Trance-breakers, New Cycle Makers, and Wayfinders are in plentiful supply, and Kindred brings you their stories of personal and cultural transformation. Yes, this is really happening!
For over 15 years, Kindred has collected wisdom from visionaries forging a Wisdom-based, Wellness-informed Society. Discover our true human potential in their stories and insights.
Listen, watch, and follow Kindred's ongoing interviews, presentations, and deep dives by our passionate contributors who explore how we are already reimagining humanity and creating a wisdom-based, wellness-informed society.
Discover the award-winning science of Kindred World's president, Darcia Narvaez, and our evolutionary pathway to flourishing, our Evolved Nest. You'll find practical educational materials for flourishing!
Kindred World began as a grassroots, consciousness-raising organization of parents and professionals in 1996, twenty-five years into America’s fifty year decline to the bottom of all developed nations' indices for family, maternal, infant, and children's health. Today, Kindred World’s nonprofit mission and vision, of a Wisdom-based, Wellness-informed Society, are more relevant and important than ever.
During the current climate crisis, pandemic, and political upheaval, Kindred World’s quarter century of investigating and sharing a New Story of Our Human Family is a blazed path to wholeness and wellness ready for others to follow. With a consistent dedication to serve, Kindred World's leaders, contributors, volunteers, and community participants have explored the interconnectedness of the posts, podcasts, and interview “categories” you will find on the Kindred Media website.
Over the past 25 years, Kindred World and its nonprofit initiatives have explored this New Story from the ground up, in grassroots’ communities, and from the top down with frontier science researchers, Seekers, Trancebreakers, and New Cycle Makers. This New Story comes with its own language: phrases like Cultural Creatives, Bio-Cultural Conflict, Grounded Expansion, Harmonic Family Resonance, Phronesis, the Evolved Nest, Original Brilliance and the Ecology of the Child, can be found in our New Story Glossary. If we're going to tell a New Story, we will need new language.
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Kindred World is proud to launch The Evolved Nest’s educational short film, Breaking the Cycle. The moving and inspirational six-minute film illustrates our capacity for breaking our current Cycle of Competitive Detachmentand returning to the pattern of 95% of our human history: a healthy, peaceful Cycle of Cooperative Companionship. Breaking the Cycle is based on the multi-award-winning book, Neurobiology and the Development of Human Morality: Evolution, Culture and Wisdom, by Darcia Narvaez, PhD.
Breaking the Cycle contrasts the two basic ways societies can function: the optimal approach, which most human societies through time have followed, is the Cycle of Cooperative Companionship where children’s basic needs are met; they grow into well-functioning, cooperative community members (from neurobiology and on up); and as healthy adults, they maintain the cooperative system. Currently in the USA the opposite pattern is in place: children’s basic needs are not met, illbeing and dysregulation ensue, creating adults who are detached and distracted and keep this Cycle of Competitive Detachment going. The United Nations ranks the USA as 41st out of 41 developed countries for child and adult wellness.
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Join Darcia Narvaez and Lisa Reagan for a discussion of the Evolved Nest's short film, Breaking the Cycle. You can watch the film and find resources, including a film guide, here: www.BreakingtheCycleFilm.org
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The Evolved Nest is the film accompaniment to the book by Darcia Narvaez and G.A. Bradshaw: The Evolved Nest: Natures' Way of Raising Children and Creating Connected Communities.
From the immense Whale to the intriguing Octopus – all Animals share with humans brain structures and processes that give us the capacities for life’s rainbow of experiences: consciousness, thinking, feeling, loving, and dreaming.
Perhaps most importantly, we share common ways of raising our young: what is called the evolved nest. Evolved nests are practices that nurture physical and psychological wellbeing. Each child is “nested” with mother, family, community, and the rest of Nature as one seamless whole. Passed from generation to generation over millions of years, each Animal’s nest has been perfected to meet and match the needs of their young. Nestedness is evolution’s way of ensuring that everyone thrives. Each Animal’s evolved nest shares basic similarities but also unique differences.
The goal of this film is to expand human imagination, based in deep history and transdisciplinary science, about human potential. We have not always been so stressed, disconnected and mindlessly destructive. For most of our species existence we have lived in cooperative companionship. The film illustrates what this looks like.
Human societies are built from individuals who begin life in relationship. The quality of community support for meeting children’s basic needs influences the state of health the child carries forward in all systems. Undercare in early life leads to less health in childhood and adulthood and a basic sense of disconnection—a Cycle of Competitive Detachment. This is not humanity’s heritage. Over 95% of our species history was spent in a Cycle of Cooperative Companionship, where children’s basic needs were met, leading to wellbeing in childhood and adulthood, with a deep sense of connection and skills to keep the cycle going.
Meet The Wayfinders: Nine Oral Histories Of Successful Breastfeeding Advocacy Barrier-Breakers
Meet the Wayfinders is an oral history collection of empowering, personal stories featuring video interviews with nine professionals, parents, and scientists who found ways around breastfeeding advocacy barriers, or just broke them! The series was created at the invitation of La Leche League International in celebration of their 65th Anniversary Conference held October 15-18, 2021. The series was presented live in October 2021 and viewed on LLLI’s website until April 2022. The collection was presented to the public in celebration of National Breastfeeding Month on August 1, 2022 at www.MeetTheWayfinders.org.
The Meet the Wayfinders Oral History Series includes an overview video, where participants learn the five hallmarks of wayfinder advocacy, as well as view highlights of the nine interviews. Participants also receive a resource guide in PDF form which documents the many references discussed in the collection's nine interviews.
In Meet the Wayfinders, participants discover reasons why cultural change through Traditional Activism is difficult and how the Wayfinders - with a new form of advocacy named Kindred Activism - were successful in breaking, transforming, and maneuvering around barriers in:
All of our presenters address the opportunities awaiting us in our post-pandemic world and how, with an understanding of the hallmarks of successful barrier-breaking, we too, can answer the call to become a wayfinder.
Watch and enjoy the collection at Meet the Wayfinders.
The Meet the Wayfinder Series was presented live at La Leche League International's 65th Conference in October 2021 and viewed until April 2022. You can now watch the entire collection here during August 2022 breastfeeding month celebrations at MeetTheWayfinders.org.
The Old Story of Separation that dominates our culture and conditioning today is entering a natural composting stage... it doesn't work anymore. The New Story of Connection, who we'e always been, is emerging in our consciousness. We are all in the space between these stories, exploring the possibilities, deciding what our new narrative will be...
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The Old Story of Separation that dominates our culture and conditioning today is entering a natural composting stage... it doesn't work anymore. The New Story of Connection, who we've always been, is emerging in our consciousness and marrow. We are all in the space between these stories, exploring the possibilities, deciding what our new narrative will be...