Douglas Schuler

Doug has a masters degree in Software Engineering from Seattle University and a masters degree in Computer Science from the University of Washington. He's a former chair of Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility (CPSR), a founding member of the Seattle Community Network (SCN), and a faculty member of The Evergreen State College where he teaches and learns about civic intelligence, social imagination, technology, and social implications of the network society.

Doug's new book Liberating Voices: A Pattern Language for Communication Revolution which was published in November, 2008 contains 136 patterns was written by Doug and over 80 contributors. His recent books, co-edited with Peter Day, are Shaping the Network Society: The New Role of Civil Society in Cyberspace (MIT Press) and Community Practice in the Network Society: Local Action / Global Interaction (Routledge). He also co-edited Cyberculture: The Key Concepts (Routledge) with David Bell, Brian Loader, and Nicholas Pleace. His book New Community Networks: Wired for Change (Addison-Wesley) is freely available online in both English and Spanish.

For over 20 years Doug has been engaged with issues relating to society and computing, mostly as an activist with CPSR. He has worked on many CPSR projects including all eight of CPSR's biannual symposia on the "Directions and Implications of Advanced Computing" (DIAC) conferences, which provide a public forum for social implications of computers. Doug is currently the program director for CPSR's Public Sphere Project where he is coordinating a participatory action / research project on civic intelligence. (definition / blog)

Doug has given presentations in Africa, Asia, Europe, and South and North America on issues related to democratic, equitable and sustainable uses of technology. Please see his presentations page for a more extensive listing.

Updated! Liberating Voices patterns (Short versions) now available in Arabic Chinese, and Spanish.



Evergreen Programs

  • Civic Intelligence Research and Action Laboratory (CIRAL), Winter 2012 – ???
  • Social Innovation and Civic Intelligence, Fall 2013 – Spring 2014
  • Social Imagination and Civic Intelligence, Fall 2012 – Spring 2013
  • Civic Intelligence and Collective Action, Winter 20122and Spring 2012
  • Patterns of Intelligence: Beyond the Individual, Fall 2011
  • Civic Intelligence: Theory and Practice, Spring, 2011
  • Internet: Knowledge and Community,Fall 2010 and Winter, 2011
  • Civic Intelligence in the Real World, Spring 2010
  • Public Thinking and Public Health, Fall 2009 and Winter 2010
  • Civic Intelligence, Spring 2009
  • Politics, Performance, and the Public with Mark Harrison, Fall 2007 – Spring 2008






Liberating Voices Patterns

Photograph courtesy of Reed Schuler

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