In the late 1930s. H. G. Wells perceived the world to be on the edge of social, political and environmental disaster. In response. Wells conceived of what he called a “world knowledge apparatus’ based on the creation of an efficient learning network. This interactive book is designed to show how, through using both the World Wide Web and traditional paper and print, Wells’ vision could be implemented as a practical communication process. This document is organized by a framework of questions – those which were used to interrogate the source books shown on the opposite page. In order to identify the common threads of meaning in these books, we gathered and re-organized what the authors were saying under five categories.
Purposes: (what the World Mind offers) opportunities
Needs: (what the World Mind requires) requirements
Components: (how World Mind can be designed) design
Implementation: (how the World Mind can be put into practice) practices Examples: (where the World Mind has been put into practice. which, as you will see, is a set of which this document is a member).
Examples: (Academic and Commercial examples of a World Mind constructions.)