As discussed in Spaces of Exchange, conversations are central and paramount to Cosmos’ purpose.
This document focuses on the types of conversational spaces that foster a “generative milieu” (i.e. an open-ended play space) for participants in Cosmos to organically interact with. In the lingo of the Spaces of Exchange document, this is where we talk about spaces for building community & fellowship (dialogue).
Infinite Conversations - a forum for infinite conversations. Fosters dynamic discourse and the exchange of intellectual, cultural and social capital. May be the platform for a plug-in that enables exchange of internal currency capital, too (Litcoin).
Within the forum, there is room for numerous spaces to be structured according to purpose. For example:
- Cosmic Atrium (“Welcome” channel) - a Welcome channel where new members can find information about using the platform & engaging the community
- Creative Studio - an open channel for posting creative works-in-progress and garnering feedback from community members
- Writers Underground - a focused group of writers incubating and producing content related to Metapsychosis
- Cosmos Cafe - salon-style open social discussion about topics of interest; any member can sign up to lead the conversation
- Readers Underground - channel for facilitating & participating in reading clubs
- Praxis Process - a formula/structure for interactions that can move toward action re: Cosmos’ own development–currently using forum functionality.
All of the above take place on the forum and represent different ways of using the forum, with these “spaces” distinguished by the aims and kinds of conversations happening there.
Vision: As a forum, main functionality is text-based communication. We currently integrate Zoom video and rudimentary scheduling in a rather “manual” way (i.e. not automated or integrated). Our intent is to build a comprehensive platform which integrates capacity for diverse means of expression (including text, audio, video, virtual whiteboards/mapping tools, even potentially virtual reality apps) in one interface, so that when you’re in the “playscape” of Infinite Conversations, you can dive into conversations and contribute your input in flexible, multi-modal ways. This may also require the capacity for coordinated scheduling and promotion of events, esp. in the case of members organizing activity or interest groups that are employing shared resources (e.g. “booking” video conference line time). This broad suite of tools enhancing communication and discourse implies the ability for groups to customize their configurations, priorities and focuses in that environment. We hope such a platform would be spacious enough to allow interest groups their own channels to structure & organize their “communities of discourse” in a coherent, custom way–in the process, Cosmos’ utility (platform) to outside groups seeking means of deeper dialogue becomes leveraged to build bridges to diverse communities whose involvement in Cosmos (even proximally) enriches Cosmos’ community by broadening the member & discourse base.
Cosmopods - similar to Project teams, this is a template for how members (especially early on in the process of becoming acquainted with Cosmos) could get together in small groups (3-5 people) and explore coordinated/collectively-defined inquiries, while offering one another authentic witness. This gathering mode potentiates members to explore their goals, circumstances, to make connections to people and resources that could further their aims, to expand their ideas and reference points & to enrich relationships between peers.
The sister section to this one is titled “Projects and Plug-ins,” where we discuss co-creation/collaboration/cooperation/development spaces (or “praxis”). Such spaces are the counterpart to spaces supporting a “generative milieu” (described above)—but, instead of the focus being exploratory “play” or generalized building relationships/fellowship, the conversations and the people involved are moving toward an explicit intention and are coordinating the application of resources (including their own time, energy and work) towards fulfilling a particular potential (“praxis”).