Sensorica often makes allusion to the phenomenon called, “Stigmergy” – which refers to the mechanism of coordination in social insects. Ants deposit chemicals that signal the favoured pathways for navigating the threats and opportunities within their habitat. Other ants “read” these signals and reinforce and intensify the signals by depositing their own chemical “vote” as they follow in the footsteps of others. In this way the colony collaborates in a distributed and decentralized manner through which emerges a network of “desire lines” – that represent an emergent map of the territory on which depends their collective survival and thriving.
But people aren’t much like ants, at all; organizing differently, using different kinds of signals, facing different kinds of threats and opportunities and much more. So, what would “Stigmergy for Humans” really look like? And, are there other kinds of distributed and decentralized coordinating mechanisms also capable of rapid and effective organization of large-scale collaborative works and events? How can these mechanisms be adapted, deployed, communicated, learned, evaluated and improved? What technologies look promising for implementing these mechanisms? What does it mean for such an environment to be accessible? How do we measure and build value and what does it mean to be productive in such an environment? What kind of norms, attitudes, policies and cultures make these networks successful? How can we discover, reach out to and communicate effectively with our natural allies and partners to accelerate the proliferation of Open Value Networks?
There are no limits on the ways that you can contribute to this collaborative challenge. We will be happy to see:
Reflections and preliminary research into collaborative behaviour - motivations, principles, practices, incentives, disincentives, limitations, capacities, strengths, weaknesses, etc.
Conceptual designs for promising mechanisms of emergent coordination - especially in the context of a decentralized, globally distributed network.
Process, protocol, platform or product designs that improve the productivity, accessibility, user experience, innovation capacity, or other feature or benefit of the network.
Data Structures logical and physical and working demonstration prototypes.
Solutions - in terms of OVN policy, processes, tool or platform designs and the like - to the issues being faced by our Sensorica OVN, as we endeavour to develop and proliferate the model or, to the use-case (or, case-study) Climate Action related projects being undertaken by Sensorica Affiliates.
Ways to connect these Climate Actions into the Open Climate Project and the Open Climate Platform.
The materials itemized above represent only a starting point for your investigations to serve as an entrypoint for further research and your engagement with meaningful challenges, rewarding projects and productive collaborations. Please review these materials and other relevant information that you discover, and then - based on your interests and what you hope to accomplish during the Collabathon (and beyond) - help improve the Open Value Network models, methods and tools and maximize their impact on important Climate Change priorities and actions.
Sensorica affiliates are available to address questions, connect you with further information and real-world experience and examples - and generally support your efforts and the exploration, discovery, understanding and actions toward valuable collaborations and creations among participating Collabathoners.
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