It has been inspired by wiki socio-cognitives structures, the Glass Plate Game, Mind Maps, and Open Space.
In an interview with Ward Cunningham, the inventor of the wiki artefact, we realized that the wiki was inspired by the hypertext principle, itself inspired by a theory of a connective mind, which suggests that we think by making connections between concepts and categories. Here is a representation of Xanadu, an hypertext project that was imagined before the invention of the web. The invention of the wiki artefact was first a hack to html (the hypertext markup langague structuring the web). It was the first artefact to allow users editing and organizing public web pages.
The Glass Plate Game, is a conversation in the trappings of a board game. Pieces are used to map, against a mosaic, the conversation as players find and discuss connections between ideas represented by various regions of the mosaic. In the sets there are "idea cards" for composing the mosaic, then numbered cubes and colored transparencies for pieces tracking the conversation. On this photo, Dunbar Aitkens (white beard, the Glass Plate Game inventor) is playing with wiki users, including Ward Cunningham (red shirt, the wiki inventor).
Open Space Technology (OST) is an approach for hosting meetings, conferences, corporate-style retreats and community summit events, focused on a specific and important purpose or task—but beginning without any formal agenda, beyond the overall purpose or theme.
The approach is most distinctive for its initial lack of an agenda, which sets the stage for the meeting's participants to create the agenda for themselves.
It has been used a lot to organize wiki events such as Recent Changes Camps .
1. How do game-concept-discussions embody the collaborative spirit and illustrate abductive methods of reasoning? We want to understand, compare, play and extend the “Wikiway” and its inherent principles to other devices.