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.