Imagine a world in which technology brings out the best in humanity

The Challenge

Digital technology is increasingly the portal through which we live, learn and love. Yet it too often preys on the most vulnerable parts of human nature.

The opportunity

We are at a tipping point moment with unprecedented motivation and courage to create technology that puts the well-being of humanity at the center.

Our Solution

We identify compassionate and brave tech leaders dedicated to shaping technology in service of our shared humanity.

We transform their work through access to each other and the world’s leading experts on well-being.

We connect them to an action-oriented and nurturing community of their peers.

We work with leaders at the largest tech companies in Silicon Valley who are directly shaping technologies that affect billions of people globally.

who we are

We work with experts ranging from scientists pioneering the neuroscience of compassion and empathy to senior spiritual teachers such as those credited with popularizing Buddhism in the West. They include…

the mobius council of experts

Dan Siegel
Jack Kornfield
Krista Tippett
John A. Powell
Chris Germer
Emiliana Simon-Thomas
Richard Davidson
Lucas Johnson
Sharon Salzberg
Konda Mason
Adam Gazzaley

and many more...

The Mobius Core Team

Aden Van Noppen Executive Director
Arturo Bejar Co-Organizer, Mobius Collective
Cat Stevenson Director, Operations & Events
Selma Quist-Møller Research & Content Creation
Ashley Harper Executive Assistant

Institutional Funders and Partners

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Dan Siegel

Dan Siegel, M.D., is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine and the founding co-director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center at UCLA. He is also the Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute, which focuses on the development of mindsight, which teaches insight, empathy, and integration in individuals, families and communities.

Dr. Siegel has published extensively for both the professional and lay audiences. His five New York Times bestsellers are Mind: A Journey to the Heart of Being Human, Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain, and two books with Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D.: The Whole-Brain Child and No-Drama Discipline. His other books include The Developing Mind (2nd Ed.), The Pocket Guide to Interpersonal Neurobiology, Mindsight, The Mindful Brain, The Mindful Therapist, The Yes Brain (also with Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D.), and Aware: The science and practice of presence. Dr. Siegel also serves as the founding editor for the Norton Professional Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology, which contains over sixty textbooks.

Jack Kornfield

Jack Kornfield trained as a Buddhist monk in the monasteries of Thailand, India and Burma. He has taught meditation internationally since 1974 and is one of the key teachers to introduce Buddhist mindfulness practice to the West. After graduating from Dartmouth College in Asian Studies in 1967 he joined the Peace Corps and worked on tropical medicine teams in the Mekong River valley. He met and studied as a monk under the Buddhist master Ven. Ajahn Chah, as well as the Ven. Mahasi Sayadaw of Burma. Returning to the United States, Jack co-founded the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, with fellow meditation teachers Sharon Salzberg and Joseph Goldstein and the Spirit Rock Center in Woodacre, California. Over the years, Jack has taught in centers and universities worldwide, led International Buddhist Teacher meetings, and worked with many of the great teachers of our time. He holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and is a father, husband and activist.

Krista Tippett

Krista Tippett is a Peabody Award-winning broadcaster, a New York Times bestselling author, and a National Humanities Medalist. She was the 2019 Mimi and Peter E. Haas Distinguished Visitor at Stanford University. Krista grew up in a small town in Oklahoma, attended Brown University, and became a journalist and diplomat in Cold War Berlin. She then lived in Spain and England before seeking a Master of Divinity at Yale University in the mid-1990s. Emerging from that, she saw a black hole where intelligent public conversation about the religious, spiritual, and moral aspects of human life might be. She pitched and piloted her idea for several years before launching Speaking of Faith — later On Being — as a weekly national public radio show in 2003. In 2014, the year after she took On Being into independent production, President Obama awarded Krista the National Humanities Medal at the White House for “thoughtfully delving into the mysteries of human existence. On the air and in print, Ms. Tippett avoids easy answers, embracing complexity and inviting people of every background to join her conversation about faith, ethics, and moral wisdom.” Krista has two grown children. She is at work on a new book, Letters to a Young Citizen. Her previous books are Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living (2016); Einstein’s God: Conversations about Science and the Human Spirit (2010); and Speaking of Faith: Why Religion Matters and How To Talk About It (2007).

John A. Powell

John A. Powell is Director of the Othering & Belonging Institute at UC Berkeley and Professor of Law, African American, and Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. He was previously the Executive Director at the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at the Ohio State University and the Institute for Race and Poverty at the University of Minnesota. Prior to that john was the National Legal Director of the American Civil Liberties Union. He is a co-founder of the Poverty & Race Research Action Council and serves on the boards of several national and international organizations. john led the development of an “opportunity-based” model that connects affordable housing to education, health, health care, and employment and is well-known for his work developing the frameworks of “targeted universalism” and “othering and belonging” to effect equity- based interventions. john has taught at numerous law schools including Harvard and Columbia University. His latest book is Racing to Justice: Transforming our Concepts of Self and Other to Build an Inclusive Society.

