FAQ

Here you find answers to many of your questions about Innovating Cosmos. And you raise, and get answers to, any other questions you’d like to ask.
What is Innovating Cosmos?

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
US anthropologist, Margaret Mead

Innovating Cosmos is a dynamic, evolving,and growing global community of practical, hands-on self-managing innovators and would-be innovators.

As a community we commit, collaborate and co-operate to make our world better not just for a select few, but for all – one day, one opportunity at a time.

“Sure, at Innovating Cosmos we’re on about collaboratively innovating many things new. But, more importantly, we’re also on about diffusing new technologies that transform individuals, teams, organisations, institutions and communities, for the good of all. And we’re creating platforms that make multiple innovations feasible – just like the Internet and the Cloud have done. Like we have created with our sharing economy platform, Keaz. And like blockchain will do,” says Tim Bos, the Co-Initiator of Innovating Cosmos.

Who are the Members?

Most of the 100 Foundation Members of Innovating Cosmos are individuals. Some are CEO-Founders of highly innovative companies and not-for-profits.

All members are practical, committed, hands-on inventors, change agents, entrepreneurs and innovators – not just from technology and business, but from every possible field of human endeavour – research and development, academia, consultancies, social welfare, education, politics, religion, sport, culture… No human arena left out!

All members are prepared to opportunize the world’s big issues – either for profit, or as a social good, or both! And to share, collaborate, partner, joint venture, form co-operatives. Rather than go it alone!

Right now, members are forming self-managing teams of 3-7 members to work on 12 initial opportunity areas.

Well and good! So, what’s the stated purpose of Innovating Cosmos?

Whether we’re acting as individuals, opportunity-creating teams, or as a community…

  • the motivating vision of Innovating Cosmos is: to positively transform our world – and make life better, more sustainable, ‘richer’ for all …
  • “one idea, one person, one problem, one opportunity, one project, one technology, one innovation, one organisation, one institution, one community, one nation at a time.”

Come on now! How can Innovating Cosmos members change the world?

By evolving slowly, ethically, and soundly over the next ten years – and by learning, changing, transforming ourselves as we go.

  • From 2013-2017, a Core Team took five years to generate and validate a variety of shareable collaborative models, to design and build an innovating ecology, and to bootstrap a platform for the sharing economy – called Keaz. Keaz is currently valued a $40 million – with potential for a market value of $2 billion over the next 5-6 years. Keaz, can and will be, a platform for many other innovations. – mainly within the sharing economy.
  • Now – given their conviction that as blockchain and crypto-currencies move out of their current ‘pirate’ stage, the crypto-economy will become as revolutionary, important and far-reaching as the Internet. – that same team is working on two blockchain–based opportunities, These also will be platforms for many other different innovations.
  • Based on the proven certainty, that innovating collaboratively works, can add significant value, and make a mark on changing the world, the Core Team launched Innovating Cosmos on 29th September 2017, with the planned number of only 100 Foundation Members.
  • The Innovating Cosmos community will remain at 100 members for 18+ months. Or, until, in teams, we actually create 10 stunning opportunities – while, not creating ‘new’ resources, but calling on resources that exist within the global economy – see, for example, the sharing economy
  • Then, as a community ,we decide if we want to grow to 1,000 members
  • And eventually to 10,000.

New maths

You get the maths: 1 x 10 x 10 x 10 x 10 x 10 x 10 x 10 x 10. Over 10 years that adds up to big, big numbers! With each node, self-managing! And, yes, Major Tom, with central facilitation from the Core team, but no central control.

Organisation is done project-by-project. With a key team-appointed facilitator for each project – but with leadership shared by the whole project team.

Innovating Cosmos rises, stands, succeeds or falls around the notion this can, and will, be done.

What do you mean by ‘an innovating ecology’?

An innovation is something new or different – with impact – that is taken up, and used, by an audience or market, for their considerable benefit.

Ecology is about the ways humans and other organisms interact with each other and their total environment.

While inventing can be a solo activity, research clearly shows both start-ups and innovating individuals and organizations flourish inside an innovating ecology. These ecologies can be cities like San Francisco, Tel Aviv, London, Melbourne and Sydney

They can be organizations like Apple, Google, Alibaba, Snap, Netflix, Kenzo and Spotify.

Or they can be ‘mobs’, tribes or communities of like-minded and committed professionals – like scientists, inventors, change agents and innovators – who, by collaborating, networking, sharing, educating and resourcing globally, create a virtual and viral ecology. Hence Innovating Cosmos.

