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there are rocks still unturned, and things new under the sun
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Since I attended 'The Next Edge Festival' in Montreal I have mostly been thinking about these dynamics of how can distributed networks or even in person organizations create the conditions for Peer-2-Peer collective action. What systems does the 'whole' need to have in place, and what practices do the parts need to engage in. In this post, I outline a way of thinking about the personal practices, as well as some first thoughts on unconventional ways of presenting large amounts of realtime data for the participants to make meaning from.
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It seems really powerful to me that the digital mirrors we create for ourselves can so easily be preserved.... unlike a traditional mirror in the physical world, where you can check your hair so long as you are in front of it.... these digital mirrors also act as a preservable snapshot in time....

Another thing came up for me at the festival combines metamapping, gameshifting, and conversations online....

The power of gameshifting comes in making these mirrors.... external points of view on the group (and its individuals) for the group to access, in a live and dynamic way. The deeper relation to metamaps would be in how it could have a mode optimized for gameshifting, and its various modes of play (some powerful augmentations would be universal too)....  

I really found our group experimentation with conversation while all using metamaps powerful (Remember the one discussing our Open Value network together?).... Being able to visually play with what is at "the centre" for the group, or at the very least to try and name it/point it out, was really really cool.

Then I was trying to remember... what was that computer game that Connor, +Devin Howard , and I played? Wouldn't it be cool if each metamapper had a unique dashboard/interface depending on what purpose/role they were trying to serve...

Artemis!
http://www.artemis.eochu.com/
Artemis is a multiplayer, multi-computer networked game that simulates a spaceship bridge, giving each player a workstation so that they can better serve their role...

This is how I framed it to him that day:
"I was thinking about how gameshifting could be done on something like metamaps... and the idea of each person having a dashboard to making their feelings and the group process more explicit.... looking for analogous ways to explain such an idea, I remembered "This is exactly like that game I played with Devin!"... except the roles would be different ... example, the "facilitator" role would have a certain dashboard... and someone keeping track of "sentiment" might have a different dashboard that could inform the other roles etc."

For example, if the conversation isn't generally ALIVE! for everyone anymore, at that moment... commence the gentle nudge!

We could play with this in "Circle"... i am also really interested in how asynchronous audio recordings could be used to play in new ways... 
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Matching outer complexity with inner clarity.

"The challenge, then, is to turn our attention inwards, sift through all our questions, ideas, instincts, and intuitions, and get clearer within ourselves about what matters most."

http://www.fastcompany.com/3041012/how-to-tackle-a-complex-issue-in-90-minutes

For me, lately, I've really been enjoying using metamaps as a tool for helping me work on that inner clarity.
This ingenious exercise can help your team confront several of the greatest challenges that organizations struggle with today.
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I like this definition of sensemaking pulled from a blog post by Dave Snowden back in 2008

"a motivated, continuous effort to understand connections (which can be among people, places, and events) in order to anticipate their trajectories and act effectively"

There's not a ton more there to read than what I've pasted in, but I have a feeling more interesting resources might be laying around in the 'cognitive edge network' website.

http://cognitive-edge.com/blog/entry/3840/what-is-sense-making/
This apparently innocent question was asked on the ActKM forum this morning. I replied and reproduce that response below. Michael Olsson, whose contirbutions to the forum have been a breath of life in the last few months , also contributed and reproduced this quote from Brenda Dervin: ...
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follow all the intriguing links!
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In London, the ever-mindful and generative +George Pór and company are organizing some meetups that I'm glad to see happening. This one is called Shared Mindfulness and the Commons. Even if you're not in London, take a look, because I hope that in North America this kind of meetup is also the next steps for those involved in Occupy and other social change movements here. As usual, Europe is ahead of the curve. 
http://www.meetup.com/School-of-Commoning-Events/events/201604352/
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I have live with this awareness and consciousness from an early age.    Thankful to my parents and very selected alliances.
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Some background and context for the emergence of metamaps, from my side of the experience. 
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Examining through poetry how parts of my body reflect aspects of my experience
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What time is it in the world?

This post comes out of personal experience, that the first response to what's going in the world and in my life is to try ridiculously hard. The second response is active surrender.
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Merry Sunday (in NA)!

 There's a significant collection of bug fixes for metamaps.cc today. The highlights are
- Embedded links are displaying as they should once again
- Firefox compatibility issues resolved
- And the introduction of limiting deletion of topics and synapses to just the person that created them

But check out the full list if you're curious whether something you've experienced has been fixed. 
http://devlog.metamaps.cc/post/109815801273/bug-fixes-feb-1

As always, if you've got bugs that we haven't, use the feedback tab to send them in so that they get dealt with, OR, if you're feeling code-y get into github and submit a pull request with a fix! We'd like the development of metamaps to be a community effort.
https://github.com/metamaps/metamaps_gen002/blob/master/CONTRIBUTING.md
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Been busy with day job, but good. Yes I intend to expand that metamap.
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Guh, sometimes I feel like this. 
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There's a large nebulous back story to how the Metamaps platform of today emerged, and I've taken a little stab at a small piece of it in my latest blog post. Sometimes one of the best ways to explain something can be by explaining the things surrounding it. Would love to hear if it points you in any interesting directions.
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