An experiment to combine electronic and mindfulness amplification processes

To follow on what I started exploring in my note about the personal and transpersonal meaning of increased technical connectivity, I want to put some seeds in the ground about the possibility combine electronic and mindfulness processes that amplify  the connectivity in the emerging global brain and heart.

Couldn’t it be an interesting experiment to explore the difference between “natural” amplification using our the built-in social tools of our various electronic campfires, and conscious amplification adding intentionally enhanced discoverability.

Here’s what I mean by the latter. If the YouTube recommendation wouldn’t have gifted me with this video, I may have never learned about it. If it was tagged, indexed and made part of an evolving outline structure that attend, my chance to discover it could be much higher. Same is true if it its was captured by any of the video to text tools, and made searchable.

Another experiment that I’m even more interested in is the combination of electronic and mindfulness amplifications. Its purpose will be maximizing the electronic connectivity of this blog and meshing it with such tools and processes as Chaordic Chat and ContemplaTweet. Who else is interested?

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A note about the personal and transpersonal meaning of increased technical connectivity

I like to watch YouTube vids while working out on my exercise bike. Since YouTube’s algorithms are getting as good at suggesting vids for me as Amazon does with books, usually I graze its recommendations page before jumping on my bike. That’s how I discovered the “Data, Storytelling and Narratives” conversation between John Kellden and David Amerland.

At 5:43, David is talking about the connectivity factor as amplification factor. Doing so, he is brilliantly describing also one of the key insights that happens to drive my research on shared mindfulness. What is obvious is that the more connected a person, a thought, a video is, the broader its reach. What is less obvious is the transpersonal dimension of the  amplification factor.

In the very same act of one’s ideas reaching a wider audience, something else is happening, too, at the same time.Through the billions blogs, vids, tweets, likes, and comments that we post every minute, the neurons are forming in the nervous system of our global meta-being. These early-stage neurons are very crude and they will probably not get much smarter before the generalizations of semantic video, semantic search, and the radically disruptive social practices that will be associated with them.

What does all that have to do with shared mindfulness? A lot. First, it provides an analogy and a narrative to talk about the transpersonal dimension of transcending solo  mindfulness, as a need grounded in our tech-enabled, emerging planetary reality. A key feature of that reality is the “innervation” of the social hypercortex, which Teilhard de Chardin talked about half a century ago. More about that, another time, once I finished a new blog about the subject.

The  other way, in which shared mindfulness and increased connectivity relate to each other is this: The first can turn the second into a compelling opportunity to wise up our communities, organizations, and social institutions. That takes us closer to the Holy Grail of CI research: how to boost of collective wisdom at increasing scale? When we’ll have figured that out, then the “radically disruptive social practices” will kick in.

Thank you John and David for triggering this note.

p.s. A sequel to this note is here: An experiment to combine electronic and mindfulness amplification processes

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Somewhere, on our way to humankind’s awakening…

Somewhere, on our way to humankind’s awakening to its collective wisdom, global heart, and sentience… self-organizing communities of co-creation and practice will master the combination of swarm intelligence ( see also starlings as teachers ) with wildfire learning (see chapter 7 in my Federated Framework for Self-evolving Educational Experience Design on Massive Scale).

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CI as collective consciousness in action (both being and doing)

Yet another definition:

“Mastering collective intelligence is the deliberate exercising of collective consciousness in action (both being & doing) where we can see and recognise the steps, relationships and rational process that is contributing to the power and potential of any group. Collective intelligence is energy and information working together to imagine a future, explore new possibilities, address an issue or solve a problem.” (Zenergy)

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Dysfunctional Collective Intelligence

Below is an excerpt from How to Create a Group Mind | 100 Trillion Connections, by Duncan Work.

“A dysfunctional society, or group mind, is full of emotion-laden biases, fears, animosity, internal hostilities, greed, bitter or violent competitions (winner-take-all), or is simply deeply fragmented and incapable of making good decisions. All of these traits are indicators of very unhealthy group minds – so unhealthy as to be called insane, broken. So broken it doesn’t feel right to call them minds at all.”

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Letting collective intelligence use me for organizing itself

I emailed a tweet I’ve just stumbled upon in my tweetstream to a colleague because I knew it had to do with one of her interests.

