Working with the Cupertino School District brought David Boulton to the attention of Apple Computer’s international education marketing manager, Alan Hill. Alan thought that the Electronic Book and EPL’s Learner Interface were relevant to Apple’s future in education. He arranged for David to get a lab full of Apple computer equipment and advocated his work within Apple as well as to its international customers.
Future of Learning Talks
Alan arranged for David to present his views on the future of learning and the future of educational technology to leading educators from around the world. David did dozens of presentations at Apple’s facilities in Cupertino and Apple also promoted and sponsored many other talks including these in Ottawa, Toronto and Atlanta. (Read comments and feedback from Apple talks)
The Electronic Campus
Alan also introduced David to Rau Machiraju of Apple University, the internal organizational development department within Apple. Rau oversaw Apple’s R&D efforts to develop knowledge worker performance tools using case based reasoning. Conversations with David about The Learner Interface and its feedback processes led to hiring David (as an outside contractor) to design the “Electronic Campus” a virtual university and desk-top performance support system for Apple personnel.
While at Apple University David met with Peter Senge and Bill Isaacs. Peter Senge had just released his landmark book, The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization, the center piece of which was based on the dialogue work of David Bohm. David Boulton had been attending David Bohm’s Ojai dialogues for years. In collaboration with Senge, Isaacs and others at Apple, David Boulton arranged for David Bohm to come to Apple and address the entire company in a widely attended presentation that was also broadcast on Apple’s internal TV station.