Intro -- Dan Gunter LO23767

Date: 01/14/00

Replying to LO23751 --

     Hooray for paper! Hooray for basic standards!
     I disagree strongly with your instructor. Standardizing basic
     communication tools in fact frees people to focus on higher level
     creativity. Standardizing the format and printing conventions of the
     book in the 50 years or so after Gutenberg was a basic enabler of the
     creativity that led to the Industrial Age. Likewise, the explosion of
     usage of the Internet is fundamentally enabled by the primitive but
     pervasive standards represented by TCP/IP and HTTP. We may hate it,
     but productivity increases that are only now coming from the use of
     personal computers comes from the de facto standards that come from
     wide use of Microsoft applications.

>Author: Non-HP-HJRobles ( at HP-ColSprings,mimegw5
>Date: 1/11/2000 10:17 PM
>Thanks for the referral to your web site. I skimmed your book and am
>intrigued enough to return to digest it more fully. I like the
>comparison with astronomy (a very dynamic system if ever there was one)
>and the multidimensional model you are using. Some of your comments
>remind me of what one of my college's most creative instructors said
>once. In teaching her portfolio development class to computer science
>students, she forbids the use of 8-1/2 x 11 paper because as she says,
>"8-1/2 by 11" paper promotes 8-1/2 by 11" thinking." I look forward to
>reading more about your concept.
>Harriett J. Robles
>>As you will see, if you care to spend time perusing my own web site at
>>, I try to employ a more holistic
>>approach to organizational dynamics, which recently manifested itself as
>>"The Tetrahedron Principle," which I plan to release in book form this


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