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MetaCAugs

MetaCAugs is an informal and international group experimenting with peer-based learning and production. We try out various tools and develop methods and patterns to enhance peer learning and peer production.

We are active on various platforms. The best way to contact us is to introduce yourself on our main Telegram channel.

You can then take part in our activities:

  • take part in a weekly video-meeting (Tuesday, starting at Noon Pacific)
  • get access to our online whiteboard Miro
  • engage in topical, in-depth, asynchronous discussions on Discourse
  • co-learn/ train with various platforms and tools in a WikiDojo
  • co-design and participate in sense-making games
  • meet people involved in a wide range of groups/ projects/ networks

History and previous projects

A group of participants participated from 2011 onwards in courses facilitated by Howard Rheingold. We worked on Augmented Collective Intelligence. The course went from the invention of writing to the emergence of global multimedia networks, and, in parallel, introduced online practices that can extend the knowledge-gathering and sense-making capabilities of individuals and groups.

Toward a Literacy of Cooperation: Introduction to Cooperation Theory was a six week course using asynchronous forums, blogs, wikis, mindmaps, social bookmarks, synchronous audio, video, chat, and Twitter to introduce the fundamentals of an interdisciplinary study of cooperation: social dilemmas, institutions for collective action, the commons, evolution of cooperation, technologies of cooperation, and cooperative arrangements in biology from cells to ecosystems.

Think-Know Tools used asynchronous forums, blogs, wikis, mindmaps, social bookmarks, concept maps, Personal Brain, and synchronous audio, video, chat, and Twitter.

Alumni from these courses met again online to start a reading group which developed into the current format of MetaCAugs. We read Thank You for Being Late by Thomas Friedman, Whiplash, How to Survive Our Faster Future by Jeff Howe and Joi Ito, The Virtual Community by Howard Rheingold and last but not least the Peeragogy Handbook, a peer produced book about peer learning.

The group also had the ambition to be an informal accelerator for other projects.

In 2020 MetaCAugs mutated: rather than focusing on one single topic, the Tuesday meetings opened up for various guests and topics.

Related projects

These are projects where MetaCAugs-members are involved in:

  • Open Learning Commons: an electronic medium where members mutually share questions and findings as a community of mutual support. Learners can join as individuals, or as teams. A variety of technologies enables conversations, ranging from slower-deliberate pacing to a faster-ephemeral pacing. Cooperation can be conducted in public, or in semi-private spaces.
  • CICOLAB: a "change tank," a combination of a think tank and a do-tank. We bring together diverse minds in focused, online roundtable discussions to pool our unique expertise in different aspects of collective intelligence (CI), which is a shared or group intelligence that emerges from collaboration.
  • WikiDojo: an activity of collaborative writing an article at a live meeting of Wikipedians.
  • Howard Rheingold: MetaCAugs is heavily inlfuenced by the thinking, the books and classes of the media expert, author and artist Howard Rheingold. He coined the term "virtual community".
  • Peeragogy: a flexible framework of techniques for peer learning and peer knowledge production.

Peer produced courses

  • We talk a lot about sensemaking
  • We train in a wikidojo
  • We are involved in a peer produced course about peer producing and learning, also called peeragogy

It would be nice to launch peer produced courses about futurism, philosophy of technology and spatialcomputing.

Weekly mails

On the wiki we'll put the draft for the weekly email.

Tools

This wiki builds an overview of tools, this can help you to localize our activities and to learn more about how to use various tools.

Subjects

MetaCAugs discusses a wide variety of subjects: the decentralization of the web, interoperability, the philosophy of federated wikis or pattern languages. On this wiki we'll buil a list of subjects and what we learn about them.