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



  • How to experience Laughing Heart consciousness in 15 seconds?
  • Why does Laughing Heart instantly change our powers of perception?
  • How to think like a genius at 94?
  • Why is BHI a key to exuberant vitality in our older (50+) years?
  • How is it possible for a 78 year old qigong master to get off a 15 hour plane ride from Tokyo to New York and dive into conducting a two day training program without even being tired?
  • Why is Beauty as source of exuberant vitality?
  • How to open the gates of experiencing Nature to receive and to comprehend the “signals” from all living things?
  • What is the connection of Laughing Heart to creative life force and vital power?


  • Why will Laughing Heart temper grandiosity and provide a balance to the excesses of a soaring sense of vitality and exuberance?
  • What are some exciting new scientific frontiers and domains of exploration involving BHI, neuroscience, and neurocardiology? And quantum physics? What are some immediate practical applications of these insights?
  • How does BHI enable us to “feel” the Future?
  • How does BHI enable us to “change” the past?
  • Why are music, qi, love, and healing intimately related?
  • In what specific ways does Big Heart IQ extend and enhance the body of work on emotional intelligence?
  • What are some exciting parallels between BHI and quantum physics?
  • Why is Scrooge’s transformation a model of increased Big Heart IQ? What caused it?
  • Might it be possible to “download” the creative energies of history’s great musical geniuses into our living cells and enhance their metabolism and vitality?
  • What is “intertidal” thinking; why is it useful and how can you cultivate it most enjoyably?
  • How are Big Heart IQ, sustainability, and the management of the contagion of stress and acute busyness inter-tidally connected?
  • What are some of the most interesting intersections between BHI and the creative arts? What new and interesting forms might a new genre of “emergent” art take?


  • How to Create Your Own Luck? Why do we become more powerful and alive the more we give away the bounty of our good fortune?
  • Why is “Seeing the Big Picture” enabled by BHI intimately related to risk assessment? How can BHI enable us to spot the deeper patterns and trends that are usually filtered out by our brain-centric tools and analytic intelligence?
  • Why is BHI the foundation for “strategic trust” in all major long term collaborations; how practically can you build strategic trust?
  • How to measure Laughing Heart Advantage?
  • How to go behind the mask in negotiations?
  • How to negotiate artfully with the “shadow” players?
  • How to predict the Great Florence Earthquake and prevent western civilization’s greatest art treasures from collapsing in rubble?
  • How to turn our hearts of stone into hearts of flesh in dealing with the most serious challenges facing the world today?
  • What is the relationship of Big Heart IQ and IP portfolio development?
  • How can Big Heart IQ help financial portfolio or wealth managers?
  • What are some of the most practical intersections of Big Heart IQ and commercial, social, and public innovation?
  • How might Big Heart IQ measurably enhance the effectiveness of mediators and others involved in conflict management?
  • What is the most urgent decision you face right now requiring wisdom and good judgment, and how might even a modest increase in Big Heart IQ help you?
  • What is the most practical way to integrate Big Heart IQ into the Global Reporting Initiative sustainability accounting procedures?
  • How can you best measure Big Heart Advantage? How can the proposed mathematical equation for BHA be refined?
  • What is the smartest way to gamify Big Heart IQ by analogy to Lumosity?
  • How can Big Heart IQ be most effectively presented to the captains of the 100 most imaginative and far sighted companies and non-profit organizations in the world?
  • What profession is in greatest need of a Big Heart IQ uplift?
  • What are implications of Big Heart IQ in enhancing our political discourse?


  • How can BHI principles and Big Heart IQ become part of the DNA of sustainable cities of the future? How might BHI enrich our definition of “sustainability”?
  • How will linking the systematic development of Big Heart IQ with economically “strategic” technologies and industries create massive new jobs and stimulate economic growth?
  • How can Big Heart IQ provide fresh insights in dealing with poverty, cruelty, ignorance, fanaticism, illiteracy, peace keeping, climate turbulence, loss of biodiversity, fear, loneliness, loss of meaning, and all the other forces in the world today that divide us?
  • What is required to reach a BHI inflection point to stimulate a cascade of self-reinforcing virtuous circles?
  • What are other exciting questions that we must add to the list?
  • What must we do to inspire every person with a generous heart and noble idea to join forces with us?
  • What might our world look like in five years if BHI becomes part of a global meme? If we were to “backlight” this alternative future, starting from the year 2022, what are the critical milestones that have enabled this sea change?

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