I would love to see an intuitive way for YWorld members and allies map their values and work more easily together on projects.

Toward this end, here are some thoughts on how tetrahedral forms could help in visually creating user profiles and promoting interactions.

1. Mind-Body-Spirit (Conscious-Corporeal-Subconscious) aspects of Co-op member profiles

The Mind-Body-Spirit faces of a user profile, when viewed from top down, could provide an intuitive way for members to visualize values:

  • On the Mind face of a pyramid in top view, there can be links to the key idea replicators that a person holds and wants to spread (via memes).
  • On the Body face, there can be pointers to the physical forms that a person manifests and helps seed (via genes).
  • On the Spirit face, there can be highlights of replicable patterns of emotional response (belief systems) that a person cherishes and wants to propagate (via lumenes).

Rather than represent a 2D form, the user profile can be shown as a 3D tetrahedron.

Soul can be charted as an axial line of consilience rising from the center of the Mind-Body-Spirit base of the pyramid.

Soul as I see it is line of balance, defined by the centerline beliefs and actions that we uphold in balance the reproductive call of our valued memes, genes and lumenes. It consists of our unique valuing system that we use when deciding how to spread ideas, forms, and qualities of spirit through time.

This seat-of-the-soul valuing system offers an opening to apply NETS principles to the world of action, enabling us to evolve beyond the SLANT of our inherited genetic and cognitive/spiritual programming.

2. Personal-Civic-Business aspects of Co-op member profiles

Another triangle can be used to represent three fundamental arenas for action (Personal, Business, and Civic).

  • Our Personal frame of reference is defined by what we do for intrinsic value.
  • Our Business frame is defined by what we do for exchange value.
  • Our Civic frame shows what we value as the Commons – ‘fields of emergence’ for present sentient life forms and future holons.

A golden thread of consilience, showing who/what what we simultaneously value in terms of all of the above frames of reference, can rise from the vertical centerline. This axis of ideality – inhabited by potential actions promising dividends in all three frames at once – is arguably the strange attractor pulling us in non-random ways into our future.

3. Visual ways of depicting “Social Tetrahedrons”

I’m intrigued by the prospect of ultimately mapping individual values in a joined tetrahedral forms – star tetrahedrons or merkabas.

This combined form could enable Co-op members to chart their values – as well as their ventures, projects, and even specific “asks” and “offers” – with reference to Mind-Body-Spirit and Personal-Civic-Business coordinates.

They could do so by drag-and-dropping icons of valued projects, groups, and projects into this 3D object.

The positioning of the icons could show how they map to specific kinds of value (items in the center would indicate the maximum of synergistic value creation).

To see how one might visually display a person’s values in this 3D form, let’s focus on a tetrahedron whose base is formed by the Personal-Business-Civic triad.

From a topview perspective, looking down at the tetrahedral form, all three of these frames can be viewed at a glance. (The profile creator should have a right to set trust thresholds that allow another viewer to partially or fully rotate the 3D object to see one or more of the given frames).

A color reflecting the current Maslow state – showing survival, comfort, and generative levels – applicable to each frame of reference in this Social Tetrahedron (Soctet) can let the profile creator convey useful information to others in the Co-op at a glance .

The Soctet user profile can also show people and initiatives that one includes as part of an extended, empathic self. This could be done by dragging and dropping other profiles into one’s tetrahedron, much as Twitter allows one to follow admired people.

To add a person or cause to one’s empathic self, the profile creator could rotate the tetrahedron to populate a personal frame of reference (filling it with family and friends), a professional or business frame (with valued colleagues in a monetary-exchange based venture), and a civic frame of reference (e.g. with admired individuals and organizations working for the commons),

Individuals and initiatives included in one’s “extended self” also could be made visible to others, when access rights are set, by double-clicking on a given face of one’s user profile.

The outer faces of one’s Soctet can show publicly-visible opportunities for token exchange – “asks” and “offers” by which anyone can help fill out projects valued by the Soctet creator.

Other ask/offer exchange opportunities may be extended only to people and projects within the Co-op. These could be viewed by those who receive access rights to double-click on the Soctet surface and open the Personal, Business, and/or Civic facets of the social tetrahedron.

The Soctet framework provides a means of viewing valued holons. Individuals may choose to nest their Soctets within the social tetrahedrons of larger communities, enabling participants to see their identification with a larger connective/collective.

Similarly, as noted above, the creator of a Soctet may choose to show the social tetrahedrons of others (individuals and communities) that he or she feels reside within the boundary of their extended/empathic self.

Over time, mutual “trust tokens” might signify which of these others held delegated rights in the Co-op or the extended YWorlds community to act on the profile creator’s behalf.

Two-way or multi-way delegation of trust in such cases would help in highlighting the contours of an incipient larger holon, with its own Personal-Business-Civic frames of reference.

3. Implications

A user profile system based on the above tetrahedral forms would provide both near-term and long-term advantages.

At the outset, it can help individuals find within the Co-op resources and research projects most aligned and resonant with their deepest values and their most admired influencers.

Longer term, a system of this kind can help YWorlds in rebuilding institutions and creating online and actual resilient communities, as and when ossified central institutions give way.

A time of institutional breakdown will likely lead to polarization and fragmentation. Having a universal system for mapping NETS-aligned values – one that helps a diverse base of YWorlds members more readily locate and act upon areas of agreement – may help in finding and acting upon common ground.

I’ll welcome a chance to discuss further and explore how this can help YWorlds expand the scope for members to generate value for each others’ projects in the months to come.