“For most of its life our model of capitalism has been based on notions of conquering the world, personal ownership, grabbing as much of the world’s goodies as we can, externalising major costs onto the environment, others, governments, and rampant consumerism fuelled by debt. Now our view of ‘caring’ capitalism is moving more to notions of shared ownership, businesses and organisations with soul, care for the environment, sustainability, communal responsibility and creating ‘intellectual property’ assets.
This, is a true revolution that’s reshaping our minds sets, and our physical, social and psychological worlds,” suggests Neville Christie, the other Co-Initiator or Innovating Cosmos.

What’s the difference between collaborating and co-operating?

Well, collaborating is working jointly on an idea, opportunity, activity or project. Co-operating adds two ideas to collaborating – that we’re working for a common purpose or benefit, and we’re doing this willingly and agreeably.

Alright, then, as a collaborating and co-operating member, what do I gain?

As a member, you contribute and gain benefit from five sorts of innovating opportunities. Those:

  1. You create and run with by yourself
  2. You create and get others involved
  3. You create and give away to the community
  4. You create, along with others, within a team
  5. Others create and invite you to join.

The whole point of Innovating Cosmos is to get you focused and acting in one of more of these five areas. And week by week, we continue to flesh out these five possibilities

  1. opportunities created by others – where, by invitation, you gain equity.
  2. opportunities you create but want to keep close – here you can call on the Core Team and Innovating Cosmos Foundation members, for resources and support.
  3. opportunities you’ve dreamt up, and would like other members of Innovating Cosmos to assist you – here, aided by the Core Team, you create a team of your choosing from the Community, and your own network, and you all progressively share equity as you make the potential actual.
  4. opportunities you’ve thought of, but because you want to make the world better, you are happy to ‘give away’ – so other members might work on them, without your involvement.
That sounds like a lot of hard work! So how is Innovating Cosmos organised?

In the normal sense of what is often meant by ‘organised’ – that is, with a central control, or a global ‘committee’ like the United Nations – Innovating Cosmos isn’t organised at all.

Innovating Cosmos has a super-small facilitating Core Team. But like the Internet and the emerging blockchain technology, Innovating Cosmos is totally distributed and nodal.The Core Team is just one node of many distributed nodes.

To combine both ‘manageability’ and scalability of Innovating Cosmos, for the first 18 months we maintain membership strictly at 100 – with members coming and going. And we focus on creating just 5 ‘for profit’ and 5 ‘not-for-profit’ stunning opportunities.

“Each of earth’s 7.5 billion people is potentially an innovator. Wrap around each of us our family, friends and network. Change our mindsets to look for, find, and create opportunities. Add support and resources from the Innovating Community as a whole. Apply proven tools and processes. Decide to collaborate to innovate. And we have potentially 7.5 billion self-managing, self-organising, innovating Power Houses.”

Gotcha! So if anything’s going to change, it’s up to me, to initiate the idea with others, gather the talent and resources, call on support, and make it happen. All good… So where do I get these stunning, earth-shattering ideas?

This, actually is one main job of the Community as a whole. Every month, ideasand opportunities will pour out at you from the www.innovatingcosmos.com web site, from the blogs, from our podcast channel, from our YouTube channel, from links to other resources, and from you forming an initial ‘idea forming’ team – who may or may not become your project team.

You’ll find 12 broad opportunity areas to consider, here

So where do I get these stunning, earth-shattering ideas?

This, actually is one main job of the Community as a whole. Every month, ideas and opportunities will pour out at you from the www.innovatingcosmos.com web site, from the blogs, from our podcast channel, from our YouTube channel, from links to other resources, and from you forming an initial ‘idea forming’ team – who may or may not become your project team.

You’ll find 12 broad opportunity areas to consider, here

How do I find the ‘right’ ideas for me?

The short answer is by, first, consciously clarifying seven elements - that act as opportunity filters…

Throughout your life, and as an active member of Innovating Cosmos, you will consider scores of opportunities – of which there are millions. But, in the end, you will end up rejecting most for one stated reason or another.

What’s probably at work, without your being aware of it, is you are unconsciously applying seven filters.

Save your life

So, save your time, your life, and your experience of innovating. Get these seven elements/filters really clear. Apply them consciously in your search for opportunities. And you will more quickly and easily find the ‘right’ ones for you.

