Cobb Institute Community
Cobb Institute Community

Welcome to Cobb Institute Community

Promoting process-relational ways of understanding and living to cultivate ecological civilization.

About Us

Named in honor of our founder John Cobb, the Cobb Institute is inspired by the knowledge that all life is interconnected and in process of becoming. With this comprehensive vision, we engage in initiatives that foster the flourishing of individuals, communities, and our common home—the planet we all inhabit. We thus seek to advance ways of understanding and living that embrace this view in order to bring about fundamental transformations.

As a philosophical outlook, process-relational thought provides a holistic perspective on our place in the world, and invites us to attune ourselves to more integral modes of being. We live out this philosophy by providing values-driven education, engaging in creative collaboration, and promoting an open view of spirituality to help each other and our communities thrive. This is a bold collaborative endeavor that recognizes our interbecoming and interdependence, and thus emphasizes that we have a responsibility to care, not just for our own lives but also for the world we share with everyone and everything else.

Our Mission & Vision

The Cobb Institute promotes process and relational ways of understanding and living in the world, seeking to cultivate ecological civilizations through just and compassionate communities. 

Our vision is to advance wisdom, harmony, and the common good through holistic education, community building, and spiritual exploration. We work toward transformations:

  1. from a world of static objects to a process of dynamic becoming;
  2. from a fragmented world to a relational world;
  3. from a human-centered world to an eco-centered world;
  4. from isolated communities to communities of communities;
  5. from oppressive social orders to a world of justice;
  6. from mutual defensiveness to mutual support;
  7. from the goal of wealth to the goal of happiness and wellbeing;
  8. from isolated individuals to persons-in-community;
  9. from knowledge as mere data to knowledge as wisdom nourished by multiple ways of knowing;
  10. from the primacy of analysis to the primacy of creative synthesis;
  11. from attachment to dogmatic ideologies to openness to evidence;
  12. from life-denying spiritualities to life-affirming spiritualities.
  13. from nature as mechanistic to nature as alive;
  14. from coercive power to the power of love.