Friday, May 25, 2018
The collaborative commons in Star Trek
The Star Trek: Voyager episode Unity, which I saw again last night, reminded me a lot of the collaborative commons. These ex-Borg have broken with the collective and regained their individuality. And yet they still retained a psychic link to each other and formed a co-operative. Chakotay, injured after being attacked and injured by invaders on their planet, is healed by linking with the co-operative. Afterward he rejoices in his ability to link directly with the others in the co-operative, even making love to one of its members. The episode, likely unintentionally, depicts the operating system of the collaborative commons: The ability to retain individual autonomy yet link with others in a greater cooperative effort that transcends the individual.