Take time to answers these three questions, first

  1. At this time of my life, what is my overriding Life Purpose? Great opportunities must align with your Purpose, and your Purpose must align with your opportunities, or rejection or failure is almost guaranteed. There are 6 core Purposes we all rotate roughly every 5 years. Before Christmas, we’ll have a guide book to share with you.
  2. What are my inborn talents, skills, strengths and interests? That I honour in me? And that are really important for me to use and manifest in the world - for my good and the benefit of others? [Often it’s good to dialogue about what they are, with your life partner, close friends, work colleagues…. For: any opportunity that’s not built on your talents, skills, strengths and abiding interests, will either be rejected by you, or if taken on, will have a high chance of failure].
  3. What big ‘world’ problems really worry me? And worry me enough that I’m prepared to ‘fix’ them. [Here, it’s useful to list 20-30-40. Then narrow them down to the 2-3 you most realistically can change]. See Opportunities Galore for a bit of direction.
    Consciously ‘worry’ about this question for a week or more. And carry with you a way to list them – maybe on your mobile - as they jump up from your unconscious.
    Now get more real, as you answer these next three filter questions
  4. What’s are the types of added value I feel comfortable, and uncomfortable, with? For Not profit? Not for Profit? In what areas of human endeavour – sport, politics, religion, culture, business, education….? For friends near, dear and held close? For ‘friends’ around Australia, in Asia, around the world?
    • What attracts me most: Ideas, products, technologies, changed organisations, software, relationships, gold, changed institutions, new processes, new systems, a revolution, a different sort of society, a new form of capitalism, transforming lives, personal power, the quiet life, world cultures, home, getting away from home…what?
    • What’s definitely ON and OFF the agenda for me?
  5. What’s the level of added value I feel is right for me?We all have a complex relationship with money and value. And whether you and I are working for profit, or not-for-profit, as innovators, we have an inbuilt Geiger Counter that calculates the amount of money/value we feel we ‘deserve’ to earn - and/or that we can add to the world’s value, over the next three years.When you carefully examine, in dollar terms, what that ‘amount’ is, you have an enormously important filter as to the size and scope of the innovating opportunities you will actually embrace with others. Too small and we’re not motivated. Too big, and we turn away.Ask yourself: Over each of the next three years, I don’t just aspire to, but I know I can earn or add value - alone or with others - to the tune of $200,000? $ 1 million? $ 5 million? $10 million? $50 million?How can I/will I do this?
  6. How can I marshal my costs, assets and income in ways that mean I can realistically work 1-2-3 days a week on world-changing, equity-sharing projects – where I gain no income for as many as 3+ years - without adversely impacting my family, my health, or our life-style?Now add the final big filter
  7. Who are the sorts of people, with what sorts of talents, skills, strengths, I naturally gravitate towards. And most like to work collaboratively and co-operatively with?What sorts of people do I choose NOT to work with?
    For example: The people you’ll find at Innovating Cosmos

    Members arepositive, practical, committed, hands-on change agents, entrepreneurs and innovators who act to opportunize the world’s big issues – either for profit, or as a social good, or both! And who share, collaborate, partner, joint venture. Rather than to go it alone.

    For example: The people you won’t find at Innovating Cosmos

    Generally you won’t find as members: chronic pessimists, ideologues, theorizers, critics, people with axes to grind, those who are ‘butthurt’, anyone who needs to blame or leave everything to others, or those who want merely to destroy or pull down, rather than build, create, innovate.

    Want assistance?

    Once you are a member, our Innovating Cosmos Innovating Elder, Neville Christie, is always happy to assist you clarify your filters – nevillechristie@innovatingcosmos.com

    An 8th element

    As you get clearer about the specific opportunities you might take on, it is also vital you ask this 8th multi-headed question: How, can we as a team, multiply, leverage, scale this opportunity so it can be global and big? e.g.Keaz – developed by the core Innovating Cosmos team – is a platform designed for the sharing economy. Using it, many hundreds of different business opportunities can be built. The Cloud, and blockchain technology are others.

How on earth do I gain a competitive advantage through Innovating Cosmos?

A great, and important, question, thank you. The answer depends on: what you mean by ‘competitive advantage’? By ‘advantage’ for whom? And on what’s currently happening to your ability to maintain and grow your place in the sun – declining, steady, increasing?

