The Shadows You Won't Face: A Juneteenth Reflection on Race & Psychedelics by Sara Reed, M.S., L.M.F.T.
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North Star is a nonprofit working to help center integrity and ethics in the culture of the emerging psychedelic field.
Let's Make Integrity Feel Like Gravity
Psychedelics are achieving breakthroughs in the kind of healing the world desperately needs.
Commercial Phase For Psychedelics
The business of treating consciousness presents unique risks that call us to commit to taking an ethical approach.
A North Star for Ethics
As we bring psychedelic healing to the world, integrity should feel like gravity. This is the work of North Star.
We have entered a commercial phase through which access to these medicines will scale exponentially.
Stay Connected
North Star Ethics Pledge is a step in the process of centering integrity in the emerging field of psychedelics. Enter your email to stay up to date on the pledge, resource development, and the North Star community.
What We Do
North Star brings together the stakeholders in the psychedelic movement to co-create a culture, code of ethics and guiding principles for the field, empowering the community in the work of building a more just, equitable, and connected world.
Ethics Pledge
Resources & Tools
Community & Support
The North Star Initiative
North Star Ethics Pledge
North Star has co-created an ethics pledge through an intensive process of community engagement. The pledge provides access to the North Star community and resources.
Rooted in Community
North Star engages in a constant process of inclusive stakeholding and community accountability based on deep listening, communicating, and relationship building across the many coalitions in the field.
North Star's
Approach
Engage with, empower, gather and support the community of stakeholders across the field
Community Building
Culture Setting
Resources & Tools
Guidance & Support
Create a culture of ethical behavior, supported by a participatory pledge
Generate and share resources and tools to help ethical actors be effective
Provide guidance to organizations wanting to ensure they act integrity
Get Involved
We have a unique opportunity to build ethics into the foundation of the psychedelic field. If you resonate with this vision, and if you're ready to get to work, join us.
Auryn Project, North Star's parent non-profit, published We Will Call It Pala, a story exploring a potential future for the commercial phase of psychedelics. This story helps inform North Star's work.
We Will Call It Pala
Pledge Creation Process
The North Star team came together after the publishing of We Will Call It Pala. Each of us saw a need to raise a critical dialogue around integrity in the commercialization of psychedelics. We shared a concern that moneyed interests were going to not only take power, but control the conversation. We believed there could be a better way.

That began a six month process of community dialogue. It started with a dinner with twenty of the elders we respect and admire most, asking questions around their hopes and fears for this moment in psychedelics, and what they'd like to see done. Similar dinners happened with clinicians and therapists, asking for their perspectives on commercialization and what would support them in this time, and investors oriented around impact. Here a concern was raised of a "nuclear arms race" effect, where unethical actors would have a competitive advantage to seize power, rapidly scale and control the narrative.

During this time gathering perspective, the North Star team was distilling the feedback into categories, the basis for the principles, and researching other examples of ethics commitments across industries and time. From that point forward the pledge went through four drafts, with one on one feedback with dozens and dozens of stakeholders representing different coalitions in the field.

The principles in the pledge, and the possible actions, are generated by the community. We see our role at North Star as stewarding this process, soliciting perspectives, opinions, concerns, considerations and feedback. This is reflected in the framing of the pledge - it is participatory, not prescriptive. It doesn't tell anyone how they have to behave. It invites people into a dialogue with themselves and others around what it means to put integrity at the heart of their work in the field. The hope for the pledge is that it helps people step into their own power in culture shaping, and serves as the foundation of a community that can take an ethics-first, patient-focused approach to safely scaling psychedelic healing.

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