A Wisdom-based (Heart-Mind Integrated) Human Family and Wellness-Informed Society.
Kindred World was founded on the values and beliefs of stewarding and protecting all Life as interconnected, interdependent, and therefore, Kindred. These values and beliefs form a Wisdom-based Worldview, a worldview that integrates our minds and hearts. At Kindred World, we believe worldviews create worlds, and wisdom is the experience of wholeness. Our nonprofit vision, therefore, is of a Wisdom-based Human Family whose full potential as sovereign beings is capable of creating a Wellness-Informed Society capable of creating sustainable humans and stewarding all Life. (Learn more about our values and strategic goals here.)
You can discover more about our nonprofit’s history here, and learn how our many initiatives help ourselves and our culture make the shift from a Dominator Worldview to a Wisdom-based (Indigenous) Worldview.
To forge a Wisdom-based Worldview and reclaim our human family's Wisdom Traditions that make possible a Wellness-Informed Society.
Kindred World began as a grassroots, consciousness-raising organization of parents and professionals in 1996, 25 years into America’s eventual 50 year-long decline to the bottom of all international indicators for family, maternal, and child health. Our vision for our world was formed through the lens of wisdom-based love for our children, families, and communities: we wanted to become a Wellness-Informed Society, a culture that supports our children's peaceful sovereignty and our planet's sustainability.
Today, Kindred World’s mission and vision are more relevant than ever. During the current climate crisis, pandemic, and political upheaval, our quarter century of investigating and sharing a New Story of Our Human Family is a blazed path to wholeness and wellness ready for wayfinders and seekers to follow. Each of our initiatives were created to meet our human family's needs to transform our culture into a more sustainable, peaceful, Wellness-Informed Society.
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Join us in August 2022 as we celebrate one of our nine Evolved Nest components, Breastfeeding, with the release of our Meet the Wayfinders Oral History Collection.
World Breastfeeding Week, Aug. 1-7
National Breastfeeding Month, Aug. 1 - 31
Indigenous Milk Medicine Week, Aug. 8 - 14
Black Breastfeeding Week, Aug. 25 - 31
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 oral history series is being released to the public in celebration of breastfeeding month:
World Breastfeeding Week, August 1-7
National Breastfeeding Month, August 1 - 31
Indigenous Milk Medicine Week, August 8 - 14
Black Breastfeeding Week, August 25 - 31
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. Attendees will also receive a resource guide in PDF form to help find the many references discussed in the collection. The conference link to the collection also includes the nine full interviews, ranging in 15-30 minutes each.
The Meet the Wayfinders oral history collection includes an overview video, where participants learn the five hallmarks of wayfinder advocacy, as well as view highlights of the nine interviews. Attendees will also receive a resource guide in PDF form to help find the many references discussed in the collection. The conference link to the collection also includes the nine full interviews, ranging in 15-30 minutes each.
In Meet the Wayfinders, conference participants will discover reasons why cultural change is difficult and how the breastfeeding advocates featured in this oral history collection were successful in breaking, transforming, and maneuvering around barriers in:
Through their personal histories, the wayfinders reveal to us a holistic form of breastfeeding advocacy, a strategy that does not wait for external, cultural forces to change and support individual and collective wellness.
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, to introduce and integrate a new way forward right where we stand as individuals, and to joyfully gather to build a breastfeeding-friendly culture.
Learn more about 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.
Breaking the Cycle: Reclaiming Our Humanity with the Evolved Nest
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.
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 on this website.
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December 13 at 12 noon ET - REGISTER
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"Reaching back to antiquity, but intensifying dramatically the last fifty-years, a dark spell has been cast, trapping and enchanting parents, children and their cultures, in a false vision of who we are together. Realizing that adult development is the prerequisite for child development, Kindred breaks that spell, awakening a completely different way to relate to each other, and to all of nature.” – Michael Mendizza
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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