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## Co-creating the outline of the Sentient Commons
#### what it will do, why this is valuable, its processes and its required nodes.
##### All as a (developing) pattern language, for clear but non-reductive structure, and to foster careful conscious development and refinement.
##### All as a (sketchy) pattern language, for clear but non-reductive structure, and to foster careful conscious development and refinement.
<figure><img src="/static/LogoDoodle.gif" alt="LogoSketch" title="Sketch of a Sentient commons Logo idea" width="400" height="400" align="middle"/></figure>
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The Sentient Commons is a response to this situation: a clear proposition on the basis of a clear analysis. If these make sense to you, then your engagement with the development of this outline is requested.
## Analysis (developmental sketch)
The messages that must be exchanged between human institutions in forming and implementing collaborations come in several varieties, each of which has a different 'carrier wave'. Broadly, these message types, their associated carrier waves and the intent of each can be identified as:
The messages that must be exchanged between humans and human institutions in forming and implementing collaborations come in several varieties, each of which has a different 'carrier wave'. Broadly, these message types, their associated carrier waves and the intent of each can be identified as:
- **MANDATE** - messages with social weight : evidence of aggregate will/agency.
- **CAPACITY** - demonstrations of skill, capcity, cultural capabilities : evidence of ability to deliver.
- **CAPACITY** - demonstrations of skill, capacity, cultural capabilities : evidence of ability to deliver.
- **OFFER/ACCEPTANCE** - negotiation - expectations vs commitments, rights vs obligations : shared agreements.
- **EXCHANGE VALUE** - labour, currency/tokens, information : acceptable promises of future value.
- **FALLBACK** - conditions around accountability : agreed dispute resolution processes.
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If we ask what are the predominant cultural 'media' through which these messages are encoded, what are the archetypes that underly these media, we find these:
- **MANDATE** - Corporate legal personhood, Nation State, Treaty Organisation.
- **CAPACITY** - Strong property rights, official qualifications, proof of contribution to previous work, employment at scale, platform monopolies.
- **CAPACITY** - Monopolies of one kind or another: property rights, means of production, official qualifications, proof of contribution to previous work, employees, intellectual property.
- **OFFER/ACCEPTANCE** - Contract Law as defined by Nation States and International Treaty.
- **EXCHANGE VALUE** - Structurally scarce fiat money, waged labour, IP rights, property rights.
- **EXCHANGE VALUE** - commodity-framed money, waged labour, IP rights, property rights.
- **FALLBACK** - Nation State as enforcer - with implicit willingness to resort to violence.
Looking at these, it becomes clear that one reason for the difficulties in collaboration described above arise is that **all of these culturally dominant modes of messaging are direct inhibitors of the social relations we want to build, support and develop.**
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There are clear reasons why both of these approaches are sub-optimal - the first tends to result in co-option / assimilation at one level or another (an org ceases to be radical), while the second usually results in project breakdown of some kind, or failure to deliver meaningful change.
**To sum up, it seems clear that problems around collaboration and co-ordination which have significant inhibitory effect upon the birthing of the new civilisational modes that are necessary for avoidance of collapse are due in large part to enforced reliance upon the modes of communication around these collaborations - modes which structurally and systemically embed damaging interactions within those collaborations.**
**To sum up, it seems clear that problems around collaboration and co-ordination which have significant inhibitory effect upon the birthing of the new civilisational modes that are necessary for avoidance of collapse are due in large part to enforced reliance upon the modes of communication used to negotiate these collaborations - modes which structurally and systemically embed damaging or limiting interactions.**
## Proposition (developmental sketch)
The collaboration negotiation messaging mediums currently hegemonic are prevalent in two ways - explicit and implicit. Explicitly, they depend upon and are deeply embedded into the social infrastructure of legal systems - legislators, courts, judges, lawyers, fines, prison (and ultimately dependent upon the will-to-violence of Nation States). Implicitly, they work through learned and reified cultural conditioning - we impose them upon ourselves because we know of no other way to feel confident in proceeding.
The collaboration negotiation messaging mediums currently prevalent work in two ways - explicit and implicit. Explicitly, they depend upon and are deeply embedded into the social infrastructure of legal systems - legislators, courts, judges, lawyers, fines, prison (and ultimately dependent upon the will-to-violence of Nation States). Implicitly, they work through learned and reified cultural conditioning - we impose them upon ourselves because we know of no other way to feel confident in proceeding.
**The Sentient Commons** is a proposition to implement, as a global commons, a collaboration context where new and more constructive messaging is supported by explicit and transparent encodings. A place where projects, organisations, institutions and communities of all kinds can interact and collaborate on the basis of supportive frameworks of communication around the four fundamentals.
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