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Portola Institute

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Portola Institute
Company typeNonprofit
FoundedMenlo Park, California (1966)
Headquarters1115 Merrill St. Menlo Park, California U.S.
Key people
Dick Raymond[1][2][3][4]

The Portola Institute was a "nonprofit educational foundation" founded[5] in Menlo Park, California in 1966 [6] by Dick Raymond.[7] The Portola institute helped to develop other organizations such as The Briarpatch Society[8] and Bob Albrecht's People's Computer Company.[9] It was also the publisher of Stewart Brand's Whole Earth Catalog beginning with the first issue in 1968.[10][7] The first issue of The Whole Earth Catalog notes that the catalog is one division of The Portola Institute[11] and that other activities of the Institute include: "computer education for all grade levels, simulation games for classroom use, new approaches to music education, Ortega Park Teachers Laboratory."[6] Raymond and Brand later collaborated to form the Point Foundation.[7]


  1. ^ "Access to Success". 22 November 2018.
  2. ^ "From Counterculture to Cyberculture: Stewart Brand, the Whole Earth Network, and the Rise of Digital Utopianism by Fred Turner, an excerpt".
  3. ^ "Metroactive Books | 'What the Dormouse Said'".
  4. ^ "The WELL: John Markoff, WHAT THE DORMOUSE SAID".
  5. ^ "Comments on the Whole Earth (Part 1)".
  6. ^ a b Stewart Brand (Fall 1968). Whole Earth Catalog. Menlo Park: Portola Institute. p. Inside back cover.
  7. ^ a b c Kirk, Andrew G. (2007). Counterculture Green: The Whole Earth Catalog and American Environmentalism. Lawrence: Univ. of Kansas Press. p. 70. ISBN 978-0700615452.
  8. ^ "History of The Briarpatch Network - 1983". Archived from the original on 2018-03-11.
  9. ^ "Interview with Bob Albrecht by Jon Cappetta". 9 July 2015.
  10. ^ June Morrall (1999). "1968: Whole Earth Catalog is Born". Half Moon Bay Memories. Retrieved 2020-12-01.
  11. ^ Collier, Peter (7 March 1971). "Drop‐out's How‐to". The New York Times.


  • Brand, Stewart. Whole Earth Catalog. Fall 1968.
  • Turner, Fred From Counterculture to Cyberculture: Stewart Brand, the Whole Earth Network, and the Rise of Digital Utopianism. University of Chicago Press. 2006. ISBN 0-226-81741-5.