Bachelor of Science in Biology, Stanford University, 1960.
Founder, research, photographed, designed, and performed multi-media event American Needs Indians, 1963—1966. Research, collection, and writing for International Business Machines Corporation's and Gordon Ashby's "Astronomia". With Merry Pranksters, 1964—1966.
Designed and organized, Trips Festival, Longshoreman's Hall, San Francisco, 1966. Special consultant to Governor Edmund G. Brown, Junior, California, 1977-1979. Founded Uncommon courtesy: School of Compassionate Skill, 1982-1983.
Faculty member, school management and strategic studies, Western Behavioral Sciences Institute, La Jolla, California, 1982-1983. Initiated and co-organized, The Hackers Conference, since 1984. Visiting scientist Media Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1986.
Visiting scholar Royal Dutch/Shell, London, 1986. Organizer conference series on Learning in Complex Systems, 1987-1989. Advisor, Ecotrust, since 1990.
Active duty officer United States Army, 1960-1962.
Founder Point Foundation, 1972. Co-founder The WELL (Whole Earth 'Lectronic Link), since 1984(Best Online Publn. award, Computer Press Association, 1990), Global Business Network, since 1988, The Long Now Foundation, since 1995(co-chairman board director, president), All Species Inventory, since 2001, Long Bets Foundation, since 2001. Trustee Santa Fe Institute, since 1989.
Founding member board director Electronic Frontier Foundation, 1990-1994.
Married Lois Jennings, 1966 (divorced 1973). Married Ryan Phelan, 1983.