Living History
The Engelbart Archive
Interested in the "Mother of All Demos", or how Doug Engel­bart in­vent­ed the mouse? Learn about his many historic firsts at the Engelbart Archive – packed full of online exhibits, his­tor­ic videos, photos, texts, stories, and more.    
Driving Vision
A Call to Action
What drove his innovations that sparked a revo­lu­tion and cata­pul­ted us into the In­for­ma­tion Age? Doug's vision for boost­ing our Collec­tive IQ and inno­va­tion capa­city is not only still viable, it is even more criti­cal to busi­ness and society than ever.
Putting Vision to Practice
Bootstrapping Brilliance
Put Doug's strategic principles to work Boot­strap­ping Bril­liance in your organ­i­za­tion or pro­ject. Learn how some organ­i­za­tions and indi­vi­duals making a dif­fer­ence in the world are already meeting the Engel­bart Chal­lenge, and how you can too.      

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    Our Mission

    The Doug Engelbart Institute was founded by Doug Engelbart with 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 broad-based collaboration, education, outreach, consulting, and hands on exploratory implementations. See Doug's call to action in Augmenting Society's Collective IQ and his Bootstrap "Paradigm Map", with practical pointers and toolkits on our Bootstrapping Brilliance resources page.

    See how you can Get Involved!

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    We also have a special section of the website devoted to you KIDS! Whether you are here to work on a homework assignment, or just for fun, check it out!

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


    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.

    Douglas Carl Engelbart

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