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0201 - Bootstrap Institute O-00000735 0501
020101 - Mr. Henry van Eyken; Webmaster
0202 - Bootstrap Institute O-00000735 0101
020201 - Mr. Douglas C. Engelbart, Ph.D.
Time Allocate Learn Use Information Technology IT for Improving Appe
Fleabyte Professional Journal on Augmenting Intelligence Henry Write
Fleabyte Professional Journal Eugene Kim Supports Augmenting Intelli
1205 - ..
1206 - Summary/Objective
120701 - Follow up ref SDS 32 0000, ref SDS 31 0000.
120703 - Henry explains challenge of allocating time for learning new tools,
120704 - balanced against time to create work product with the tools.
120705 - ref SDS 0 3V8X Letter to Henry recommends focusing on the quality of
120706 - writing content rather than investing time to learn technology that
120707 - improves the appearance of what is written. ref SDS 0 588I Eugene Kim
120708 - concurred with this prescription. ref SDS 0 WY3Q Henry sets out
120709 - requirements for staffing an online civic journal. ref SDS 0 3V4T He
120710 - further sets goals for Fleabyte to support autmented thinking by
120711 - advancing Doug Engelbart's ideas on ABC improvement, ref SDS 0 OE9N,
120712 - and describes "c" type activity for improving education. ref SDS 0
120713 - AJ7W Jack Park supports this idea. ref SDS 0 W83F, along with Peter
120714 - Yim who plans to distribute Henry's letter to a work group.
120715 - ref SDS 0 U29O
120717 - ..
120718 - [On 050113 letter to Henry describes advance from information to
120719 - a culture of knowledge. ref SDS 33 XV5J
120721 - ..
120722 - [On 050126 Henry reports to circle of advocates on steps toward
120723 - publishing Fleabyte. ref SDS 35 WI5M
120727 - ..
1210 - Progress
121101 - Today, received, ref DRT 1 0001, a copy of a letter from Henry to Jack
121102 - and to Eugene, responding to their letters yesterday offering
121103 - suggestions to distribute Fleabyte with weblogs, and several tools.
121104 - ref SDS 32 O44L
121106 - 1. As per previous email, I downloaded MoveableType, blosxom, and
121107 - WordPress. ref DRT 1 0001
121109 - ..
121110 - 2. And here problems begin: These all require an unknown amout of
121111 - time to figure out how to install and use them. Moreover, not
121112 - all instructions are clear to me. They also seem to call for
121113 - knowledge of Perl or PHP, MySQL, and perhaps other items.
121114 - ref DRT 1 LV5O
121116 - ..
121117 - 3. While facing this, some questions go through my mind such as
121118 - "do we need all this?", "how do these tools compare to use of
121119 - Wiki," etc. These things are household words to you, but not to
121120 - me. I have the uncomfortable feeling that getting into these
121121 - technical things take me away from other important aspects of
121122 - Fleabyte. All of which emphasizes that Fleabyte is not simply
121123 - something that can be done, it perforce calls for management of
121124 - the efforts of a team of people each one with specific skills
121125 - or knowledge. ref DRT 1 6W6K
121127 - [On 050126 Henry reports to circle of advocates on steps
121128 - toward publishing Fleabyte. ref SDS 35 WI5M
121131 - ..
121132 - Submitted ref DIT 1 0001 personal letter supporting Henry's ideas on
121133 - allocating time to support content, as one dimension of the two (2)
121134 - worlds problem. Did not send copies to the group.
121136 - [...below, received copy of letter from Eugene Kim concurring
121137 - that content is more important that learning additional tools
121138 - for appearance. ref SDS 0 WY3Q
121141 - ..
1214 - 1549
121501 - Fleabyte Not Aimed for Wiki Reader Participation to Generate Content
121503 - Received ref DRT 3 0001 letter from Henry responding to Eugene Kim's
121504 - letter, shown below, ref SDS 0 WY3Q, and saying...
121506 - 1. Dear Eugene,
121508 - ..
