How to Engage
If you’ve been captivated by the imaginative societies and economic systems we’ve been creating around the floating city of Witness, but you’re still unsure on how to plug into this work with your unique expertise and contributions, this article is here to give you actionable steps on how to do just so.
Note: if this is the first time you engage with the narrative of the Witness, I advise you to check our trailer first so you can get up to speed.
The end result: If you’ve been following the building of the Witness, you’ll know that our wiki’s latest additions are being inserted into the Witnesspedia, use the drop down menu on the
Witnesspedia button to explore the different aspects of The Witness, or jump around from article to article as you read.
The backstage: But the Witnesspedia is not where the bricks are laid. We have another space inside the Edgeryders platform where ideas are bounced, new designs proposed and long conversations on interesting (and complicated!) topics happen. This is where you go if you want to add colour and detail to this worldbuilding.
The Witness is being built in a self-organized, participatory fashion. It can be freeing and inspiring, but also intimidating at times — especially for newcomers.
If you had any impression that you needed to get permission to propose additions, changes or deepen conversations within the current topics, this is our direct invitation: we’re asking you to bring forth your leadership, creativity and curiosity. What is the contribution that only you could make?
That being said, I understand that sometimes all people need to get a hang of things is to have a clear example. So I’ve selected a few low-hanging-fruit places where you could apply your expertise quickly and easily.
Low Hanging Fruits
[ For economists, social scientists, anthropologists ]
Context: a long discussion with many subtopics is already taking place on the Avantgrid article — help the economics thinkers figure out a way to give it enough substance.
Actions: The best way to do this is to read the ongoing discussion and quote what other people are saying, pointing out the strengths or weaknesses you see, particularly when you have a real-world reference to compare them to. You can also introduce new ideas and details to the conversation and ask for the same kind of comment.
Context: Based on the economic and societal systems that was already created for Hygge-II, can you help us imagine what sort of industry would that system encourage? What could be this Distrikt’s main forms of value generation?
Actions: Propose your ideas in the comment section below the main article, reaching out for other creators (you can tag people who already contributed here or elsewhere) to comment on your ideas. Once you feel the ideas are well agreed and solid, you can edit the main article and add them to the mix.
[ For writers, artists, worldbuilders ]
Context: Many foundational aspects of The Dandelion Republic have been fleshed out, but its architecture is still unexplored. Help us create a style of building and urban organization that makes sense with how this Distrikt operates.
Actions: Just like @FrankDieters went ahead and proposed a section on Art, add also your own proposition for an architectural style, mentioning both how the buildings would look and how they’d be built, but also how this ties to the overall ethos of The Dandelion Republic
Context: Libria is one of our most fleshed-out Distrikts thus far. If you’re most comfortable working on top of a pre-established structure, here’s a challenge for you — can you create another notable person, in addition to the ones that are already there, but one who operates in a completely different line of work/expertise form the ones already created?
Actions: Just like @yudhanjaya added a comment proposing a new ‘Transportation’ subsection on the 27th of January; add one comment yourself proposing a new notable person and tag the people who are already involved in the creation of Libria to check with them if that personality fits the space. Once they give you thumbs up, edit the main article and add your person at the bottom of the list.