Happy Birthday, Doug!

I first met Doug in the late 1990s at a talk he gave at PARC. I was expecting him to wax poetic about the good ol’ days and to tell war stories about his days of changing the world.

Doug did none of that. He spoke about collective intelligence and bootstrapping and improvement communities. He used language I didn’t understand, and it was all about the future, not the past.

I didn’t understand what he was saying, but I kept coming back. There was something in what he said and how he said it that I found compelling and important, and it made me want to understand. I started reading his papers and attending all his talks.

Then I enrolled in a course Doug taught at Stanford in 2000, almost exactly ten years ago. That was a life-changing moment for me on two levels. First, I started to understand Doug’s language, and it completely changed how I viewed the world. Second, I started to get to know Doug as a person, whose gentleness and warmth made his message that much more compelling and meaningful. Doug cares about people. That’s why he’s so passionate about what he does, and that’s why he’s still doing it at 85 years young.

Doug, you have a been a great friend and a great model. I treasure our friendship, and I wish you the best. Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday Doug

Doug,

Greetings on your 85th birthday. I felt so fortunate to be able to share daily conversations with you while you had your office near mine at Logitech. You have made so many lives richer with your vision and insights and stories. I miss our visits!

Nancy Morrison

Happy 85th!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hi, Doug (and family),

Heartiest congratulations on reaching this huge milestone – wish I couldgive you another hug in person, but you’ll have to make do with this heartfelt virtual hug. Hope you have a fabulous day surrounded by familiy, friends, and all of us who have admired you for so long!

Fond regards,

andy van dam

Happy Birthday

Doug:
I’ve just received the photos that Susan and I took of you several years ago. Its great to see you again. Your insight that the computer should be deigned so that all of us can contribute to solving the greatest problems of our time is still a major source of inspiration. I’m entering a phase now after finally making my own statement in the book “The Creative Power” of crating a computer base for my own work.

Cheers

Bill

William E. Smith PhD
Director
ODII
Organizing for Development
wesmith@odii.com
www.odii.com

Happy 85th Birthday! You’ve Changed the World.

Dear Doug,

60 years ago you set the agenda to increase the collective ability to deal with urgent complex problems. And you succeeded in in every possible respect! Now it is up to mankind, that is all of us(!),  to use and improve the collaborative tools in a way to solve today's global problems. Thank you for trailblazing the first steps. 
Lots of health and joy to you!

sincerely 
Matthias Müller-Prove, Hamburg, Germany