121509 - 2. First to your second, "most important point." I am
121510 - wholeheartedly in agreement with you. Feel our way on the way
121511 - up and up and in the process try to generate the kind of
121512 - interest that will also generate participation. Certainly, at
121513 - this point in time, I am not yet looking for reader
121514 - participation in generating editorial content (such as through
121515 - a Wiki). Too much of a burden, in fact we would need a
121516 - designated editor to manage that kind of thing; and this, of
121517 - course, brings up the matter of agree-upon guidelines for
121518 - staffers, if we can get to that point. ref DRT 3 0001
121522 - ..
121523 - Henry Plans Long Term Civic Journal with Group of Participants
121525 - 3. You will appreciate from that last sentence that I am taking
121526 - into account my age, mental slippage, potential demise - in
121527 - short plain reality. If our objective is to make Fleabyte work
121528 - (or by whatever name!), it need be a project managed by a group
121529 - of participants who share a vision. ref DRT 3 U46L
121531 - [On 050126 Henry reports to circle of advocates on steps
121532 - toward publishing Fleabyte. ref SDS 35 WI5M
121535 - ..
121536 - Blueoxen Can Contribute Technical Support for Fleabyte
121538 - 4. As for getting bogged down in technical details, indeed there
121539 - should be no need for that. It has gone through my mind that
121540 - BlueOxen may well be a natural umbrella for the kind of work we
121541 - are talking about. For two reasons: (1) it is all about
121542 - cooperation, (2) I happen to know that one of its principals
121543 - happens to have solid experience in editing as well as
121544 - computing technology. ref DRT 3 L57I
Staffing Help Needed Priority for Fleabyte Before Applying New Tools
130401 - ..
130402 - Staffing Priority for Fleabyte
130404 - 5. Thus at this point I am not yet looking for solutions to using
130405 - these tools, I am looking for how we can form or begin forming
130406 - suitable staffing. This staffing son will need to include a
130407 - person capable of managing the project. Business pays good
130408 - money for such a person; we have nothing to offer. Should we
130409 - flounder right here and give up? I like to believe that we
130410 - should not yet do so. ref DRT 1 PW7K
130412 - [On 050126 Henry reports to circle of advocates on steps
130413 - toward publishing Fleabyte. ref SDS 35 WI5M
Fleabyte Promoting Alternate Technologies from Microsoft Linux
150401 - ..
150402 - Fleabyte Promoting Alternate Technologies
150404 - 6. Prior to trying to locate such a person, we need to be able to
150405 - specify what Fleabyte is aiming for. I have made an attempt at
150406 - that n my first two emails, but am aware that it probably is
150407 - not detailed enough. One detail that ought to be included is
150408 - that the publication must continually justify what it is doing,
150409 - why it is doing it. This includes, probably in a collophon, why
150410 - certain tools are chosen. Why Linux and not Windows? Why a
150411 - blogging tool and not Wiki in addition to plain vanilla XHTML?
150412 - Indeed, why XHTML? Etc. And while emphasizing augmentation of
150413 - the human intellect, it behooves us to make plain in language
150414 - everybody can understand what forms of augmentation exist, what
150415 - they are best for, what are their shortcomings, etc. After all,
150416 - augmentation will need go hand-in-glove with education!
150417 - ref DRT 1 OX8I
Fleabyte Civic Journalism Augment Thinking Based on Doug's ABC Syste
Continual Learning Knowledge Deepens Broadens that Enables Enlighten
Continual Learning Good Management Requires Organizational Memory fr
Traceability Original Sources Audit Trail Organizational Memory from
Toffler, Alvin, Culture Shock New Age Management Continual Learning
Continual Learning Links Good Management Working Intelligently Trace
Continual Learning to Think Changes Education Paradigm
3710 - 1239
371101 - ..
