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Doug Engelbart -- decades ahead of his time

The Engelbart Academy 0

Welcome! 1

Doug Engelbart was a prominent pioneer of the Information Age, whose visionary research beginning in the 1960s and 1970s spawned more breakthrough innovation, repeatedly, than probably any lab of its kind, before or since. His success was rooted in a profound vision for humanity, and in what he considered his most important breakthrough of all -- a comprehensive innovation strategy that informed and continuously refined his research agenda.

Now we have assembled some of his key lectures, interviews, and video tributes, and invite you to peruse, sample, study -- learn from the man himself, in his own words, how he saw the future, what he thought was so important to pursue, why it's still so important to your organization and society today, more about his strategic approach, and where to find the points of greatest leverage to fully realize our highest potential on a global scale (all in the face of rapidly accelerating change, of course). Now you can watch the best of Doug Engelbart presenting his strategic vision and hopes for humanity. Each video is queued up to begin with the Overview, and a table of contents is provided where applicable.

Since Doug's strategic vision is multi-dimensional, and relational rather than linear, it helps to watch him presenting in multiple contexts for the interplay of concepts to become clear. For more on the presentation format, see Doug's Bootstrap "Paradigm Map" page.

Doug's Big Idea Worth Spreading 2

If we had to pick one for a TED Talk, this would be it.


Lemelson Prize Event (5 min)
Doug summarizes his career and 'unfinished revolution' in his acceptance speech upon receiving the 1997 Lemelson-MIT Prize, which "honors outstanding inventors dedicated to improving our world through technological innovation". CONTENTS: Overview

Mini Documentaries 3

A New Paradigm for Humanity's Collective IQ (6 min)
Summarizing Doug's career, seminal achievements, and 'unfinished revolution', produced in 2013 by the Computer History Museum and Logitech, Inc. in celebration of his life's work. Includes footage from his 1968 demo and a 2002 interview.

Doug Engelbart's Call to Action (9 min)
A tribute video produced in honor of Doug's 2009 NMC Fellow Award by the New Media Consortium. Using footage from a 2002 interview about Doug's strategic vision, including short 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 thinking.

Visionary Leaders of the Information Age - Doug Engelbart (20 min)
Futurist Marc Doyle interviews Doug about his vision past, present and future; includes selected slides from his Bootstrap "Paradigm Map"; leads with a brief intro and footage from the 1968 demo (skipped over in this excerpt). Produced in 1995 by JCN Educational Network.


Lectures & Management Seminars 4

Here Doug unfolds his strategic vision using his Bootstrap "Paradigm Map", including fifteen 'tiles,' each representing a different paradigm that will need to shift to realize the organization's full potential. Depending on the audience, he spends more or less time on selected topics. For complete slidedeck and navigation instructions, see Slides section of our Bootstrap "Paradigm Map" resources portal.

1. Management Innovation Seminar
Doug presenting with Todd Garrett for his Global Leadership Team at Proctor & Gamble in 1998. CONTENTS: Overview (@25:50) Plus detail on ABC Model NICs Augmentation and Co-Evolution Q&A Closing Remarks

2. IBM New Paradigms Symposium
Doug presenting at the 1995 IBM Symposium on New Paradigms for Using Computers. This video is a digest of all the speakers, including 4 minutes of edited highlights from Doug's presentation. CONTENTS: Intro (@14:22) Brief Overview

3. UC Santa Barbara Keynote
Doug's Keynote Lecture at UCSB Glen Culler Honorary Lecture Event in 1995. CONTENTS: Overview (@53:04) Plus detail on | AugmentationCo-Evolution

4. Vannevar Bush Symposium
Doug presenting at the 1995 Brown/MIT Vannevar Bush Symposium. CONTENTS: Overview (@10:08) Plus detail on | AugmentationOHS Co-Evolution | See also our video subcollection and notes for this Symposium

5. IEEE Distinguished Lecture
Doug presenting his IEEE 1993 Computer Pioneer Award Distinguished Lecture. CONTENTS: Overview (@32:44) Plus detail on | ObjectiveCapability InfrastructureAugmentationTricycle-Bicycle ExampleABC ModelCollective IQ (CoDIAK) "C" Community Importance of Paradigms

6. 25th ARPANet Anniversary
Doug's Distringuished Lecture presented during the 25th ARPANet anniversary celebrations at BBN (1994). CONTENTS: Intro (@00:23)PreambleOverviewConceptual FrameworksImportance of Paradigms

7. Engelbart's Unfinished Revolution
Doug with Jeff Rulifson presenting paradigm highlights at the 1998 30th Anniversary Event commemorating their 1968 Demo. See also full transcript of this session, with visuals. CONTENTS: Intro (@10:40) Collective IQ Augmentation Co-Evolution FrontierExploratory Communities (NICs)Experimental TeamsFrontier OutpostsExamples: High-Performance Support TeamsCurrent StatusCall to ActionBuilt-In Scaling EffectProven Approach?Q&A | BONUS: Introducing DougIntroducing Jeff and the Bootstrap AllianceJeff on Importance of Pilots

8. Engelbart's Colloquium at Stanford #10
Session 10: Doug presents a comprehensive Paradigm Map summary to conclude his 10-week Colloquium. See also full Transcript of this session, with slides. CONTENTS: Intro/ObjectiveCollective IQ Co-Evolution Capability Infrastructure / Augmentation Co-Evolution Frontier Most Payoff: Improvement CapabilityImprovement Infrastructure (ABC Model)Collective IQ and CoDIAKInteroperabilityOHSDeployment TargetsImprovement Community (NICs) Meta-NIC National Improvement InfrastructureGlobal...?AppealQ&A. | BONUS: Comment on 'WYSIWYG'"I know I'm different" and later Typo leads to more re: the CowHoped for Outcome.

Deep Dive Intensives 5

1995 Bootstrap Seminar (Parts 1-2)
An informal half-day seminar in a unique small group format (recording quality is poor but the content is excellent, and the audio does improve in Part 2). This was a one of a kind seminar, and we are grateful to have any recording, such as it is. See also our 1995 Seminar website for contents, companion seminar booklet and more.

Engelbart's Colloquium 2000:
The Unfinished Revolution II
(Sessions 1-10)
Doug's most recent symposium covering the same topics in detail, with guest speakers from industry and the public sector discussing how the topics are relevant in their fields of expertise. See our Colloqium website for full program with links to session videos, illustrated transcripts, speakers bios, etc.

1992 Bootstrap Seminar: Bootstrapping Organizations into the 21st Century (Sessions 1-12)
This three day management seminar predates the interactive paradigm map, but goes into much more detail on each of the topics covered by the map. See 1992 Seminar website for program, slides, readings, and index to video sessions.

Further Inquiry 6