Our mission is to investigate and promote the ethical roots of physical interaction.


The philosophy of partnering focuses on the significance of empathy, discretionary power, consent, and trust in human interaction. Our philosophy includes a practice-based facilitation method centered on promoting ethical awareness through focused movement exercises and studies, as well as practical resources that promote ethical interaction across domains of practice. Our focus is on the implications of body literacy in social and cultural competencies. 


As an applied research platform, our lab designs protocols and visualizations. These practical resources are implemented in interventions and trainings to support dialogue and ethical interaction across domains, including health, business, education, and arts-based practices. We investigate tools to promote curiosity and empathy across domains of practice.


Our Values

Our core values emerge from deeply reflecting on history, confronting the present, and imagining the future.

We believe in the essential role of culture to a free and open civil society.


We embrace difference, debate, and multiple viewpoints regardless of race, gender, class, or creed. We are committed to expanding our systems of understanding by 1) recognizing the limits of what we understand, institutionally and individually, 2) inviting dialogue and critique within and across disciplines, and 3) iterating collaboratively, transparently, and reflexively. 


Our programs and collaborations provide a platform for cross-cultural dialogue, fostering empathy, mutual understanding, and respect. We are committed to investigation and sharing resources for deepening research and practice.


The free flow of ideas and of people is essential to what we do. We oppose xenophobia and discrimination and remain steadfastly committed to the fundamental civic principles of free expression and open engagement.




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