Doug Engelbart was a visionary, best known as the inventor of the computer mouse.
I have been reading about his life and ideas and want to share with you a short inspirational reading from page 8 of "What the dormouse said", a book by John Markoff.
Doug was passionate about improving the way we improve. Any organization has a primary process, and it is generally understood that to be effective at that process some time needs to be dedicated to improving the way the organization does that process. Doug's key insight was that technology would scale in such a way that this would not be enough to meet the challenges of the future with this two activity model, and that a third activity was required: improving the way we improve. This activity was specific to activities involving technology, which he saw would be evolving rapidly, and was beyond the scope and resources of a single organization or team to achieve. (Read more about the ABC model). I find this to be a truly inspiring stance. I like to call it meta meta. It's relatively easy to think meta, but takes considerable effort to really get into a meta meta mindset.