Living History
The Engelbart Archive
Interested in the "Mother of All Demos", or the story behind the first com­pu­ter mouse? Learn about Doug Engel­bart's many historic firsts at the Engelbart Archive – with online exhibits, his­tor­ic videos, texts, photos, stories, and more.    
Driving Vision
A Call to Action
What drove his innovations that sparked a revo­lu­tion and cata­pul­ted us into the Know­ledge Age? Learn about Doug's Vision for raising our Collec­tive IQ to accelerate innovation – now more viable, and more criti­cal to busi­ness and society than ever.
Putting Vision to Practice
Bootstrapping Brilliance
Now you can put his strategic princi­ples to work Boot­strap­ping Bril­liance in your organ­i­za­tion or pro­ject. See Initiatives and Show­case to learn how some organ­i­za­tions making a dif­fer­ence in the world are already meeting the Engel­bart Chal­lenge.    

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  • John Markoff's latest book 'Machines of Loving Grace' features Doug Engelbart, among others
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    Our Mission

    The Doug Engelbart Institute was co-founded by the late Doug Engel­bart and his daughter Christina Engel­bart to further his life­long career goal of boosting our collec­tive capability to solve important problems intelligently, for which he coined the term Collective IQ.

    We recognize that the opportunities, problems, and challenges we face – whether business, social, political, economic, environment – are increasing exponentially on a global scale, so finding exponentially more powerful ways to collectively address important challenges is critical;

    This is both a dire threat and a golden opportunity – companies, initiatives, regions, nations that kick into gear on this soonest will likely surpass those that don't in leaps and bounds.

    The sooner we reach critical mass as a planet, the better off we all are, and thus there is tremendous value in sharing best practices, and in addressing this collectively as a Grand Challenge.

    Our mission is to accelerate progress toward this goal through collaborative initiatives, education, outreach, coaching, and hands on pilot implementations. See Doug's call to action in Augmenting Society's Collective IQ and watch him presenting his Bootstrap "Paradigm Map", with case examples in our University Show­case and Networked Community Show­case, and practical pointers and toolkits on our Bootstrapping Brilliance resources page.

    See how you might Get Involved!


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    Doug's hand on original mousecomputer supported meeting circa 1967screenshot from 1968 demo  



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    Honorable Mention

    Watch President Obama cite Doug Engelbart's innovations:

    "So much of our information age began right here, at Stanford... It was from here in 1968 where researcher Douglas Engelbart astonished an audience..."


    The National Medal of Technology & Innovation

    On December 1, 2000, the White House bestowed on Douglas Engelbart the National Medal of Technology and Innovation,
    the highest award in it's class,

    "For creating the foundations of personal computing including continuous real-time interaction based on cathode-ray tube displays and the mouse, hypertext linking, ..."
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    See Honors for more on this and other prestigious awards received by Doug Engelbart.


    IN MEMORIAM
    Douglas Carl Engelbart
    (1925-2013)

    See Trubute to Doug Engelbart for photos, tributes, and news from his recent passing.
    He will be missed...