The Beginning of the Hivemind

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The Hivemind was born on 1 April 1998 as follows:

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Welcome to the hivemind
Date: Wed, 01 Apr 1998 00:41:44 +0200
From: the hivemind <projects@hivemind.net>
Organization: the hivemind
To: the hivemind <projects@hivemind.net>

Hello everybody,

You should already have received an automated message from
my good friend majordomo about the hivemind's "projects" list.
This is it, if you are reading this, then you are on the list and,
by default, a part of the hivemind.

Welcome  :) .

The hivemind is really a bit of an experiment. We are trying
to approach the process of doing "work" in a radically new
manner. There isn't a formal structure to the hivemind. We
have thrown a group of intelligent people together; we are
now stirring things a little bit and hopefully, we'll all get to
see what happens next.

We hope that there will be some people in the hivemind that
are involved in existing projects and need help from people
who have time and skills to spare.

We also hope that there will be people in the hivemind that have
skills and time to spare and who want to get involved with
existing projects.

We hope that the hivemind will evolve, and that if there is an
imbalance of people and projects, the hivemind will grow
itself in such a way that things balance out again.

We hope that the hivemind will spawn ideas of its own,
and we hope to nurture these ideas so that the good ones
become viable projects of their own.

Above all, we want to make sure that the hivemind looks
after all of its components parts. If it can do that, then it
should stay healthy.

To try and kickstart the experiment we need a little bit of
participation from all of you. We would like people to
start swapping ideas and work with each other through
the hivemind network. Before that can happen, everyone
needs to get to know each other, at least a little bit.

So, if you could spare the hivemind a few moments, it
would like to absorb the following bits of information
from you...

Who are you?
What do you spend your time doing?
What would you like to spend your time doing?
What sort of useful skills do you think you have?
How much free time do you have to work on new projects?
Tell us some of the zanier goals you have for the future.
What would you like the hivemind to give you or do for you?

Thank you for your contribution to the hivemind  :) .

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And things progressed from there. Be sure to check out The History of the Hivemind Network.

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