Douglas Schuler

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Current Faculty
B.A., The Evergreen State College, 1976
B.A., Western Washington University, 1978
Masters in Software Engineering, Seattle University, 1985
Masters in Computer Science, University of Washington, 1996


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Types of Publications

Non-fiction, Scholastic    

Douglas Schuler's book cover

Latest Publication Title

Liberating Voices: A Pattern Language for Communication Revolution, MIT Press, 2008

Publication Excerpt

From Liberating Voices:

The people in the United States and around the rest of the world have to choose. Do we want a democracy where such a thing as a citizen exists, or do we want to surrender our awareness, integrity, humanity, and intelligence and pretend that life is a video game? Part of the answer is realizing that building civic intelligence is truly a collective enterprise, as is imagining how that might be accomplished.

The work does not end with the book. The Liberating Voices pattern language will continue to evolve, and we intend to use the Web and other venues to ensure that the work remains vital. This book is intended to promote communication that is alive and life affirming. The pattern language that we have created and presented in this book must also be alive if the communication revolution it helps spawn will assist humankind in its struggles. If this effort helps in some way, the authors of this work will be pleased. And regardless of the success of this particular venture, humankind’s need to cultivate its collective wisdom remains crucial. All work is partial, and all thinking is only one step of a voyage, a voyage that one hopes is enlightening, productive, and engendering—and at the very least not destructive.

Liberating Voices, like life on earth, is intended to be part of the One Big Project. Have you enrolled?

Additional Publications

Directions and Implications of Advanced Computing (DIAC-87) Edited by Jonathan Jacky and Douglas Schuler. New York: Intellect, 1989

Participatory Design : Principles and Practices Edited by Douglas Schuler and Aki Namioka. Hillsdale, N.J.: L. Erlbaum Associates, 1993

New Community Networks: Wired for Change Reading,  ACM/Addison-Wesley, 1996

Reinventing Technology, Rediscovering Community: Critical Studies in Computing as a Social Practice, Ablex, 1997

Public Space in Cyberspace: Library Advocacy in the Information Age New York, Libraries for the Future, 1999


"New Communities and New Community Networks: Building New Institutions to Meet New Challenges" in Technology in Community Informatics: Enabling Communities with Information and Communications Technologies (2000, Edited by Michael Gurstein)

Nuevas Comunidades y Neuvas Redes Comunitarias: Construir Nuevas Instituciones para Enfrentar los Neuvos Desafíos. ("New Communities and New Community Networks: Building New Institutions to Meet New Challenges") in ¡Ciudadanos, a la Red! Ediciones Ciccus, Argentina. 2000.  

Forward to Online Communities: Designing Usability, Supporting Sociability by Jenny Preece. Wiley, 2000.

Entry in Encyclopedia of Communications and Information on "Community Information Networks", Macmillan Reference USA, 2000.

Dedication to Passageway, National Telecottage Strategy and Program, 2000-2006; Budapest. Hungary. 2000.

"HCI Meets the 'Real World': Designing Technologies for Civic Sector Use". Chapter in HCI in the Next Millennium, edited by John Carroll, Addison-Wesley, 2001.

"What Kind of Platform for Change? Democracy, Community Work and the Internet". Chapter in Online Communities, 2001. Prentice-Hall

"Computer Professionals and the Next Culture of Democracy," Communications of the ACM, January 2001.

"Seattle Community Network: A Digital City for the People," Bit (Japanese computer magazine), April 2001.

"Cultivating Society's Civic Intelligence: Patterns for a New 'World Brain'," In Community Informatics. Edited by Brian Loader. Routledge. 2001. Also printed in Journal of Society, Information and Communication, V4.1, Summer 2001.

"Where Don't We Want to be Forced to Go Today? Parents Fight Digital Determinism in their Children's Education," chapter prepared for Virtual Bonfires: Stories of Internet Activism, MIT Press. Project cancelled.

"Digital Cities and Digital Citizens," in Digital Cities II, Springer Computer Science Notes, 2002.

"The Seattle Community Network: Anomaly or Replicable Model?" in Digital City, edited by Toru Ishida, 2003. MIT Press.

"Reports of the Close Relationship Between Democracy and the Internet May Have Been Exaggerated" in Democracy and New Media (Media in Transition book series volume 1), Henry Jenkins and David Thorburn, editors, 2003. MIT Press.

Shaping the Network Society: The New Role of Civil Society in Cyberspace (2004). (Editors: Douglas Schuler and Peter Day). MIT Press.

Community Practice in the Network Society: Local Action/Global Interaction (2004). (Editors: Peter Day and Douglas Schuler). Routledge.

The Cyberculture Reader (2004). (Editors: Brian Loader, David Bell, Nicolas Pierce and Douglas Schuler). Routledge.

"Towards Civic Intelligence: Building a New Socio-Technological Infrastructure" in Community in the Digital Age: Philosophy and Practice (2004) (Editors Darin Barney and Andrew Feenberg). Rowman and Littlefield.

"Tools for Participation as a Citizen-Led Grand Challenge", Tools for Participation (DIAC-2008), Berkeley, CA. June 27.

"Towards Liberating Voices 2.0", Experiences and Challenges," Participatory Design Conference, Bloomington, IN, October, 2008.

"Communities, Technology, and Civic Intelligence," 2008, 4th International Communities and Technologies Conference. Pennsylvania State University. New York, CACM Press.

"Online Civic Deliberation and e-Liberate," In Online Deliberation: Design, Research, and Practice, (2009) Todd Davies and Seeta Peña Gangadharan (Editors). CSLI Publications/University of Chicago Press

"Online Deliberation and Civic Intelligence," in Open Government, 2010. edited by Daniel Lathrop, Sebastopal: CA: O'Reilly Press.


"Doug Schuler: New Community Networks." An interview with Howard Rheingold in Salon Magazine.

"The Internet and Sustainable Communities." An interview with John Horvath, Munich, February 1997. In Telepolis,a print and online journal of net critique.

Conference Presentations

How did Evergreen help you in your career?

Without Evergreen, it's unclear whether I would have had the career I have. The "Towards Humane Technospheres" program taught by Alexander, Filmer, and Knapp (Fall, 1996 - Spring 2007) at Evergreen introduced me to the idea that people can help shape technology and it's that idea that has been at the center of my work.