:05:25
  • Getting out of the social media "me zone" - Jimmy, David, Video 2 3:13:06
  • Our biggest power is not our dollars but our attention - Daphne, Video 2  3:16:14
  • How do we bring this from talking to working? David 3:17:01

'RANDOM'
  • Jared Ball and propaganda, Jimmy 49:12
  • Certain places manifest strong vibes, Daphne 53:12
  • Star Knowledge of Native tribes, Matt 57:37
  • MetaImpact model of Sean Esbjorn-Hargens, Jimmy Video 2 1:33:19
  • Bonus points:  Find the Sun Ra poems
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