We cannot spend all our time on hanging out in the stream but the larger is the circle of friends who care for us, the better are the chances that we can stay informed not only 0.5% but maybe 1% of what we need to know about what is happening in the noosphere.

She responded, “You’re a good sensor, you ….”

That inspired the following message from me, which I decided to share here because I’m curious of what y’all think of it.

light sensor It’s a kind of “organic” sensor that feeds on feedback that moves action…  In other words, I let collective intelligence use me for organizing itself in the following way:

I send the gems I pick up on my surfpath to friends all over the world, to whom one or the other piece I think can be relevant. Then, I use the quality of feedback, the excitement it generates (or not) to refine my filtering-and-forwarding strategy.

I guess it takes a great deal of imagination to make sense out of what I try to express here. I could use if in the comments to this post, you would share whatever it triggers in you.

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The Emergence of Higher We-Spaces

Lánc híd, BudapestThe Emergence of Higher We-Spaces:  steps towards humankind awakening to its collective sentience  |  Lessons from 9 trailblazing practice communities

Introductory section of my presentation invited to the Integral European Conference, Budapest, Hungary, May 8-11, 2014

Introduction: personal and planetary contexts


I am irresistibly drawn to observe and participate in the emergence of situations and communities, where people are capable to sense, think, relate, and act, momentarily or in a sustained way, from a beyond-ego state or stage of consciousness. They exist in a domain that I call “higher We-spaces.” My passion to experience and explore that emergence, from as close as I can, comes from both personal and planetary drivers.

Here is my personal motivation: In the most thrilling moments of my participation in the energy field of a retreat with Thomas Hübl, or the sangha around Diane Musho Hamilton’s work, or an Enlightened Communication circle, I felt a tidal wave of consciousness hitting the room, and the tide was lifting all boats of our individual states of consciousness.

There’s a growing literature of articles, conference presentations, blogposts, and lists of We-space-inducing injunctions and practices, etc., and reading them can help us understand the what, why, and how of what is emerging. The most rewarding direct knowledge comes from the first-person immersion in the experience of its underlying mystical principles that Thomas Hübl wrote in the The Coming Waves[1]. That’s why I feel the call to study, write about, and immerse myself in this subject.

There’s also a planetary context of my fascination with higher We-spaces. Humanity is on a learning expedition, the next leg of which seems to be a sort of global “flow state,” where unprecedented challenges and unprecedented capabilities are facing off. That state is typically described in the psychological terms of motivation and full immersion in experience, which harness one’s emotional energies in the service of learning or performing an act. To overcome our global crises will require all that from the collective psyche, and more.

As a sign of our times, there are numerous variations of the following saying attributed to Einstein, which are spreading over the Net: “No problem can be solved at the same level of consciousness that created it.” So, where are we going to get the higher level collective consciousness required to meet the challenges of our times? A good place to start exploring the paths to the answer to that question, I believe, is the higher We-space experiments currently pursued by various pioneering communities in the integral, evolutionary ecosystem. “For the level of complexity of the organizational and cultural difficulties now facing the human species, nothing short of an awakened We Space will do.”[2]

The human race is just starting to take some baby steps to reach planetary consciousness and collective sentience. We lived the first few 100,000s years crawling, and we are starting to learn standing up and walking. Looked at from that context, the communities, where higher We-spaces manifest, are in the tip of the wave of the shift in consciousness that is sweeping the planet. Can it be that the inter-subjective practices in their groups and events pre-figure an emergent planetary culture?

That’s an epic narrative unfolding in front of our eyes. To enjoy it more, one has to be part of it. Writing and playing out that drama together, we can also influence the pace of the much-needed (and happening) global mind shift. This paper is an invitation to it. Read on, tune in, and sense into what has the most heart and meaning for you…

[to be continued]

[1] The Gateway into the Future: Mysticism for Our Times, by Thomas Hübl, in The Coming Waves: Evolution, Transformation, and Action in an Integral Way, (edited by Dustin DiPerna and H.B. Augustine)

[2] Showing Up: The Power and potential of We, by Andrew Venezia in The Coming Waves: Evolution, Transformation, and Action in an Integral Way, (edited by Dustin DiPerna and H.B. Augustine)

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