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We help build
that help build peace

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Who We Are


The Foundation for Inclusion (FFI) is an impact incubator—we nurture, build, improve, and scale solutions to the deep social divisions we’re seeing at home and abroad, from war zones to wealthy democracies. Whether you’re a business, an investor, or an ambitious nonprofit, we collaborate with you on one thing: making you more effective at large-scale, systemic change.



Our vision is a civil, peaceful, and inclusive world


Our mission is to empower you to discover and build effective and lasting solutions to social conflict and systemic exclusion


Our strategy for building social cohesion is to apply private-sector methods for getting large-scale results to experimental initiatives for bridging social and political divisions



What We Do


We treat ideas for overcoming divisions as hypotheses to be tested, the way product designers and startups discover successful business models through real-world experiments: Does it work? Does it scale? We turn the results of these experiments into initiatives, incubate them until they can stand on their own, then spin them off as independent enterprises.


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    Inclusion Incubator

    Our inclusion incubator builds, nurtures, and spins off initiatives that foster inclusion and social cohesion in divided societies. It works with founders, companies, organizations, and investors in a wide variety of sectors to nudge their products, services, technologies, and movements into becoming sources of empathy, understanding, and inclusion. Its main program at the moment is the Bridge Consortium, which helps individuals and organizations working to bridge social and political divisions collaborate for maximum impact.

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    Impact Incubator

    Our impact incubator is your test lab for turning ideas into testable hypotheses, usable models, and real-world experiments then turning the results into validated, impact-focused business models. We designed our “impact due-diligence” process to combine insights from research on program effectiveness in complex settings with insights from lean startup methods, design thinking, and system dynamics modeling.


Who We Serve


As an independent, nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization, we are able to work with:

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Divided Communities


… who want help dealing with marginalization, fear, misunderstanding, social conflict, and systemic exclusion.


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Makers & Developers


… who want to build technologies, products, services, or platforms that both make money and solve social problems.


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Social Entrepreneurs


… who want to test, validate, and articulate their business plans to improve the impact and effectiveness of their social mission.


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Impact Investors


… who want to due-diligence the ESG, CSR, or social-impact claims of the companies and social enterprises they might invest in.

  I started the Foundation for Inclusion after years of research on social conflict and social change, because I think it’s important to recognize that stability and civility, which we all need to thrive, can’t be the responsibility of governments alone: people across the political spectrum, civil organizations, businesses, and investors all have contributions to make as well.   Bob Lamb, Founder & CEO, Foundation for Inclusion


What We’re Doing Now


Since our founding in late 2016, we have already begun six initiatives in collaboration with several organizations, experts, and an all-volunteer staff. Tap or hover to explore each one.

American Town Hall

Building nonpartisan forums where Americans across the political spectrum engage in civil conversations about hard policy issues — soon to launch in other countries

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We've built and piloted the first forum (on U.S. involvement in foreign conflict) and now are doing background research and looking for outreach partners for other issues

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Bridge Identities

Building a movement of people with mixed family backgrounds (racial, ethnic, sexual, religious, national), learning how to become the bridge between divided communities

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We have a Twitter account and a Facebook group acting as the initial space to recruit people to share stories and offer advice, as we develop the structure for an ambitious membership organization

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Ethelo.org Alliance

Extending Ethelo Inc.’s participatory decision-making technology to nonprofit organizations worldwide, giving them new platforms for inclusive collaboration and decisionmaking

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We've built a solid working relationship with Ethelo and have an outline of the alliance charter, and we expect to have the details of the collaboration worked out in the coming months

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Imp-Act

Developing an impact due-diligence platform for social entrepreneurs and impact investors to test, validate, and articulate the most feasible social impact their business plans can have

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We've completed the proof-of-concept study and translated the results into a conceptual framework, and will next develop and validate the user scenarios and initial specifications

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Statelet

Developing an open-source platform to empower marginalized groups to collaborate, plan, raise funds, offer services, and manage disputes

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We've completed the theoretical research and developed a general set of platform features, and have begun initial interviews to develop user scenarios while continuing research on key challenges

Coming Soon!

Venture Peacebuilding

Building a consortium and annual conference to incubate peace-building business plans, in collaboration with the International Peace & Security Institute

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We have a solid advisory board and have outlined the agenda for the first five-day conference, and are now looking for a venue, developing outreach materials, and soliciting speakers and sponsors

Coming Soon!

Get in Touch


We’d love to welcome you as a volunteer or collaborator! If you are interested in working with us or have any other thoughts you’d like to share, please fill out the form below. We will never sell your email address.