The social tetrahedron: a step towards prototyping Indra’s Net

Tetrahedron“The user profile can also show people and initiatives that one values as part of an ‘extended’, empathic self. This can be done by dragging and dropping other profiles into one’s tetrahedron, much as Twitter allows one to follow admired people. To add a person or cause to one’s empathic self, the profile creator could rotate the tetrahedron to populate a personal frame of reference (filling it with family and friends), a civic frame of reference (e.g. with admired individuals and organizations working for the commons), and a professional or business frame (with valued coworkers). Individuals and initiatives included in one’s “extended self” also could be made visible to others, when access rights are set, by double-clicking on a given face of one’s user profile.” Mark Frazier, @openworld

Mark, the most beautiful thing about your wise model is that it’s doable!

In your tetrahedron, I see a seed crystal for growing disruptive social practices. For example, practices for large-scale, bottom up self-organization of a new social body, may it be a personal learning network, a trustnet-based virtual nation or a federation of co-creative initiatives.

When a social body is grown on networks of desire, networks of what the extended, empathic self of everyone values, then, then the harmony in the system will let it absorb much higher doses of complexity.

Mark, in your tetrahedron, I also see Indra’s net materializing, taking the shape of millions of tetrahedrons interacting, free from the gravity of legacy institutions! It’s like a massively co-written, continually unfolding science fiction that we shape just by playing with our co-intelligence and co-creativity toys.

Heartfelt thank you Mark for the huge contribution you’ve already made by developing and sharing your thoughts on the tetrahedron. I am eager to discover more of the world, from which it came.

p.s. I re-posted this note from a junto talk because in version 0.5, it cannot yet be tagged, categorized and have a URL.

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2 Responses to The social tetrahedron: a step towards prototyping Indra’s Net

  1. Eden Haiku says:

    Found the social tetrahedron I just read about in ” Collective intelligence” ( had to google it though the link didn’t work.)
    Beautiful tool!
    Indra’s net indeed!


  2. George Pór says:

    Working on thew design of a learning ecology for the Commons, I went back back to re-read Mark Frazier’s “narrative fractal” on Quora

    Inspired by Helene Finidori’s reminder of the adjacent narrative fractal”, i’ve just realized something: Rather than taking a single line of narrative as the carrier of the “commons economy rising” meme, we need to be aware of the adjacent narrative of the other trends rising at the same time, for example, individual and collective empowerment by ever better tools for communication and collaboration.


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