Creative Commons and Collective Intelligence / Program for the Future

Mike Linksvayer, December 5th, 2008

Monday and Tuesday next week the Program for the Future Conference celebrates the 40th anniversary of Doug Engelbart’s famous Demo, which presaged much of modern computing, in 1968 (related in some ways, see Creative Commons 1967). From the conference website:

Engelbart dreamed of technology and tools that increased our Collective Intelligence and a stunning example of how it works. Now it’s up to us to take up the challenge. To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Engelbart’s astounding demo, the Program for the Future is bringing together some of the best minds in science, media, business and education — and we hope you will be among them — to explore the question: what’s next?

Monday the conference takes place at San Jose’s The Tech Museum of Innovation, Tuesday it moves to Stanford University. See the conference program for details and registration.

I’ll be speaking Tuesday on a panel about “Bootstrap Tools”. So what could Creative Commons have to do with bootstrapping collective intelligence? That’s not terminology we use every day, but a hint: I’ll probably title my slides The Commons as a Collective Intelligence Meta-Innovation. For further hints along those lines, sans futurist buzzwords, there’s good reading and viewing to be had in presentation slides by Science Commons’ John Wilbanks, e.g., Radical Sharing: Transforming Science? I’ll probably use some of his slides.

Final bit to whet your appetite, see the Engelbart Mural. A detail is below, featuring a clever CC BY-NC-SA license and attribution notice:

4 Responses to “Creative Commons and Collective Intelligence / Program for the Future”

  1. Music business blog says:

    Although I think it will be a while before anything like this hits main stream music, I really wish it would. If fits right in with whole mantra of open source web2.0 freedom of information can be powerful type of thought. Unfortunately the decision makers at majors labels have no idea what to do with this type of thought.

  2. Chase Mac says:

    I love this mural. It makes you think, but also has an aesthetic I would be pleased to showcase in my home. anyone know where this is available for purchase as a reprint?

  3. there were several requests for prints. looks like they might make print available for purchase, but no final plans were announced. and yeah, it’s a really neat mural.

  4. Chase, I got an email from Eileen Clegg — contact info at the bottom of — saying that the murals made for the conference are available, and they were thinking about how to make more copies. Email Eileen if you’re interested.