“Shoreline” by Gunther Sonnenfeld

Decentralized Collective Intelligence

An applied exploration highlighting the core distinction between pursuing knowledge and cultivating wisdom in a quantum world.

Gunther Sonnenfeld
Feb 1 · 10 min read


Intelligence can be characterized by any number of variables, to include overall aptitude, the capacity for logic, emotions, understanding, self-awareness, learning, reasoning, planning, creativity, critical thinking, and problem-solving.

All the while, our institutionalized and ritualized sensibilities are programmed into our minds early on in our lives, as we enter rigid educational systems. Mental models run deep and shape cognitive as well as creative development, or the lack thereof.

“Education” becomes a rite of initiation into the status quo. Those who “succeed” become experts at managing the status quo.

More mental models are established, and the cycle continues on, to the point where actual learning stops, and unthinking starts. “Free thought” and “group thought” at some point intersect. Cause and correlation are confused, worldviews and biases conjoin, “answers” are quickly sought without asking better questions, and so on.

As long as there is an answer to a perceived problem, we can function at some survival capacity or simply “get by”. Until we can’t.

Making distinctions is perhaps the most important skill anyone can possess. It is also the one thing that is sorely lacking in a world that prizes itself on knowledge and expertise, rather than wisdom and practical application.

Alas, we are at the tipping point of accelerated learning. That is, if we can see the association between thinking for ourselves, and aligning our autonomous thinking to get good things done in groups.

This author calls the potential new set of possibilities endopluralism, which means combining form to achieve diverse, polycultural outcomes.

Let’s unpack this as an applied phenomenon.


One of the core operating concepts bandied about in alternative circles, to include the “intellectual dark web” (IDW), is the notion of decentralized collective intelligence.

The idea is that as systems, subsystems and their substrates either fracture or fractionalize under the weight of their own operating pressures, the intelligence gathered collects in a distributive manner.

The idea has been scrutinized among these groups as to what it actually is as a classification (if there is one, or any), as well as in the ways it already exists, and how we might “get there”. Yet, not much is being discussed or shown in the realm of application. One major side effect of this is that we tend to get stuck in the realm of ideas, rather than scrutinizing ideas to affect actions that produce different results.

First, decentralization is largely misunderstood. Decentralization is a process specific to evolution. To be decentralized or decentralizing means that you are not tethered to a unifying foundation, while you do unify and align on certain values, concepts or goals, to include holding different viewpoints and even disagreements.

As examples, many artist communities are decentralized, as are agricultural communities and musical communities, as well as technology groups. The main thrust of them being decentralized is that they don’t hold, or are not confined to, an institutional principle that limits the expansion of their individual attributes. This is not to say that institutions are inherently limiting in this regard (although they can be), but that they generally are not flexible, adaptive or agile enough to fully support individuated or interdisciplinary development.

Apart from the more obvious mechanics of our current Internet and web infrastructure, blockchains and distributed ledgers are not solid examples of decentralization. They are, for the most part, highly centralized.

When development is beholden to consensus that is not selective, it cannot decentralize. This, apart from the fact that the underlying infrastructure itself is a command-and-control system that is highly centralized. This is changing, of course, but by no means is the current state of cryptographic development truly decentralized. Not by a long shot. This author’s previous explorations on quantum considerations should reinforce this distinction.

Second, a collective descriptor should be distinguished from the term collectivism. Collecting information by distributive, autonomous means is in fact a collective process, while collectivism is the process by which ideas, and more specifically ideologies, are gathered and sustained in a purely consensus-driven manner. For information to expand in focused and effective ways, we want to have selective consensus. Selective consensus enables us to align on a motive or idea without having to agree on the totality of its parts.

Third, intelligence is more of a verb than a noun. You can collect something that is static like an object, or information that simply remains in a static state. When you action intelligence, it expands and becomes something else. It evolves. To repeat an important theme, this is why testing assumptions against reality is so critical: You are actioning your own intelligence. This is why being in the world, and learning from lived experiences, are so critical.

As an example, consider the term intelligence agency. Intelligence agencies are tethered to a superstructure (what is commonly known as the “deep state” or the “five eyes”), but in reality, intelligence agents are primarily rogue operators that are constantly trying to expand upon the information they receive, even if much of that information is manipulated, distorted, compartmentalized or suppressed. Agency involves the capacity to action the information received, and to transfer it with various intentions or agendas.

Why is this important?

Because in building systems that reflect this meta characteristic, we transition to more autonomous and organically emergent ways of living and working. We can evolve into alternatives that are expansive, rather than restrictive, or hive-minded.


Here are examples of platforms we are developing that reflect the attributes of decentralized collective intelligence.

Exospheredecentralized learning & interpersonal development

The brainchild of Skinner Layne, the educational arm of the organization was founded in 2012 with the mission to build the institutions of the future that enable both intercultural and intergenerational coordination in response to the world’s most intractable challenges.

After 7 years of experimentation in educational methods, alternative approaches to research plus agile technological development, the organization has now focused its resources and network on building the Exosphere Institute, a next-generation research and learning institution, and the Exosphere Academy, a training center for physical, cognitive and spiritual enrichment.

This has led to the formation of the impact investing component, which takes key learning from the exploration of critical social, environmental and technological problems and develops new ventures as solutions sets.

The combination of adaptive learning and research practices with an entirely new approach to investment which mitigates most forms of traditional risk presents an unprecedented way to enable meaningful change in the world. Currently, billions of dollars are earmarked for impact investment every year, with trillions more available, yet a very small percentage is actually deployed.

