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Move through the movements.

The movements are designed to support the evolution of people, organizations, and social systems to identify and disrupt the root causes of today’s social, environmental, and spiritual challenges.

Nearly fifteen years of empirical research and experimentation led us to a process that supports our evolution. Here’s an outline of what is discussed in this article:

  • Four Movements: Introduction to the methodology
  • New Paradigm: Creating the space for something new to emerge
  • The Path: Moving through the movements
  • Archetypes: Archetypical embodiment along the way

See things as they are, stripped of the illusions, to access opportunities to influence profound systemic innovation that rewires the way we live, the way we work, the way we play, and the way we are when no one else is watching. It’s about becoming human again – coming back home to ourselves – coming back home to our bodies.

Creating Space

Within all of us, there is a heart-centered and loving space mostly free of the ego. As we explore the depths within ourselves and learn to authentically relate with others, we begin to access ways of being that transcend the old paradigm and create space for a new way of life. A space where we have the capacity to act with less ego, to collaborate, to restructure our lives, to serve people by serving ourselves, to prevent the problems we currently face, and to shape a world that serves more of us.

The Four Movements

The movements are broken down like this:four movements

More on each movement is listed below.


Over the years of applying this method to real life we discovered a series of archetypes that are embodied at various moments along the journey.

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The first movement, Humanity, is about building a deeper relationship with yourself.

I. Humanity

Becoming human again.

We move through the process by learning to be with ourself in the present moment. To gain a deeper understanding of the self and evolve into our highest self is to expand our potential beyond the limits we knew were capable.

We question our ways of being and the social structures in place to begin the process of releasing our past self and the old paradigm as we enter an ambiguous place of unknown.

Find comfort in the grey area of life. Feel the liberation of knowing the world does not need to be “black or white”, “democrat or republican”, and see that the world is complex, messy, and that’s what makes life beautiful.

We learn to navigate uncertainty and embrace complexity. It’s a place where we make meaning. From here, momentum builds naturally as we align with others who believe what we believe to intentionally shape the future as it unfolds.

The journey to be and know explores the following:

  • essence
  • checking-in
  • intention
  • being
  • presencing
  • sensing
  • intuition
  • boundaries
  • ethics / values
  • purpose

Capabilities: empathy, compassion, kindness, sense of self, authentic self expression, identify personal values, communicate purpose

II. Community

Finding the others.

Being with community is how we sew ourselves into the cultural fabric, establish trust and credibility, and build meaningful relationships with the people around us. When alignment is reached and you become one with the people it empowers you to serve in profound ways – from the bottom-up and inside-out. This is compared to what happens when you arrive to a new city, try to launch projects to “serve” the people, and are quickly confronted with rejection.

Align on a purpose for change explores the following:

  • convening
  • showing up
  • holding space
  • observation
  • listening
  • relating
  • sharing
  • imagination
  • crystallizing

Capabilities: vulnerability, intimacy, psychological safety, alignment, clarity of vision, ethnographic research

III. Innovation

Create tomorrow, today.

From within your communities of people who now know you and trust you there’s an opportunity to have conversations around “what do we need?” and “what do we already have here that perhaps we’re not fully utilizing?” and “how might we come together to support ourselves by supporting one another?”.

As you learn from one another and move towards a new tomorrow, co-create what you need to manifest the future you desire.

  • feedback
  • discovery
  • uncertainty
  • complexity
  • ambiguity
  • prototyping
  • iteration
  • validation

Capabilities: resilience, adaptability, creativity, problem-solving, critical thinking, experience design, UX/UI, journey mapping, jobs-to-be-done framework, value proposition canvas, building a minimum viable product

IV. Impact

Transform the way you do business.

Carve out a place in the new economy. Build a life for yourself around who you are and what you believe. Attach a business model to the value you create during the Innovation movement.

Collectively move from finding what works to defining the operating models that represent the architecture of new institutions.

  • interdependence
  • cooperation
  • transparency
  • standardization
  • partners
  • subscriptions
  • integrations
  • open-source

Capabilities: compassionate venture design, creating business models, building strategic partnerships, cooperative work models

Commitment to Lifelong Learning

Learning the movements, practicing them, and integrating them into your life and work is an ongoing process. As you learn other methods, acquire new knowledge, and experience new projects we invite you to bring together pieces of The Four Movements together with pieces of other parts of your life. Perhaps you will be the next person to discover a more effective approach for discovering systemic innovations and implementing change.

If not you, who?

If not now, when?

Sacred Venture is committed to developing social technologies to equip and inspire lifelong learners to create their own economic opportunity creating products that change the way the we live and work. We are in private beta right now, and are onboarding new people everyday.

Sending you love.


Learning experiences built using the Four Movements


Project-based learning experience for visionary leaders to create a cohort-driven program that can evolve themselves, their communities, and the ecosystems that support them.

Emergence is an adaptation from its original 16-week program we first launched in 2010 at Rutgers University. Back then, the learners focused on the community within and around their university. Today, learners have expanded their understanding of community without borders.


21-day immersive experience to learn how to transmute who you are and what you believe into income-producing digital assets.

Worldbuilders is a 21-day immersive retreat experience that was inspired by the 2020 Emergence cohort who turned out to truly be Worldbuilders. We tested the retreat concept in Costa Rica in 2021, and are now gearing up to follow through with the end-to-end journey in November 2022.


Four eight-hour days of experimental workshops to create valuable projects for your world while using business to sustain and maximize your impact.

Cooperative Impact first began as a Social Innovation Unconference. After immersing into the community in 2014, we developed relationships with cross-sector stakeholders who had beautiful stories to share. The event felt like a natural next step.

Cooperative Impact was founded in 2015.

In 2020, we made it official. Cooperative Impact is now registered in the State of New Jersey as a for-profit corporation. We are a social enterprise that is shaping the compassionate future of work and life.

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