371102 - Fleabyte Civic Journalism Augment Thinking Based on Doug's ABC System
371103 - Engelbart ABC System Continual Learning Core C Goal Augment Thinking
371104 - ABC System Fleabyte Civic Journalism Goals Augment Thinking Engelbart
371105 - Continual Learning C Activity Augment Thinking Fleabyte Core Goal
371107 - Received ref DRT 4 0001 from Henry to Doug Engelbart with copies to
371108 - his circle of advocates, clarifying goals for an online journal set in
371109 - Henry's two (2) letters received on 050110, ref SDS 31 UR6T, and
371110 - further, ref SDS 31 RY6S Today, Henry explains how civic journalism
371111 - can promote Doug's ABC system for a new way of thinking and working
371112 - with continual improvement originally reviewed in the record on
371113 - 991222. ref SDS 14 C742
371115 - ..
371116 - Henry's letter says...
371118 - 1. Subject: Fleabyte and civic journalism
371120 - ..
371121 - Dear Doug,
371123 - ..
371124 - Allow me to draw a comparison between one of Doug's most
371125 - important papers and the approach I would like Fleabyte to
371126 - follow. That paper is "Toward High-Performance Organizations:
371127 - A Strategic Role for Groupware," ref DRT 4 0001, published in
371128 - 1992. You'll find it on the Bootstrap site:
371130 - http://www.bootstrap.org/augdocs/augment-132811.htm
371132 - ..
371133 - Some fundamental ideas in this paper are: (1) The ABC Model of
371134 - Organizational Improvement, (2) Looking for a Multi-Payoff
371135 - Capability Cluster, and (3) the CODIAK Process Cluster.
371140 - ..
371141 - 2. Let's look at hese in the light of Fleabyte objectives and
371142 - methods. ref DRT 4 6M6K
371144 - [On 050126 Henry reports to circle of advocates on steps
371145 - toward publishing Fleabyte. ref SDS 35 WI5M
371147 - [On 050222 Henry reports challenges of launching Fleabyte
371148 - as a senior citizen project. ref SDS 37 MT6P
371150 - ..
371151 - [On 050222 recommend Henry update Doug's 1992 paper as
371152 - inspiration cited by Henry on 050112 for Fleabyte promoting
371153 - augmented thinking through civic journalism. ref SDS 37
371154 - Y65W
371156 - ..
371157 - 3. Doug presented the ABC Model in the context of organizations,
371158 - which I take to be formal organizations. Recapitulating:
371159 - A-work is the ordinary work that goes into the output of goods
371160 - and/or services. B-work is organizational research as we
371161 - commonly understand it, i.e. work to better the A-process. If
371162 - we include marketing research, B would improve quantity of
371163 - throughput, quality of product, adapting the product line to
371164 - market potential. C-work "frontier outpost" work serves to give
371165 - B-work its long-term focus, the "why" of potential research
371166 - strategies. Doug explains how investing in C-work ought provide
371167 - the highest return on investment. ref DRT 4 QL6M
371169 - ..
371170 - 4. Fleabyte addresses individuals - readers - who by and large are
371171 - only informally organized. That organization is society. Those
371172 - individuals are typically known by that part of their A-work
371173 - that makes them solid citizens: laborers, doctors, teachers,
371174 - housewives and mothers. On the way to attaining these functions
371175 - these people benefit from an investment in them by society and
371176 - by their parents. B-work would be upbringing and education,
371177 - means of improving, yes, quantity of throughput, quality of
371178 - product, adapting the product line to market potential - or,
371179 - for short, thinking, skills, career. ref DRT 4 IM8F
371182 - ..
371183 - Education C Activity Augment Thinking Continual Learning
371184 - Continual Learning Transform Education Fleabyte Core Goal
371186 - 5. Improving on education is the C-work. Let's dwell on this for a
371187 - moment. I think it is fair to say that curricula are outcomes
371188 - of experience, the past. I personally have yet to hear about a
371189 - curriculum that specifically takes into account the need to
371190 - serve students over the next half a century or so. Ultimately
371191 - it would be Fleabyte's job to address this C-aspect. That's why
371192 - we must pay attention to developments in our understanding of
371193 - what makes human beings tick (particularly neuroscience and
371194 - culture). And attention to the value of components of education
371195 - and how these may change over years to come. We must take
371196 - account of our limited mental capacities and the obvious need
371197 - for augmenting the human intellect (individual and group). We
371198 - must seek to contribute to a common understanding of our roles
371199 - in a global society, and we must seek to understand one
371200 - another. If ever we are able to bring Fleabyte to full
371201 - fruition, its editors will be fed with the best information
371202 - that can be forwarded to them from the "frontier outposts."
