The Evolved Nest Initiative is an educational initiative of the award-winning nonprofit, Kindred World, founded in 1996 to explore the vision of a Wisdom-based, Wellness-Informed Society. Visit Kindred World's website for more information on its strategic vision for cultural transformation and healing the human family.
The Evolved Nest's nonprofit mission is to:
• Restore human nature to its cooperative orientation, its original and "normal" human heritage.
• Cultural Imperatives of the industrial era have undermined child development so much we think disregulated people are “normal.” A return to and honoring of our Biological Imperatives, especially in child development, will help us shift culturally toward wellness and wholeness.
• Restore humanity's connection to nature.
• Honor the primal continuum for wellness and wholeness that starts in pre-conception and babyhood.
• Honor the needs of the mother, father, providing community support systems that optimize normal psychosocial development.
• Become aware of the damaging, culturally accepted ideologies of nuclear family parenting by moving toward village-mindedness.
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About our Parent Nonprofit
Kindred World is the parent nonprofit of The Evolved Nest. As an award-winning 501C3 nonprofit, Kindred's leadership in the Conscious Parenting Movement has provided a solid foundation for pioneers, scientists, authors, activists, parents and professionals to share their sustainable and peaceful visions for humanity since 1996.
We invite you to visit our website at www.KindredWorld.org.
And our Great Nonprofits page, where you can read multiple endorsements and success stories about our work.
Read our alternative media outlet supporting the New Story of Childhood, Parenthood and the Human Family at Kindred Media.
And please consider supporting our nonprofit work financially with your tax-deductible donation.
“Kindred World helps bridge the vast gap between scientific research and practice, what is happening within the culture that often cuts against scientific evidence regarding ways to promote human thriving and flourishing. Parents and families deserve to know the best ways to raise healthy, happy, socio-emotionally developed, loving children and this is exactly what Kindred provides!”
Kindred World, Director-at-Large
Evolved Nest, Collaborator and Researcher
Kindred Media, Contributing Editor and Podcaster
Mary Tarsha is a PhD student in Developmental Psychology and Peace Studies at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Research at the University of Notre Dame. She conducts research investigating human flourishing and moral development in the Evolutionary Moral Psychology Laboratory under the directorship of Dr. Darcia Narvaez.
Listen to Mary Tarsha’s podcast series with Darcia Narvaez on the Evolved Nest.
And listen to her book reviews with Dr. Narvaez on Kindred.
“The profound and needed significance of Darcia Narvaez's work through the Evolved Nest is not lost on parents, professionals, and activists who have waited decades for a wayfinder to research and present the science of the integrated, interdisciplinary worldview supporting our human family's path to wholeness and wellness. Her work shines an unflinching light on the damage inflicted by our dominant culture's disconnected worldview, and provides a clear path for creating sustainable humans and a Wellness-Informed Society."
Kindred World, Co-Founder, Board of Directors, Secretary
Evolved Nest, Collaborator and Communications
Kindred Media, Executive Editor
Discover Lisa's work on Kindred Media.
Levy Farías, Educator, PhD in Social Sciences, Fulbright Visiting Researcher at the Psychology Department of the University of Notre Dame (2012-2013), is an associated researcher in the Laboratorio de Ciencias Sociales (LACSO), of the Universidad Central de Venezuela (UCV). He is author of the book “La comunidad en carne propia: Un estudio biográfico del altruismo y la madurez moral en barrios caraqueños” (2008). [The Community in Own Flesh: A biographical study of moral maturity and altruism in Caracas’ working-class sectors]. He shared the Chacao Award to Research on Childhood and Adolescence (2010). Founder and coeditor (2010-2017) of Postconvencionales: Ética, Universidad, Democracia, an electronic open-access Journal. Specializing in moral psychology and moral education, he coordinated the collaborative projects Educating in citizenship: moral development, discipline and school climate (2016); and Common Ground: Fostering moral development through the teaching of English as second language (2015). His more recent publications include peer-reviewed articles about the interdisciplinary and social challenges of contemporary moral psychology (2017); the challenges of new and pervasive technologies for moral and citizenship education (2020); and the use of podcasts in moral education (2021). He has also translated into Spanish influential works about moral development and moral education, by authors such as Lawrence Kohlberg, Ann Higgins D’Alessandro, Anne Colby, Darcia Narvaez, Daniel K. Lapsley, John C. Gibbs, Clark F. Power, and Larry Nucci, among others.
He is a champion of Kindred World's vision through his volunteer contributions to translate the materials for the Evolved Nest's Breaking the Cycle film guide and resources into Spanish. Watch the Spanish-version of the film and download the guide here.
Read over 88 five-star reviews, endorsements, and stories of collaborations from our partners on Kindred World's Great Nonprofits' page. Kindred World has received the Great Nonrprofits' Top Rated Nonprofits Award every year since 2014.
“I heartily applaud Darcia Narvaez and Kindred World for the excellent and important work they are doing to show how to change our values to support the children of the present and the future. The challenges that are facing Mother Earth and all species including our own are difficult and daunting but Narvaez shows the ways and the direction in which we can move towards survival and thrival.I am grateful for her down to Earth and intelligent leadership and initiative..” – Genevieve Vaughan, Founder, Maternal Gift Economy Movement and Salons, Homo Donans: For A Maternal Economy, Author
“I discovered Kindred World through the work of Dr. Darcia Narvaez after reading her book Neurobiology and the Development of Human Morality. It greatly advanced my thinking on the importance of child development and even the fundamental reality of who we are as a species and how we best flourish in balance with other human and non-human selves. It was through my familiarity with Dr. Narvaez that I then came to know of Lisa Reagan's work in eduction, advocacy, and media, and that led me to Kindred World. Kindred World plays an essential role in advancing our understanding of human flourishing and advocates for the shifts necessary to align our cultures with our optimal development as a species in balance with the world.” – Benjamin, political scientist and peace ethologist, global social justice educator at the University of Michigan
“Thank you Kindred World for working tirelessly to get the word out that a healthy world begins with a healthy child, which begins with a healthy mother and family supported by the community. As our culture seems to spin out of control, the voices for truth you provide and promote give parents a healthy, sane place to turn for support in raising attached, secure babies. One such voice is Dr. Darcia Narvaez who also works tirelessly to expand our culture's understanding of these critical issues. It has been said, ‘It's darkest just before the light’. Thanks to all of the Kindred World light workers for helping to usher in a new dawn!” – Diane Hansen, professional with expertise in the field
“Darcia’s work is invaluable! Her research reveals human-nestedness is paramount to a worthwhile and wholesome existence, alongside, within and as-part-of nature. Our species’ ‘true’ societal norms are broken, as revealed through her research of the “Evolved Nest” or the evolved developmental niche. What’s needed is to realign modernity with our species’ typical biological nature. As a biologist who sees all things in nature as animate, it is without a doubt what we’ve been missing and why we humans are experiencing so much unrest, prevalent and normalized psychosis in the form of depression, deep seated aggression, resentment, learning disabilities and so much more.
“My conversations with Darcia have felt like the reunion of kindred spirits. Her research and words have pointed towards that innate truth I’ve worked hard to try to share with others. Our true human nature is so much more then we are experiencing in these times. We need to nest our children well, as naturally as we did for ten’ of thousands of years of our evolutionary and prehistoric past. Hope for humanity lies within restoration of our species’ evolved nest. As soon as humanity resumes it’s place, once again, within the niche in which we evolved, only then will we gain true sustainability and a better, more wholesome existence. We owe our children and the future of humanity the nested-ness that is a part of who we really are.” – Wild Feather Jane, a parent
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