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Bootstrap "Paradigm Map" 0

Doug Engelbart designed this Bootstrap "Paradigm Map" to present a radically different strategic approach for transforming the organization of the future. A paradigm is a mindeset that shapes how we see the world. A paradigm that is outmoded or slow to change can seriously limit an organization's or society's perception of risks or opportunities, or view of what's possible and how to proceed. Each tile on the map identifies a shift in thinking that will be needed for organizations and society at large to fully realize their potential in a future of rapidly increasing uncertainty, complexity, and urgency on a global scale.

The map in Engelbart's slidedeck is interactive. Clicking on a tile elicits highlighting, a summary slide, or detail slides for that topic. Since his Bootstrap strategy is relational, not linear, it helps to watch Doug presenting in multiple contexts for the interplay of concepts to become clear. See below to Watch Doug Presenting and access a generic Slidedeck. See also Doug's Vision Highlights.

Watch Doug Presenting 2

Watch Doug presenting his call to action using the Bootstrap "Paradigm Map" - each video is queued up to begin with the Overview:

at Unfinished Revolution 1998
with Todd Garrett 1998

with Jeff and Christina 2008

    In Various Venues

   Off the Map Interviews

  • 2002 NMC Interview (9 min)
    (This link FFs to 01:48 skipping the 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)
    (This link FFs to 01:14 skipping the 1968 demo intro)
    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 clips from the 1968 demo

   Deep Dives

  • 1995 Bootstrap Seminar (Parts 1-2)
    an informal half-day seminar - (recording quality is poor but the content is excellent)

  • 2008 Bootstrap Dialogs (Parts 1-4)
    raw footage from four half-days of filming Doug, Jeff Rulifson and Christina Engelbart discussing the Bootstrap "Paradigm Map" in depth, see the Bootstrap Dialogs Projects page for background and links to accompanying resources

   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:

Image of Doug's Bootstrap Paradigm Map
Screenshot of the Map
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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