Exosphere endeavors to leverage its unique operational experience in research and managing high-cognitive capital personnel to better mobilize these resources by framing problems and solutions in a way that turns stakeholders into active participants with real skin-in-the-game.

Archetype Telehealthdecentralized health & wellness

Archetype Telehealth is the brainchild of Jason Cooner, a long-time technologist and scientist, who started his career building large information systems for the likes of the DoD (United States Department of Defense) and various healthcare companies. Over time, Jason made many discoveries; among them: That our approach to health and wellness needs a complete transformation.

The Archetype thesis is one that focuses on the capability to naturally repair and sustain the human genome.

Given that the economics of healthcare in the U.S. alone are projected to leave 80 million people without quality care by 2024, the platform has been developed to solve this problem by looking at the human body as a “tuning fork for vitality” using harmonic resonance to activate its own immunological functions. We call this quantum humanity.

The patient engagement program involves their precise inputs matching up with specific specialists to treat them per the conditions they actually exhibit, rather than medicines which simply treat their symptoms and cause more ongoing conditions.

With a remote care model that sends frequencies remotely to patients who are outfitted with prediagnostic testing kits and an apparatus to self-manage their own treatments with focused support, we provide an advanced system that is affordable, and horizontally scalable.

The cost benefits with solid economics based on health performance become quite clear, using a decentralized network of wellness participants. Where peer review research often fails to address healthcare problems at scale, we can use the Archetype ledgering system to place expertise in the right places, at the right times, in the right ways.

The Archetype blockchain represents these critical attributes of the participant network, thereby amortizing health and wellness risks in real-time.

In the true spirit of the scientific method, we are also building a network of specialists and interdisciplinary practitioners that can participate in an open research environment that fosters interactions between patients and researchers. The goal is to expand upon their learning, and develop applications that adaptively use the contextualized data to improve other systems around the world.

RAIRdecentralized ownership

RAIR, which stands for “Real Asset Implementation & Registration Layer”, is a cryptographic protocol system for people to own and monetize their own creations without middlemen. The idea was hatched by our CTO Garrett Minks, who was frustrated with network fees and the unnecessary steps required in the publishing of his own book on Amazon Kindle.

In short, RAIR attaches the real economy to the vast, interconnected web of people’s creations, represented as digital objects.

We designed RAIR with a critical feature of what is called a decrypt node. Since files of any type are typically stored on clouds or blockchains, this autonomous node provides a provably unique identifier (provenance) which allows content to be shared and resold without any censorship, tampering or redundancy.

To boot, we have created a node flagging system designed to provide a mechanism for self-regulation, to prevent things like dark web operations (underaged porn, illicit drug sales, arms dealing, etc.).

The decrypt nodes themselves form a decentralized network of participants who are incentivized to stake their creations and accrue non-fungible RAIR tokens (NFTs), without gaming or manipulating the system itself.

We see the RAIR platform as an evolutionary middleware solution that can be used across any platform or network type. Eventually, we also see the platform playing a crucial role in rewriting the lopsided current Internet and web infrastructure currently in place.

Earth Angelsdecentralized donations

Earth Angels is a DAF (donation advisory fund) platform designed to solve the problem of philanthropic contributions not being allocated to the right parties in the right ways. Trillions of dollars each year flow through non-profit organizations and foundations with little positive effect on the issues they are intended to address, simply because the funds themselves are treated as tax-mitigating writedowns, rather than bonafide investments in the ongoing efforts to solve these issues.

To benefit anyone and everyone involved, we created a global commons engine in which non-dilutable and non-transferable shares, measurable utility and accruable value are aligned as a true donation instrument. The vetting criteria for any participating project or venture is based on solving a major socioeconomic or environmental problem, providing a useful utility such as a renewable energy unit or a regenerative agricultural subsidy, and whether it can show demonstrable, regenerating returns to the foundation or non-profit organization supporting it.

In order to autonomously secure the donation and see that it is fulfilled as an investment, we created a system that utilizes an NFT (non-fungible token) to bundle all the respective performance, market, general interest and reputation data into a single and verifiable unit of account. All participants receive an EA certificate that meets these measurable social and ecological impact guidelines, as they continue to participate and improve their impact.


While decentralization along with collective intelligence remain as fleeting concepts to many, we see an entirely new world of possibility unfolding as we apply our ecosystemic platform designs in doing the most good we possibly can, in the most pragmatic ways we can.

  • addressing real human & environmental needs as markets of opportunity
  • using advanced technologies to test assumptions against reality
  • providing mechanisms for selective consensus & accelerated learning

Our New Nature

Natural logic. Natural economics. New ways for businesses to better the world.

Our New Nature

An applied exploration of unique insights and innovations that help us transform our lives and our work. This publication is a compilation of edited excerpts from the upcoming book, “Our New Nature”, available soon for redistribution and resale revenue on the RAIR platform.

Gunther Sonnenfeld

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Quantum Systems Architect .:. CEO of RAIR .:. Partner at Novena .:. Author of “Our New Nature” .:. https://www.novena.tech/ https://rair.tech/

Our New Nature

An applied exploration of unique insights and innovations that help us transform our lives and our work. This publication is a compilation of edited excerpts from the upcoming book, “Our New Nature”, available soon for redistribution and resale revenue on the RAIR platform.

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