About ISW

The Institute of the Southwest is an educational organization dedicated to collaborative leadership and transformative change in organizations, families and individuals. We do this by lifting up what is already wise, good and whole, and liberating such human gifts and capital so that they may take their rightful place in positively influencing the direction and choices that we face every day.

Our principles are ancient and proven, drawing on the land, culture, history and experience that informs our work: the self-governance of 400-year-old acequias (community operated irrigation system); traditional native pueblo leadership; and grassroots, volunteer-driven, barn-raising, micro-granting networks that have grown and served people and their communities for generations throughout rural northern New Mexico.

We have distilled a simple, easily taught, engaging way of learning how things work – a most elemental inner physics that lives within, and shapes, each and all of us. These include honesty, collaborative leadership, radical sufficiency, presence, service, creativity, adaptability, generosity, and intuition.