This FAQ File introduces you to what we are trying to accomplish here
and how you can participate in that, if you so desire.
The heart of this site is the book we are all writing together. You can get to it by clicking 'Book' in the main menu. That will load a table of contents on the left and the book text in the main window.
The first chapter introduces the idea that the world doesn't work the way we thought it did and seeks to explain that. The second chapter expands on the first chapter and suggests some basic principles of what we call CIC ( (pronounced 'kick') we can latch on to. The first two chapters are a good place to start.
The remaining chapters are a mix of applying Chapters 1 and 2 to real world situations and flushing out CIC some more. Applications can be found in chapters 3 - 17 (excluding chapter 6 and 12) Consider these practice sessions in applying the principles. Intermixed with those chapters are the chapters that expand on chapter 2. Chapter 6 introduces core values for CIC and Chapters 12 dives into specific questions regarding CIC.
So, after reading Chapters 1 and 2, you could pretty much jump to an application chapter that interested you. In other words, it is not absolutely necessary to read through the book in order.
The best way for you to contribute your ideas to the book is through your comments using Google's Sidewiki. Sidewiki is an element of the Google Toolbar that allows users to comment on any webpage. Note, it is only available for Mozilla Firefox. Get Sidewiki
. It's free.
install Sidewiki, to comment on a chapter, simply open that Chapter in
your Firefox browser and click on the Sidewiki icon in the Google
toolbar. That opens Sidewiki on the left side of your screen
and allows you to enter a comment. Note, you need to be
logged into you google account.
Sidewiki also allows you to comment on specific passages in the book.
Simply use your mouse to highlight the passage and then click
the Sidewiki icon. The comment you enter will then be
associated with that specific text.
One other way you can contribute using Sidewiki is by reading other
people's comments and voting on comments as to whether you find them
useful. The comments with the most 'Yes' votes are shown first.
This will allow us to edit the chapters based on user
We have set up several forums to discuss the different
chapters in the book. Once registered, you can participate in
these discussions along with discussions on where CIC is being observed
in current events as well as discussions on future chapters.
There is also a place to ask questions or have general
Another place to visit is the Blog. We are blogging places
where we see CIC happening or where others are discussing it. This is a
great place to go to see how this all works in real life. You can
participate here by commenting on the blog posts by either submitting a
comment to the blog or entering a sidewiki on the blog post page.
Another way to contribute is by contacting us directly. Click 'Contact'
in the main menu to see how.
wikiCIC is something we hope to roll out in the near future.
It is a wiki version of the book, which means it is a version
that anyone can edit. This is somewhat of an experiment but
we believe a worthy one. We certainly don't claim we know all
there is to know. On the contrary, we consider input from
others as critical to this project. One way we are doing that
now is by incorporating comments submitted by readers. A more
dramatic experiment, we call wikiCIC, would be to let readers edit the
text directly. Should be interesting.