  1. If you mean building a large corporation, keeping all, or majority, ownership for you, grabbing a large share of your existing product-market, and ‘beating’ others in your industry – you won’t gain any significant advantage from Innovating Cosmos.
  2. However, if you’re considering a ‘co-opetitition mentality’ - where you foster co-operation internally, and collaboration externally with other like-minded businesses, in order to compete – then Innovating Cosmos is a great place for you to start.
  3. See it or not, like it or not, your old ‘competitive advantage’ is being progressively eroded. So, Innovating Cosmos can be for you, if you grasp how much the new, emerging future, requires:
    • different mindsets based on adding and sharing value, not robbing or merely distributing value
    • access to new pools of talent – who won’t ‘work’ for you
    • different forms of business - where equity is shared
    • different business models
    • different technologies, products and services – including automated and productized services
    • different distribution systems – like that provided by Amazon
    • different platforms and systems – like blockchain and SaaS
    • ongoing innovating and the diffusion of that innovating.
  4. If you mean running your existing organisation highly effectively, efficiently and profitably, and adding a strategic innovating unit – where you absorb all its costs in your current operations, and you add, say, $100 million of innovative value to your bottom line – which added value you share with those who collaborated with you, to add that value. Then, by all means, join. Cause you’ll gain heaps.In this case, start by talking with the Core Team about setting up a Strategic Innovation Board.
  5. Creating a different future for you and your business – where you have a ‘co-opetitive advantage’ - requires you to invest ideas, talent, knowledge, time, cash, and other resources. So… If you mean syphoning off some of the cash flows, profits and resources of your well-established firm, to act as an incubator for Millennial innovators, current team members, or early retirees, to create and grow their businesses – where you share the equity. Then you can guide, and ‘resource’ them, towards large-scale advantage for you, them, and the world at large.See, for example, what Atlassian is doing:.
  6. And/or if you are interested in sponsoring some ‘do good, feel good’ projects. Then you will gain ‘competitive advantage’ by being part of Innovating Cosmos.
  7. If you mean accessing valuable innovating talent, gaining early access to trends that indicate what the future is about, and enjoying learning not easy to come by… then being active in Innovating Cosmos will certainly give you ‘co-opetitive advantage’.
  8. If you can imagine a new organisation that’s allied closely with your business and life goals and interests… Where no salaries are paid… Where total costs are kept to under 10% of sales… Where you share equity based on results, actually achieved… Where you create multiplier systems that can spit off scores of business opportunities - through applying, say, blockchain technology, Platform as a Service, Software as a Service, Infrastructure as a Service, Desktop as a Service, Mobile backend as a service, Mobile Background as a service, or Information Technology Management as a Service [see: Software as a Service]… then you’ll gain a huge ‘competitive advantage’ by joining and getting active in Innovating Cosmos.

    Time to act!

    So, why not join, talk with the core team, and start gaining your massive ‘competitive advantage’ now? E-mail: coreteam@innovatingcosmos.com

So, what’s the cost of membership?

Your membership of Innovating Cosmo costs you zilch, naught, nothing. It’s free! But membership does entail three responsibilities:

  • you actually innovate collaboratively, with others
  • you share equity in each opportunity you’re involved in, fairly, and equitably based on results you all actually achieve, and
  • you, and other project members, receive pre-agreed payments only from cash flows generated by and from each individual project. [With social change projects you gain many ‘rewards’ but possibly no ‘payments’].
What are the likely success rates if I do join and become active?

Realistically, roughly only 1 out of 120 opportunities that initially look Big, Big, Big, actually prove to be so, in practice. Another 5-10 will yield okay outcomes, but not stunning, world-changing results.

One study of venture capital portfolios by Venture Economics, Inc. – and VC investments are at the top end of the food chain – indicates that about 7% of the investments account for more than 60% of the profits, while a full one-third result in a partial or total loss.

So finding, proving up and developing the one big opportunity requires lots of creativity, research, filtering and hard work from each individual and each team.

This can take as long as a year, before launch. Along the way learnings – sometimes called failures – must occur. After all, like Star Trekkers, everywhere ‘we are going where no one has gone before’. And often we will not even know, to begin with, what we do not know. Our job is to learn on the job.

How long does it take to develop the Big Opportunity once we’ve created it?

Once each team’s 1 out of 120 world-changing projectsis under way, it might take anywhere between 1-3-5-10 years – before the project generates significant financial or social returns – and that’s if the teams works a lean start-up, fail-fastmodel.

In about 20% of cases the team will find ways to attract equity or venture capital to pay them as they develop their venture into something really stunning.

