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Our aims

Emergence Foundation wants to support projects that improve the quality of life of individuals, enhance communities and benefit the environment: projects which bring about a shift in consciousness and perspective based on the fundamental unity of all life, providing a force of positive change in the world.

All projects must be educational in nature and for public benefit. You can learn more about our aims on our purpose page.

As part of the application process we will, naturally, ask you to show how your project fits with these aims.


Emergence Foundation intends their funding to:

  1. Enhance beneficiaries’ inner enrichment, sense of meaning and purpose in life: catalysing conscious moral and spiritual development through a heartfelt connection to ‘other(s)’, nature, life, and a motivation to contribute positively to the future
  2. Create/inspire in beneficiaries the qualities of courage, inner strength and a commitment to improving the lives of others
  3. Enable beneficiaries to discover a more holistic, integrated relationship to life; to collaborate with others in order to counter the fragmentation, alienation and partisan attitudes so prevalent
  4. Address the current moral, spiritual, cultural, and/or environmental crises that endanger humanity and all of life, by developing practical, measurable, holistic solutions

As an applicant you will need to say which of these outcomes you will be delivering – at least one – and how.

Examples of projects we wish to support

Aim to improve the quality of life of individuals by cultivating:

  1. Sense of meaning and purpose
  2. Self–awareness and empathy
  3. Confidence and empowerment
  4. Vision and creativity
  5. Moral strength and integrity
  6. Agency and responsibility

Develop individuals’ knowledge of and skill in:

Areas such as enquiry, meditation, mindfulness, contemplation, contextual thinking and dialogue resulting in, but not limited to, any of the following capacities:

  1. independent thinking: the willingness to radically question, maintain an open mind, engage in sustained enquiry
  2. contextual awareness: seeing situations within a larger context
  3. holistic thinking: embracing complexity, systems and process thinking; an understanding of the principle and implications of unity and interconnectedness in relation to diversity
  4. altruistic sensibilities: developing empathy and mutual respect as a basis for creative thinking and/or solutions beyond self-interest
  5. flexibility, creative responsiveness: letting go of fixed positions, adapting to changing circumstances
  6. emergent dialogue: radical listening, developmental thinking, non-linear solutions
  7. imagination and visionary thinking
  8. creative agency: following through and actualising one’s ideas/vision
  9. collaborative teamwork


(through any of the above or other means)

Existential issues such as alienation, disempowerment, lack of meaning, and rootlessness

Facilitate in beneficiaries:

  1. the self-actualisation of an individual’s gifts and capacities to contribute to society
  2. healing, reconciliation and/or mental health with an emphasis on self-authorship, empowerment and responsibility

Uplift and develop culture

(i.e. groups, communities) through educational programmes that develop capacities for coherence, meaning qualities like:

  1. inclusivity: seeking unity within diversity e.g. transcending division and/or creating bridges through finding common ground, shared humanity and/or a higher common objective
  2. empathy: proactive ways of understanding and working with difference, reducing the tendency toward ‘otheration’ or objectification, caring and understanding the needs of the whole
  3. understanding and applying the principles and values intrinsic to collaboration i.e. prioritising and working towards higher objectives
  4. constructive questioning and critical thinking with regard to contemporary human experience and culture
  5. expanding perspectives and new ways of thinking
  6. cultivating egalitarianism – recognition of and respect for the fundamental equality of all people
  7. global, holistic awareness including but not limited to:
    1. a deep time cosmic perspective
    2. an understanding of the relationship between past and present, historically

Offer skills in developing collective environments

i.e. communities, effective teams, groups, including but not limited to:

  1. dialogue skills: facilitating the art of radical listening – awareness of connecting threads and capacity to seek, identify and cultivate shared ground between disparate positions (e.g. communal, political, social)
  2. practices and programmes designed to facilitate trust/openness/collective action
  3. training in the principles of individual and collective development
  4. understanding key elements in creating conditions for change and growth

Address and/or offer solutions to the environmental crisis

including but not limited to:

  1. educational initiatives on sustainability, including the recognition of our moral responsibility as human beings
  2. non-profit projects supporting environmental awareness and innovative solutions
  3. programmes that support multicultural practices and ways of thinking relevant to current issues i.e. planetary degradation, social fragmentation, individual alienation

Please note: Applications connected with the current teaching work of Andrew Cohen will not be considered.