research activities

technological changes embed us in human-machine-collectives of unprecedented scale.

through the “not-yet-disciplinary” cultures of experimental research and their anticipatory what-if-power we can comprehend and co-design such embeddedness.

together, we can develop new ways of engaging in fore-sighting activities on all levels of generative engagement.

complementing the powerful-yet-narrow vision of technology-centered predictive analytics, the multiple registers of anticipation facilitate both forecasting and foresighting.

the supports concrete collective intelligence design activities through collaborative research, explores use cases that highlight and resonate across the dynamics of collaborative creation, and evaluate outcomes in relation to multiple scales of value.

as we experiment with frameworks, methods, forms of assembly, and approaches to mutual learning, members of the network support each other in engaging with contexts and conditions that inform and structure their own work locally and translocally.

a working papers series will be launched late 2019.

use cases

The following activities (status: 05/19) are organized by network members and/or colleagues, friends, fellow researchers. approaches and compares / contrasts them as collective intelligence design use cases.


Arc of Collaboration is a tool to assess the cultures of collaboration in your organisation or your team. It consists of a series of questions covering different areas. Each person responds freely and anonymously and the answers provide a picture of different factors that influence the culture of your organisation. Co-developed by Ouishare and K8.


A workshop series around the co-creation of cooperative business models / value chains around the management and uses of health / patient-data. Conducted in the context of CareFulKI, a federally-funded research project. Partners include VDE, AAL Netzwerk Saar, K8.


The Libre Graphics Meeting (LGM) is an annual international convention for the discussion of free and open source software used with graphics.


Machine Memory is a public prototyping project to demonstrate potential roles for ai-based image analyses in the creation and use of cultural heritage archives. It is conducted in the context of the European Year of Cultural Heritage. Partners include xm:lab, K8, DFKI, Historisches Museum Saar.


Cultural organizations struggle with policy environments that were never meant to facilitate experimental approaches to institutional design. In order to more effectively share content, meet the growing demand for cross-sectoral collaboration, and facilitate real-time access to cultural archives, more and more of these organizations are exploring the cultural, economic, and social registers of open culture to meet these demands and reflect the worlds in which culture and heritage are engaged by multiple audiences. A collaborative policy exploration process around the open culture activities of the CNA.


A student-driven cooperative to initiate and implement commons-oriented design activities. Currently based at HBKsaar, supported in the context of the Innovation Hubs@campus initiative (Stifterverband).


As part of its exploration of cultures of collaboration, K8 engages with SOO in collaborative research on a) organizational development, especially in relation to the current renaissance of cooperativism (as an ethos of commonism, as a structural alternative to organize self-determined and sustainable economic activity), and b) the co-design of a sandboxing environment to explore and prototype alternative instruments in the fields of cooperative finance and cooperative healthcare, in turn supported by K8's interest in collective intelligence / viable systems design.


Spectrum is a “Decentralized Digital Asset Catalogue”, a smart portfolio empowered by distributed ledger technology facilitating the administration of co-created digital assets to explore new collaborative value creation frameworks. The Spectrum web tool demonstrates how creative content can be transformed into digital assets through simple Human2Human2Machine interaction. The project aims to support freelancers by collaboratively exploring agile ways of working corresponding to contemporary project based work. Coordinated by Technoport.



"​A​ttempts at purposive action are embedded in concrete, ongoing systems of social relations." (​Mark ​Granovetter)

"Intelligence, as distinct from the older conception of reason, is inherently involved in action. ... In its large sense, this remaking of the old through the union with the new is precisely what intelligence is. It is this conversion of past experience into knowledge in ideas and purposes that anticipate what may come to be in the future and that indicate how to realize what is desired. ... Is there … any intelligent way of modifying the future except to attend to the full possibilities of the present?” (John Dewey)

“One needs an ontology of the not-yet.” (Roberto Poli)

“One defining quality of our current moment is its characteristic state of anticipation, of thinking and living toward the future. Anticipation is the palpable sense that things could be (all) right if we leverage new spaces of opportunity, reconfiguring ‘the possible.’” The future is always knowable in new ways, even as the grasping for certainty about it remains persistent. Few, however, question whether or not ‘the future’ can, and therefore must, be anticipated. ... Anticipation, as a lived condition or orientation, gives speculation the authority to act in the present.” (Vincanne Adams, Michelle Murphy, Adele E. Clarke)

“The stories we tell about the future, including our future selves, must be open, multi-linear, and multidimensional in order to avoid anticipatory backshadowing, which forecasts the future as a continuation of the past and present.” (Genevieve Lively)

“Anticipation has a risky dark side: systemically sidestepping, suppressing, or distracting from inconvenient knowledge, while promoting more “digestible” mainstream visions, scenarios, and trends, makes blind for emerging signals, and undermines the capacity of organizations and institutions to react and plan effectively in critical situations.” (Georgios Kolliarakis)

“Anticipation or prediction is generally assumed to be based on some sort of representation.... However, there is a more basic form of anticipation that does not require representation, but is, in fact, constitutive of representation.” (Mark H. Bickhard )

“The five futures senses of memory, foresight, voice, optimism, and yearning ... account for the sense-making processes that occur within human systems. A clearer appreciation for such senses will enrich foresight practice and the theory of anticipation.” (Marcus Bussey)

“Instead of wondering about the nature of robots, as if our thinking about humans was stable and straightforward, we should dig deeper in thinking about how we think about humans. ... Embracing the relational self, instead of the rational subject, allows to grasp the dynamics between control, orientation, and recognition and to understand how human freedom flows from this dynamics” (Nicole Dewandre).

"The problem of intelligence can no longer be limited to psychology, biology, and cybernetics. It must become a central philosophical concept once again. ... The challenge is to invent a community with machines together, even when we share nothing in common with them. Never will there be a community of machines." (Catherine Malabou)