John Perry Barlow is known for being the lyricist for the Grateful Dead, and with Mitch Kapor, co-founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). Howard Rheingold made his acceptance of our invitation to speak conditional on our giving John Perry Barlow time to speak as well, and the rest is history. He nailed it.
Howard Rheingold was a decade or two ahead of the secret world in understanding the essence of Japan in so far as information and communications and computing technologies and their implications for both indigenous social networking, and global interactions and impacts. He brought this gentleman to our attention and flagged the below document as essential reading. Clicking on the photograph will lead to the present-day website of the Global Communications enterprise led by Shumpei Kumon.
Howard Rheingold first came to the attention of the secret world when his book, Tools for Thinking, was integrated into Project George (Smiley) in the Office of Information Technoloigy. Independently of Diane Webb, whose articulation of CATALYST (Computer Aided Tools for the Analysis of Science and Technology) he defined human-centered and analytically-oriented computing. The US Govenrment STILL does not have serious analytic workstations today, nor do most. Organizations are stuck in Quadrant I (Knowledge Management) while individuals are playing around in Quadrant II (Social Networking. OSS and a handful of commercial practitioners have been in Quadrant III (External Direct Access) since 1995 or so, and we are all now getting ready to migrate to Quadrant IV (Organizational Intelligence).