• Lectures, classes, presentations and stories have been recorded for decades...

    What do we do with all these files and decaying tapes?
    How can we find what we want and extract the meaning?

    How can we Engage Wisdom?

  • Engage Wisdom empowers people to...
    search, browse, listen, read, edit, annotate, discuss, share and curate
    ...all in the cloud.

    This is a living archive.

  • We put archives safely in the cloud.
    The cloud enables crowdsourcing to bring these recordings to life.

    This is Engage Wisdom.

Engage Wisdom

Engage Wisdom preserves audio archives in the cloud and empowers people to search, browse, listen, read, edit, annotate, discuss, share and curate the content.

This is a living archive.


First we digitize your audio at archival quality with cloud storage.
These archive services are available now. -- Contact us for a price quote.


Recordings in any analog format are digitized into archival-quality files. Born-digital content is integrated right alongside.


All audio gets noise-reduction, tone-balancing, and volume-maximization for clear, enjoyable listening.


Keywords, transcripts and smart metadata enable searching and sorting to unlock the content.


Then we bring the cloud to your community.
This full-featured user interface is in beta and available now for select collections.
Check out a sample collection: The Suzuki Roshi Audio Archive
Then Contact us to get your community online with Engage Wisdom.

Listen & Edit

Text and audio appear together, side-by-side. Approved users can double-click to edit the transcript for accuracy and clarity.

Discuss & Develop

Add notes and descriptions alongside the text, link to more info, and help each other study the talks.

See the Original

Photos of each digitized tape give you the full context of the original handwritten notes, so no history is lost.

Curate & Share

Selected talks or the entire archive can be made public. Community members and new visitors around the world can engage together.

"Now everything is automated and crowdsourced by Engage Wisdom for better excavation of critical information, all with the convenience of working in the cloud. Brilliant!"

John Sheehy

journalist & oral historian

Engage Wisdom chosen as one of five finalists, from over 100 other projects in the Wisdom Awards Challenge 2013.

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About Us

Charlie Wilson


Charlie Wilson is an entrepreneur, music producer and inventor. His Berkeley-based recording studio and record label, Sonic Zen Records, has contributed to more than 150 album releases, as well as booking and promoting hundreds of live concerts in the Bay Area. Charlie holds a B.A. in Philosophy from UC Berkeley and is passionate about preserving, sharing and engaging wisdom.

Shundo David Haye

Project Manager

Shundo David Haye spent ten years as Studio Manager & Audio Engineer at the BBC World Service in London before moving to San Francisco and beginning fifteen years of residential Zen practice. Now an ordained Soto Zen priest, he is very happily combining these two worlds in his work for Engage Wisdom.

Isaac Mann-Silverman

Technical Director

Isaac Mann-Silverman has developed software automation systems and novel frameworks in a variety of contexts. As a lifelong martial artist and practitioner of Chinese medicine, he is well-versed in oral teaching traditions and is excited to open these valuable resources to the world.

Laramie Crocker

Software Developer

Laramie Crocker is a systems architect and software developer, specializing in application, user interface and framework design, and tooling for teams. Laramie is the author of the open source dynamic web application framework, Dynamide. He is currently working in the areas of big data and social art sharing.

Salem Kimble

Outreach and Development

Salem Kimble establishes and optimizes marketing and operational systems for non-profit and for-profit organizations. She has worked with organizations in the telecommunications industry, sustainable tourism, law, dance and environmental education. She is an active member of the Women 2.0 and Full Circle Fund communities, the former President of Hubmasters, and speaker at Net Impact.

Joseph T. Tennis

Archival Specialist

Joseph T. Tennis is an Associate Professor in the Information School at the University of Washington. Recent courses he has taught at the Master's and PhD level have addressed classification theory, indexing and abstracting, and social tagging. Each summer since 2009, he has brought a group of graduate students to the San Francisco Zen Center to do a month of hands-on work cataloging and preserving the archives there.

Engage Wisdom is a project of Sonic Zen, a creative audio engineering company in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Learn more about us at www.soniczenrecords.com.

We welcome your questions, ideas and feedback: