To get a really good feel for and understanding of radical collective intelligence, there is no substitute for watching:
ICCI: Vision & Mission
Building on the overviews of both CI and Radish CI on the home page of Radish, we offer the following definition of radical collective intelligence, of which Radish CI seeks to be the first full-scale implementation:
Radical collective intelligence may be defined as CI, guided and driven by the unifying aim of transforming our entire world to a whole world. What is meant by a whole world? The Hungerless Games video begins to define the term, and we build on that here:
A whole world is a world in which all people, and the entire planet, are healthy and complete. Every person, every community, every ecosystem and species, and every life-supporting system, are all actively cared for, in a way that can continue far into the future. One word that is often used to describe such a possible future for our planet is “utopia”.
A basic requirement to achieve a whole world is unity: All the world’s people united behind the singular goal of building a whole world, and maintaining the world in a state of wholeness.
Now, exactly how to achieve such a sustainable, stable state of unity and wholeness for the entire planet is the job of radical collective intelligence. To achieve the aim or telos of a whole world, radical collective intelligence, or RCI for short, will develop and implement the set of elements detailed below, which in turn we organize into the following subsets:
- Core Systems of RCI
- RCI Strategy
- RCI Community
In exploring these three subsets and their respective elements, we will leverage a form of “the spiral approach” discussed in this great interview of Professor John Baez: We first introduce each subset or element of the whole of RCI briefly, and then delve deeper with each successive pass.
First Pass (of the spiral approach)
The core systems of RCI are those which facilitate the growth and evolution (two different concepts) of RCI itself: Not just the core systems of RCI, but all three subsets (and their respective elements) of RCI listed above: core systems, high level strategy, and RCI community. It’s like the old proverb: “It takes one axe to make a second axe.” With this evolutionary paradigm, the first really interesting question becomes: what is the minimum viable set of core systems (and their respective features) of RCI, which will facilitate taking RCI itself to the next level? We take this question up in the Second Pass below.
RCI strategy: The first pass of strategy development is to develop the story of RCI. Not just the story of the strategy of RCI, but the fundamental bedrock story of RCI itself. We humans run on stories afterall. We humans are united by stories. So what is the story that humanity can most readily buy into, en route to developing a complete RCI strategy, and in fact a complete RCI? We take up this question in the Second Pass below.
The RCI community is of course the beating heart of RCI: It is the individuals who come together and form, not just a new community, but a new kind of community: A community committed to transforming our world into a whole world. What will it take to get this community a) off the ground, and b) organized and oriented in the best possible direction? We explore this in the Second Pass below.
Second Pass (of the spiral approach)
Core systems of RCI: Let’s start with the question we were left with at the end of the First Pass above: What is the minimum viable set of core systems (and their respective features) of RCI, which will facilitate taking RCI itself to the next level?
Prior to answering the above question(s), let us first take a look ahead, and explore the “complete set of core systems that we can envision at this time”. Here is our thinking: At the present moment, there are about a dozen of us who are collaborating on building the first version of RCI here on Radish. As such, we are limited by our small number: we can only see but so far. As we grow in number, our combined, collective perspectives will grow enormously, and our ability to envision will likewise grow. So in service of the goal of coming up with the first minimum viable set of core systems, we first, with great humility (relative to where we’re headed as RCI) step forward and articulate a “second pass” at the following set of core systems we can envision at this time:
- Structures for the organization of information, such as teleological taxonomies:
- A teleological taxonomy of all of the needs humanity and our planet as a whole. This is the “guiding taxonomy” of the entire RCI, providing both the “true north” (the telos — a whole world — that is our aim), and the (multidimensional) roadmap for how to get there: That is the taxonomy part. The taxonomy expands downward from the telos — whole world — which itself breaks down into People, and Planet. People further breaks down into the topics representing each of the needs of People: food, water, shelter, clothing, family, safety, community, health care, education, and so on. Planet further breaks down into the topics representing each of the needs of the Planet: An atmosphere supportive of life, protection of ecosystems and species, protection and conservation of water, etc., etc.
- Separate teleological taxonomies for “all the world’s resources”, and “the world’s great untapped opportunities” such as radical collective intelligence itself.
- Other information organization technologies, such as those used for the transcription and indexing of recorded conversations, and the automatic detection / discovery of new potentially useful information and connections.
- Brainswarming & other powerful methodologies for fostering the creation / discovery of new ideas and designs, and the systems which support these methodologies.
- Connection technologies: A set of technologies designed and implemented to enable and empower new connections to be formed, between: people-and-people, people-and-topics, people-and-specific_challenges, topics-and-topics, content-and-topics, etc.
- Conversation technologies: As people and topics are connected together (via mashing up the above connection technologies with structures such as teleological taxonomy), conversation technologies empower them to converse and co-create in new powerful ways: e.g., recorded videoconferences which empower people from diverse backgrounds located in different places around the world to come together and co-create, such that their creations, and the very processes which resulted in these creations, are all stored in a form of perfect memory, which in turn is indexed, searchable, and also intentionally located in the appropriate place (topos) within the greater topology of teleological taxonomies comprising the known universe of topics, people, conversations, needs, problems, resources, untapped opportunities, etc., etc. One key element of the conversation technologies is the concept of the “ongoing conversation (e.g., a series of recorded videoconferences on a specific topic), with perfect memory, in which everyone can participate”. Aside from the preceding “high tech” elements of conversation technologies, there is an entirely different set of conversation technologies, examples of which can be found in the various educational programs of Landmark Education (originally EST), and many other disciplines. We thus create a distinction between “tech-based conversation technologies”, and “human-based conversation technologies”.
- Global Holistic Modeling (GHM): We envision the building of a global holistic modeling capability, as a massive worldwide open source effort. The global holistic model spans all “measurable and interesting” data pertaining to planet earth, its species, ecosystems, life-supporting systems, economies, all the myriad impacts of humanity on the planet and each other, etc. We envision this being implemented as a set of interconnected modules, each responsible for modeling a well defined element or subset of the entire world (e.g., the atmosphere, climate, land-based ice, the hydrologic cycle, the carbon cycle, population growth/decline of many species including our own, specific ecosystems, elements of the global economy such as specific industries, countries, etc., etc.). All of these modules would be built on top of what we refer to as a Whole World Operating System (WWOS), which would keep track of a wide variety of “things” such as the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere, the amount of fresh water in each aquifer, the surface area and thickness of arctic ice, the number of people in each country, the number of immigrants moving from one country to the next, etc., etc. (A simple way of thinking about GHM and WWOS is this: GHM models all of the phase changes, chemical reactions, and other physical transformations which happen, both naturally and man-made, and the WWOS keeps track of all the inputs and outputs of each different type & phase of matter (e.g., methane) in each “bucket” (e.g., in the gas phase in the atmosphere, trapped in clathrate hydrates, etc.), performing “material balance” calculations for each [bucket, time step], etc.)
- A teleological taxonomy of solutions: Solutions can be strategies (such as the Hungerless Games, discussed below), platforms (such as WWOS, CCC, etc.), or programs (such as Sato Hemp, a given module of the GHM capability, Community Cafe, etc.).
You can imagine how these diverse core systems of RCI can begin to work together holistically: A person joins RCI, leverages systems to explore and search the various taxonomies, finds a topic they are passionate about, uses other systems to quickly get the gist of the topic, and uses connection technologies to connect with the people having the conversation, and the conversation itself. Soon the Member is participating in the conversation, either in real-time (synchronously) via participating in the next videoconference on the topic, or asynchronously posting comments and questions pertaining to points made in the last recorded videoconference on the topic.
This concludes our (lengthy) Second Pass exploration of the core systems of RCI; onward with the Second Pass on the other two subsets, starting with:
RCI strategy: Starting with the question we left off with at the end of the First Pass above: what is the story that humanity can most readily buy into, en route to developing a complete RCI strategy, and in fact a complete RCI?
The strategy (and story) we are most excited about for fulfilling on the above criteria is a high-level strategy called The Hungerless Games, which can be summarized in very simple terms:
- Launch the first private companies in a new sector of the global economy, called Compassionate Economy, defined by the bifurcating standard CCC, which stands for Certified Compassionate Company: CCC companies, such as Sato Hemp, donate 100% of their profits to the permanent eradication of hunger, among other stringent requirements for certification centered around taking care of people and the planet in everything they do. Sato Hemp apparel in particular is putting “compassion in fashion”, as Sato Hemp, led by Takuya Sato, the Hemperor of Japan, in turn pioneers and leads the Compassionate Economy, and the CCC standard.
- The profits from Sato Hemp and other members of Compassionate Economy go directly to programs designed not only to end hunger, but to end hunger holistically, as Community Cafe provides a perfect example:
- Community Cafe is led by Eric Miller, and is an organization dedicated to building and supplying Community Cafes all around the world, with particular emphasis on areas where hunger is particularly acute (e.g. Somalia, Eritrea, etc.). Each Community Cafe sources its food and cooking oil inputs from regenerative agricultural networks, which are those which heal the planet in the course of producing food, such as those architected and supported by the Savory Institute, led by Alan Savory (please see further below for links, including an interview we conducted with Alan Savory on the topic, which also helps illuminate much of the present set of topics centered around RCI).
- Community Cafes, in turn, are the “heart” of a broader concept, called Compassionate Community, which aims to meet all of the basic human needs of the population it serves (food, water, health care, education, community, safety, housing, etc., etc.). Crystalynn Rodriguez is pioneering the concept of Compassionate Community, in close partnership with Community Cafes.
This has all the makings of a passion-driven, logic-driven virtuous cycle which humanity as a whole will find absolutely irresistible: The growing popularity of CCC brands such as Sato Hemp will channel more and more money to build and supply more and more Community Cafes. Community Cafes will feed more and more people, transforming the lives of individuals, families, entire communities, and in fact entire regions. The story of all this will absolutely magnetic, and will be spread by a combination of traditional media, social media, and a weekly documentary television series we are launching soon called The Hemperor’s New Clothes.
RCI Community: The explosive growth and popularity of the Hungerless Games strategy, and its constituent platforms and programs (summarized immediately above), will drive growing numbers of individuals, from all around the world, to apply to become Members of their favorite RCI platform / community (e.g., Radish CI). The growth of the RCI Community will have multiple “virtuous cycle” benefits, stoking the growth of all three major subsets of RCI:
- More Members mean more designers, developers, testers, etc., for the ongoing development and enrichment of the core systems of RCI.
- More Members mean richer perspectives, deeper conversations, and better ideas and ultimately better solutions proposed, co-created and implemented by the growing RCI community.
- Better solutions lead to more success (e.g., more hungry folks fed), which in turn leads to a bigger story (in the media, at the water cooler, etc.), which in turn leads to more market share and profitability for CCC companies, and so on.
Some additional thoughts of the Second Pass:
Other defining characteristics of radical collective intelligence include:
- Transparency & sharing of data, information, relationships, etc.
- Modularity in the analysis and solution of problems, as well as the development of untapped opportunities and solutions which address multiple needs and problems in parallel
- A new level of passion, as the challenge RCI takes on is one where our very survival, as a species, may well be in the balance. Certainly our quality of life is in free-fall, as the world continues on its present downward slide.
- A dialectic between:
- Ideas, concepts, analysis, solutions
- Modeling (GHM) — the “boundary layer” between ideas and action
- Action: implementation of solutions in the real world
Third Pass (of the spiral approach)
In this third pass, we take a step back from the details of the long lists of bullets above, and focus more on the big picture, by telling some stories about the whole of it, starting with the following summary.
Utilizing state-of-the art connection and conversation technologies, the core systems of radical collective intelligence (RCI) empower humanity to come together, self-identify and self-organize, guided by a holistic aim or telos. This telos becomes the zenith of a teleological taxonomy of topics, spanning all of the world’s needs. Other taxonomies organize the world’s resources, untapped opportunities, and solutions. Leveraging these, and taking a broader (than the traditional) view of collective intelligence, RCI incorporates AI & technology generally into its repertoire, all guided by the unifying aim or telos.
The RCI community leverages the aforementioned diverse taxonomies, technologies and systems, holistically, to facilitate the formation of “special teams” of people of unique combinations of backgrounds and expertise, focused on either a specific topic, a specific sub-goal of the teleological taxonomy of needs, any specific part of the latest implementation of RCI itself, and/or on any specific conversation imaginable, spanning any set of topics. These special teams will typically hold recorded videoconference meetings on the topic in question, complementing asynchronous contributions to discussion forum-style text-based communications, the entire series of which constitutes an ongoing public conversation with perfect memory – and a contribution to radical collective intelligence.
Leveraging all of the above assets to their fullest, a growing global community of active participants will constitute a form of radical collective intelligence (RCI) which will grow to the point where it will be more than intelligent enough to incorporate, co-create, and optimize the designs and implementations of all of the solutions which will work together holistically, to solve all the world’s problems.
Backing up a few steps, let’s first take a closer look at the “gist” of radical collective intelligence, which we subsequently review in greater depth in the resources below.
The Gist of RCI
Here’s the gist: Starting “from the top” of the teleological taxonomy of “all the world’s needs and problems,” we break down the top-level goal of having a “whole world”, into the various specific needs which must be met in order for the uber-goal of “whole world” to be achieved — e.g., the specific need of all of humanity having plenty to eat every day.
The following 4 minute video on brainswarming is so good, that it doesn’t matter that the example used for a “goal” is “removing ice from power lines” — they could have used any example, and we would still cite this video as key:
Next, consider that the entire teleological taxonomy of “needs & problems” starting from the goal of “whole world”, can be broken down to problems as specific as the preceding (removing ice from power lines).
