CONNECTION AS MEDICINE
A 18-year migraine, allergy to all pain meds, 10% lung capacity...
Our co-founder, Maureen McCarthy, was told she would die young of a rare, genetic lung disease that kills by slow suffocation. With no cure in sight, Maureen couldn't change her body, so she set out to change her brain.
In partnership with co-founder, Zelle Nelson, her journey and her pioneering energy have birthed a new approach to collaboration, using the neural circuitry of social connection to harness physical and psychological pain.
One of the healthiest people you'll ever meet, Maureen teaches a radical, brain-based approach to being alive.
Turns out designing a healthy mind creates the conditions for meaningful interactions with other people, which ultimately keeps us alive as a species—both physically and socially.
Photo: Erica Mueller
WE ARE WIRED TO CONNECT
Designing healthy interactions begins by creating healthy minds.
The future is collaborative, and to thrive in all its complexity, it will take:
our individual minds to be healthy together, shifting our main mode of interaction from the neural circuitry of Safety Brain to Connected Brain,
an ability to mindfully design our relationships, to evolve at the speed of trust and clarity,
and to move past seeing the world through the lens of problems and solutions to a new worldview of What Does This Make Possible?.
Def: COLLABORATIVE AWARENESS (n.)
The discovery and design of who we are together.
MINDFUL RELATIONSHIP DESIGN
A design document and a collaboration process for groups of all sizes
A great piece of furniture, beautiful product packaging, the simple elegance of a smartphone app. They all benefit from great design. Our collaborative relationships are no different.
The Blueprint of We is an evolving relationship design document for people who want to live, work and think better together. It is currently used in many languages and cultures in 100+ countries worldwide—from start-ups, couples and families to non-profit organizations and global corporations.
When we exchange information straight from the source, rather than making assumptions about other people’s behavior, our brains engage the neural networks that build trust and lower anxiety. From there you can design who you are and what you will accomplish together.
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