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Although still a prototype, Knowledge Federation already has in its network many of the key players on the knowledge federation frontier.

The point here is that we are ready to scale – the network is large enough and varied enough. We do, however, still need one thing: Empowerment.

A community people who are dedicated to the cause and have a necessary combination of skills is a core component of any revolution. The revolution in knowledge work we have undertaken to bootstrap is not an exception.

We have been fortunate to gather a rich and diverse network of communities, covering state-of-the-art expertise of diverse, suitable kinds. Our network is a network of enthusiasts who – having become close friends – like to work together and spend time with each other. Hence we also have a community culture that may scale and make a difference.

Knowledge Federation being a transdiscipline or a federation, most of our members come together around projects as needed, while keeping the identity of their discipline or organization and continuing to work within it.

In what follows we first provide some highlights, to illustrate the breadth and the depth of our network. Then we provide a (evolving) glossary.


Network Highlights

Global Sensemaking

Global Sensemaking is the global community of about 300 researchers, developers and practitioners, developing collective mind tools and processes. Here too the ties are tightly woven together: The founders of Global Sensemaking, David Price and Simon Buckingham Shum, have participated in Knowledge Federation events; and the Knowledge Federation founders have been active in Global Sensemaking. This community is presently inactive, but prepared to become a discipline or transdiscipline once suitable infrastructure and support have been secured. Global Sensemaking provides us State-of-the-art experts and expertise for developing the praxis of collective mind systemic innovation.

International Society for the Systems Sciences

International Society for the Systems Sciences (ISSS) is the oldest and largest organization of systems scientists (initiated at Stanford University in 1954). It is not difficult to anticipate (and we shall elaborate on that while presenting the ITBA LASI and SIL institutionalization prototype below) that a combination of systems science and Engelbart-style knowledge media R&D will compose the core background for systemic innovation, and have potential to be an ‘explosive mix’ that will help it expand and scale.

Our association with the ISSS has, however, still another purpose. When in July 2013 – only two weeks after Doug passed away – Alexander Laszlo as the 57th ISSS president initiated a self-organization toward collective intelligence in this community, it was not difficult for us to recognize in it the bootstrapping opportunity that Doug had been searching for. We are now systemically embedded in the ISSS community through the Curating Emergence for Thrivability SIG (chapter, of sub-community), which Alexander developed over the years and in 2015 invited me to co-chair with him (“curating emergence” roughly corresponds to bootstrapping). The ISSS provides us Arguably the community where bootstrapping the collective mind re-evolution and systemic innovation may need to begin – and where it has already begun Knowledge about systems, which needs to inform systemic innovation

Program for the Future

Initiated by Mei Lin Fung in 2008, the Program for the Future community gathered Doug Engelbart’s collaborators and friends, and non-local inspired enthusiasts, for the purpose of continuing the revolution. Through joint events, Knowledge Federation and Program for the Future have all but merged together, and we now use those two brands interchangeably, as it may suit the occasion. We have for example used the Program for the Future brand at our launch of Doug Engelbart’s Unfinished Revolution – Program for the Future Challenge at Google in Mountain View, on the occasion of the 45th anniversary of The Demo (see the announcement). Program for the future provides us The continuity of Engelbart’s revolution, by including the people who have been engaged in it together with Doug People dedicated to Doug’s cause

Induct Software


Protopia Labs


Network Glossary

Nodes in our network include the following – with varying degree of participation intensity.

As mentioned, Knowledge Federation is a federation of communities, initiatives and people. Most of the members of our network occasionally come together around projects, while keeping the identity of their institutions and disciplines.

  • Cyprus Neuroscience & Technology Institute and Future Worlds Center; Yiannis Laouris, see his biography; systemic innovation, democracy and dialog. Hope to soon be working on reinventing democracy together.

Last not least, we mention, for illustration, only four of our many non-institutional members (although affiliated with projects and institutions, they participate in our conversations and events as individuals)

  • Google
  • Stanford University mediaX
  • Program for the Future is a community of pioneers on the frontier continuing Doug’s work, initiated by Mei Lin Fung in 2008 (see the corresponding entry in Our Offer section above).

