Distinguished Speaker Series with Howard Rheingold



  • Toward A Literacy of Cooperation

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    Howard RheingoldAuthor of "Smart Mobs"


    Co-hosted by the Computer History MuseumThe Institute for the FutureACM San Francisco Bay Area Chapter, and CSPA

    In regard to the role of cooperation and collective action in human enterprise, our level of knowledge is scarcely higher than knowledge about disease before the discovery of microorganisms. Descartes decreed that a “new method” was required to think about the physical world: from that new method of thinking, scientific method led to biology, biology created the knowledge that served as the foundation for medicine; before we can approach the solution to problems of conflict, cooperation, and governance ­ the “medicine” for social ills ­ we need fundamental knowledge ­ the “biology” of collective action. But before an interdisciplinary understanding can emerge, a new way of thinking across disciplinary boundaries is required; it is that understanding we hope to catalyze.


    Speaker Bio: Howard Rheingold

    HOWARD RHEINGOLD fell into the computer realm from the typewriter dimension, then plugged his computer into his telephone and got sucked into the net. In earlier years, his interest in the powers of the human mind led to Higher Creativity, written with Willis Harman, Talking Tech and The Cognitive Connections with Howard Levine Excursions to the Far Side of the Mind: A Book of Memes ), Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming , with Stephen LaBerge, and They Have A Word For It: A Lighthearted Lexicon of Untranslatable Words and phrases.

    "I ventured further into the territory where minds meet technology, via the subject of computers as mind-amplifiers, and wrote Tools for Thought . Next, Virtual Reality chronicled my odyssey in the world of artificial experience, from simulated battlefields in Hawaii to robotics laboratories in Tokyo, garage inventors in Great Britain, and simulation engineers in the south of France.

    "In 1985, I became involved in the WELL, a computer conferencing system. I started writing about life in my virtual community and ended up with a book about the cultural and political implications of a new communications medium, The Virtual Community. In 1993 I had the privilege of being the editor of The Whole Earth Review and editor in chief of The Millennium Whole Earth Catalog. In 1994, I was one of the principal architects and the first Executive Editor of HotWired. I quit after launch, because I wanted something more like a jam session than a magazine. In 1996, I founded and, with the help of a crew of 15, launched "Electric Minds". I've become a professional virtual community builder, as well. My new book is Smart Mobs: The Next Social Revolution.

    The SDForum Distinguished Speaker Series presents people who have helped define our understanding of software: what it is, how it is developed, and the opportunities it affords. The series provides these noted figures a platform to grapple with the larger issues of the software industry, as viewed through the prism of their current work and interests.

    The theme for the 2004-2005 series of talks is "The Software Commons."

    Read more on the SDForum Distinguished Speaker Series and see a list of upcoming speakers!

    Event Logistics


    PARC-George E. Pake Auditorium

    3333 Coyote Hill Road

    Palo Alto, CA


    6:00-7:00pm Registration/Networking & Light Snacks

    7:00-9:00pm Program




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    $25 Non-members

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