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The Ayni Institute

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Core values approaches for long term social transformation

The Ayni Institute in the USA launched the Momentum training institute, and focuses its work on strategies for social transformation around a set of core values and approaches, including how to take the long view on social change, how decentralized ‘swarm’ organizing works, and how to collaborate across different theories of change. ‘Ayni’ is a Quechua word meaning ‘reciprocity’ and the institute draws on indigenous and ancestral outlooks and practices.

“Relational, Respectful, Reciprocal.

Our survival for thousands of years relied on our ability to be relational, respectful, and reciprocal with all forms of life. Our ancestors studied the stars together; they built villages and cities in coordination; they learned interdependence with plants and animals. While modern Europe cast interdependence as weak and backward, we are lifting it up again, putting it at the center of our work together. We believe that when we are open to giving and receiving, our lives– and life itself– blossoms.”

Find out more about the Ayni/Momentum theory of organizing and change by looking at the Resources page


The Ayni Institute
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