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digital cartographers, narrative realization. image workers & pixel [re]searchers. emographers. memetic mappers. space cadets. polytopians.
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    Hypercosmix
    hypercosmix voxelz #001 : mixelz of mind compass

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    vibrations in the network

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    hypercosmix voxelz #002: more mixels of mind compass
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    Having participated in the development of the Polytopia Project since its outset here on SpaceCollective, my primary focus and passion has been to make inroads into conceptualizing, innovating and developing the tools/interfaces/utlities/system architectures that facilitate and contribute to the emergence of a polytopian mind habitat.

    Together with Gavin Keech (@gavinkeech), Gunther Sonnenfeld (@goonth), Brendan Howley (@brendanhowley) and our selfs (@notthisbody), we have formed an entity called ThinkState - a creative innovation consultancy that is building UBIQUID.US - values-driven creative tools for the collaborative economy.

    With awareness of inspiration stemming from the Polytopia Project within all of us involved, we wish to publish the statement below, contributed to be each of us, assembled based on our shared affinities and values.

    The intention is that this statement can be hacked, examined, ripped apart, adopted, adapted by any and all who find use for it - so that perhaps we can define a kind of mutual commitment statement suited to a Polytopian perspective.

    These core characteristics and principles are strongly inspired from the Polytopia presentation and map that were created in November 2010.

    As well, I would like to thank and credit Spaceweaver, whose text I have taken the liberty of adapting under the heading "How we desire to be free".

    We welcome any and all who would like to join the conversation around these affinities.


    Fluid Fractal Organism - Participation and Fusion
    from Entanglement Personas/Metaconstructs by @gavinkeech



    The below text also exists at http://piratepad.net/FFO for live, collaborative editing.


    FLUID FRACTAL ORGANISM STATEMENT

    THIS STATEMENT is made this _______ day of ______, 2011, to set forth the stated intention of [entities involved] to continue in a collaborative and cooperative fluid fractal organism (FFO) - for profit and social benefit around their common affinities.

    This letter sets forth the vision statement and key characteristics under which the entities of the FFO intend to develop a partnership agreement and act from a business perspective.

    Key Characteristics

    Key characteristics of the ThinkState FFO include:

    [entities involved] will endeavor to cooperate with one another to develop aesthetic interfaces and utilities that
    • transition and evolve current socio-economic models
    • lead to the emergence of collaborative marketplaces
    • co-create value through the leveraging of affinities around shared narratives
    • monetize that value through ethical re-sale and incentivization of personal data
    • volumize and visualize that data via immersive technologies
    • enhance emergent properties and multiplicity
    • contribute and reciprocate with the open-source community
    • ...create a ground of engagement for entities to interact and nourish one another: the coordinating layer of both the web of our strategic partnerships and the web itself

    Guiding Principles

    The principles of the cooperative relationship are:
    • All initiatives will be tested towards their potential to mutually and reciprocally enhance entities
    • By all means practicable, all initiatives will strengthen co-emergent interests
    • An ambience of partner cooperation will allow for mutually agreed-upon concurrent agendas
    • Critical decisions will be undertaken in an ambience of openness and directed dialogue
    • All value co-creation will be undertaken in an ambience of transparency
    • These principles we place before personalities.

    How we desire to be free

    Technology offers the possibility of analyzing and directing the mental processes involved in computing our choices towards an optimized state of freedom.

    By developing interfaces and utilities, we might find greater degrees of personal and collaborative freedom not only by means of increased computing resources and information access, but also by upgrading the very way we compute.

    If we gain sufficient understanding of how mental processes arise, we can begin to devise general methods of ridding them from unnecessary redundancies and increasing their aesthetic and creative qualities.

    This is our mission: to utilize the sciences of the mind, providing us with powerful insights and tools to help us optimize individual and collaborative freedoms.

    Termination

    When we no longer feel we share common affinities, we must arrange to fluidly be able to move past that block to continue with the affinities that we do still have in common, if we so desire.

    Concurrent agendas are possible by transparent best practices, which in turn respect the vision that we have set forward.

    No longer sharing specific affinities does not render collaboration mutually exclusive.

    A recognition of these characteristics and principles is the bedrock of our collaboration: we will, each of us, make best efforts to continue to evolve those characteristics and principles, guided by balancing what is best for all of us against what is best for our company.

    Entire Understanding

    This Statement contains the mutual understanding between the sentient entities with respect to its subject matter and supersedes any prior understandings and agreements between them with respect thereto.

    Signed,

    _______________________

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    Citizen Kane -> aesthetics -> story -> reality -> perception -> senses -> information -> infocologies -> privacy -> Facebook -> data mining -> personal narratives -> human freedoms -> government control -> sur-, sous-veillance -> commodification of personal data -> data-mining personal and collective infocologies -> knowmadism



    (75:18 min, 192 kbps, mono mp3 – 51.7mb, DL it HERE)

    “that’s some pretty trippy shit, Mr. Ishan” – a student



    This is a lecture I gave on May 25th to a class of 14 year old high school freshman. For the last 4 months I’ve had the opportunity to teach three levels of Film courses in high school as a long term substitute, with about 100 students from 14-17 years old. In this time, I’ve asked them to take a closer look at the ongoing sophistication of our relationship with media as consumers and creators, and the roles of story in our identities and existence, individually and collectively – a conversation that is sorely lacking from the education of today’s youth.

    I see outdated paradigms worm their way through the plasticity of the minds, solidifying the worldview of these students and I know that its not too late. That if we have the conversation together, they are open, willing and able to reframe their understandings. These Millenials, these Digital Natives (of which I suppose I am one) have an inherent flexibility to adapt to new paradigms – we update ourselves with each new generation of technology that emerges, migrate social networks and services, and live a life of multi-linear existence – its native to our OS.

    But this multi-linear existence is being forced to inhabit an old paradigm of knowledge gathering, learning, and perception of the world around us that is propogated by the current system of education. It’s this dichotomy which kills the ”culture” – distractions reign. Since we’re not being told what changes technology brings to our models of reality, we tend to fall into a passive understanding of the world around us based on outdated consensual understandings.

    Yet – and the hope is strong – I’ve learned that if you can have the conversation with the youth – tell them something that breaks apart their conceptions and provides a basis on which to build them anew and embrace other points of view – …well, that’s all that you can do.

    We have to have the conversation when the youth is young. To implant ideas and concepts in their minds when they are still fresh, models of mind that allow the inherent plasticity of mind that comes with that youth to extend through our lives - that which so many who have lost that plasticity work so hard to overcome.I’ve had the luck to learn from these students during the process of sharing with them – its forced me to learn to communicate my own points of view simply and clearly; it’s deepened my understanding of the reality I’m living through with them. This is a thank you to all my students who have been open and willing to share with me.

    In my humble opinion, every teacher must learn to have this conversation with their students – to contextualize what they teach to students with the flow of knowledge and events surrounding us, in our daily existence – to learn how to learn with them, not to teach from a static information ecology, to embrace the fractured flow of information coming from each mind and mutually co-create the narratives our of existence.
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