The purpose of this page is to develop an “About Us” page for the co-op, which will live publicly at Cosmos.coop/about. Below is a first draft, combining some of my own formulations with an initial version drafted by @care_save.
This is a canonical document. In other words, it should reflect and express, as well as possible, a cultural consensus regarding what “Cosmos” is about. This is the page we expect people to look at when they land on the co-op website and want the equivalent of an executive summary to determine whether the project is of relevance or interest to them. However, it should also be invitingly written, pointing to concrete actions people can take if they choose to participate; at the present time: joining the forum, donating, or contacting us.
This page is expected to evolve over time, and should leave room for (not prohibit) individual expressions of what Cosmos means to you.
COSMOS is a cooperative enterprise dedicated to producing visionary works of collective genius.
Through conversation, collaboration, learning, and exchange, we are cultivating a community that amplifies the creative imagination of each individual, emboldening us all to face the challenges of our time with greater intensity and coherence.
We recognize that our civilization is spiraling in a process of accelerating transformation. Some say collapse; others predict a singularity event; even while many remain in reaction or denial. Our narrative premise calls upon visionary creators to engage our collective reality with critical intelligence and deep empathy—regarding crisis as a call to band together, offer our gifts and skills for wider benefit, and elicit each others’ best selves as an ethical praxis.
Concretely, we are building a community media platform—designing spaces to meet the social, cultural, and economic needs of our members, specifically through offering:
- Incubation: to nurture latent potentials and ideas
- Production: to collaborate on media, literature, and events
- Publishing & Promotion: to cultivate audiences for our members’ work
- a Co-op Marketplace: for member-created products and services
- Advocacy & Sponsorship: to champion the ‘slice of genius’ of each individual
Our methods are experimental and holistic, inspired by principles of anarchism, integralism, futurism, and radical thought, forming a kind of mutual aid society for visionaries. And, while our organization is in an early (bootstrapping) phase, we are nonetheless beginning to envision and model our dream platform by fostering a vibrant intellectual community in a cooperatively owned space that gives us the freedom to evolve.
Our flagship publication is Metapsychosis, a ‘journal of consciousness, culture, and planetary thought.’
Our community hub is Infinite Conversations, where we host public discussions on published media and collaborative dialogue for our members.
We have a podcast and are developing a podcast network at InfiniteConversations.FM.
And the Readers Undergound is where we’re brewing a literary culture through reading groups, study circles, and community events.
LitCoin – creative currency for a gift economy
Untimely Books – publishing imprint
The Cosmos Codex – “organizational source code” for collective governance
First, we are sharing the vision of Cosmos with our networks, listening to feedback and answering questions, ahead of opening up membership and inviting founding members. The founding membership will comprise our initial equity base and working groups for moving various aspects of Cosmos’ development forward. We are in the process of recruiting our core team now. Please fill out our contact form to let us how you might like to participate.
Our first priority is to build a stellar community with robust collaborative spaces conducive to deeply satisfying experiences for our members. Our culture and community will fuel the development of all Cosmos’ features, and all members will have access to the conversations and development process, to the degree they wish to participate.
We intend to constrain the cost of membership to the extent of our features, i.e., starting with a nominal, extremely affordable membership fee and increasing as we’re able to deliver greater value and returns on member investments. Through a generative model in which visionary people comprise the consumers, producers, and workforce of Cosmos, we aim to realize our mission of producing creative work of the highest calibre, while serving the social, cultural, and economic needs of our members.
Create a free user account on InfiniteConversations.com to access our public discussions, toss us some bucks to support Cosmos’ development, and/or request an invitation to join us as a member. We’d love to hear from you!
 See Collective Genius: The Art and Practice of Leading Innovation, by Emily Truelove, Greg Brandeau, Kent Lineback, and Linda Hill
 See The rise of community media – and why social networks don’t work (via The Next Web)
 Placeholder for notes on each of these terms (Anarchism, Integralism, Futurism, Radical Thought, Mutual Aid). Note that it says “inspired by the principles,” not “adhering to the doctrines.”