Next, consider that the set of all solutions to the world’s problems and unmet needs, can be cast into a framework which builds on the 4 minute brainswarming video above: Below the imaginary gargantuan teleological taxonomy of “all the world’s unmet needs and problems”, imagine that, just as in the 4 minute video, we “come from below” with a separate teleological taxonomy of all the world’s resources.
Remember how in the video they go from “resources” at the very bottom, to “solutions” just above the “resource level”? They do this by combining resources in specific ways — e.g., helicopters + de-icing chemicals — into what they call solutions. (at about minute 3 of the video).
Next, consider that each and every solution to a given problem or goal, has both intended consequences (achieving the goal), and unintended consequences (chemical, noise and other forms of pollution of the environment, in the case of using helicopters and de-icing agent as “the solution”). Imagine that as we build out a taxonomy of all of the possible solutions to all of the identified “needs & problems” in the teleological taxonomy led by the top-level goal “whole world” . . . imagine that for each such solution (e.g., helicopters + de-icing chemicals), we create a corresponding mapping FROM the proposed solution, TO each and every one of the “needs & problems” which we are trying to address in the first place.
The set of all such precisely quantified, exactly parameterized mappings emanating from each and every one of the (perhaps millions?) of proposed solutions constitute a fundamental part of the Global Holistic Modeling asset in the bulleted list above. The Global Holistic Model (GHM) we propose to build will enable the projecting / forecasting of the complete set of impacts corresponding to a given scenario we wish to model.
What constitutes a “scenario”? We define a scenario as follows: A complete specification of all of the solutions proposed to be implemented, including a precisely quantified degree to which each solution should be implemented. The GHM then takes this scenario (in all its detail) and runs a simulation based on it, in effect answering the following set of questions:
For each and every need or problem in the teleological taxonomy topped by “whole world” (above), what is the net impact? In other words, what is the net impact of all of the solutions (and degrees of implementation for each) specified in the scenario in question?
The “short answer” to the challenge of “how do we solve all of the world’s problems?” is this: We keep on developing solutions and complete scenarios (above), and modeling each of these complete scenarios via the GHM, until we have converged upon a scenario (with its constituent solutions) which meets all of the needs of humanity and the planet, and solves all of the known problems of the same.
It’s really as simple as that.
Now, given the magnitude of our problems, and the lack of fulfillment of basic needs of people and the planet, and the gradual worsening of the overall situation, we can imagine that the complete set of solutions constituting the “winning scenario” must be a pretty impressive set of solutions indeed!
And it is precisely for this reason that we are so laser-focused on developing RCI: We need an exponentially growing form of intelligence, that grows to be so powerful that it indeed has the capability to come up with this desperately needed “impressive set of solutions”.
And that is why we bring in the giants of thought of Dr. Tony McCaffrey and Dr. Michael Nielsen (from the above bulleted list), as their work points the way to critical parts of the overall RCI which need to be built in order for this to all come together.
At this point, we introduce an important resource:
Dr. Nielsen’s book, “Reinventing Discovery”, is an amazing resource. It puts into words what we at Radish have hypothesized to be true for the past three years, and which has been the basis for much of our work (we only discovered Dr. Nielsen and his book in the last few weeks): That finding the way(s) to bring in exactly the set of experts needed to make the exact set of “micro-contributions” needed to move the solution forward (whatever the solution) is absolutely key.
Our Plan for Building out RCI
Again, Radish CI seeks to be the first full-scale implementation of RCI (radical collective intelligence). Our plan for building out RCI is precisely our plan for building out Radish CI (not to be confused).
Our plan is to implement the above framework (and all the great wisdom and discoveries made by the likes of Drs. McCaffrey and Nielsen) into Radish Collective Intelligence, incrementally (that is to say, start with what we’ve got, and build from there).
As we build out the preceding (which is ongoing — we add to it every day), we simultaneously stoke the virtuous cycle discussed above.
To help kick-start the entire process, we are co-sponsoring and participating extensively in ICCI: The International Conference on Collective Intelligence, which you can learn about on ICCIban.org
Fourth Pass (of the spiral approach)
To go deeper still, we offer the resources below, with the following cautionary disclaimer:
The below resources are in an extremely rough form. We post them both for purposes of transparency, as well as to give the curious reader an opportunity to satisfy their curiosity as to all of the myriad details surrounding and constituting radical collective intelligence.
In time, we will write up and record much more concise, polished summaries. So if the style of these additional materials turns you off, please do not despair: just check back in a couple weeks!