Seeders Communita Micro-Distrikt

When the Seeders arrived at Witness is still argued about, but they were welcome once they arrived with their Catamarans driven by solar sails and old Fair Wind ecoliner. First seen with suspicion, their self-sustaining lifestyle, and commitment towards regeneration won the minds, hearts, and AIs of Witness. While the first wave of Seeders spent time in different districts on their boats, performing healing arts (Polivagal Alignment f. ex.) for individuals but also being able to build on a long tradition of ritual and practices for traumatized collective memory healing and conflict resolution, they quickly gained a vast fellowship. It is said that behind doors Seeders have been often included in negotiations between diplomats of the Covenant and Avantgrid extremists. Also of interest is that one would see the gliders come down from powerful and wealthy families, just to pick up a master of the ancient art of polyvagal alignment from his boat, to have a few sessions or train their kids in it. As their influence grew they impressed even more with their core ideals a mix of old metamodern scriptures (often internally debating and building on the root streams of nordic, dutch and black forest metamodernism) a strange mix between neo-indigenous beliefs, solarpunk hopetism and regenerative gospels on one hand and revelations of “not-two-is-peace”, an ancient text discovered from a sunken island in the Fijis on the other hand. The core ideals of the regenerative economic model of the Seeders became very popular among many nautic and earth-based farmers. Once the Seeders reached a critical mass of 980 000 people they started off on a New Moon ritual and officially initiated the growth circle for the Seeders Communitas Distrikt based on loose islands, and a floating platform attached to witness called the Great White Forest, the main capital and unofficial center of the Seeders Communitas Micro-Distrikt. A few modified Sea Orbiter X are also in use traveling the nearby sea and mainly used to commute between the island, to harvest wind, or to practice nautic farming

Currency

The currency is called a “conscious currency” and one of the rare blockchain-based currencies to survive the great floods. While in the beginning, the conscious aspect was more to point out the sustainable and regenerative nature of the currency it evolved over the century and is basically powered by Ai decision making - some of the more neo-indigenous belief and worship the currency as a living entity - others such as the more educated class of transcendental realist and metamodern conservatist are more pragmatic about it and know about the AI programming - the currency gains in value on each new moon if the overall regenerative activity is bigger then in the month before - it also losses in value if the regenerative output estimated by the decentralized Ai entities and the Seedlings input (big and vast discussions and statements by each communita) goes down. The process of planting and harvesting seeds, already built into the first version is still active up until today. Important to say about the currency is that while being a virtual one saved in a digital wallet, it is also a currency backed primarily by the quality of earth (long-term value storage) and the bio-dynamic food grown by the farmers (short and mid-term value storage). The regeneration of soil into farmland is supposed one of the highest rewards in itself as it is a healing of the still blistering wounded Gaia for the common folks in the neo-indigenous folklore.

ECONOMY

Cooperation and the idea of a prior unity is deeply ingrained in many Seeders as a fundamental value to life together. Cooperative structures are usually something between ancient tribes and blockchain smart grid power eco-villages hold together loosely through the digital Citizenship and currency of Seed. Trading is entirely done in Seeds, contrary to many other self-interest driven systems an AI and the constant upgrade and rearrangement of the Seeds allocation mechanism and the qualitative and quantitative meaning of what is to be valued as regenerative - you most likely end up doing trade with Seeders and be overwhelmed with an abundance not often seen if your product/service is considered to contribute to the regeneration of the whole. Organized in loose Communitas the overall structure is holonic in nature following the centuries-old holocratic organization principles with often basic democracy and consensus mechanisms in the communitas themselves. Projects going beyond one communita are voted for by everybody who is a Seedling themselves in the rank of a citizen (there are also residents who do not have the right to vote). Seeders have also integrated solar and wave coins into their economy since renewable energy production is of high interest, in addition, they profit moderately from the old Fair Wind ecoliner and their upgraded sails to convert wind into energy when not used to sail.

TOPOLOGY

HISTORY OF NOTABLE PEOPLE & EVENTS

Héde van Dekker
An anonymous noble from the 20th of the 21. Century. Known as the founder of the Black Forest school she is as mysterious as influential until today in the matriarchal ranks of the older Seeders families she is highly regarded as a collective field waver and healer. Her phenomenological-poetic lineaguage influenced the oral cultural tradition, the Black Forest DAO, some argue still exists as an organizational DAO but more often it is referred to in the philosophical-spiritual sense. Based on her work Saint Celan and NoOnes-Prophecy has not been forgotten but is still incorporated in important festivals and ceremonies. Her artwork the GestellX, founded by the ancestors of the Seedes with some of the first Seeds has evolved ever since the first appearance of this decentralized autonomous installation came into existence somewhere around Todtnauerberg.

