This blog has been going since 2007, and was at Harvard.edu until 2023, when it moved to managed hosting at Pressable. It continues a blog that began in 1999 and is mothballed here. (Before that I blogged, before personal publishing was called blogging, here.) On the social front, I am these:
A few among the many hats I wear:
- Author of The Intention Economy: When Customers Take Charge, published by Harvard Business Review Press May 2012
- Alumnus fellow of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, which continues to host ProjectVRM, which I started as a fellow there in 2006.
- Co-founder and board member of Customer Commons, ProjectVRM’s nonprofit spin-off.
- Visiting scholar with the Ostrom Workshop at Indiana University in Bloomington (where, at this writing in late 2023, I am currently based).
- Fellow at the Center for Information Technology & Society at UC Santa Barbara. There my focus is on work toward a book about the Internet and infrastructure, titled The Giant Zero.
- One of the four authors of The Cluetrain Manifesto, the iconoclastic website that became the best-selling book in 2000 and still sells around the world in many languages. A 10th-anniversary edition came out in 2009.
- Emeritus editor-in-chief of Linux Journal, the original Linux publication. Though it was shut down by its owner in 2019, I still maintain a large corpus of archival writing there, and co-host its continuing podcast, Reality 2.0.
- A radio veteran from way back (that’s where the “Doc” nickname came from… my given name is David). I sublimate that now by hosting FLOSS Weekly on the TWiT network.
- A marketing, PR and advertising veteran. Most notably I co-founded Hodskins Simone & Searls, which was born in North Carolina in the late ’70s and grew in the late ’80s and early ’90s to become one of Silicon Valley’s top advertising and public relations agencies. (HS&S was absorbed by Publicis Technology in 1998. Alas, evidence of it is scant on the Net, and most of its physical archives were in the care of David Hodskins and Ray Simone, both of whom sadly died way too young.)
- A lifelong writer whose byline has appeared in The Wall Street Journal (most recently with The Customer as God: The Future of Shopping) OMNI, Wired, PC Magazine, The Standard, The Sun, Upside, The Globe & Mail, Harvard Business Review, Release 1.0 and lots of other places, including (of course) Linux Journal. Some archives are collected at Reality 2.0, which is at my personal portal, Searls.com, also home to my consultancy, The Searls Group.
- A photographer with too many pictures up on Flickr. Most are here. Nearly all carry attribution-only Creative Commons licenses, to encourage use by others. Thus more than 1600 of those have found their way onto Wikimedia Commons, which is a staging zone for Wikipedia. I haven’t counted how many of my shots are in Wikipedia, but they accompany hundreds of Wikipedia articles. This one, for example, is on nine different Wikipedia pages.
- A frequent speaker on any and all the above subjects.
In 2005 I received the Google/O’Reilly Open Source Award for Best Communicator.
In 2007 I was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in IT by eWeek.
Since I’m always working on too many things, and will only stop when I’m dead, I want my epitaph to read, “He was almost finished.”
I can be reached by email through doc at my last name dot com.
Copyright 2018 Doc Searls
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