We are deeply committed to supporting the shift toward a planet that is healthy, sustainable, peaceful and prosperous for all.
To this end, we are striving to make an impact on multiple fronts.
First and foremost is our transformational content designed to support you in accessing your full potential and bringing your gifts to the world so that together we shift things in profound ways.
Every year we feature a vast array of free inspirational and educational content that covers a wide range of personal transformative practices as well as important social change topics. For more information on our unique efforts in this area, here.
We also create over 70 in-depth courses each year, to which we give hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships so that transformational education can be available to all those who seek it. For more information on our work in this area, here.
As we create our programming and grow the network, we strive to be a great place to work, one that values employee wellness, growth, and community service. For more information on our internal culture and employee experience here.
Additionally, we believe that shifting the paradigm in business means that for-profit companies (like us) can and must consider overall social and environmental impact as a measure of how well we’re doing. We are committed to providing value to all our stakeholders — including people and the planet.
To that end, we give a large percentage of our annual profits to charitable organizations.
We have also allocated a significant amount of company stock toward nonprofits that are profoundly shifting our world. For more on this area of our work, please read below.
From 2014-2015, The Shift Network gave 12.2% of our profits to charitable organizations.
By comparison, the company that is widely recognized for giving the highest percentage of profits is Alcoa at 12.1%.
In 2015, we supported the following organizations with $65,000 in donations and raising well over $75,000 in contributions from our community:
- Indigenous Council of the Americas
- Wounded Knee events
- Shared Hope International
- Search for Common Ground
- Friends Committee on National Legislation
- World Water Day Well
- Sanctuary of Open Heart
- Source of Synergy
- Waves for Water
Pledged Stock to Nonprofits
In addition to our annual giving, we have pledged two million shares of founding stock to nonprofit organizations that are making a big difference in the transformation of our planet, such as The Pachamama Alliance, Friends Committee on National Legislation, and Shared Hope International.
Our intention is that as our company grows, the following organizations will be gifted with large endowments to further their important work.
Every year we create a vast array of free educational content in diverse areas related to the evolution of consciousness and humanity.
What sets us apart from most transformational education companies is that our content does not focus solely on your personal transformation but also on how we can together shift our world in the areas that are most critical and in ways that are innovative and inspiring.
We believe advancing the emerging science and art of peace building from the inner (personal) to international (collective) levels is essential to helping humanity make a shift to a just and sustainable world that works for all.
Because of this, we have made a deep commitment to promoting peace education, events and collaborations in the world.
Since 2010, our peace programs have have reached over 110,000 people in 141 countries.
They provide skills training, inspirational stories, and powerful solutions from the world’s top peace builders, social change leaders, scientists, Indigenous elders and spiritual mentors.
We seek to inspire, inform and involve people by spreading the best peace practices from around the world and encourage meaningful action in daily life.
Our peace programs include:
- Summer of Peace: an annual event with free online educational summits featuring leading peacebuilders from around the world. The Summer of Peace culminates on and builds supports for the annual United Nations International Day of Peace on September 21.
- Yoga Day Summit: a free online summit celebrating the International Day of Yoga, features renowned teachers from across the planet and highlights the ancient inner science of peace
- Peace Ambassador Training: our flagship certification training on the science and art of peace building with over 1,100 graduates from 47 countries.
- World Peace Library: one of the first and most extensive FREE online resources for peace education from inner to international levels. Our library features over 375 free interviews with leading peace builders from around the world and covers peace building in 26 different sectors of society.
The Shift Network is partnering with a number of organizations in advancing strategic initiatives, including the International Cities of Peace in creating 1,000 Cities of Peace by 2020; Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education in promoting global compassion education; the Alliance for Peacebuilding on countering violent extremism; and, PeaceJam and 13 Nobel Peace Laureates in promoting global peace education.
Global Indigenous Wisdom
An outgrowth of The Shift Network’s Peace programs has been an active commitment to Indigenous Peoples.
We believe that it is essential for the wisdom of Indigenous communities to be honored and at the forefront of conversations and efforts for societal transformation.
Because of this, we are committed to playing a role in healing the wounds caused by the violation of their people and cultures, supporting Indigenous communities and collaborating with Indigenous leaders.
Since 2011, we have featured dozens of teachers from Indigenous traditions around the world.
We developed the Declaration of Commitment to Indigenous Peoples, for which we have collected over 10,000 signatures.
Our free annual Global Indigenous Wisdom Summit (and before that, special segments in our Summer of Peace) features Indigenous leaders sharing not just prayers, sacred songs, spiritual teachings and pathways to healing, but also important wisdom for taking right action and living on earth at this remarkable, prophesied time.
Many Indigenous leaders from around the world have shared concrete examples of actions for birthing a new era — in which all members of the human family are treated with respect, understanding, compassion and justice.