Hanzi Freinacht
Presumably the founder of the nordic school of metamodernism and a visionary in the early years of the 21st Century. His political vision and ambition regarding a “listening society” is still regarded as a cornerstone - some argue he lived in the alps a secluded life and often in the folklore tales of the basic circles and farming communities he is seen not only as a wise man but as a saint who grew unimaginably old. The higher ranks in the seeders navy and aviation communities are inspired by the developmental drive and lofty language of the old Captn as they call him.

Dr. Bishop
“How do I have to be so you can become more free?”
A hip-hop loving alchemist who is considered to be influential in the wider area of California before the big earth quakes - later his tracks are lost in Paris. He seemed to have played an important role in the first resistance movements against AI controls, some argue he was a mentor of Héde van Dekker through his initiation in the African lineage because of his ancestor lineage his work of shamanism is widely practiced or claimed to be practised. Many of the communitas who perfected the ancient art of Demeter gardening are also found of him since it is believed that he was a direct disciple of Rudolf Steiner.

Master DA

"For those who would embrace a life based on heart-breaking Freedom —

Living as a spiritual teacher his origin is traced back to the Fiji Islands. Only a few of the scrips of him were discovered close to the lost islands in the diaspora of the Seeders when traveling as nomads through the sea. One of the core principles of an assumed prior unity and the teachings of transcendental realism are core beliefs and guidelines for the technocratic factions higher up in the holarchic structure.

Overall Governance
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The Seeders are acting in an explicitly defined Role for the overall Seeder Communita. A “Role” is an organizational construct with a descriptive name and one or more of the following:

  • (a) a “Purpose” , which is a capacity, potential, or unrealizable goal that the Role will pursue or express on behalf of the Communitas.
  • (b) one or more “Domains” , which are things the Role may exclusively control and regulate as its property, on behalf of the Communita.
  • © one or more “Accountabilities” , which are ongoing activities of the Communita that the Role will enact.

2.1 CIRCLE BASICS

A “Circle” is a Role that may further break itself down by defining its own contained Roles to achieve its Purpose, control its Domains, and enact its Accountabilities. The Roles a Circle defines are its “Defined Roles” , and anyone filling one of its Defined Roles is a “Circle Member” of that Circle. Circles are often also small semi-autonomous tribes that are self-sustaining and often work on regenerative agriculture. All those Seeder tribes are combined in Meta-Tribe Circles and connected to the overall Seeders Communita. Some circles also involve different tribe members for a specific purpose that needs crossing the tribal lines.

3.1 SCOPE OF GOVERNANCE

The Governance Process of a Circle has the power to:

  • (a) define, amend, or remove the Circle’s Roles and Sub-Circles; and
  • (b) define, amend, or remove the Circle’s Policies; and
  • © hold elections for the Circle’s Elected Roles.

At any given time, the then-current results of a Circle’s Governance Process define its acting “Governance” .

Only those outputs listed in this section are valid Governance for a circle; no one may capture other outputs within the Circle’s Governance records. All of those changes are registered in real life on a new version of the old Global Passport

ARTICLE IV: OPERATIONAL PROCESS

4.1 DUTIES OF CIRCLE MEMBERS

When filling a Role in a Circle, you have the following duties to your fellow Circle Members when they’re acting on behalf of other Roles in the Circle. All of those changes are registered in real life on a new version of the old Global Passport

4.1.1 Duty of Transparency

You have a duty to provide transparency when requested by your fellow Circle Members, in any of the following areas:

  • (a) Projects & Next-Actions: You must share any Projects and Next-Actions you are tracking for your Roles in the Circle.
  • (b) Relative Priority: You must share your judgment of the relative priority of any Projects or Next-Actions tracked for your Roles in the Circle, vs. any other potential activities competing for your attention or resources.
  • © Projections: You must provide a projection of the date you expect to complete any Project or Next-Action tracked for any of your Roles in the Circle. A rough estimate is sufficient, considering your current context and priorities, but without detailed analysis or planning. This projection is not a binding commitment in any way, and unless Governance says otherwise, you have no duty to track the projection, manage your work to achieve it, or follow up with the recipient if something changes.
  • (d) Checklist Items & Metrics: You must share whether you have completed any regular, recurring actions that you routinely perform in service of your Roles in the Circle. You must also track and report on any metrics assigned to your Roles by the Circle’s Lead Link, or by any other Role or process granted the authority to define the Circle’s metrics. All of this needs to be updated and adjusted on the Global Passport

4.2 TACTICAL MEETINGS

The Secretary of a Circle is responsible for scheduling regular “Tactical Meetings” to facilitate the Circle’s operations. The Facilitator is responsible for presiding over Tactical Meetings in alignment with the following rules and any relevant Policies of the Circle.

