Protocol Kit Recipients

I am delighted to have received a copy of the Protocol Kit. Thank you SoP. A sense of responsibility is now dawning on me to start thinking about organising meetups and presentations, loaning the kit to colleges and universities, etc. Please post any tips or suggestions you may have.

Here’s my OH reading about what I’ve been engrossed in over the past year.


I am also very excited to have received the Protocol Kit. Thank you SoP!

This kit will be shared among the students of the Ethereum Club at my university, IIIT Delhi. We are diving deep into the world of protocols :sunny:


Nice! Do post a photo of your meetup where you gather to talk about this.

The Clockless Clock Maze is now up on my wall. I had to move some kid drawings to make space for it.

(Affixed loosely so we can take it down to solve it. Kid grabbed a pencil today but then got intimidated by it. Maybe tomorrow.)


Proud to compete with your kids :saluting_face: :rofl:


Got my kit about 1.5 weeks ago, it’s beautiful!

Didn’t expect to be extra protocol-pilled by a folder, but I was.

Planning to submit a draft PIG around medtech investing protocols in the next week or so.


Found my Protocol Kit yesterday on returning from travels. I’m delighted and it also looks great. Thanks so much! Diving in to make art. I will share the knowledge.


Thank you very much for the kit! Although protocols are not a new topic to me, I never suspected there could be so many ways to think about them that, in turn, can inspire more ways to think and do protocols. Amazing!

Music seems to capture all the qualities of protocols: tempo, time signature, sequence, orchestration, and, further, those of digital protocols since it offers rich notation instructing what, when, and how to play. The bow is there to suggest something in addition. It works via tension.

My Protocol Kit arrived on the 10th of March.

One of the themes I’ll be exploring is how protocols, as the dominant cohesion technologies in the Interoperable zone of the CABIN spectrum, in contrast to other cohesion mechanisms, can provide the necessary cohesion with a minimum direct loss of autonomy and enable amplification of agency.


That’s great! Cool to see it on a music stand and with some highlighting too!

We received our SoP Kit and we cannot thank you enough for this incredible work. It arrived just when we needed it. We are currently focused on analyzing the production and consumption patterns of cities and working on the idea of building OpenCampus based on protocols. Therefore, I reached out to SoP and filled out the form. To be honest, I did not expect to receive a copy of the protocols. The SoP Kit has become an indispensable part of our library at OpenCampus.




Awesome! The cat is almost the same color theme as the binder :grin:

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It is hereby named ProtocolKitty


Beats the hell out of my Homebrew Protocol Kit that’s for sure.

Thanks so much SoP for the wonderul resource and thank you @Venkat for, well, a lot of things.


Thanks to all involved for the wonderful kit.

I have just started to incorporate it into my personal knowledge web, which still feels like a weird protocol I haven’t quite worked out yet.


Received my ProtocolKit two weeks ago, as an unexpected but very pleasant surprise! There’s a lot to learn, to marvel in, and chew on. So far, having worked and working in a highly protocolized system (a.k.a. Bureaucracy) for over a decade now, some of my favorites (looking at the # of notes I took :sunny:) were

  • Olivia Steiert’s ‘Protocols in (Emergency) Time’
  • Drew Austin’s ‘Protocols Don’t Build Pyramids’
  • Shuya Gong’s ‘Exit to Protocol’ (which I dug into already b/c of my occupation, see below)

Looking through my notes, what I liked about the three very different papers in my first reading is:

  • In Olivia Steiert’s “Protocols in (Emergency) Time”, I found the discussion on the temporal dimension of protocols and how they differ from static concepts like standards or rules very insightful and useful when thinking about protocols, including the idea that protocols don’t have inherent vision for the future. I also saw connections and links to the Cynefin family of Frameworks, e.g. that protocols can be seen as constraints, constructors, and maybe even as actors, and also links to the work of Antonia Pont on “A philosophy of practicing: with Deleuze’s difference and repetition.”

  • In “Protocols Don’t Build Pyramids” by Drew Austin, I liked the references to Stewart Brand’s work on pace layering. As Brand wrote, “fast gets all our attention, but slow has all the power” in “Pace Layering” and it’s interesting to reflect on the protocols involved in construction and how the shearing that occurs between a system’s slow and fast layers is a fundamental feature of built structures. An interesting line of thought for me here is how one can use protocols and the shear in built structures to advance something.

  • In “Exit to Protocol” by Shuya Gong, I also saw some links to the Cynefin family of Frameworks, namely the idea that methods that build on and interact with their substrate can be looked at as protocols. Also interesting is the reflection on selection pressure which can inhibit protocol evolution - and how one can “Dance with protocols” in a way to circumvent this. I also appreciated the discussion on how a deliberate decision to stop something and then exit to protocol can benefit an organization and its community by releasing workplace protocols and seeding a new ecosystem of organizations with shared underlying patterns of behaviour - something Bureaucracies rarely if ever seem to think of.

The funniest (or personally most insightful) thing while reflecting on Protocols so far was the realization that somehow, maybe in the sense of an infinite player, I seem to see “dancing” with Bureaucracy as a worthwhile challenge, i.e. to wield a Bureaucracy in ways that it starts doing things it didn’t think it could do (deliberately anthropomorphising it …). For example, the pace layering of a bureaucratic system means that if you get into the Bureaucracy’s OODA loop at the right tempo and pace, you can introduce tremendous change over time. But that’s something for a different place and time.

As you can guess from the picture, my work has to do with Space (although very earthly aspects related to it) and I intend to integrate some of my protocol thought into a space deep-tech related research initiative I’m currently designing and building up.

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Thankful for receiving my kit. Now diving in, enjoying Venkat’s conceptual labyrinths and Mario’s intro on cryptography so far!

Thinking about to apply for a protocol-themed creative mini-project (small grant) with an artistic project using plotters and diagrams :thinking:

what do you think?


go for it! I personally love plotter art


Howdy “Protocol Nerds!” :wave: - thanks you so much for having me at your party!

“Protocols” as they are being explored and unpacked in this research initiative is such a potent creative frame. And I think I’m only just beginning to get a sense of how powerful this way of looking at and through reality can be. Exceedingly grateful to have this frame of reference to creatively build upon… :bowing_woman:t2:


Appreciate your notes on the kit so far @johannrichard - especially the connections you make with Cynefin.