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Bootstrap "Paradigm Map" 0

Doug Engelbart's Bootstrap "Paradigm Map" unfolds his strategic vision for dramatically raising our Collective IQ toward more effective organizations and a better world. The "tiles" identify the key paradigms that will need to shift to fully realize that potential.

The map is interactive. Clicking on a tile reveals summary highlights plus detail slides for that topic. The model itself is relational, not linear, meaning the concepts are mutually interdependent, and so it helps to cycle through several times, watching Doug present the model in multiple contexts, for the interplay of concepts to become clear. See below for Doug's Presentation Videos and Slidedeck. For an overview of the basic concepts, see Doug's Vision Highlights. 1

Watch Doug Presenting 2

Watch Doug presenting his call to action using the Bootstrap "Paradigm Map":

at Unfinished Revolution 1998
with Todd Garrett 1998

with Jeff and Christina 2008

   Presenting Summary Highlights:

   Key Interviews:

  • 2002 NMC Interview (9 min)
    (link FFs to 1:48 to skip 1968 demo intro) A tribute video created from a 2002 interview about his vision by Larry Johnson of the New Media Consortium, beginning with a few minutes clips from the 1968 demo; no slides used but great coverage of the key topics makes an excellent overview or introduction to the Doug's vision

  • 1995 JCN Profiles: Visionaries of the Information Age (20 min) –
    (link FFs to 1:14 to skip 1968 demo intro) An interview by Marc Doyle about his vision past, present and future, including selected slides from the Bootstrap "Paradigm Map"; leads with a brief intro and some slips from the 1968 demo

   In-Depth Coverage:

   Additional Workshops:

  • 2000 Engelbart's Colloquium - The Unfinished Revolution II (Sessions 1-10) – a more recent symposium covering the same topics, with guest speakers from industry and the public sector discussing how the topics are relevant in their fields of expertise; see Colloqium website for program, illustrated transcripts, speakers bios, etc.

  • 1992 Bootstrap Seminar (Sessions 1-12) – this seminar predates the paradigm map, but goes into much more detail on each of the topics covered by the paradigm map

Slides 3

Screenshot of title slide View or print the Bootstrap "Paradigm Map" slides:

How to Navigate:

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Travel once around the map to traverse the vision highlights, and again to see vision and strategy in greater detail.

Click right-arrow to advance through the slideshow. There are four parts to the presentation:
    Part 1 - basic map (Slide 2);
    Part 2 - overview highlights series;
    Part 3 - detail slides series
    Part 4 - closing summary slide series.
Icons in the top right corner are as follows: Lightning bolt returns you to Part 1 (Slide 2); [2] hotlinks to Part 2; [3] hotlinks to Part 3; [4] hotlinks to Part 4; Home hotlinks to the title page (Slide 1). On Slide 2: If viewing with animation, clicking on any tile animates that tile to accentuate the topic title. On all other map slides: Click any tile on the map to select that topic as follows: Click top of tile for highlights (that topic in Part 2), midsection for detail slide series (that topic in Part 3), bottom of tile for closing summary slide (that topic in Part 3) – from there, right and left arrow will advance from that point on the given series (highlights, detail, or closing summary). Historical Note: In the original presentation developed in Macromedia Director, Doug could switch modes using shortcut keys, and bookmark a slide before jumping away from it to easily return to it later.

History 4

Doug and Christina Engelbart are eternally grateful to David Gendron of Trillium Business Learning, Inc. who conceived, designed and produced this dynamic presentation in the early 1990s as a gift to Doug. Doug used this presentation format in most of his lectures and workshops since 1993. Originally programmed in Macromedia Director, it was later migrated to PowerPoint. As a tribute to Doug on his 80th birthday, David created this new rendition of the paradigm map. The key concepts in this map were conceived by Doug in the 1950s and 1960s, and subsequently iterated and refined through the 1990s.

Further Inquiry 5