Stuff Doc is and/or does:
- Founder and director of ProjectVRM at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, where he was a Fellow from 2006-10.
- Co-founder and board member of Customer Commons, a nonprofit spin-off of ProjectVRM.
- Visiting Scholar with the Ostrom Workshop at Indiana University. (He now lives nearby to work more closely on projects there with his wife, Joyce, who is also a Visiting Scholar there.)
- Fellow of the Center for Information Technology & Society at UC Santa Barbara, 2006 to the present. There his focus is on work toward a book about the Internet and infrastructure, titled The Giant Zero.
- Co-founder and co-organizer of the Internet Identity Workshop, the world's leading conference on digital identity, held twice yearly since 2005 at the Computer History Museum in Silicon Valley.
- Writing at Doc Searls Weblog. (Shortlink: doc.searls.com).
- Podcasting at FLOSS Weekly on http://TWiT.tv and on Reality 2.0 (originally the Linux Journal podcast).
- Speaking in many places
- Freelancing for lots of pubs, some deceased: The Wall Street Journal, OMNI, Wired, PC Magazine, The Standard, The Sun, Upside, The Globe & Mail, Harvard Business Review, Release 1.0.
- Shooting photos. Many of Doc's pictures are gathered here and here, and explained in Making useful photographs. Nearly all carry public domain or attribution-only Creative Commons licenses, to encourage modificaton, use and re-use. As a result of this approach, by mid-2021, more than1600 of those had found their way onto Wikimedia Commons, which is a staging zone for Wikipedia. These accompany hundreds (or perhaps thousands) of Wikipedia articles. His photos of ice crystals were also the wallpaper for NBC's 2010 Winter Olympics coverage.
Doc is also—
- Author of The Intention Economy: When Customers Take Charge, published by Harvard Business Review Press May 2012.
- One of the four authors of The Cluetrain Manifesto, the iconoclastic website that became the best-selling book in 2000 and still sells around the world in many languages. (A 10th anniversary edition came out in 2009, and New Clues were added by Doc and David Weinberger in 2015. The word "cluetrain" is still tweeted daily, more than two decades after it was coined.)
- Emeritus editor in chief of Linux Journal where he was on the masthead from 1996 until it was folded in 2019.
- Visiting Sscholar in the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University, 2012-14.
- Marketing, PR and advertising veteran. Most notably, Doc co-founded Hodskins Simone & Searls, which was born in North Carolina in the late '70s and grew in the late '80s and early '90s to become one of Silicon Valley's top advertising and public relations agencies. (HS&S was absorbed by Publicis Technology in 1998.)
- Recipient of Google/O'Reilly Open Source Award for Best Communicator in 2005. (Doc has also been named a number of times by eWeek as one of the 100 Most Influential People in IT.
- A frequent speaker on any and all the above subjects
- Alumnus Fellow of the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce in London.
- Humorist on radio and in print. This was prior to the Digital Age, so little of that work is digitized. One possibly interesting fact is that "Doc" is a fossil remnant of Doctor Dave, Doc's radio persona.
- Writer of primitive HTML, which is why this page loads instantly.
- Other stuff that shows up in a search for Doc Searls.
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Doc can be engaged via his company, The Searls Group, and reached through doc at searls dot com and/or joyce at searls dot com.
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