We know that no system, product, project, or idea, is perfect. We seek to constantly improve the way we interact with the world rather than allowing ourselves to be comfortable with what is most familiar, or to stick to tradition. A commitment to innovation makes it possible for us to continuously help more people and do more good.
Each person deserves a genuine opportunity to fulfill their potential and live well. We work to build a society where everyone has the necessary tools to flourish, based on their own needs, capabilities, and resources. No one should be abandoned to circumstances that warp their life chances from the start.
In the last several centuries, human beings have organized our societies around infinite growth and unbounded resource exploitation—resulting in imminent global ecological catastrophe. We aim to creatively transform our systems, practices and technologies into those that sustain our species and other life on earth rather than bolstering those that threaten it.
Our beliefs and decisions should be developed through an unbiased examination of facts and outcomes rather than emotion, tradition, or intuition alone. Reason allows us to determine when our personal impressions are mistaken. We endeavor to thoughtfully avoid the unverified opinions and irrational prejudices that thwart our common pursuit of happiness.
Compassion focuses and energizes our willingness to do good. It stabilizes the ethical principles we develop through reason. We strive to cultivate a robust sense of compassion that allows us to see what is humanly important and to look for rational solutions where they are most needed.