Knowledge Management Consortium, Inc.
San Francisco Chapter
San Francisco, CA 94111
Date: Tue, 21 Dec 1999 20:30:25 -0800
Mr. Rod Welch
The Welch Company
440 Davis Court #1602
San Francisco, CA 94111 2496
Please find below a message from Doug Engelbart.
Doug is probably the most
prolific innovator of the information age. Some of his pioneering inventions
that you use everyday are:
uniform command syntax
universal user interface
You may wish to pursue the Colloquium
Mr. John Maloney
Please join me in a Colloquium hosted by Stanford University as we discuss
the challenges of coping with the increasing urgency and complexity which
face modern organizations.
Thirty years ago, when I led the team that developed NLS, the first
hypertext system, and pioneered collaborative computing, I had a vision of
computing that was to augment human intellect by following a comprehensive
While many of the aspects of the information revolution are now improving
the way we learn, live, and work, the unprecedented rate and scale of global
change is also leading to major problems that will not be solved through
technological solutions alone.
I would like to use this Stanford Colloquium -- *An In-Depth Look At The
Unfinished Revolution*-- as an opportunity to share with you a comprehensive
strategy that will enable individuals and organizations to begin to cope
with the increasingly more rapid pace and constant state of change in modern
More specifically, the Colloquium will give us a forum to engage in lively
dialogue on how we can improve our abilities to leverage our collective IQ.
In my view, the concept of collective IQ and its improvement needs to become
a core focus and challenge for society. Although much attention is now given
to the challenges and opportunities of e-business, the organizations,
regions and countries that adopt the most effective, large-scale strategy
for becoming collectively smarter, will enable broad improvements throughout
society and commerce, including e-business. The concept of high collective
IQ will, therefore, vitally affect every aspect of governance, security,
economy, education, health, business and other societal services.
The colloquium is designed to generate awareness of large-scope issues and
opportunities, to present a framework that can evolve a coherent improvement
infrastructure, and to examine scaling such an infrastructure for sectoral,
regional, national, and global applications. Such concepts have been the
objective and focus of my work in collaborative technology and strategy
The Colloquium begins on January 6th and will convene for 10 consecutive
Thursday evenings from 4 to 7 P.M. PST. The colloquium will be webcast live
will be available shortly after the live sessions. A very limited number of
seats are also available on site at Stanford to registered participants on a
For additional information please feel free to visit the colloquium websites
at the Bootstrap Institute, the
organization I founded to strategically map a course for the future. The
colloquium is open to the public and is free of charge.
Registration is advised, as that will enable full access to all the
interactions that will be featured.
I hope you can join us as we start an organized dialogue on the problems and
opportunities that face us collectively.
Douglas Engelbart, Ph.D.
If there is someone who might be interested, I would appreciate
your passing this message on.