Help Make the Laughing Heart Guide More Intelligent, Interactive and Personalized

Imagine if you could have your own personal intelligent guide dedicated to helping you, your friends, organization, or community cultivate and apply Laughing Heart whenever it can be most beneficial in the world:

  • A resource to develop steadiness and balance in hard times.
  • A trusted friend to guide you toward wise decisions.
  • A platform to connect you with interesting new friends and colleagues who share your passions.
  • A new way of learning and discovering surprising connections among seemingly unrelated domains of knowledge.
  • An immediate means to cascade acts of kindness and generosity in the world.
  • As many other ways as you can imagine and innovate to bring Laughing Heart into the world.

For Benefactors and Sponsors of the Laughing Heart App Initiative

Initial Donation Goal For This Project is $50,000. Use of Funds: To Build, Test, and Promote the Laughing Heart Intelligent Guide App in 2017. Donations of any amount you can afford are gratefully welcome. Please make your contribution directly to "Alliances for Discovery" via check or Paypal below, or if you prefer, to the The Santa Barbara Foundation earmarked for the Laughing Heart Initiative. All Santa Barbara residents have a lifetime free membership.

Charter Sponsor Packages

Springs of Amethysts - $100

  • Public Recognition as a Laughing Heart Charter Sponsor

Rivulets of Moonstones - $500

  • Amethysts awards plus:
  • Signed copy of Julian Gresser Piloting Through Chaos—The Explorers Mind(2013)
  • 5 free copies of the Intelligent Guide with one year memberships

Sparkles of Opal - $1K

  • All of Amethyst and Moonstone awards plus
  • 10 free copies of the Intelligent Guide with one year memberships
  • Public lecture, webinar, or other program in your honor
  • 3 signed copies of Julian Gresser Piloting Through Chaos—The Explorers Mind(2013)

Fountains of Pearls - $5K

  • All of Amethyst, Moonstone, and Opal awards plus:
  • Designation of favorite cause for Paying Forward in Laughing Heart Launch Celebration
  • Three (3)public lectures on Laughing Heart with attribution to benefactor
  • 5 signed copies of Julian Gresser Piloting Through Chaos—The Explorers Mind(2013)

Jade Eddies of Laughing Hearts - $10K

  • Amethysts, Moonstone, Opal, and Pearl awards, plus:
  • Specially published “smart” book celebrating charter sponsors and their contributions, updated quarterly.
  • Prominent visibility as a Charter Jade Sponsor on the Vital Santa Barbara web site and within the Laughing Heart Network
  • Bi-annual ½ day Laughing Heart Discovery Seminarsat office or transferable as a gift to favorite causes.

Sapphire Brooks of Laughing Hearts - $25K

  • All of Amethyst, Moonstone, Opal, Pearl, and Jade awards plus:
  • Two (2) Bi-annual ½ day Laughing Heart Discovery Seminarsat office or transferable as a gift to your favorite cause.
  • Free advertising as sponsor for Laughing Heart TV SBseries and public acknowledgement at Laughing Heart Community Workshop hosted by the Santa Barbara Center on Lifelong Learning.
  • Promotion and paying forward empowerment for three (3) causes of importance to Charter Sponsor.

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Ruby Streams of Laughing Hearts - $35K

  • All of the Amethyst, Moonstone, Opal, Pearl, Jade, and Sapphire awards plus:
  • 10 hours of dedicated free consulting time to community causes of highest priority to sponsor
  • One full day (1) training program with materials for organization of choice to Charter Sponsor.
  • Special prize award to designated cause of choice

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Diamond Rivers of Laughing Hearts - $50K

  • All of Amethyst, Moonstone, Opal, Sapphire, Ruby awards plus:
  • Two full day (1) training programs with materials for organizations of choice to Charter Sponsor.
  • Matching grants to designated organizations of choice any time within three years after release of Version 1.0 of the Intelligent, Interactive, Personalized Guide.

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The Laughing Heart Fund

The Laughing Heart Initiative is establishing a special Fund in collaboration with visionary philanthropists, corporations, and foundations to direct new sources of funding and other forms of support to causes and organizations that are applying Laughing Heart principles to relieve human suffering in all its manifestations. The goal of the Fund is to create compounding beneficial leverage by encouraging effective collaborative among receipts to maximize Laughing Heart Advantage for the largest number of beneficiaries. Financial and other support will be available through:

  • Special prizes
  • Direct Grants
  • Joint financing
  • Mobilizing volunteers and paying forward initiatives to designated beneficiaries
  • Celebrations
  • Client Co-branding
  • Other contributions in kind
  • Support for local communities

About Alliances for Discovery (AFD)

Alliances for Discovery was organized in 1999 as a 501c3 non- profit organization with the specific mission to accelerate breakthrough discoveries, inventions, and innovations of benefit to humanity. The core premise is that world’s “wicked” problems—disease, poverty, illiteracy, destruction of habitat, climate turbulence, violence, and so forth—will not be resolved by our present order of thinking. Most of these desperate problems if not all remain unresolved and many are becoming yearly worse. A transformation in how we think and feel and transact with one another–more specifically, a new collaborative model that invokes the deep potentialities of the human brain and heart together– is desperately needed to meeting the deep challenges of the early 21st century. During the past twenty years Alliances for Discovery has developed the essential framework, methods, and tools to meet these challenges and is currently deploying them in three major spheres of action. See background article: “Inventing for Humanity—A Collaborative Strategy for Global Survival.” 

Big Heart Intelligence

BHI is a new frontier of scientific inquiry that seeks systematically to explore and to understand how the brain, mind, and heart, and other systems of living organisms work in harmony; how they comprehend and are conscious. The present work, Laughing Heart—A Field Guide to Exuberant Vitality for All Ages—10 Essential Moves is the most recent embodiment and expression of principles under development since AFD’s conception. The present challenge is to make the Guide intelligent, interactive, and personalized to become a trusted friend and companion for individuals and organizations of all kinds, enriching every activity where a combination of heart and mind matters. Version 1.0 of the Intelligent Guide can be delivered within 4-6 months with modest funding.

    • Big Heart Intelligence and Corporate Destiny— Our spotlight here is on corporations and non-profit organizations: how by systematically cultivating Big Heart Intelligence (the integration of heart, brain, and mind) they can powerfully influence their otherwise immutable fortunes.
    • Beyond Shared Value—Character as Corporate Destiny  This 2015 article established a foundation for BHI as the next frontier of corporate social responsibility and shared value.
    • AFD’s Intelligent COIN Platform—AFD has a blueprint of an Intelligent IT Platform to support continuously all members of the COIN. The IT Platform includes advanced search, a discovery/invention engine, a visual matching engine to connect all COIN members by degrees of opted interest, big data analytics and machine learning and Big Mechanism tools, including IBM’s Watson to explain complex data sets. The blueprint is available to corporate and non-profit organizations interested in implementing BHI principles for the public good.
    • AFD Directors—Julian Gresser, Chairman;  William Moulton;  Patricia Bader-Johnston.

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