17.04.2021

H&D Meetup 1 Algorithmic Consensus

This first H&D meetup will focus in on tools for decision making. More specificaly we will be looking at consensus as a concrete example, and explore the potentials and limitations of consensus practices for community organization, but also the ups and downs of algorithmic decision making platforms and technical infrastructures that are built upon the consensus model.

Angela Jerardi will contribute to the meetup by giving a contextual talk about the roots of consensus, as well as her experience of consensus practices in the context of large activist groups, for instance, or the Quakers. Following Angela's talk, which will be open to the public, the conversation will take an interactive form with a smaller group of people, invited by H&D, who represent different self-organized grassroots intiatives. This second part of the meetup will be led by James Bryan Graves and Nienke Huitenga who built a digital consensus platform WINWIN which they probe in different contexts to see if consensus models could help to create a less polarized debate culture online. By testing this platform in action we will engage in a conversation and exchange about consensus – while using a platform that builds upon consensus.

Location: Framer Framed, Jitsi and H&D livestream (you receive the links once you rsvped.)

1st Part: livestreamed from Framer Framed open to larger audience via the H&D livestream

  • 14.00 Introduction about the H&D meetup series on tools for self-organization by Margarita and Anja
  • 14.15 Histories and practices of consensus by Angela Jerardi (+ Q&A)
  • 15.15 Break

2nd Part: online on Jitsi for a smaller group of 10-15 participants

  • 15.30 WINWIN workshop by James and Nienke (60 min)
  • 16.30 Reflection with Angela, James, Nienke, and the participants of the workshop

The talk by Angela and documentation of the second part of the event will be made available here after the meetup.

To join the meetup via the H&D livestream rsvp via: info@hackersanddesigners.nl If you are interested in joining the second interactive part of the meetup please specify that in your email and add a word or two about your interest in the topic. (participation is limited to 10-15 spots)

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The H&D meetups are informal gatherings for anyone with an interest in technical and artistic explorations of open-source tools and infrastructures that are meant to faciliate collaboration. The bi-monthly gatherings will specifically focus on unintentional use of such tools and question them in terms of their durability, accessibility, openness, and creative output. What is technology's partaking in collective organisation? How can we explore/build/hack tools that help small self-organized initiatives in their work?


The H&D Meetups are kindly supported by Amsterdam Fund for the Arts and the Creative Industries Fund. Special thanks to Framer Framed for providing us the space, resources and infrastructure.