1440 Foundation’s Guiding Principles

To build strong relationships, forge powerful agreements, and co-create effective action, 1440 Foundation operates by the following principles in all its activities and with all its partners:

  1. Our commitment to embody authentic relationships is the cornerstone of all our collaborations, and the heartbeat of the communities we seek to build and serve in the world.
  2. We understand that healthy relationships begin within ourselves.  As such, we support the inner development – the reflection, self-awareness and self-knowledge that is cultivated through contemplative practices – that necessarily precedes offering ourselves to others and to the world. We utilize these practices in our personal lives, professional activities, and organizational practices.
  3. We believe in the power of open, honest, transparent dialogue as the basis for authentic relationships. We begin by listening deeply and speaking from the heart.
  4. We believe in the power of community to do more than any of us could accomplish alone.  Community supports our growth as individuals while also fostering our natural intention toward compassion – to care for others as we care for ourselves.
  5. We leverage our resources by investing in inspiring and innovative leaders with thoughtful plans.
  6. We apply our energy to promote operational effectiveness and sustainability, in a co-creative spirit of support and encouragement.
  7. We accept that risk is required in pursuit of discovery and innovation, and that mistakes can be among our most valuable accomplishments.
  8. We understand that our vision will take significant time to accomplish and that we must undertake our mission systematically and with long-term commitment.

Our belief at 1440 is that it’s time to connect – with ourselves, with each other, and with our potential – and to live with the richness that we all have the power to choose.