Engelbart Dialogs

December 16, 2008

Welcome to the Engelbart Dialogs blog — a place to discuss Doug Engelbart’s philosophy. The content will be updated shortly from our most recent publication: Engelbart Hypothesis, by Valerie Landau and Eileen Clegg in conversation with Doug Engelbart, published by the NextNow Collaboratory NextPress.

Thank you to all of you who attended our successful launch party for Engelbart Hypothesis on July 22 at The Tech Museum.

We will be posting the full content of Engelbart Hypothesis on this blog, in August. The content is available through the Creative Commons 3.0 license. Noncommercial, Sharealike, Attribution. The text currently posted on this blog is from an earlier version (Evolving Collective Intelligence, December 2008). However, we encourage you to continue commenting, contributing quotes and helping us clarify. The column on the right has links to each chapter.

Thank you for continuing the dialogs, in keeping with the philosophy of continuous improvement



6 Responses to “Engelbart Dialogs”

  1. Looking forward to this discussion.

  2. Kevin Kelly Says:

    I am looking forward to the discussion, as well as reading the book! Engelbart (1992) provided this quote, among others, that has me wondering how to address the human side of the equation (human system + tool system = augmentation system):
    “…cultivating the appropriate paradigm about how to view and approach the future will in the pursuit of high-performance organizations be the single most critical success factor of all.”

    Engelbart, D. (1992, June). Toward high-performance organizations: A strategic role for groupware. Proceedings of the GroupWare ’92 Conference, San Jose, CA, August 3-5, 1992, Morgan Kaufmann Publishers.

  3. Eileen Clegg Says:

    We hope to post the individual essays by Doug and others for comments by the community. The book is an evolving artifact of a very large vision. What a privilege!

  4. Darla Hewett Says:

    What a joy to be able to read the book! I have read Doug’s papers and have really struggled to put his ideas into the right words. With the book, I felt like I was having a fireside chat. What a joy! So many times, while I was reading, I jumped out of the chair because I feel that I now have the right vocabulary to share things which I have wanted to share for a long time. Thank you Doug, Valerie, and Eileen! You have done a wonderful thing and I offer my thanks and congratulations!

  5. Eileen Clegg Says:

    Darla – This means a huge amount coming from someone who has the tech (+ human!) savvy to create the DKR of DKRs. It is a pleasure to be with you in the club of “making the impossible possible”

  6. bdaul Says:


    Whatever words Doug or any of us use to communicate are the PERFECT words for the speaker…the problem comes for the listener/reader who will then process those word into their own framework. THAT is were communications often break down and frustration creeps in.

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