Another alternative, which the Core Team of Innovating Cosmos also practices and advocates, is for a project team, with a stunning project already underway, to collaborate innovatively by working with, and within, an existing organisation that has a wide range of resources and a talented team. Provided the organisational anti-bodies don’t rush in to kill the innovation, diffusion of the innovation and high returns can be gained much quicker.

My Goodness, isn’t there a way I can innovate collaboratively, earn a good income as I go, and get equity?

Yes! At least seven ways

  1. As an individual or team, with the right talent, skills and experience, consult to existing organisations about what and how they innovate – and, also negotiate a percentage equity, or trailing royalty of the outcomes.
  2. Build on one of the many cloud computing models – and add your own bells and whistles:
      • SaaS – or software as a service – which is a software distribution model where a third-party provider, You, develops and hosts applications, and rents them for a monthly fee to a range of customers.
      • IaaS – infrastructure as a Service
      • PaaS – platform as a service.

    For more about SaaS and further examples of cloud computing models, see Software as a Service

    The core idea, with all cloud computing models, is you replace selling the software, infrastructure or platform direct to the client. Instead the client pays you a lower rate to develop and customize the software, but you retain all intellectual property and marketing rights – other than for the client’s industry.

  3. In the certain knowledge that over the next decade 60-70% of all services – including yours, will be automated or productized and made available 24/7 on- line, in the Cloud, or via blockchain… Get on with productizing and automating your current know-how and services. So you focus on adding more value, and getting paid ten times more – in addition to the 24/7 income flowing to you while you sleep from your productised services!
  4. Any organisation that wants to transform itself and be far more innovating must go through all the processes you go through to innovate collaboratively. So as a highly proficient core team sell you to those organisations as a virtual strategic innovation board – where you gain both a retainer and equity in what you collaboratively create.
  5. One great innovating surge that is gaining speed around the world is competing based on innovating business models. A business model is the unique way any organisation – business or non-business – creates and delivers value to its chosen audience or market.
    If you have the talent and skills, you – perhaps as a team – become experts atcreating and installing stunning new business models for existing organisations in a joint venture.
  6. Put your team together. Work out the amount of equity and debt you can pool. Use this to buy an appropriate, growth potential firm,that has good cash flows. Use this as a base to service your debt, pay you some salaries, and add stunning innovations.
  7. You turn to tell us….!

Two hints re Business Models

There are 10 basic ingredients to any business model. Alex Osaterwalder has built a whole industry around 9 of them. Emulate him. Start with his Business Model Canvass and branch out from there. Your stand out is you add a 10th. You know the real purpose of business and other organisations is not mere profit-making. So your empowering 10th ingredient is Purpose.

Researchers at the University of St Gallen in Switzerland have concluded that most of the revolutionary business model innovations of the last 50 years have come from the USA. They also found that 90% of all business model innovations recombine the core ten existing ideas and concepts from other industries in new ways.

They have codified 55 business models that are responsible for 90% of the world’s most stunning companies. Their book is Oliver Gassmann, et al, “The Business Model Navigator,” 2014. Buy it. Study it. Use it.

How come ‘instant success’ can take so long?

Technology cycles are shortening enormously, and macro innovation cycles vary from 5, 13, 24, 34 to 61 years. However, we have a new societal generation every 20 years. And at a personal or individual venture level, each ‘instant success’ innovation cycle can take about that time – give or take:

    • learning the mind sets and skills, and creating the resources, basic to creating the One Big Do-able idea – 10 years. [Our members have already spent that time – now they are ready for their collaborative One Big Idea]
    • moving the idea from start-up through break-even to profit – 3 to 4 years
    • leveraging, scaling, multiplying so social impact or commercial value reaches around $50 million - another 3 years
    • harvesting and exiting – 3 years.

[MalcomGladwell’s book, ‘Outliers’, has some fascinating stories and insights around this].

Yeah great, so without external equity funds, how does each project team support itself in the meantime? Who pays them? And how?

You may not like this! But Innovating Cosmos is best seen as a community of committed part-time volunteers. Where equity is shared among the team of each specific project.

In about 20% of cases, investors, governments, crowd-funders, venture partners, or venture capitalists may fund some projects. Or the team members may create their own equity pool between themselves and friends. But in 80% of cases, no one pays any of us to innovate! So none of is gains any cash flows other than from results we actually achieve as a team.

This is typical bootstrapping. See this enlightening article from Harvard Business Review – Here are three excerpts from it:

“Raising money has become a disease. Entrepreneurs are wasting lots of brainpower scheming to raise money,” claims high-flying Silicon Valley venture capitalist, Michael Lutz, CEO of Gammalink.

