Please note that the following individual or organizational information is not reflective of formal partnership between the highlighted organizations and ButWhatDoWeKnow. We just think that these entities function to fill important gaps across a range of intellectual domains and relational practices in our world. We hope you see something here that you can integrate into your own thinking and working.
Center for Open Science "We envision a future scholarly community in which the process, content, and outcomes of researchare openly accessible by default. All scholarly content is preserved and connected and transparency isan aspirational good for scholarly services. All stakeholders are included and respected in the researchlifecycle and share pursuit of truth as the primary incentive and motivation for scholarship. Achievingthe mission requires culture change in the incentives that drive researchers’ behavior, theinfrastructure that supports research, and the business models that dominate scholarlycommunication."
Center for Research and Interdisciplinarity "The CRI is co-constructing and sharing new ways of learning, teaching, conducting research and mobilizing collective intelligence in the fields of life, learning and digital sciences, in order to face the world's sustainable development goals (SDGs)"
Cognitive Rhythms Collaborative "The Cognitive Rhythms Collaborative (CRC) is a group of scientists in the Boston area who work together to advance our understanding of the brain dynamics underlying cognitive functions such as sensory processing, attention, learning, memory and motor planning."
DanceSafe "DanceSafe is a 501(c)(3) public health organization promoting health and safety within the nightlife and electronic music community. Founded in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1998 by Emanuel Sferios, DanceSafe quickly grew into a national organization with chapters in cities across North America."
Dev4X "The project aims to help innovators create "innovation bricks" that tackle specific problems, helps entrepreneurs use those bricks, stack them together and create viable businesses, and help investors fund successful innovation in a positive-sum economy, where an investment in 1 is an investment in many"
Hackerspace Prague [brmlab] Excellent hackerspace/makerspace operating out of Prague. In mainstream discourse, terms like "biohacking" or "neurohacking" have typically conferred negative connotations, perhaps due to popular notions that "hacker" communities are inherently comprised of anarchists who break rules for the purpose of antagonizing governing authorities. This is certainly a possible narrative for some participants, in some spaces, and under certain conditions; however, we have a hunch that this narrative is largely not the normative one. We urge you to keep an open mind while evaluating the ethics and utility of these citizen science projects. The functions of the knowledge and tools that they aim to cooperatively implement and to create, should be thoughtfully analyzed on a case by case basis. Check it out.
Heterodox Academy "We aspire to create college classrooms and campuses that welcome diverse people with diverse viewpoints and that equip learners with the habits of heart and mind to engage that diversity in open inquiry and constructive disagreement."
Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies "The Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies is a nonprofit think tank which promotes ideas about how technological progress can increase freedom, happiness, and human flourishing in democratic societies. We believe that technological progress can be a catalyst for positive human development so long as we ensure that technologies are safe and equitably distributed. We call this a "technoprogressive" orientation. Focusing on emerging technologies that have the potential to positively transform social conditions and the quality of human lives - especially "human enhancement technologies" - the IEET seeks to cultivate academic, professional, and popular understanding of their implications, both positive and negative, and to encourage responsible public policies for their safe and equitable use."
Integrative Psychiatry Institute "The field of psychiatry has achieved many important advances in technology and pharmacology over the last few decades. But despite these advances in psychiatry, it has become painfully clear the traditional approach is failing."
International Society for Neuroregulation & Research The International Society for Neuroregulation & Research (ISNR) is a membership organization that comprises people from many countries and various professional disciplines working on neurotherapy, neurofeedback training and neurofeedback research. ISNR supports education and excellence in the field of neurofeedback training and neurotherapy and seeks the validation and acceptance of this discipline by a broad spectrum of society. Both the society and its members gladly cooperate with other like-minded organizations and individuals.
Mind and Life Institute "At the Mind & Life Institute, we bring science and contemplative wisdom together to better understand the mind and create positive change in the world. At this critical moment in history, we’re expanding our reach beyond individual well-being to focus on societal flourishing and interconnection."
MIT Center for Collective Intelligence "The MIT Center for Collective Intelligence explores how people and computers can be connected so that —collectively— they act more intelligently than any person, group, or computer has ever done before."
Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies "Founded in 1986, the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit research and educational organization that develops medical, legal, and cultural contexts for people to benefit from the careful uses of psychedelics and marijuana."
Neuroscience Information Framework "NIF maintains the largest searchable collection of neuroscience data, the largest catalog of biomedical resources, and the largest ontology for neuroscience on the web."
Open Neuro "A free and open platform for sharing MRI, MEG, EEG, iEEG, and ECoG data"
Quantified Mind "We are scientifically quantifying the effects of interventions on our cognitive processes. If something will make you smarter, we want to know! Eating butter, taking creatine, meditating -- who knows what really works? To see whether something improves cognition, you need to try things and measure the results."
Quantified Self "The Quantified Self is an international community of users and makers of self-tracking tools who share an interest in “self-knowledge through numbers.” If you are tracking for any reason — to answer a health question, achieve a goal, explore an idea, or simply because you are curious — you can find help and support here."