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. As an applied research platform, the Partnering Lab investigates strategies and methods that promote embodied ethics across domains of practice.


The team collaborates in the design of research reports, protocols, and accessible 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. 

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 for 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, deliberately designed to foster empathy, mutual understanding, and respect. We are committed to practical investigation and the sharing of 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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