“For the great majority of would-be founders, the biggest challenge is not raising money but having the wits and hustle to do without it.”

“Bootstrapping in a start-up is like zero inventory in a just-in-time system: it reveals hidden problems and forces the company to solve them. ‘If we had had money,’ said Tom Davis of Modular Instruments, manufacturers of medical and research equipment, ‘we would have made more mistakes. This way, I wrote all the checks [cheques]. I knew where the money was going’.”

Filter

The bootstrapping model acts as a really important filter. It means for most projects all members must have other sources of supporting assets and income apart from Innovating Cosmos. Any member who needs an Innovating Cosmos project to support his or her income and life-style, won’t be active as a member. Or will pursue a different model

So who pays the piper with seed and other costs?

Innovating Cosnos is unincorporated – and may remain so. It is a co-operative, volunteer, ‘not for profit’, equity-sharing community. Individual projects may well make lots of money. Others will be totally for the social good. And most will be ‘bootstrapped’ rather than funded.

All financial and legal obligations, and contracts, are undertaken by venture bank, New Enterprise Services Pty Ltd, on behalf of the community.

So far, all seeding costs over the past five years, have been paid by New Enterprise Services, owned jointly by Neville Christie and Tim Bos.

But during 2018, we seek 5 sponsors – partly for support for two important blockchain initiatives the community is working on now.

So how is the Core Team of Innovating Cosmos supported?

As with all Innovating Cosmos members, the Core Team develops their projects and gain equity – and eventually income from them. Apart from that they support themselves.

Where feasible, and they have something valuable to contribute, Core Team members may take up 10% equity in other projects that they assist get off the ground.

As a Core Team, we are open to being an affiliate marketer for existing products and services that will aid collaboration by the various teams.

On behalf of the community, New Enterprise Services has registered a number of domain names, starting with ‘innovating….’. So longer-term, Core Team income may also come from providing white label web sites that market project-created products and technologies.

Will members ever be charged a membership fee?

Guess we should never say ‘never’. But right now there are no plans to charge for membership. It’s likely members will be charged for some events. And it’s feasible later we will develop a Premium Service that’s charged for – possibly oriented towards corporates who wish to be more innovating.

But our focus now is on creating an initial 10 stunning opportunities – and keeping membership free!

What’s the difference between Foundation Members and other members?

None! Except for timing. And the country they live in. Foundation Members are the original 100 innovators who showed interest in being both members and active. Many of the Foundation 100 live in Australia

Not all of the 100 confirmed their membership. And some will resign during the first 18 months from 29th September. So we keep topping up to 100 members from a ‘waiting list’.

After we have 10 stunning projects well under way, the community will decide when, and if, to increase membership to 1,000. And then, even later to 10,000.

These new members will be no different from Foundation Members. Except that they come to the party later. And will come from many more countries.

What’s the name ‘Innovating Cosmos’ mean?

Innovating is an action word – meaning – bringing into existence new ideas, systems, strategies, business models, processes, software, smart machines, ecologies, technologies, products, new ways of learning, thinking, acting, being and having, etc, etc – that have positive impact. [This definition is much broader than the traditional idea that innovating is about new products, technologies and services].

Importantly, ‘Cosmos’ means both ‘the universe seen as a well-ordered whole’… and ‘any coherent system of thought’.

At Innovating Cosmos we’ve experienced that as we change our thinking – from: ‘It can’t be done’ – to: ‘we can do it together!’ – we change our entire world.

What’s different about Innovating Cosmos?

First, Innovating Cosmos creates a different and special ecology of innovating.

Second, Innovating Cosmos members innovate using distinctively different types of collaborating and co-operating.

Third, Innovating Cosmos members do invent new ‘things’, technologies, and processes, and create new co-operative ventures… but, more importantly, we also focus on:

  • diffusing what’s new and different in ways that benefits all
  • overcoming the problems technology tsunamis are creating
  • viewing those problems as opportunities…
  • turning them other rounds of different innovations
  • transforming existing organisations and institutions so they more effectively and efficiently synchronize their pasts with different futures
  • innovating and transforming our total human ecology and milieu – social, political, cultural, and economic – for the good of all,

In brief: Rather than focusing mainly on technology or product innovating, Innovating Cosmos focuses more on people, societal, and organisational innovating that spreads the benefits of new science, new knowledge, new technology more widely and globally.

