Your Bootstrapping Brilliance™ Toolkit

Christina Christina Engelbart, Co-Founder / Director; Bootstrapping Brilliance instigator and coach
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Meet Gardner at Virginia Commonwealth Univ (VCU)
Hear his story of Bootstrapping Brilliance the Doug Engelbart Way
"A five-point strategy for yielding more brilliant outcomes in your projects, teams and organizations, leading to more brilliant businesses, communities, and societies, and a brilliant world."

Overview 1

Bootstrapping Brilliance™ is a practical strategy for increasing the capacity for innovation and systemic transformation in initiatives, organizations, and societies, while increasing their Collective IQ. Also known as Bootstrapping Innovation™, this strategy is designed to help the organization jump the curve more rapidly from the current path of doing business and transforming itself, to a future more brilliant accelerative path. For Lean, Agile, Exponential, and Design Thinking practitioners, this strategy dovetails to bring added leverage and acceleration at scale.

Five organizing principles offer strategic insight, alignment, and leverage to increasingly accelerate and expand results:

  1. Network key stakeholders
    Flesh out your team – ask who else should be part of the solution, inform your expedition?
  2. Leverage collective smarts
    Equip your network – ask how best to engage, interact, capture, exploit your Collective IQ?
  3. Target whole capability
    Re-envision your intended outcome(s) – which essential capabilities will you improve?
  4. Accelerate co-evolution
    Push out on the frontier further, faster – How far out can you push, how fast?
  5. Bootstrap your ABCs
    How to get the multiplier/scaling effect? Walk your talk, improve how you improve...

For a summary overivew, see our Bootstrapping Brilliance Highlights.

Bootstrapping Brilliance is a distillation of Doug Engelbart's strategic vision put to practice. It is essentially the same strategic approach he applied in his own research team for a powerful multiplier effect with continuous breakthrough results, which he continued to refine and teach throughout his career in key lectures and management seminars now available at the Engelbart Academy.

While Demming provided the improvement approach for the industrial age, Doug provided the innovation approach for the knowledge age.
Curt Carlson, Founder & CEO, The Practice of Innovation; then Pres. & CEO, SRI International [Source]

Resources 2

    The Basics

You can apply these tools alone, or as an extension to your in-place innovation practice. Strategies like Lean Startup lay a great foundation for Bootstrapping Brilliance, and offer a large, inclusive, experience-rich community with easy-to-use tools and loads of case examples. Here are links to the basics of both practices .

  • Lean Startup Basics - a brief introduction, with links to key resources

  • Bootstrapping Brilliance Highlights - one page overview

  • Watch Bootstrapping Brilliance
    Christina Engelbart presents the big picture strategy in her talk "Taking the Challenge Forward" at the 2018 event CHM Live: Solving today's great problems? Lessons from Engelbart's Demo @50. [see event site] She references a short tribute video shown earlier in the program: A New Paradigm for Humanity's Collective IQ.

    Christina Engelbart briefly presents Doug's strategy as practiced in his lab, and (@10:20) distills that into the five point strategy for Bootstrapping Brilliance. Her talk, presented at the Coalition for Networked Information, introduces a case example presented by Professor Gardner Campbell. [see abstract] See Bootstrapping the Future under Case Examples below for Gardner's case retold (@19:20).

    Case Examples

    Learn from Doug Engelbart

    More Case Examples


Getting Started 3

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Start by mapping your team or organization

    Your Bootstrapping Brilliance Toolkit

Further Inquiry 4

    For more background