4.2.1 Focus & Intent

Tactical Meetings are for:

  • (a) sharing the completion status of recurring actions on checklists owned by the Circle’s Roles;
  • (b) sharing regular metrics assigned to the Circle’s Roles to report;
  • © sharing progress updates about Projects and other work owned by the Circle’s Roles; and
  • (d) triaging Tensions limiting the Circle’s Roles into Next-Actions, Projects, or other outputs that help reduce those Tensions.

4.2.2 Attendance

All Core Circle Members and anyone else normally invited to participate in the Circle’s Governance Meetings are also invited to participate in its Tactical Meetings unless a Policy says otherwise. There is no advance notice or quorum required for a Tactical Meeting unless a Policy says otherwise.

4.2.3 Facilitation & Process

The Facilitator must normally use the following process for Tactical Meetings:

  • (a) Check-in Round: During this step, the Facilitator allows each participant in turn to share their current state or thoughts, or offer another type of opening comment for the meeting. Responses are not allowed.
  • (b) Checklist Review: During this step, the Facilitator asks each participant to verify the completion of any recurring actions on that participant’s checklist.
  • © Metrics Review: During this step, the Facilitator asks each participant to share data for any metrics assigned to that participant by the Lead Link or whatever other Role or process defines the Circle’s metrics.
  • (d) Progress Updates: During this step, the Facilitator asks each participant to highlight progress towards achieving any Project or expressing any Accountability of any of the participant’s Roles in the Circle. Participants may only share progress made since the last report given, and not the general status of a Project or Accountability. Each participant may decide which Projects or Accountabilities are worth reporting on, however if another Circle Member explicitly requested updates on a specific Project, that one must be included until it’s either completed or dropped. For progress updates about a Project or Accountability of a Sub-Circle, the Facilitator must allow both the Lead Link and Rep Link of the Sub-Circle the opportunity to share updates.
  • (e) Triage Issues: During this step, the Facilitator is responsible for building an agenda of Tensions to process in the Tactical Meeting by soliciting agenda items from all participants, using the same rules as those for a Governance Meeting, defined in Section 3.3.4. However, in Tactical Meetings, the Facilitator processes agenda items by simply allowing the agenda item owner to engage others in their Roles and duties as desired until a path for resolving the Tension is identified. If any Next-Actions or Projects are accepted during this discussion, the Secretary is responsible for capturing them and distributing these outputs to all participants. The Facilitator must attempt to allow time for processing every agenda item within the meeting, and in order to do so may cut off the processing of any item that’s taking more than its due share of the remaining meeting time.
  • (f) Closing Round: During this step, the Facilitator allows each participant in turn to share a closing reflection or other thought triggered by the meeting. Responses are not allowed.

A Circle may adopt a Policy to add to or change this required process.

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Very interesting idea, Adrian. I think this has legs.

  1. I’m wary about ‘AI decision making’. Every system has something to optimize for, so let’s make it clear what it focuses on. This is important for understanding decision biases, as no model is perfect. I think I see what these systems would be optimizing towards.

  2. A regenerative currency is interesting. We already have a decaying currency in the Assembly that prevents stockpiling, and the region has a sort-of-holacracy (but based on much older models than Robertson’s Holacracy.

But I can readily imagine this as being a crossover between strains of thought from both the Assembly and Avantgrid - something far more hardcore, where rewilding is actively rewarded. An island built around the Holacracy Constitution would be cool indeed. https://www.holacracy.org/constitution

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Thanks! I agree when writing “AI decision making” it felt like cheating :wink:

  1. I will go into more depth around that one its more that the Seed regenerative ecosystem (Seed cryptocurrency) does exist as an idea and I would like to imagine where it could go fast-forward in the future. So I will dig deeper into the economy model of it.

  2. I would like to mesh the holacratic structure with earth-based more rural/farmer-like tribal circles, including the tensions that might arise from time to time between them.