What’s the “Fourth Industrial Revolution”? And why is it important to Innovating Cosmos?

At Innovating Cosmos we recognise, and talk about living in a time of enormous and expansive opportunity – termed the ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’.

McKinsey Consultants claims this Revolution is happening ten times faster and at 300 times the scale, or roughly 3,000 times the impact of the first two Industrial Revolutions of the 18th and 19th centuries. [The 3rd Revolution being the Internet, the fusion of industries, and the digital age that we have all experienced].

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This Fourth Revolution is manifesting as a growing cascade of new science, new knowledge, new technologies, new talent and new investment. Collectively they mean a very different sort of ‘richer’, better future potentially lies ahead for all of us.

Scarcity is being pushed into the basement; to be replaced by enormous potential abundance on an unprecedented scale.

BUT… and there are big buts. Potential is the key word – like a huge spring wound so tightly it’s ready to explode. Currently we’re in a period of enormous transition and massive transformation. Opportunities are manifesting as ‘unsolvable’ problems…

At the moment, the benefits of this Fourth Revolution are both fragmented and highly concentrated, rather than shared and distributed equitably within communities and across the globe.

In addition, individuals, organisations and institutions drastically need to synthesise old pasts with new futures.

What are some of the innovations arising from this Revolution?

An accelerating range of new technologies are emerging - which are:

  • fusing the physical, digital, biological, psychological and social worlds
  • creating enormous changes in all disciplines, all economies, all industries, all organisations, all institutions
  • opening up a growing plethora of new opportunities for further innovating

The list is enormous and mind-boggling: artificial intelligence, robotics, driverless vehicles, fully autonomous cargo ships, roads that repair themselves, the explosion of data, 3D printing, quantum computing, Space Technology, smart machines, nanotechnology, virtual reality, new mind science, genome science, custom-tailored medications, education and learning in their totality, the blockchain platform, and the top to tail reconstruction of our services industries.

Why do you see blockchain technology as important. Isn’t it a typical Ponzi scheme populated by con-men and get-rich-quick merchants?

Blockchain is just one of the many important new and disruptive technologies emerging from the Fourth Revolution. And, yes you are right! Right now the crypto world - based mainly on blockchain technology and 1000+ crypto-currencies - is dominated by pirates, conmen, and get rich quick developers and traders. New ICOs – interim coin offerings – come out every few days. Many have totally inadequate business models behind them. Though not all!

However, we maintain, the ethical, added value growth and dispersion of blockchain technology, crypto-currenies, and the crypto-economy – will foster a more complex, interacting global web of trade, capital, finance, talent, contracts and information flows – based more on ‘intangibles’ than traditional goods.

In late September, 2017, Christine Lagarde, head of the prestigious International Monetary Fund (IMF), dismissed some of the concerns over virtual currencies:

“Many of these [concerns] are technological challenges that could be addressed over time.

“Not so long ago, some experts argued that personal computers would never be adopted, and that tablets would only be used as expensive coffee trays.

“So I think it may not be wise to dismiss virtual currencies… One possibility is the break-up, or unbundling, of banking services.”

So much so, that the Core Team of Innovating Cosmos maintains that, over the next 10 years, as we take blockchain technology, combine it with a plethora of DAPPS – or distributed apps that have sound business models - add, say 100, surviving crypto-currencies, and we will have a crypto-economy as important, and transformative, as the Internet.

One of our platforms

As a result, we’re using the blockchain technology as one of our platforms for growing Innovating Cosmos as a dynamic, distributed global ecology and community. Other platforms include a YouTube Channel, a podcasting channel and a basic web site.

What sort of ‘things’ do members of Innovating Cosmos innovate?
  • New products, technologies and services, yes….
  • Add: new ideas, systems, strategies, business models, processes, software, smart machines, ecologies, Big Data, artificial inteliigence, and new ways of learning, thinking, acting, being and having, etc, etc…
  • Add lots of focus on the beneficial diffusion of what’s already been created, and what’s being created – diffusion to our global society, including to the poor, the jobless, the homeless, the disadvantaged, the impoverished, the powerless…
  • Use developed Intellectual Property to transform enabling organisation and institutions…
  • Top off with ecologies, whole systems, and platforms that multiple and leverage both ongoing innovating and its beneficial diffusion…
  • And you have a snap shot of Innovating Cosmos.

You’re convincing me I should get active. So what sort of support can I expect from the Community?

For each of these, projects. as appropriate, and as you request it, the Innovating Cosmos Core Team can work with you to:

  • create the needed ecology for the opportunity
  • develop the idea into an opportunity, a project, and a tangible piece of intellectual property or ‘invention’
  • gather the resources, talent, structure, models, support required to innovate
  • make it fun – innovating works better and faster, when it imaginative, fun, play, ‘a game’. “Innovating is serious business, best it’s best treated light-heartedly as it’s the beginning of a new and better cosmos!
  • work together so each innovation actually happens – collaboratively
  • commercialise the innovation into a social or profit ‘market’ – where that market can include the transforming of just one organisation or institution.
So what resources and tools are available to me as a Member?

Week by week, via the Innovating Cosmos web site, blog, podcasting channel, YouTube channel, and special events, as a member you can access on demand:

  • a growing portfolio of opportunities you can opt into
  • a range of models, processes, systems to speed up, and make either your ‘for-profit’ or your social-community-organisational innovating more effective and more rewarding
  • a bank of fellow talented innovators, expertise, and resources - including finance – you need
  • leads to markets which are ready to test, and then use, your innovations.
Who owns the content?

All Founding Team members can, at their choosing, contribute podcast episodes, talks, position papers, white papers, blogs, e-Books, videos, slide share presentations - for use by the community.

Copyright is held under Creative Commons.

What’s this about a podcasting channel?

Before launch date, the Core team created a podcasting channel with 11 episodes. Many more have been produced and are planned.

But to date, subscription and listening has been almost non-existent.

One priority now is to marshal a team who’ll take this on as their project and generate ‘one million’ subscribers and listeners, world-wide.

You are warmly invited to subscribe, listen, review and recommend to your network.

Apple : https://itun.es/au/Dz4Ujb.c
Android : http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/innovating-cosmos?refid=stpr

Another podcast series

In addition, a member of the Innovating Core Team, Tim Adalin, is creating a more philosophical, conversational podcast channel, that focuses on Meaning, the mind, and transformative psychology

His channel is Voice Club – worth a visit if you are philosophically minded –
includes video and audio conversations with Neville Christie, one of the two Initiators of Innovating Cosmos. Visit: www.VoiceClub.com

Okay I’ve joined as a member. So, how do I get actively involved?

Initiate your projects

    1. Work on the answers to the seven questions you find above under the heading, “Then, how do I find the right ideas for me?”
    2. Consider the twelve opportunity areas and links to other opportunities you’ll find at www.innovatingcosmos.com/opportunitiesgalore
    3. Decide 1-3 big areas you like to have a positive impact on – as you work with others
    4. Then focus on just one really ‘lively’ one
    5. Research and list some of the key pivot issues of this issue as you see them – i.e. what are the key things that have to change to transform this problem into an amazing opportunity?
    6. Look at how the problem could be become an opportunity to make life better for some, or all
    7. List the talent and resources you need to work with you to make this a stunning opportunity.
    8. Explore your network to see who might be right to get involved with you and note who you will need to involve from the Innovating Cosmos community.
    9. Do a 2-3 page summary in Word or Adobe PDF and send it to coreteam@innovatingcosmos.com- indicating where you’d like input in how to action this opportunity
    10. Neville Christie, or one of the other members of the core team will contact you. So add your name and email, or Mobile number.
      Register to be involved in projects initiated by others
    1. Develop a one page profile of your innovating talents, experience and interests. Not your full story. Just your innovating bits.
      A possible outline:
    • My core innovating talents and skills
    • What and where I have innovated to date
    • What sorts of projects I can contribute to
  1. For each core word that you want to show up in a search, add a hash tag. E.g. I am highly skilled at #industrial marketing, #raising equity funds, #assessing market viability. Make this such that any member knows why it’s useful to contact you.
  2. Add your web site or LinkedIn link, your email, and your mobile.
  3. Send this one page to the core Team of Innovating Cosmos, at core@innovatingcosmos.com
  4. 5. After that, Neville Christie, or one of the other core team members will email or phone you to discuss ways you might get involved and if feasible arrange to meet
  5. As part of the long-term design of the web site, every member will have his or her own separate contact page. But that is some time away.
What if I have other questions?

If you’d like any of these questions clarified further, or if you have any other questions you’d like answered, please email them to neville@innovatingcosmos.com

Suggestions and improvements

Currently our web site is only at 10% of our ultimate design. You will see this develop over 2018. So any suggestions or improvements you’d like to make are very welcome.

Once again, channel them to neville@innovatingcosmos.com