John Cutler: A Map from Goals, Around Assumptions, Through Tasks, Towards Results. One of the central roles of a product manager is to drive shared understanding. With shared understanding, a team is more effective, resilient, and creative. Alignment without shared understanding is temporary and short-lived. (more)

Federated OpenMicroBlogging/OStatus app/network. (more)

Higher Ground is thrilled to officially announce a new venture: its first high school, the Academy of Thought and Industry. ATI will open in San Francisco in September of 2018, and is accepting student applications for its inaugural class. Higher Ground's mission is to bring Montessori education (Montessori school to the world—providing a quality Montessori education to as many students as possible, from birth to adulthood. With ATI, Higher Ground takes a significant step towards this goal, extending its early childhood and elementary offerings for the first time all the way through high school. The school's program has been designed from the ground up by Michael Strong, one of the most experienced educators specializing in alternative, high-performance high schools. ATI’s mission is to guide students to independently cultivate their own academic, professional, and personal success.

It's the 50th anniversary of Douglas Engelbart's Mother of all Demos. (more)

In the period known as The Age of Enlightenment, Eighteenth-century Europe saw remarkable cultural changes characterized by a loss of faith in traditional religious sources of authority and a turn toward Human Rights, science (Natural Philosophy), and the replacement of theocracies and autocracies with democratic republics. (more)

"The Mother of All Demos" is a name given retrospectively to Douglas Engelbart's December 9, 1968, computer demonstration at the Fall Joint Computer Conference in San Francisco. The live demonstration featured the introduction of a complete computer hardware—software system called the oN-Line System or more commonly, NLS. The 90-minute presentation essentially demonstrated almost all the fundamental elements of modern personal computing: multiple windows, HyperText, graphics, efficient navigation and command input, Video Conferencing, the Computer Mouse, word processing, dynamic file linking, revision control (Version Control System), and a collaborative Real Time editor (Collaborative Writing). Engelbart's presentation was the first to publicly demonstrate all these elements in a single system. The demonstration was highly influential and spawned similar projects at Xerox PARC in the early 1970s. includes links to sites with the Video-s! (more)

Mike Caulfield: My Lazy Manifesto On This Post-Truth Moment: Technologies for Collaborative Exploration. My contention is that early visions of the web and digital technology (Vannevar Bush, Douglas Engelbart, Alan Kay, Tim Berners-Lee, Ward Cunningham) developed collaborative, exploratory approaches (Wiki, Memex, Dynabook, hypertext) as their dominant modes, but that later approaches (social media: Facebook, Twitter) chose modes that promoted propagation and tribalism. (more)

Alan Levine: Annotating As Augmenting? Coming to a Web Near You. Gardner Campbell is collaborating with the Douglas Engelbart Institute to lead a networked, collaborative close reading of the original Augmenting Human Intellect paper starting at a date to be announced soon in January 2019. He reached out to me to help brainstorm and build the web site (the former is the real gem in this project, our tangential conversations). (more)

John Ohno: Tech’s Masturbatory Historiography. There’s this approach to computing history where we focus on work that looks shallowly similar to current norms, claim that work was ‘prophetic’ or ‘ahead of its time’, & mostly ignore differences & intent except as quirks. Because of the recent 50th anniversary of the Mother of All Demos, we’re getting a fresh batch of them. (more)

How Douglas Engelbart Pulled off the Mother of All Demos. Don Andrews: (another colleague at the Augmentation Research Center) We knew from the onset, based on Doug’s vision, what we were trying to do. We were looking for ways of rapidly prototyping new user interfaces, and so building a framework, an infrastructure, that we could go into and build something on top of, over and over, very quickly. We knew that things were going to change very quickly, and essentially we were bootstrapping ourselves. (more)

CollaborationWare: A doc for makers.

Michael Dubakov: The Next Wave of Work Management Software. Vendors: Airtable, Zenkit, Notion, Coda. (more)

To turn docs into apps, Coda had to rethink productivity from scratch. (CollaborationWare) Coda does, however, have a clear vision of the sort of people it wants to please. When the service formally announced itself a year ago, Mehrotra wrote a blog post that referenced one user’s description of the service as “Minecraft for docs.” Like the block-building game phenom, Coda is less about what it does right out of the box than what people can build atop it; it’s a tapestry for ambitious creativity. The company calls its users “makers.” (more)

Integrating LinkBlog, BookMark, MicroBlogging Into WikiLog... (more)

by Cory Doctorow ISBN:0765307596: Let me kill my story before I start it, so that I can dissect it and understand it. The theme of this story is: "Would you rather be smart or happy?" (more)


This is the publicly-readable WikiLog Thinking Space of Bill Seitz (a Product Manager and CTO) (also a Wiki-Junkie).

My Calling: to accelerate Evolution by increasing Freedom, Agency, and Leverage of Free Agents and smaller groups (SmallWorld) via D And D of Thinking Tools (software and Games To Play).

See Intro Page for space-related goals, status, etc.; or Wiki Node for more terse summary info.

Beware the War On The Net!


Seeking: CTO/Chief Product Officer-type position in funded organization with entrepreneurial culture, in Chicago area. My value: accelerating business-changing product development.


My Coding for fun.