Your Bootstrapping Brilliance™ Toolkit

Christina Christina Engelbart, Co-Founder / Director; Bootstrapping Brilliance instigator and coach
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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 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. And it serves as a template for what Doug Engelbart envisioned for networked improvement communities (NICs).

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

  1. Network your community of stakeholders, innovators, alliances
    Form your group – ask who best to inform your pursuit, join your network, your expedition?
  2. Leverage group smarts
    Equip your network – ask how best to engage, interact, capture, exploit your Collective IQ?
  3. Target whole capability
    Frame your quest – ask which essential capabilities you will cultivate, augment, improve?
  4. Push the frontier
    Launch pilot expeditions – how far out can you push, how fast? - rapid prototyping, 'co-evolution' are key
  5. Bootstrap your ABCs
    Improve how you improve to get that multiplier-scaling effect

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 2a

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 .

Case Examples 2b

Learn from Doug Engelbart 2c

More Case Examples 2d

Articles 2e

Getting Started 3

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Start by mapping your team or organization

    Your Bootstrapping Brilliance Toolkit

Further Inquiry 4

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