Watch Engelbart re: the rapidly evolving organization

Video Courseware - Engelbart Colloquium 0

Welcome! 1

Welcome to the video portion of Doug Engelbart's 10-session Colloquium presented at Stanford University, Winter Quarter, 2000. This Colloquium, titled "Engelbart's Colloquium - an In-Depth Look at the Unfinished Revolution" (or UnRevII for short), offers professionals and executives a rare opportunity to listen to and learn from visionary Doug Engelbart presenting his life's work, creative process, and his concerns and vision for the future, in detail. It is a deep dive exploration of the revolution he anticipated would be needed for our organizations, initiatives, governments and societies to reach their true potential in an era of accelerating change. This Colloquium is an in-depth treatment of the key concepts, paradigms, and strategies presented in Engelbart's Call to Action and the Engelbart Academy, with guest speakers from industry and the public sector discussing how the topics are relevant in their respective fields, with concrete suggestions for implementing.

See the Colloqium website for full program, illustrated transcripts, speakers bios, etc. See also course resources at the Stanford Center for Professional Development, including Course Announcement, and speaker's Slide Decks.


Ten Sessions 2

See also Speakers' Slides and Transcripts.

1. The next frontier - How big is big?
This first session sets the stage for the overall colloquium by describing the conundrum of rapidly increasing urgency and complexity of problems facing society's organizations and institutions, vs. the concomitant requirement for a bold strategic approach for dramatically augmenting organizational capability. Cases presented by guest experts. Doug covers the importance of shifting paradigms, and briefly introduces the elements of a Bootstrapping strategy. See Speakers' Slides and Session 1 Transcripts.

2. Augmenting organizational capabilities
The second session details ways in which organizations can augment their capabilities by being pro-active in the evolution of techniques and approaches within their "human systems," keeping in mind, and in advance of improvements in "tool systems." This pro-active approach is designed to increase effiiciencies for large scale improvements that require simultaneous changes in both human and tool systems. See Speakers' Slides and Session 2 Transcripts.

3. Leveraging our collective intelligence
The third session explores ways in which collective intelligence can be improved with appropriate methodologies and information technology-based tools. The primary focus of the session will be on processes for concurrent development, integration, and application of knowledge (CoDIAK), and their relationship to a dynamic knowledge repository, a comprehensive, adaptive environment for containing knowledge and meta-knowledge. See Speakers' Slides and Session 3 Transcripts.

4. Enabling technology - Missing pieces
The fourth session delves deeper into processes and the existing technologies and tools that can be used to make a dynamic knowledge repository more effective. In particular, the concept of an Open Hyper-document System will be described, and ways in which existing technological elements and components can be joined now to build an open-source, evolvable system within a community of collaborators, along the lines of the Linux or the Apache communities. See Speakers' Slides and Session 4 Transcripts.
CONTENTS: Session 4A | Session 4B

5. Bootstrapping continuous improvement
The fifth session proposes ways in which competing organizations can operate in their traditional, closed fashion, performing their basic roles (for example in manufacturing, healthcare, energy production, etc.), while at the same time sharing some lessons at the level of improving their capabilities (learning how to improve their basic processes), and sharing openly at the meta-level of improving their improvement processes. See Speakers' Slides and Session 5 Transcripts.
CONTENTS: Session 5A | Session 5B

6. Networked improvement communities
The sixth session discusses how improvement communities can improve their performance by cooperating with others that also align themselves along improvement vectors that are of mutual value. The case for Bootstrap Alliance, a purposely designed organization dedicated to large-scale improvement will be made, and a description of ways in which participants could contribute their unique capabilities toward a common set of goals. See Speakers' Slides and Session 6 Transcripts.
CONTENTS: Session 6A | Session 6B

7. Scalable improvement infrastructures
The seventh session deals with the issues of scaling improvement communities to an ever larger size and scope, and the challenges and opportunities in doing so. See Speakers' Slides and Session 7 Transcripts.
CONTENTS: Session 7A | Session 7B

8. Pilot outposts on the frontier
The eighth session presents ways in which Bootstrapping can be led by high-performance teams. The assumption is that given the resources needed, it makes more sense to lead new implementations with specialized teams who can better do the exploration and documentation of the "frontier." Therefore, by strategically developing and deploying high-performance teams, high-performance support teams and supporting high-performance scholarship, Bootstrapping can occur most resource-effective. See Speakers' Slides and Session 8 Transcripts.
CONTENTS: Session 8A | Session 8B

9. Bootstrapping in your organization and community
The ninth session summarizes some of the lessons learned and shared throughout the Colloquium, in particular describing the ways in which bootstrapping can be implemented across different organizations, of various sizes, and for multiple purposes. See Speakers' Slides and Session 9 Transcripts.
CONTENTS: Session 9A | Session 9B

10. Tying it all together - Next steps
The final session summarizes the whole colloquium and seeks to explore ways in which the Bootstrapping movement can be deployed. See Speakers' Slides and Session 10 Transcripts.
CONTENTS: Session 10A | Session 10B


Detailed Review 3

See also Doug's Slide Deck, and full Transcript of this session.

Engelbart's Colloquium at Stanford - Final Session
Session 10: "Tying it All Together" Doug presents a comprehensive review of the Unfinished Revolution using his "Paradigm Map" format to conclude this 10-week   Colloquium. See also Doug's Slide Deck, and full Transcript of this session.

Further Inquiry 4

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