371203 - (For now, this comes in the form of such efforts as my
371204 - review-essays of relevant books. I mentioned these before.) I
371205 - don't think I need to dwell on the need for C-work to focus on
371206 - life-long education - and the mind's capability to benefit from
371207 - life-long learning. (I recently took again a college course in
371208 - cal-II and from that experience I have some small sense of an
371209 - aspect of life-long education and its limitations.),
371210 - ref DRT 4 YN9G
371212 - ..
371213 - Questions Henry might consider in planning to implement Doug's ABC
371214 - model based on previous review by Jack Park on 010323. ref SDS 25 V184
371216 - ..
371217 - Henry continues...
371219 - 6. Doug captured the process of optimizing the use of best
371220 - available information in the acronym CoDIAK: Concurrent
371221 - Development, Integration, and Application of Knowledge.
371222 - Simply, we must shorten the lag between generating knowledge
371223 - and using it - and do so throughout the organization, which in
371224 - our case is throughout society. ref DRT 4 RO5J
371226 - ..
371227 - 7. C-work is applied farsightedness and many individuals do C-work
371228 - for themselves; for example in the form of taking evening
371229 - classes to better themselves, or taking out insurance. There
371230 - exists some "furthersightedness" in society as well: education,
371231 - universal health care, unemployment insurance, maintaining
371232 - armies, etc. But still, we must do better; C-work is not a
371233 - sufficiently well established institution in society as a
371234 - whole. Business and political leaders work within very close
371235 - horizons, a few years, practicing the art of the possible of
371236 - what can be achieved before they move on. ref DRT 4 UO6G
371238 - ..
371239 - Doug calls for a new way of thinking and learning, shown in the record
371240 - on 991222, ref SDS 14 C742, which might imply improving education.
371241 - The Tofflers advance the idea of continual learning independent from
371242 - formal education which is dominated by demands of bureaucracy,
371243 - reviewed on 950911. ref SDS 7 2222
371245 - ..
371246 - How then can "learning" be improved that gives people a better chance
371247 - to convert a growing information revolution into useful knowledge?
371249 - ..
371250 - Analysis on 040221 showed that SRI's project to develop something
371251 - related to learning under a governemnt contract for CALO, might relate
371252 - to Doug's concept of "C" activity. ref SDS 27 5U6J Jack may be able
371253 - to comment on progress toward Doug's goal with the CALO project.
371255 - ..
371256 - Continual learning is a major component of saving lives, time, and
371257 - money that improves productivity and earnings, illustrated by
371258 - comments like...
371260 - We learned today that....
371263 - ..
371264 - Henry continues...
371266 - 8. That "what is possible" is to a large extent a product of what
371267 - society will allow. Our so-called _leaders_ follow a script
371268 - already written by the society whence they come. Clearly, out
371269 - objective must be to have society convincing itself to write a
371270 - better script. That can only be the outcome of citizens
371271 - improving on their insights over their entire life spans.
371272 - ref DRT 4 3B3H
Fleabyte Professional Journal Jack Park at SRI Supports on Augmentin
420401 - ..
420402 - Jack Park Supports Fleabyte to Advocate ABC Improvement System
420404 - Follow up ref SDS 31 W83F.
420406 - Received ref DRT 5 0001 from Jack Park to Henry responding to Henry's
420407 - letter received earlier today explaining goals to support Doug
420408 - Engelbart's concept for ABC improvement, per above, ref SDS 0 OE9N,
420409 - and proposing focus on "c" activity to improve education. ref SDS 0
420410 - AJ7W Jack's letter today follows up his letter, ref DRP 3 0001,
420411 - received on 050110, ref SDS 31 W83F, and responding to Henry's letter
420412 - dated 050109, shown also received on 050110. ref SDS 31 8F8H
420414 - ..