Chris Germer

Christopher Germer, PhD is a co-developer of the MSC program and a co-founder of the Center for MSC. He is the author of the popular book, The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion, and co-author (with Kristin Neff) of the professional text, Teaching the Mindful Self-Compassion Program, and a workbook, The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook. Chris is an MSC Teacher Trainer and leads MSC intensives and workshops around the world.

Chris is also a clinical psychologist and lecturer on psychiatry (part-time) at Harvard Medical School. Chris has been integrating the principles and practices of meditation into psychotherapy since 1978. He has co-edited two influential volumes –Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, and Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy – and he is a founding faculty member of both the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy and the Center for Mindfulness and Compassion, Cambridge Health Alliance, Harvard Medical School. Chris maintains a small private practice in Arlington, Massachusetts, USA, specializing in mindfulness and compassion-based psychotherapy.

Emiliana Simon-Thomas

Emiliana Simon-Thomas is the Science Director at UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center. A Berkeley native, she earned her PhD in Psychology studying how emotions and thoughts interact to shape decisions and behavior. During her post-doc, Emiliana studied biological and social properties of pro-social emotions like compassion, gratitude, and awe, then she served as Associate Director/Senior Scientist at Stanford’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE). At the GGSC, she oversees the student research fellowship program, runs key initiatives like Expanding the Science and Practice of Gratitude, and provides an expert scientific voice on the key roles that social connection, mutual support, and belonging play in well-being. She also co-teaches The Science of Happiness and the Science of Happiness at Work Professional Certificate Series, four MOOCs on edX.org platform that have enrolled over 600K learners. She also advises organizations on how to boost happiness both from a product perspective and by building a climate that supports engagement, trust, and agility. Alongside her academic and popular writing, Emiliana recently co-edited the Oxford Handbook of Compassion Science, a transdisciplinary compendium of articles from world-class researchers. Altogether, Emiliana’s work leverages cutting edge scientific insights to help people live better lives individually, in relationship with others, within organizations and communities, and society-wide.

Richard Davidson

He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in Psychology and has been at Wisconsin since 1984.  He has published more than 400 articles, numerous chapters and reviews and edited 14 books. He is the author (with Sharon Begley) of “The Emotional Life of Your Brain” published by Penguin in 2012. He is co-author with Daniel Goleman of “Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain, and Body”, published by Penguin Books in 2017.

He is the recipient of numerous awards for his research including the William James Fellow Award from the American Psychological Society.  He was the year 2000 recipient of the most distinguished award for science given by the American Psychological Association – the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award. He was the Founding Co-Editor of the new American Psychological Association journal EMOTION. In 2003 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time Magazine in 2006. He serves on the Scientific Advisory Board at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences from 2011-2020 and current member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Mental Health. In 2017 he was elected to the National Academy of Medicine and in 2018 appointed to the Governing Board of UNESCO’s Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP).

His research is broadly focused on the neural bases of emotion and emotional style and methods to promote human flourishing including meditation and related contemplative practices.  

Lucas Johnson

Lucas Johnson Lucas Johnson has deep, global experience in conflict resolution and community organizing. He has been shaped by his time learning from veterans of the Civil Rights Movement in the U.S., most closely Vincent Harding and Dorothy Cotton, and by his work with human rights activists around the world, especially in Africa, Europe, and Latin America.

Lucas was a leader in the U.S. community of the International Fellowship of Reconciliation (IFOR), the world’s oldest interfaith peace organization, for 6 years, based in Atlanta and focused on the Southeast and mid-Atlantic.

From 2014 until he joined the On Being Project in December, 2018, he served as General Secretary of IFOR’s global operation. Among the work he will draw on and extend as part of CCP, he incubated a Beloved Communities Project in Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, and Belgium; and helped to create an Ethics of Reciprocity initiative with the United Nations.

Lucas studied at Mercer University and Emory University’s Candler School of Theology. He was born in Germany in a military family, grew up in Georgia (U.S.), and now resides between Amsterdam and the United States.

Sharon Salzberg

Sharon Salzberg is a central figure in the field of meditation, a world-renowned teacher and NY Times bestselling author. She has played a crucial role in bringing meditation and mindfulness practices to the West and into mainstream culture since 1974, when she first began teaching. She is the co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA and the author of ten books including NY Times bestseller, Real Happiness, her seminal work, Lovingkindness and her forthcoming release by Flatiron Books, Real Change: Mindfulness to Heal Ourselves and the World. Renowned for her down-to-earth teaching style, Sharon offers a secular, modern approach to Buddhist teachings, making them instantly accessible. She is a regular columnist for On Being, a contributor to Huffington Post, and the host of her own podcast: The Metta Hour.

Konda Mason

Konda Mason is a social entrepreneur, earth and social justice activist, meditation & yoga teacher.  She was introduced to Tibetan Buddhism in 1982 in New Zealand. Her love for Vipassana began in 1996, working with Jack Kornfield at the Vallecitos Retreat Center in New Mexico. Konda’s dharma training includes the East Bay Meditation Center Commit to Dharma program, Spirit Rock Community Dharma Leader and she is currently in the 2020 Spirit Rock Teacher Training program. Konda teaches meditation retreats, daylongs and diversity and inclusion workshops. 

