Bootstrapping Brilliance™

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
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"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 groups, organizations, networks 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 beautifully for added leverage and acceleration at scale.

Five organizing principles you can put to practice in your initiative or organization offer strategic insight, alignment, and leverage to increasingly accelerate and expand results:

  1. Network key stakeholders
  2. Leverage collective smarts
  3. Target whole capability
  4. Accelerate co-evolution
  5. Bootstrap your ABCs

For a summary overview, see our Bootstrapping Brilliance Highlights.

Bootstrapping Brilliance is a distillation of Doug Engelbart's proven 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, Practice of Innovation, and
author of Innovation: The Five Disciplines [source]

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   The Basics

You can apply these tools alone, or as an extension to your Lean Startup practice (or equivalent). Lean Startup lays a great foundation for Bootstrapping Brilliance, and offers 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).

"Bootstrapping Innovation provides a structure for empowering people to solve complex problems together -- leveraging the untapped potential of people, knowledge, and tools -- to help us make smarter choices, achieve more brilliant outcomes, and increase innovation capacity and overall effectiveness."
Ronni Marshak, Senior Consultant/Analyst,
Patricia Seybold Group [source]

   Case Examples

   Learn from Doug Engelbart

   More Case Examples


Getting Started 3

    Your Bootstrapping Brilliance Toolkit

Further Inquiry 4

    For more background