And yes the regenerative economy is actively supporting rewilding/everything that supports the sustainability and regeneration of the planet towards a flourishing future - leading to challenges around other more consumption-oriented systems of course. And while holacracy is quite heady - I do like the advancement of it so yes - will be modeled around it (with some renegades and imperfections of the system;)

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Nice/ Looking forward to it - I think this’ll be fascinating. Call me in when you need narrative support?

Thanks! Right now busy with work… (and found your book on Audible Salvage Crew… love it:) - Will get into it and highly appreciate it - will get to it next week!

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Wow, @adrian, I had managed to miss this. Great work! Do I hear echoes of Marcel Mauss in this idea of regeneration?

Looking forward to learning more about the Seeders Communitas!

Dear Alberto,

great to hear:) Took a while to get back… I did not know him! But I really liked what you wrote about him the quotes below fit perfectly:

He also notes that, contrary to the speculations of the likes of Hobbes, or Adam Smith, or modern economists, the first voluntary, contractual relations were not between individuals but between social groups: “clans, tribes, and families” (3). Neither were they essentially political, or for that matter economic, in nature; rather, they were, as he puts it, “total,” bringing together domains we would differentiate as “religious, legal, moral and economic.”

o understand the popular appeal of socialist parties and social welfare programs, and by examining the ethnographic record, imagine what a society in accord with such popular standards of justice might look like : one in which the market could be relegated to its proper function, as a technique for decentralized decision-making, a kind of popular polling device on the relative appeal of different sorts of consumer goods, and in which an entirely different set of institutions preside over areas of really significant social value.

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@adrian I was re-reading this with a view of doing a housekeeping wiki edit (fixing typos etc.), and I realized I have more questions:

  • In Latin, the word “communitas” is singular, plural “communitates”. You seem to use communitas as a plural of “communita”. This is OK if we decide that Latin got “pidginized” on Witness. For The Covenant, I have stuck to canonical Latin since I imagine the Catholic Church to have carried the language over.
    Your Notable people seem precursors, rather than people who lived on worked on Witness it self. Is that correct? If so, I would recommend moving them to the history section.
  • In the Governance section you start talking about “the Organization”. What is that? Does it coincide with the Communitas, and does that imply that all Seeders are members? What is the nature of the relationship between individual Seeders and this Organization?
  • I am confused about the currency. Who is the issuer? You see the problem here: I have a coin representing the future output of a hectare of land, adjusted for land quality. For the coin to be tradeable, I need others to trust that the land is question really is as good as it says on the label. My own trustability is low, because I have an incentive to overstate land quality. This problem is solved either by a centralized issuer (a Central Bank), that people trust because they have no choice; or by a market system, but markets do not work in the absence of clear and trustable information, so that you have just shifted the problem without solving it.

Do you have a bit of time to dedicate to these discussions? Together, we could give Seeders Communitas a push . :slight_smile:

Love to read this! I am sorry about the Latin - I actually like the idea that the Latin got “pidginized” - I personally have no idea about Latin and it is a typo… So changing is also cool!

Yes, the people so far belong to history and are more the forefathers and mothers of the Seeders - they actually existed and formed before arriving at Witness.

Seeders are sometimes loners or stick to their tribe/community - but they have a very strong and holarchic structure that connects them all - so yes they all belong to the same organization. But organization needs to be better defined - to be honest, I put in the Holocracy constitution - needs to be adjusted to the seeder community - it is fix and flexible, decentral and horizontal but also hierachical.

So with the currency - you got me here - but the Seeds do have a refined system of connection and trust - remember you need to grow into your citizenship.

The coin is built - similar to alternative (yin) currencies in ancient Egypt, or the ones that help to build the cathedrals in the Dark Ages - it follows loosly the work of Bernard Lietaer https://issuu.com/localmoney/docs/bernard-lietaer---the-monetary-blind-spot--yin-and

The difference is you are able to send f. ex. trust tokens to people or take trust away. And there are metrics what regenerative soil f.ex. looks feels, smells, and embodies on a biological level. There are actually a lot of those metrics and checks and balances as well - but the core principle and values is not a competition of rational separated actors but prior unity and regeneration. Again with your land example - there is a decentralised Central Bank - citizens can vote and discuss new adjustments - and there are many people moving through the Seeders community to check out the land to test and analyze it - so they do have a choice here. “clear and trustable information” this is a topic Seeders have worked on and found very creative ways to program this into the block/holochain that runs the currency

But more on that to come I guess…