Konda is currently the President and Co-Founder of Jubilee Justice, where she works at the intersection of Land, Race, Money & Spirit.  This transformational work takes place primarily in the southern states of the U.S. on former plantations and farmland. She is the Co-founder and founding CEO of Impact Hub Oakland, a beautiful co-working space supporting social entrepreneurs and changemakers.

Konda sits on the Board of Directors of Spirit Rock Meditation Center, On Being with Krista Tippett, Lion’s Roar magazine and is a Board Trustee at Mills College in Oakland, CA.

Adam Gazzaley

Dr. Adam Gazzaley obtained an M.D. and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, completed Neurology residency at the University of Pennsylvania, and postdoctoral training in cognitive neuroscience at University of California, Berkeley. He is now the David Dolby Distinguished Professor in Neurology, Physiology and Psychiatry at University of California, San Francisco and the Founder / Executive Director of Neuroscape, a translational neuroscience center engaged in technology creation and scientific research. He designs and develops novel brain assessment and optimization tools to impact education, wellness, and medicine practices. This novel approach involves the development of custom-designed, closed-loop video games integrated with the latest advancements in software (brain computer interfaces, GPU computing, cloud-based analytics) and hardware (virtual/augmented reality, motion capture, mobile physiological recording devices, transcranial electrical brain stimulation). These technologies are then advanced to rigorous research studies that evaluate their impact on multiple aspects of brain function and physiology. This utilizes a powerful combination of neurophysiological tools, including functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), electroencephalography (EEG), transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS).

Dr. Gazzaley is also co-founder and Chief Science Advisor of Akili Interactive Labs, a company developing therapeutic video games, and co-founder and Chief Scientist of JAZZ Venture Partners, a venture capital firm investing in experiential technology to improve human performance. Additionally, he has been a scientific advisor for over a dozen companies including Apple, GE, Nielsen, Deloitte, Magic Leap, and the VOID, as well as the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition. Dr. Gazzaley has filed multiple patents for his inventions, authored over 130 scientific articles, and delivered over 600 invited presentations around the world. His research and perspectives have been consistently profiled in high-impact media, such as The New York Times, New York Times Magazine, New Yorker, Wall Street Journal, TIME, Discover, Wired, PBS, NPR, CNN and NBC Nightly News. He wrote and hosted the nationally-televised PBS special “The Distracted Mind with Dr. Adam Gazzaley”, and co-authored with Dr. Larry Rosen the MIT Press book: “The Distracted Mind: Ancient Brains in a High-Tech World”, winner of the 2017 PROSE Award in the category of Biomedicine and Neuroscience. Dr. Gazzaley has received many awards and honors, including the Society for Neuroscience – Science Educator Award.

 

Aden Van Noppen

Aden Van Noppen works to create a world in which technology brings out the best in humanity. She is the founder and Executive Director of Mobius, an organization that empowers tech leaders to put our individual and collective well-being at the center of technology. Mobius facilitates collaborations between tech companies and the world’s leading experts on well-being, ranging from prominent neuroscientists studying the development of compassion and empathy to senior spiritual teachers. 

Aden was a Senior Advisor to the U.S. Chief Technology Officer in the Obama Administration’s White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, where she developed the led programs that leverage tech as a tool for social and economic justice. After that, she spent a year as a Resident Fellow at Harvard Divinity School where she focused on the intersection of tech, ethics and spirituality and was an Affiliate at Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society.

Before joining government, Aden worked in social enterprise and impact investing, first at the social venture capital fund, Acumen Fund, in both New York and Nairobi, and then at an affordable housing start-up in Delhi, India. 

Aden was also part of the founding leadership team of The Sanctuaries, a racially and religiously diverse spiritual community, grounded in the arts and social justice. Her work has been featured in the New Yorker, the New York Times, Wired and elsewhere.

Arturo Bejar
Cat Stevenson

Cat Li Stevenson is a mama, writer and an organized, multi-hat generalist. She was formerly the Chief of Staff at Wisdom 2.0. She has spent the past seven years training in awareness based practices, deepening through inner work, and holding safe space for mindfulness retreats. Cat lives at San Francisco Zen Center with her husband and two year old daughter. 

Before taking a deep dive into exploring inner life, Cat lived in Phoenix and spent a decade in commercial banking and real estate.

Selma Quist-Møller

Selma A. Quist-Møller is a researcher, writer, and a graduate student in psychology at UC Berkeley, UCLA, and Copenhagen University. She specializes in research within positive health psychology, compassion, and mindfulness. She currently works with Dr. Dan Siegel, and is doing research on sustainable leadership at Google, on empathy with Dr. Dacher Keltner, and on prosociality and well-being at UCLA.

Ashley Harper

Ashley Harper is devoted to bringing about a positive and impactful change to the world. As the Executive Assistant to Aden Van Noppen at Mobius, she supports Aden in creating a place where individual and collective well-being, within technology, is paramount. Ashley was also a part of the charitable organization, City of Lights International, which aided in creating a better life for children in Uganda. Ashley is currently in her third year of college, working towards her degree in Social Psychology. In her free time, she volunteers her time to help single mothers raise their children in a positive, loving environment.