I remember falling off my chair year's ago when I realized what Doug Engelbert had done at the end of the 60s. Let's not forget regarding computers this was punch card time. What he demoed in short: Monitor interface (almost graphical), mouse (the thing that most people associate him with), file concept, remote collaboration, video conference, done wireless between SRI and Fort Mason using trucks parked on Skyline Boulevard I was told.
You may ask yourself, how was it possible that one man heading a team of engineers was able to make a quantum leap of development. (If ever there was a quantum leap, this was it)
Check out the Collective IQ Future Salon video for his story.
Early on in his life he came to the following powerful goals: Let me design a professional goal which will maximize the contribution my career can have to mankind!
Weeks later his lifetime goal emerged: As much as possible, to boost mankind's collective capability for coping with complex, urgent problems.
One other great Doug quote: The better we get at getting better, the faster we will get better.
Still he is very humble. When he was asked by a journalist if he doesn't feel great that his inventions are used by so many people all over the world, he replied: "Not if I think about where we could be."
At his 80th birthday he told his guests, that he feels like a failure because he was not able to finish his original vision of creating a Collective IQ for humankind.
Therefore check out the festivities and go to as many as you can.
I especially like December 9th's morning program as it is a call to action to organize ourselves to move forward to harness the collective intelligence of our community. As I think the pieces are in place, let's work on putting them together and improving them. (Unfortunately it looks like I will be on vacation that day :-( )