Anticipate ! Exploring Collective Intelligence Design

Anticipate ! Exploring Collective Intelligence Design


  • Organiser: @soenke
  • Location: Saarbruecken, multiple venues
  • Times: tba
  • Event: A welcoming, low-threshold, non-nerd workshop series around specific areas of collective intelligence design - data sovereignty, community architectures, and cooperative data governance - to bring people concerned about tech into site-specific co-creation processes to address concrete needs for collaborative solutions.

Co-hosted by xm:lab - Experimental Media Lab and K8 of the Academy of Fine Arts Saar.

The workshop series is part of an ongoing exploration of collective intelligence design as a way of giving speculation authority to act in the present. Taking placing during the academic year, the workshops are also being integrated into seminars dedicated to “Cultures of Open” and “The Art of Decision”.

Workshop I Data Sovereignty

Theme: Basic introduction to the ways in which our daily activities generate data flows and the ways in which these may be harnessed to support autonomy and self-determination. We will look specifically at health- and workplace-related data, as this data is arguably the most personal, sensitive, and vulnerable to misuse. At the same time, it is precisely because of this that it offers a way to engage with data sovereignty concerns.

Context: Developing a holistic approach to data literacy begins with awareness of the many overlapping data-generating contexts we pass through as we live and labor. As far as the bigger picture is concerned, this is it a key step toward co-designing that which affects how we act - collective intelligence design enables deep engagement with the socio-technological infrastructures structuring and sustaining our agency. Workshop in cooperation with Open Saar e.V.

Workshop II Community Architectures

Theme: How do we bring sustainable architecture / upcycling / renewable energy communities into the design process of a workspace for a new commons-oriented cooperative?

Context: Members of the Academy of Fine Arts Saar have initiated the foundation of a cooperative (s:coop) to actively contribute to a new economy. Locally, this has involved exchanges with various actors from freelancing, innovation, and start-up communities. Now the time has come to develop and design a physical space that can operate as a community architecture. And one way to get started is to look what others have already done.

Workshop III Data Governance and Decentralized Technologies

Theme: New ideas related to data governance have come from communities engaging with blockchain technologies. We will take a look at some of these ideas and bring them together with approaches from the cooperative universe. Workshop III offers in-depth follow-up to Workshop I.

Context: Decentralized technologies have become key areas of collective intelligence design experimentation. While some of these efforts have been criticized for reproducing the not-so-open geek cultures of tech research (“blokechain”), these technologies are too important to leave them to the usual techno-libertarian suspects. So we need to find ways to bring more people into a key systems design process.

Who is coming?

  • Members of Open Saar e.V.
  • Soenke Zehle @soenke
  • Julia Hartnik (K8)
  • Hannes Käfer, Director, Digital Production Center, HBKsaar

To be confirmed

  • @William_COACT
  • Members of Technoport, Luxembourg
  • Members of CNA, Luxembourg
  • Members of s:coop, Saarbrücken
  • You!

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Looks really interesting: Do you have a nice image we can use to promote it like a miniflyer or nice photo/illustration we can use with cc license/permission?

flyer templates for everyone coming soon :slight_smile:

here is the link to the folder with the flyers:

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should i replace the header image with this?

Asked the two colleagues in the image if they are ok with that, will let u know. Will also check locally which other logos need to go into the flyer, should I add that or upload the logos to the folder? Also: talked to William, he wants to come, but also needs info on finances (can u cover his travel / accommodation cost directly) etc.

@soenke regarding the logos, I you can add those yourself that would be great, otherwise send them to me, via the folder is fine.

regarding William: Great! To what would his travels and commendation amount? Are they already in the budget or not?