Mei Lin needs to be credited for her irreplaceable role of the catalyst in developing our network or communities. It was Mei Lin Fung who in 2008, at the occasion of the 40th anniversary of The Demo, initiated the Program for the Future conference and community, the goal of which was to make sure that the usual focus on celebrating Doug’s past achievements is complemented by continuing and completing the unfinished part of his work and vision.

  • International Society for the Systems Sciences (ISSS) is the oldest and largest organization of systems scientists, (see the corresponding entry in Our Offer section above) in which we are systemically embedded through the * * Leadership and Systemic Innovation SIG (chapter, of sub-community), which Alexander Laszlo developed and in 2015 invited me to co-chair with him (“curating emergence” roughly corresponds to bootstrapping).
  • Global Sensemaking is the global community of about 300 researchers and developers of collective mind tools and practices , initiated by David Price and Simon Buckingham Shum in 2008 (see the corresponding entry in Our Offer section above).
  • Inter University Center Dubrovnik is an international institution and network whose members include the leading global universities – indeed a knowledge federation institution in its own right (see this description). Part of the center’s mission is to organize interuniversity conferences and courses. Located next to a park and the Adriatic Sea, only a 5-minute walk away from the historical Dubrovnik Old City center, the IUC has been an invaluable catalyst of our creative and social processes. Other elements of our infrastructure – Villa Doda, the Sesame restaurant and the Servantesses of Mercy Monastery – completed an extraordinarily fertile ground for our regular biennial meetings. (Knowledge Federation organizes also events in other locations.)
  • Tesla 2017 - Disruptive Innovation for Mankind, with the unparalleled Sava Center as venue, is the second in a series of biennial events we are now co-organizing. Our plan is to develop this series of events into a global catalyst on the frontier – see this program draft.
  • The Future of Text Symposia is a series of annual events on the frontier, memorably curated by Frode Hegland (see the website).
  • Induct Software, initiated by Norwegian bold entrepreneur Alf Martin Johansen, is spearheading Henry Chesbrough-conceived open innovation internationally. Alf’s goal is to “interconnect the global innovation ecosystem” (see the company website). Within the Knowledge Federatin prototype, Induct has been in the role of a corporate stakeholder. Also the “marketing department” – really bringing the developments on the frontier to businesses and institutions. Lately created an innovation ecosystem in Brazil, which is truly state of the art of this approach.
  • Techné Verde is a fiscal project of the Buckminster Fuller Institute. Its mission is to support the synergistic development and implementation of advanced Information and Communications Technology (ICT) applications and systems to serve the global shift to a socially just and ecologically resilient human culture (visit their website).
  • Oxford Global Media is an independent network based in Oxford, whose consultancy work is combined with active involvement with research and training at Oxford University (see their website). The founder and director Paddy Coulter (former Director of Studies at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford University) participated in two of our events as keynoter and chairman.
  • Institute for Creativity and Innovation of the Kristiania University College in Oslo. Fredrik Refsli, who is the creator and leader of their communication design study program, is also the lead communication designer for polyscopy and Knowledge Federation.
  • Empower Films is a documentary film studio that has won multiple awards by creating films that empower people and ideas on the frontier. See this video where Øystein Rakkenes, this studio’s co-founder, interviewed some of the participants of the Knowledge Federation Workshop Dubrovnik 2010. (The first in line, George Pór, was instrumental in initiating the collective mind self-organization in the International Society for the Systems Sciences three years later.)
  • Reimagine Science community and project, initiated by biochemical scientist Kennan Salinero, is working toward “a fundamental change in the way we work together to ‘do’ science” (see their website).

Systemic Design Research Network is a global network of designers developing the systemic approach to design (see this web page description). Our collaboration, at the moment through Peter Jones who is one of the leaders, is focused on applying their design dialogs methodology to the design of the Polyscopy Platform.

  • Gamified Education CS is a multiproject educational enterprise in Moscow, Russia, led by Andrey Komissarov. Prodigiously creative, Andrey’s many projects include an educational games-based private elementary school. Our collaboration is at this moment focused on co-designing The Game-Changing Game.
  • Metaversity is an innovative inter-university initiative in Russia, spearheading capability-based education (see this program’s website).
  • Iris AI is an ambitious young startup, spearheading the collective mind-style re-evolution in the sciences from the AI side (see this TEDx talk by Anita Schjøll Brede, one of the four cofounders).
  • World Dignity University
  • World Academy and

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