Over 20,000 people — Indigenous and others — have participated in these events.
We have also been active in supporting some important initiatives, including:
- We sponsored a campaign that raised nearly $70,000 for the Indigenous Summit of the Americas in Panama in 2015. Additionally, our Director of Summits, Alison Marks, attended the event and captured bilingual video interviews with Indigenous leaders from Central and South America which we shared in our Global Indigenous Wisdom Summit, playing a part in fulfilling the prophecy of the unification of the condor, the quetzal and the eagle (representing the Indigenous peoples of South, Central and North America).
- Two of our team members attended and supported the International Indigenous Leadership Gathering at St'at'imc Territory outside of Vancouver.
- Alison was also invited to join an esteemed group of Indigenous and environmental leaders — Wisdom Keepers — sitting in council and holding ceremonial space outside Paris during COP21.
- The Shift Network supported fundraising for a local group on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota to cover the costs of horses and riders during the 8-day ride commemorating the 125th anniversary of the Massacre at Wounded Knee. We also supported an effort to coordinate healing ceremonies around the world at sites of other massacres on this same day. Three of our team members were present at Wounded Knee during the ceremony when the riders arrived.
The Shift Network is committed to promoting environmental sustainability as a primary pillar of the shifts toward a world that works for all.
We believe that climate change is one of the most important issues facing humanity and that together we must find solutions.
Since 2012, our Spring of Sustainability programming has included a free online event which has featured hundreds of top global green pioneers, innovators, visionaries and change agents from some of the world’s largest and most effective sustainability organizations.
Nearly 40,000 global citizens have tuned in for skills training, inspiration and powerful solutions for our global environmental issues.
Gifting In-Depth Trainings
We are committed to as many people as possible receiving transformational teachings, which is why we produce thousands of hours of free content every year.
Additionally, we provide approximately $300,000 worth of scholarship assistance each year to enable more people to benefit from our in-depth courses.
Here are a few of these community members:
“I received a scholarship for this course and I am overwhelmed by the quality of the material. I want to "thank you" so much for extending such generosity to me. These classes are life-changing. I am benefiting tremendously and will certainly pay-it-forward in my life. Many Blessings your way.” — F.F.
“You have brought tears to my eyes and so touched my heart. I don't know what to say other than a huge thank you. How absolutely kind and caring of you. May we, each one, continue to be part of the healing on this planet of ours.” — J.B.
“Thank you so much. I am honored and humbled to receive the scholarship and very excited to learn and pay it forward.” — A.R.
“I'm thrilled and VERY grateful for being given the discount and opportunity to do this course. I've begun listening to the first session, very inspiring. I'm very much looking forward to listening to the rest of the course and to be able to improve my life and the lives of others. Wishing you all many of life's blessings and love.” — A.M.
Employee Well Being and Growth
We believe that the way our organization functions must be a reflection of the world we’re working to create and as such, we pride ourselves on being a great place to work.
In support of this, we offer a number of unique benefits.
Global Work: To promote personal growth, expanded cultural awareness and support employees’ travel dreams, we offer a unique Global Work benefit in which staff members are allowed to work a month or more each year while living in other countries without using vacation days and while maintaining a regular work week.
We see this as a unique way to explore the world in a more in-depth and relaxed way than a vacation alone, while building connections to other cultures and serving as an emissary for the company.
During a Global Work stint, employees are required to engage in some service project that creates a positive impact on local community and culture.
Paid personal days for volunteer work: to encourage and support volunteerism, we offer a expanded number of personal days each year that employees can use to engage in service projects in their local communities.
Recommended Partner Organizations:
We support a wide variety of organizations that are making a difference. However, there are a couple that stand out:
Friends Committee on National Legislation, or FCNL, is one such organization that we recommend the most highly. With more than 70 years of history of being the “Switzerland of Capitol Hill,” FCNL is playing a crucial role in helping citizens learn how to effectively and regularly engage with elected officials on a wide variety of pressing peace and social justice initiatives. Beyond election cycles, FCNL practices “talking to everybody”--left, right, and center--on issues that impact national and international policy. FCNL demonstrates and teaches practical steps toward shifting us toward a planet that is healthy, sustainable, peaceful, and prosperous for all.
Each year, TSN sends members of the leadership team to attend annual meeting and lobby elected officials. For more information, see fcnl.org
Shared Hope International
Shared Hope International (SHI) is one of the leading organizations working to eradicate sex trafficking. Taking a 3-pronged approach, SHI focuses on prevention through education and awareness; restoration through strategic guidance and funding support to service providers, significantly, and justice initiatives to accelerate legislative and policy solutions.
For more information, or to become a trained advocate (called an Ambassador of Hope), visit sharedhope.org