Unlike the early RAND Corporation, which was generously funded with a "blank check" from the Air Force and got major support from the Ford Foundation, CSDL will not be able to buy land, construct a headquarters and then hire "outlying thinkers" to come to its offices overlooking the Pacific Ocean.  Instead, we will be -- as is shown by those already involved -- spread all over the globe.

We are convinced that there are no "facilities-based" efforts today which can collect the talent needed to address the projects/issues which we find so important.

So, as a result, the "faculty" for the Center will likely be composed of researchers who work elsewhere and who are able to contribute to their insights without spending their days at the Center's "office."  Fortunately, the organization of modern academia appears to have anticipated these circumstances and has provided various avenues for their employees to consult/confer with other organizations.

Furthermore, given the organization of research today, it appears that there are many who feel relatively isolated in their own departments and institutions.  In addition, opportunties to be funded for "big picture" investigations seem to be infrequent.

One of the most pressing tasks for the Center's Team, importantly engaging our Research Advisory Board, will be to find and recruit our faculty.  It is our hope that this will grow over the next few years to 50-100 people -- as we search for the "outliers" wherever they may be.


Mark Stahlman

The Center for the Study of Digital Life (CSDL) is a not-for-profit strategic research group dedicated to understanding the effects of digital technologies on civilizations -- both East and West.

-Mark Stahlman