Our Story

Since 2010, Flourish Foundation has innovated and facilitated programs that teach life skills and transformative tools through ethics and values, meditation and emotional awareness. 

The heart of our work focuses on the human potential to be morally and ethically responsible world citizens. Through our tenure as a social-profit we have seen that nurturing this potential individually and collectively empowers us all to care deeply for ourselves, each other and the planet.    

Until recently the general approach for addressing global challenges has been creating more effective laws and governmental policies, strengthening domestic and international security, or innovating new technologies. Although many of these strategies have been helpful, these interventions fail to address the root of our global problems, the destructive views and behavioral tendencies that create institutional inequity, unbridled consumption, violence, and apathy.  Given this fact, many of humanity’s greatest thinkers in science, religion, philosophy, and politics have agreed that in order positively transform the world we must begin by transforming our own heart and mind.

If we can cultivate true inner contentment and free ourselves from the confines of self-centeredness, greed and hatred then it may be possible to live sustainably with the personal conviction of being more rather than having more. With this shift from quantitative to qualitative growth, each one of us can peacefully and wholeheartedly contribute to preserving the conditions of life for all future generations.

 
 
All the major challenges we face in the world call for an approach based on ethical awareness and inner values. Safeguarding the future is not just a matter of laws and government regulations: it also requires individual initiative. We need to change our way of thinking and to close the gap between perception and reality.
— Tenzin Gyatso the 14th Dalai Lama
 
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Our Mission

Flourish Foundation is a social-profit dedicated to inspiring systemic change through cultivation of healthy habits of mind that promote personal well-being, benevolent social action, and environmental stewardship.

 

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Vision

We envision a collaborative world community oriented toward the development of inner resources that nurture individual, collective and environmental well-being.

 

 

Core Values

Flourish Foundation is committed to invigorating change from the inside out with the following core values: 

authenticity, Kindness, Compassion, Trust, Playfulness, Wisdom, Self-Care, Joy, vulnerability, generosity, connection, Equality and Freedom

 

 

 

 
 
 

It's time to Flourish.

In August 2016, top level scientists recommended the term Anthropocence to officially recognize a new epoch of time that we are experiencing on planet Earth.

What is unique about this recommendation is that the term Anthropo, meaning human, refers specifically to the drastic impact that our human behaviors are having on the earth’s climate and ecosystems. Currently, the rate of species extinction is between 100 and 1,000 times higher than the normal rate, atmospheric carbon levels are now 60 PPM above the recommended level by climate scientists, and deforestation rates remain alarmingly high.

On a societal level the world’s 500 or so billionaires have assets of 1.9 trillion dollars, a sum greater than the income of the poorest 170 countries in the world and the amount of money that the richest 1 percent of the world’s people make each year equals what the poorest 57 percent make. On a more personal level the World Health Organization projects that depression will be the second leading cause of disability worldwide by the year 2020 and it is estimated by the CDC that one person dies from suicide every forty seconds.

Fortunately, individuals and communities are working together to address these challenges at many different levels, and, until we find a way to really shift the underlying mindsets that determine our behavior, lasting change will not occur within the systems in which we operate. In support of this claim, scientists have identified many leverage points for systems change, and there is a growing consensus that the most profound change occurs at the level of the mind. Donella Meadows, one of the most renowned environmental scientists of the last century, comments:

People who manage to intervene in systems at the level of paradigm hit a leverage point that totally transforms systems…In a single individual it can happen in a millisecond. All it takes is a click in the mind, a new way of seeing. Of course individuals and societies do resist challenges to their paradigm harder than they resist any other kind of change.

For thousands of years a myriad of wisdom traditions have inspired change at this level through cultivating the heart and mind. Through deliberate cultivation individuals are empowered to live simply and joyously care for others. We believe this type of change is essential for bringing forth and protecting a harmonious way of life for all current and future generations.