About Pacifica Institute
Pacifica Institute was established in 2003 as a non-profit organization by a group of Turkish-Americans. Pacifica Institute designs and executes projects covering social welfare, education, poverty, and conflict resolution issues in collaboration with scholars, activists, artists, politicians, and religious leaders-communities. The Pacifica Institute has a proven track record of working within and across communities. This work is planned and complemented through the input of the Board of Advisors, a distinguished group of individuals representing a wide range of expertise and experience.
Pacifica Institute’s vision is to develop social capital—the creation and extension of positive connections within and between disparate social networks to achieve mutual understanding and common commitments to enriching the social good.
The Institute seeks to accomplish this vision by engaging in a variety of civic activities and inviting others to generate and share insights, thereby removing barriers to confidence-building and trust. This sharing of insights and understanding can then create real opportunities for mutual respect and appreciation, offering an environment in which a shared narrative can be rooted.
- To promote cross-cultural awareness to help establish a society where individuals love, respect, and accept each other as they are.
- To encourage dialogue between various cultural, spiritual, ethical and belief traditions to find a common ground where compassion can be restored and collaborative action can be initiated.
- To organize and actively participate in social responsibility projects.
- To contribute to the cultivation of consciousness toward our shared bio-physical environment and work on issues pertaining to environmental ethics and related topics.
- To organize lectures, discussions, conferences, festivals, dinners, and trips to enrich dialogue among communities.
- To encourage scholarly and intellectual researches and discussions on how to fight poverty, social conflicts, lack of access to education and support universal values.