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Are you a visionary of cultural transformation?

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We support new models, narratives, and ideas that transform the cultural paradigms of our time

 

 

Our programs combine the latest in systems thinking, innovation, entreprenurship and foresight (acceleration) with the ancient inner technologies of mindfulness, somatic expression and art making (decelaration)

Everything we do is offered as a pay-it-forward gift

 

 

Prospective applicants should read this page thoroughly before applying

Our differentiation
  • Only incubator / accelerator exclusively dedicated to transformative models, narratives, and ideas –only those that transform the cultural paradigms of our time
  • Gift Economy. All is given as a gift to participants
  • Format agnostic: nonprofits, companies, art, hybrids…
  • Systemic focus: not tied to a closed list of sectors
  • Combination of inner and outer technologies
  • Design Thinking + Foresight + Innovation
  • Creative community model

 

 

 

 

 

Areas of interest

Here are just a few examples of new narratives

 

Area

Old Narrative -No

New Narrative -Yes!

Economy
Scarcity and reciprocity Post scarcity.
Gift economies
Education
Top to bottom Peer to peer.
Students as teachers
Environment
External focus. Science Internal focus. Art
Human rights
Help victims, punish perpetrators Breaking victim-perpetrator cycles

 

 

 

 

 

Deceleration Program overview

 

  • 12 Week Intensive Program offered for free as a pay-it-forward gift
  • Designed to turn visionary projects into world-changing movements
  • Access to Kumu’s network of amazing mentors, experts and world changers
  • Practical Bootcamps + One-on-one meetings with domain experts
  • Conferences & Mixers
  • Inner technologies of mindfulness meditation and somatic practices
  • Media maker lab, web design, hosting and other services
  • Collaborative, co-working space
  • Mingle and cross pollinate with other innovators

 

 

 

 

 

Incubator

At our own discretion we invite a small number of projects to work side by side with us for an extended period beyond the Decelerator Program. This we call incubation.

Incubated projects may originate within Kumu, or our network, be selected from the Decelerator Program, or come directly from the outside through the general application process described on this page.

This is what our Incubator can do for you:

  • Getting you rolling. Start building your organization and receiving tax-deductible funds.
  • Sharing our expertise. Kumu’s Transformative Curriculum and seasoned experts will support you from step one.
  • Raising funds. Kumu will support your fundraising efforts.
  • Matching you with mentors. Access Kumu’s network for mentoring and additional support.
  • Getting you online. We offer miscellaneous technology services, including website creation assistance.
  • Reaching partners and the public. Kumu’s online and offline networks can help you with outreach.
  • Working side by side. Apply to co-work with us in Oakland, California.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Are we a match?

 Your idea must meet all four:

  • Transformative: new models, narratives, and ideas with the potential to transform current paradigms
  • Life and justice affirming
  • Viable
  • Forward Thinking

 

 

 

 

 

Application Process
  • Currently our application process is open. Use the form below.
  • We are unable to contact all applicants. If we are interested or have questions we will reach out to you.
  • We are upgrading our acceleration program for 2016. Stay tuned.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whatever you can do -or dream you can- begin it.

Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it

Goethe

 

 

 

 

 

Application

 

 

 

 

 

Your Name (required)

Your Email (required)

I have read the application guidelines above on this page

Name of your idea (required)

Background. Why is your idea needed in the world? (required)

Description. Briefly describe your idea (required)

Innovation. How is your idea innovative? (required)

Transformation. How does your idea transform the cultural paradigms that make it needed? (required)

Mission. Very succinctly summarize what your idea seeks to bring into the world. (required)

Vison. Describe the world once you have completely accomplished your mission (required)

Maturity. How far have you taken this idea forward? Include links if needed. (required)

Vetting Partner Referral. Check the appropriate box is this applies to you.
 Buckminster Fuller Challenge Blum Center for Developing Economies Big Ideas at UC Berkeley Kumu Network

 

 

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