Are you interested in supporting MIND’s vision to
Establish the psychedelic experience as a tool for personal and societal development
and want to know more about how to do so? Then you are in the right place. If you don’t really know what the MIND foundation does and what our goals are, you can get a closer look here as well as on Facebook or YouTube.
But let’s jump right into the possibilities how you can support MIND.
1. Become a friend and member – be a part of the MIND network
If you’re interested in what MIND is doing and want to become active yourself, join our growing network of researchers, therapists and educators. Communication and sharing of information are critical skills in today’s world. As there is an abundance of information available, filtering for the right things is a skill that is essential for making your way through life. MIND offers a stream of scientifically supported information about the psychedelic experience (PSEX) and all important topics surrounding it, like policy, research and opportunities to learn and develop relevant skills.
We have created a forum for exchange between researchers, therapists, educators, legislators and others interested in the PSEX. In this way we want to grow the supportive community around the PSEX to embrace it as a tool that can help to improve quality of life for everybody. By tapping into MIND’s information stream, you will be informed about the current developments in fields surrounding the PSEX. Follow us on Facebook or YouTube, explore our website and become a member of MIND, gaining additional benefits, like exclusive experience workshops or access to our MIND science platform – a special exchange-HUB for researchers to create projects, find a topic for academic theses (if you’re a student), internships, collaborators and discuss real science matters regarding the PSEX
Every well-done and well-reviewed scientific study that furthers the knowledge about the PSEX helps our common goal of the reintegration of the PSEX into modern society in a beneficial way. On one hand this can happen through the development of better and more efficient therapies and on the other through the use of the personal PSEX to develop the own self and influence one’s immediate environment.
Substance-assisted therapy needs well-trained professionals and clinics. Self-development needs well-structured centres in which interdisciplinary teams of professionals work who are able to nurture mindfulness, look beyond pathologies, work with positive psychology and are critical co-developers of post-modern spiritualities.
With this two way approach of top-down science-informed changes in legislation and mindful, evidence-based therapeutic practices and a bottom-up way of conscious and aware lifestyles, serving as a good example of the positive influence that the skilful use of the PSEX can have, it will be possible to reintegrate the PSEX back into global societies.
2. Become a communicator and influencer
Use the information MIND and other sources offer to educate yourself about the PSEX, it’s potentials and dangers. Develop your own understanding of where and how you can see benefits brought to society by the PSEX, or where it might be unwise to use it.
If you come up with a project that you would like to be involved in, use the MIND network to find supporters and co-workers for it and share your insights with others in workshops or discussion groups.
But even more important than the exchange with fellow PSEX supporters is the contact with people, who don’t know anything about it or might even want to prohibit it instead of regulating it. It’s those people, who are not yet convinced about the benefits of the PSEX, that we have to educate of the potential the PSEX is bearing.
So meet up with like-minded people, work on projects together and explore the potentials of the PSEX. And afterwards, discuss your findings with friends, with sceptics, with the uninformed at home and in public. Be the person who’s overheard conversations about the PSEX in the bus, subway or train made others interested in it for the first time in their life.
3. Develop yourself
As you learn more about the PSEX and how it can be used as a tool for personal development you should be able to bring this knowledge into action. True to the words “Be the change you want to see” you should use the tools that you are equipped with, to develop yourself. Be a role model for the responsible and beneficial use of the PSEX and how to use it to make the world a better place through humanist values and behaviours. Because what states a better case for MIND’s cause than the beneficial use of the tools that we are promoting? The success should speak for itself.
4. Become a donor or investor
If you want to witness the reintegration of the PSEX into society and have excess resources that can help MIND to create mindful contexts (like the Integration Circle Series) or research projects we greatly appreciate your support. Contact us directly or apply for our fundraising dinners, in which you’ll be able to meet and exchange ideas with renowned scientists and famous artists.
There are several ways you can contribute and all of them have their own use for us. Here is a selection of possible ways to donate.
Money – Enable
The most universal resource is money. With monetary donations you enable MIND to realize projects to research the PSEX and to create ways to integrate it into our minds, families and communities. You can find current practices and research projects here.
We support the creation of more efficient therapies using the PSEX as a an effective tool for change, Additionally, we seek the professionalization of self-development in healthy people as well. This needs policy change for a more efficient legislation based on current research data, protecting the fragile and young and supporting the resilient and courageous.
Please donate or invest in one of our projects.
Time/Skills – Volunteer
As a young and growing non-profit organisation MIND has to rely on the support of talented individuals that share our vision. This will enable us to expand our network and grow our influence more quickly. Have a look on our homepage to see if there are any open volunteering positions that you would be interested in or apply directly for an internship or volunteer position pro-actively with a resume of your skills.
We also offer tax-retractable donation receipts to professionals, who want to donate some of their work and time for MIND projects.
Space – Offices/Locations/Meeting hubs
Connecting over the internet is a powerful tool for creating a internationally distributed network to further MIND’s cause together with other players in the field. But there is no technology in existence yet that provides a higher information bandwidth than personal meetings. As an organization that wants to bring people together, we need spaces in different European cities to do so. Be it offices for the administration, meeting places for internal events and workshops or locations for conferences and big public events, like talks or lectures.
Get creative – Find and create other ways to support and donate
There are countless more ways to support MIND, even some you didn’t even think existed. One of them is the Smile initiative on Amazon, in which a part of the purchase’s value gets donated to a charity of your choice. It works as following:
Go to https://smile.amazon.de to choose the charity Amazon should donate to. In the case of MIND this would be our umbrella organisation FINDER Akademie fuer Soziales Lernen e.V. After choosing the organisation you can continue shopping as usual on Amazon and 0.5% of your purchase will be donated. You’ll always have to begin shopping from the link above for this to work, but you won’t have to do anything else. Just place your order and Amazon does the rest.
So be creative and if you come up with an idea how to further our cause, get in contact and find like-minded people to work on it.
Take the initiative and become an active agent of mindful change yourself!