K: one of the things I’m sensing is that language is becoming more sybmolic, and communicating a lot of ideas in as few words as possible. [metaphor stacking!]
beyond a heart, beyond a like: a symbol that goes beyond and affirms “I’m connected with this idea, and I’d like to explore this a little more.” Hearts say that they’ve heard me, and support the fact that I have this idea. Not clear if they support the idea itself.
An action token - like “you can cash this in for action from me at a later time”. Or, pre-accumulation of specific resources and multiple ways of measuring value – a “discourse token.” Beyond the heart, and before other action: a token symbolizing my commitment to engaging with this further.
Jeff: the future is about resonance for sensing truth. we recognize truth by resonance. we need a token to indicate “spectrum or degree of resonance.”
Perhaps bars on a scale - or like clapping threshhold on Medium - people can indicate their “level of resonance” and when that reaches a certain threshhold, new action becomes opened to be taken.
The idea I’m putting out of token indicating action-toward-further-engagement is not quite the same as resonance, but related. Because it may be that I want to engage so as to take it in a different direction, to critique it, to add to it, etc. Not just to add to it or resonate with it.
A sensed bit arises in conversation. It’s something that’s thought, said, and then it becomes part of a collaborative/communal flow. People can respond to it, play with it. Idea here is: it has to be plucked out, “let’s take that and make it actionable in some way.” The moment of plucking out the sensed bit distinguishes from the general flow. Liking both the resonance idea (amplification principle - “gets louder”) and the action token. Once a sensed bit is amplified enough, it could have enough “reality” to turn into a proposal. Substrate is generative milieu, conversational flow - and then agents (potentially all of us), who can pluck something out, I’m going to put it here, so that others can respond to it as such.
(Perhaps that channel itself has higher amplification [is louder?] to users?]
Emergence of whole (Cosmos) and holons within it (people, groups, projects, etc.). This is actionable, emergent realm. Moving from a conversational flow to an actionable space. Now that a certain threshhold of interest is met, does it get amplified further by Cosmos protocol - like published in a newsletter, or messaged to all members?
A felt need would be mapping out those flows. Praxis process - already started mapping. What does this look like?
Perhaps amplification “builds” at different levels. First, “resonance” measure is needed to make it a Priority. Second, proposals emerge from discussing the Priority. Proposals need “willingness to act” tokens, showing a further depth of commitment to seeing that thing realized. Perhaps the “willingness to act” token is actually a singular token, a placeholder, for the differentiation that happens later in the fleshing out of the proposal into defining criteria for fulfillment, i.e., the “act” token can then be cashed into any amount and type of capital being allocated–e.g. Person A contributes $5, Person B pledges 20 hours of work, Person C contributes $100, Person D contributes the use of an app’s code that D already built previously that’s relevant to the proposal, etc. Once criteria is adequately pledged/filled, then Cosmos-as-a-whole gets involved, may add more resources to it, and it becomes IMPLEMENTED. Implementation involves the redeeming of pledged potential and outcome must fulfill the potential of the original purpose/priority. Feedback–not just commentary, but also USE of the product and paying for use of that product, and various nuances there–become the “flow” or “milieu” for more sensed bits.
Somebody coming in where they want to do work right away, we can say “Here, put your energy here, cuz that will feed into the whole.” Here’s some from Marco’s list (amended by Caroline):
- Cultural development & community engagement
- Cosmos mythos (as a visionary entity) - telling that grand story (must resonate with the whole)
- Technological platform development & growth
- Economics (finances, budgeting, fundraising, money)
–4b. Litcoin design and prototyping, as an internal currency)
- Governance (decision-making, transparency, power configurations & organizational systems - like praxis process)
–5b. Codex (Constitution)
- Integration (all these pieces, weaving them together, coherence & harmony)
–6b. Playbook development (recipes for how to do things in Cosmos)
Cosmopods, auropods - that’s a particular purpose or form, 3-4 people, focused on moreso “self-actualization” aspect or side. Can be themed on “writing novels,” or anything else. As a form, it’s more personal-focused, though, forming tight relationships, etc.
Another spin-off discussed is kind of “stewardship cohort” that’s more oriented on “the whole” (not on the personal self-actualization, but the collective self-actualization), focused on one of the topics above, of people more engaged in that topic. Their role would be: making sure productive conversations are happening in that theme, making connections between emergent sensed bits etc., and simply participating (perhaps more heavily) in moving things in that domain forward. They’re still accountable to the whole–they have to be in alignment with Cosmos’ overall development.
Onboarding a member: from the outset, we could give them 2 concrete options, that they can do at the same time: 1 could be, let’s connect you with a Cosmopod (friendship circle), etc. A small group, very personalized, intensive, around self-actualization (there’d be a process template, perhaps, of types of questions to ask, themes of conversations to have, to kick that off.) The 2nd option could be, join this cohort concerned with this domain of Cosmos’ development. “Putting people in connection with each other, around a simple framework and purpose.”
Perhaps this could be presented to new members as an “option to fulfill” or experiment with. Like how when you create an account in a new project management program, and the interface has these prompts like: “have you tried ‘creating a new project’ yet? have you tried ‘adding a user to that project’ yet?” Like that–Cosmos’ new member dashboard would have suggestions like: “based on your interests (entered into your member application form): have you checked out these 10 conversations or channels yet? have you joined a pod yet? have you checked out this stewardship community yet?” In the dashboard. Maybe on the badges page… ?
Ability for people to form their own focused groups on a sensed bit should be possible. Yes, the idea around this is that smaller groups can convene and can develop deeper understandings, develop proposals, etc. But this has not been explicitly articulated yet - the transition from priority to proposal is not clearly articulated, it’s more implicit. What kind of support or resources could be available to that small group? Maybe process templates needed for that.
Thanks for everyone’s marvelous contributions as we continue to incubate this process!