Portola Institute

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Portola Institute
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]



  • Brand, Stewart. Whole Earth Catalog. Fall 1968.
  • Kirk, Andrew G. Counterculture Green: The Whole Earth Catalog and American Environmentalism. Lawrence: Univ. of Kansas Press, 2007.
  • 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.