420415 - Jack complement's Henry's letter today, saying...
420417 - 1. Dear Henry,
420419 - ..
420420 - 2. This message, alone, would make one helluva Fleabyte post. It
420421 - should be syndicated and picked up by every good blog on this
420422 - planet.
420424 - ..
420425 - Jack commends Henry's letter on advocating Doug Engelbart's ABC
420426 - improvment system, per above. ref SDS 0 OE9N
420428 - [On 050115 Jack comments Peirce's semiotics holds that learning is
420429 - deeper than using experience to refine the "truth" of knowledge.
420430 - ref SDS 34 MO7M Jack further notes SDS support for context
420431 - management; he complains discussion on future of Fleabyte has
420432 - "morphed" into discussing the future of POIMS, ref SDS 34 EI4X; he
420433 - indicates SDS fits Fleabyte requirements and objects that SDS does
420434 - not meet goals for open source. ref SDS 34 EI5T
Fleabyte Professional Journal Eugene Kim Supports Augmenting Intelli
Content Priority Fleabyte Objective Learning New Technologies Suppor
Web Hosting Yim Peter CIM Engineering Offers Circle of Advocates Sup
4506 - 0920
450701 - ..
450702 - Host Fleabyte Civic Journalism Website
450703 - Existing Tools Enable Fleabyte to Focus on Content
450704 - Eugene Kim Requests Clarification of Fleabyte Initiative
450706 - Follow up ref SDS 31 RN3M.
450708 - Received ref DRT 2 0001 from Eugene Kim responding to Henry's letter
450709 - this morning, per above, ref SDS 0 NH6G, based on Eugene's letter on
450710 - 050110, ref DRP 5 0001, to Henry with ideas for supporting an online
450711 - journal....
450713 - 1. My point was not for you to go learn these tools and do it all
450714 - yourself. There are many people who offer hosting services,
450715 - including some of us here. Peter has already offered to host a
450716 - site for you. Blogs aren't yet a standard part of the Blue Oxen
450717 - infrastructure, but if you're willing to put up with a little
450718 - roughness, I'm happy to host as well. ref DRT 2 0001
450720 - ..
450721 - 2. Which brings me to my second and more important point. Your
450722 - technical questions and requests are all important, but they
450723 - should not be impediments to what you're trying to do. In
450724 - other words, don't wait for the perfect solution. Start with
450725 - something that makes your job easier -- a hosted blog, for
450726 - example -- and focus on the writing. Over time, as your
450727 - readership grows, you may be able to find volunteers or funding
450728 - to achieve more of your vision. Or, the tools will catch up to
450729 - the vision by themselves.
450731 - ..
450732 - Eugene's letter today seems to align with the letter to Henry earlier
450733 - today, per above. ref SDS 0 588I
450735 - [..above, Henry responds to Eugene. ref SDS 0 FN9J
Web Hosting Yim Peter CIM Engineering Offers Circle of Advocates Sup
460401 - ..
460402 - Peter Yim Offers Web Hosting for Fleabyte
460404 - Follow up ref SDS 31 U29O.
460406 - Received ref DRT 6 0001, from Peter Yim to Henry responding to Henry's
460407 - letter received earlier today explaining goals to support Doug
460408 - Engelbart's concept for ABC improvement, per above, ref SDS 0 OE9N,
460409 - and proposing focus on "c" activity to improve education. ref SDS 0
460410 - AJ7W Peter's letter today follows up his letter, ref DRP 6 0001,
460411 - received on 050110, ref SDS 31 U29O, and responding to Henry's letter
460412 - dated 050109, shown also received on 050110. ref SDS 31 8F8H
460414 - ..
460415 - 1. Dear Henry,
460417 - ..
460418 - 2. Bravo! Well said!
460420 - I am passing this on to our team that had been working on the
460421 - "State of the Future Index" system, as it is so relevant!
460422 - Thanks, Henry.
460424 - ..
460425 - 3. Keep these insights coming!
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