Documentation : unFailing Massive Collaboration: Open-Sourcing Everything

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 unFailing Massive Collaboration: Open-Sourcing Everything by Tom Markam  

Session description:

its a workshop format, and internet is not working smoothly here, so these r scattered notes

Part 1

Cognitive science  - the way we talk is the way we think.
A table in subway  ask people to sit down and listen to a story 
asked do you like John  - if their was a warm drink on the table they are much more likely to have a warm feeling for John.
People listened to stories while brain activity is visualized.  The same story, even in different languages, light up the same parts of the brain.
Need to focus on vocabularies that are not ambiguous (its pragmatics -  process involved to come to the same understanding)
interested in why people are so bad at collaborating in numbers much larger than 10
talking less  using more patterns in everything they do.
Communicate through coded forms and patterns.
How to continue the conversation indefinitely (when people leave the project or whatever)
Learn skills rather than just present about ideas.
begining of the workshop:
  • say whatever comes to ur mind and complete the sentencees to ur mind and complete the sentence 
uber for...... puppies.....
A Day of ...... self nourshing, sharing, 
An app for .....everything, communication, finding  ur perfect fetch, breakfast
a concept of battery in included,,,
-- massive collaboration isn't only about digital collaboration.
conept : this is a .......... key to enable massive collaboration is being able to name 
sharing networks are time consuming...... ..... there is overhead to use this network applications ?? ...
  •  comments  form the audience : these are not concepts but statements ...... they  oversimplifiy a lot of complexities, and how pepople precieve it and  this could lead to failure, 
  • tom : 
  • we need to focus on vocabulary that is not ambiguous.  
"ok cupid" for.......... online dating, matching people together through answering questions, some questions could be stupid but it was used in match making somehow successfully. 

how do project end space junk…lots  of “garbage” kicking around on the internet from non ended projects and no body is cleaning up, lots of abandonded projects, lots of pages and questions remaining and no idea where to find answers, who is still working on this and who left already.

demonstrating the change.......... if there is some change i want to see in the world nomatter small or big it is, to demonstrate that change would be making it actually work in a very samll context. ex : in a small country, trying to have fewer cars and more bikes, ...u can talk about it but showing it is much more effective to have support. like having one day to demonstrate and use no cars and see how it feels like, 
  •  it happens here in brussells , and is somehow a disaster :D:D ........ sometimes people go crazy and some accidents happpens.
  • in bogota its regular once a week for example.
it is a... and a also.....and a.........
  • enabling massive collab depens on naming something very specifically, different people with different reactions and understanding of words, stuff should be named and understandable by people who use it based on their needs and culture and language,
  • Name things clearly use different terms for what it is so people/possible future users may be able to find what they need, what language makes sense.
batteries included
  •  creating tools to facilitate collaboration.  Give users everything they need at the beginning -  eg. Very ,very, clear instructions with pdf of cards about how to make cards
“bite sized”  
  • important everything needs releasing in bite size form  so its easily digestible.
This is a …. (what)  
  • be able to name what you are releasing
unlocking massive collab : the more is precise the more we can share it.  
Personal wiki: Tiddlywiki
Make the pieces as small as possible. And link them. The power of the URL: everything can have an U(Resource)L. What does this term means in this context? Reduce ambiguity by reducing in small specific chunks.
Initiate change by demonstrating it  make a working  example rather than using rhetoric  document it in a way where people all over the world can understand what worked, what didnt etc.

Part 2

Vocabulary  words with shared meanings.
Semantic web lots of research into this for decades - is not very visible.
The URL is v important because it allows easy reference.
Wikis are good tools for this. 
Tiddlywiki is simple and can be downloaded as one file.
Post a series of linked messages on Twitter with a certain form begin to make a web app.
Scientists work with a shared vocabulary or create vocabulary to clearly communicate on their area of expertise.
Economic and other pressures interact to move them to not collaborate in order to get money, prestige.
Some law/legal documents gives ambiguity and are written in a way to give more than one meaning.
Folksonomy (?)
(aka Cow path, card sorting.) Find the vocabulary by crowd wisdom.
Create a receptacle for chance
receptacle to receive -  complaints,   folksonomy,  whatever
The thiner / smaller concepts the more things they could relate to  can be recombined with different knowledge to explain something else.  Also reduce wasted time.
1 billion people contribute a min each = 2000 years
from software -  Tom wants to create a way to fork URLs forking knowledge.
Twitter  anyone can use it to post stuff that will facilitate collaboration on a project.
Massive granulation is important.  Who breaks down the bigger stuff into smaller tasks.  Leave a lot of the easy stuff for people to do to begin engaging.
Random enforced vacation  every week someone has to go  do this to create resilience in the organisation.
Keep a high bus factor  how many people have to die (run over by a bus) to kill a project.
Structure a project so it can still be going in 50 years time.
how to engage people  get them to help with the project.
Find things that someone will find interesting to do.
Why do people wanna work for free.  
Software  a range of motivating factors 
- show skills to attract possible employers.
- to be part of a community
- trying to solve a problem  meet a challenge
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