[LINK] Environment department used 30 sheets of paper per person per day

Mike Shearer Mike.Shearer at westnet.com.au
Wed Jan 28 11:31:48 AEDT 2009

Ivan Trundle wrote:

"In my experience, an ideal meeting would involve everyone present (or  
virtually present) having two laptops (not notebooks - screens not big  
enough) each, and using one for the meeting system, and the other for  
reference material - and a system which would allow them all to share  
either screen with others, or to at least share the reference screen  
with whoever they choose. Each laptop would need to have a screen of  
A4 size, and as sharp and as bright as an A4 sheet of paper, and each  
would be touch-assisted, and with an external keyboard for typing."

If you are not familiar with Stafford Beer's concept for the cabinet office in Chile for Allende's government then chase up a copy of his book "Platform for change".  If it's the paperback edition then it must still have its dust jacket because that has the only illustrations of the office printed on the jacket verso.  Published over 30 years ago, it anticipated what telecommunications and digitised information could achieve for real-time decision making in a paperless environment.

Mike Shearer

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