ALKEMI was founded in 2019 with the idea to build a bridge between up and coming companies in the psychedelic-therapy industry and the psychedelic grassroots community. The ALKEMI team is committed to holding the psychedelic movement accountable to embodied integrity. The work is first rooted in a deep dedication to aligned systems, processes, and structures. ALKEMI takes the time to ensure mission and value alignment, and starts within before moving the needle forward on any project, with internal processes reflecting external offerings. ALKEMI spends time getting to understand the dreams, goals, triggers, and traumas of each company they work with to co-create a plan to optimize systems of operation in order to become more aligned with the communities they seek to serve, deeply embodied in the ethics and values they aim to uphold.
B Corp - For-profit companies certified by B Lab as meeting rigorous standards for social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. In an effort to transform the global economy into a more inclusive, equitable, and regenerative system, B Lab is building a movement and network of B Corps that make legal commitments to include stakeholder consideration and accountability in their governance structures.
Better Business Bureau is a non-profit organization that sets standards for ethical business behavior and monitors compliance of nearly 400,000 BBB-accredited companies. Guided by its mission to advance marketplace trust, BBB designates its accreditation standards based on the following principles: build trust, advertise honestly, tell the truth, be transparent, honor promises, be responsive, safeguard privacy and embody integrity.
Collective Transitions is an action-learning and research hub building and refining a set of practices that build capacity for transformational shifts. They provide awareness-based tools that amplify collective knowledge and approaches to effectively navigate complexity.
Doughnut Economics Action Lab (DEAL) is part of the emerging global movement of new economic thinking and doing. They work worldwide – in communities, education, cities and places, business and government and more – to turn the ideas of Doughnut Economics into transformative action and aiming to bring about systemic change.
Democracy at Work Institute is a movement-based think-and-do tank supporting worker cooperatives to grow to a scale that creates meaningful change in the economy. It was created by the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives (USFWC) to expand the worker cooperative model to reach communities most directly affected by social and economic inequality, specifically people of color, recent immigrants, and low-wage workforces.
The Democracy Collaborative is a research and development lab for the democratic economy. Their mission is to demonstrate in theory and in practice the principles of a democratic economy, offering a vision of what that economy can be, designing models that demonstrate how it operates, and building in coalition with others the pathways to a new reality.
Denizen is a partner of Northstar's whose mission is to accelerate a global awakening and galvanize collective action to transform society. Its work is centered on its podcast, Becoming Denizen which investigates systemic change across six themes: economics, politics, justice, technology, culture, and consciousness. Economic reform, corporate governance, and the psychedelic industry are recurring topics of exploration. At the heart of Denizen is a community dedicated to redesigning modern society to be more just, equitable, and regenerative. It is a diverse group that includes leaders at organizations such as Zebras Unite, Purpose, the Center for Humane Technology, the Post Growth Institute, and the Buckminster Fuller Institute.
Enspiral is a global network of individuals and companies collaborating to create a thriving society by "working on stuff that matters." It's a laboratory of participatory organizing where members share money, power and information to nurture a new economy of purpose-driven social ventures.
House of Beautiful Business is a global membership community, inspiring and equipping individuals and organizations to reinvent themselves, and to shape more humane futures for business and society.
LIFT Economy is an impact consulting firm whose mission is to "create, model, and share a racially just, regenerative, and locally self-reliant economy that works for the benefit of all life." LIFT works with organizations, investors, and partners to increase their social and environmental impact by developing their vision, culture, strategy and operations. [Their 9-month Next Economy MBA program trains and supports emerging leaders of an equitable, inclusive and regenerative economy.]
nRhythm is a consulting organization that designs, operates and resources organizations, networks, and communities using the nRhythm Regenerative Framework. This holistic, living systems approach creates conditions where health and abundance are the natural outcomes. nRhythm also offers a variety of tools, workshops, and online courses to support shifts towards a regenerative approach.
New Economics Foundation NEF "works with people igniting change from below and combines this with rigorous research to fight for change at the top." Through policy solutions, on-the-ground projects, movement building and consultancy, it aims to create a new economy that works for people and the planet. NEF has pioneered ideas and practices including co-production, local money flow analysis, social return on investment, ethical investment and social auditing.
One Project is a non-profit initiative working globally with communities to design, implement, and scale new forms of governance and economics that are equitable, ecological, and effective.
Presencing Institute was founded in 2006 by MIT Sloan School of Management Senior Lecturer Otto Scharmer and colleagues to create an action research platform at the intersection of science, consciousness, and profound social and organizational change. U-School for transformation - responding to a call for a new consciousness and a new collective leadership capacity to meet these challenges in a more conscious, intentional, and strategic way. Book: Theory U, Leading from the future as it emerges
Purpose Economy is a constellation of nonprofit and for-purpose organizations supporting businesses and entrepreneurs on their path towards steward-ownership. This approach to building a more equitable and sustainable economy shifts away from value-extraction and short-termism towards stewardship, independence, and long-term purpose.
Psychedelic Bar Association PBA is a professional association of accomplished attorneys from all practice areas and perspectives dedicated to solving the novel legal and policy issues impacting the emerging psychedelics sector. The Psychedelic Bar Association has implemented a tailored version of the North Star Pledge as the cornerstone of its organization and invites member attorneys to practice in alignment with these values and is a good resource for identifying values-aligned counsel.
P2P Foundation is a non-profit organization and global network dedicated to advocacy and research of commons-oriented peer to peer (P2P) dynamics in society.
Sustainable Economies Law Center SELC is a nonprofit cultivating a new legal landscape that supports community resilience and grassroots economic empowerment. They provide essential legal tools including education, research, advice, and advocacy, so communities can develop their own sustainable sources of food, housing, energy, jobs in order to thrive.
Zebras Unite is a founder-led, cooperatively owned movement guided by a vision of entrepreneurship that serves everyone. As a community of entrepreneurs, investors and allies, they are dedicated to creating the culture, capital & community for the next economy.
We invite you to take the North Star Ethics Pledge and to share your own ethics statement far and wide. If you'd like to support North Star - in time, resources, or feedback - please email us, [email protected].
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 not only going to take power, but control the narrative. We believed there could be a better way.
Thus 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.