Autistic Collaboration TV is an on-demand video channel produced by members of the Autistic Collaboration community. The content is presented by Ponderful (Mica) and Autistamatic (Quinn) in collaboration with the wider autistic community.
We focus on autistic perspectives on society, autistic collaborations, and on the results of autistic collaboration – with other autists, with people from other marginalised groups, and with people who appreciate autistic perspectives.
Videos by topic
Autistic people and autistic culture
- Philosophy (Ponderful)
- The verbal spectrum (Autistamatic)
- The autist whisperer (Autistamatic)
- Relationships (Autistamatic)
- Autistic thinking (Autistamatic)
- Empathy (Autistamatic)
- Politics (Ponderful)
Alienation and personal identity
Appreciation of autistic people
Autistic Collaboration TV aims educate the world about the invaluable role that autistic and otherwise neurodivergent people play as the agents of a well functioning cultural immune system within human society.
Within our “civilisation” autistic people tend to be highly concerned about social justice and tend to be the ones who point out toxic competitive behaviours. It is easy to see that autistic people are continuously at risk of being marginalised within societies that conceive of collaboration as “negotiating social status and power gradients, and as competing against each other using culturally defined rules”.
Neurodiversity friendly forms of collaboration have the potential to transform pathologically competitive and toxic teams and cultures into highly collaborative teams and larger cultural units that work together more like an organism rather than like a group of fighters in an arena.
As long as society confuses homo economicus with homo sapiens we are more than a bit off course. The idea that all humans must commodify their bodies and their labour is a deeply concerning symptom of the social disease that afflicts our societies. The journey towards a healthier relationship with the ecosystems which we are part of starts with the most powerful tool at our disposal, the introduction and consistent use of new language and new semantics.
At human scale neurodiversity results in a majority of generalists that replicate and sustain the local culture and in a minority of neurodivergent specialists that act as a valuable repository of scarce and often unique knowledge and skills. In one sense autistic people are natural specialists, in another sense they often ignore all established discipline boundaries.
Depending on the level of appreciation within the local culture neurodivergent people may take on unique roles as healers, navigators, tool makers, artists, musicians, and explorers, or as translators when interacting with groups that speak a different language and that operate different cultural practices.
Autists and otherwise neurodivergent people are able to assist the population to adapt to new environmental circumstances by acting as teachers and guides with unique perspectives and domain specific expertise.