What is Alive Inside.org?


The Alive Inside.org is a non-profit dedicated to changing the way we communally face the 'end of life,' and all life. 
We create open-source tools for expanding human connection and intergenerational empathy.
Alive Inside inspires new Practices in education and Eldercare (Comm-University!) aimed at expanding our communal Emotional Intelligence. We empower communities to create meaningful, shared experiences that bring the generations together and awaken innate wisdom and aliveness.  AI.org shares its technologies like The Alive Inside App, the "Memory Player" Headset, and the Alive Inside Service Learning Guides, to inspire and empower human connection in an open-source manner.

What is the Alive Inside 'Empathy Revolution'?

Who can do this? 


  • This community created, experiential education journey, expands on the vision presented in "Alive Inside" the film.  
    It is designed to deepen the capabilities of our youth, deepen communal Emotional Intelligence and turn our present  Eldercare system on it's head!

  • Anthropologists analyzing our culture have observed technology diminishing some of our deep, communal social skills.
    These skills have been central to human survival for millennia. Modern technological culture seems to create objectification and disconnection. AIF wants to move us in the opposite direction!

  • 'The Empathy Revolution' is intended to be deeply challenging, created by Coalition communities as a way to consciously embark on a transformational hero's journey- and recover our deep human wisdom- before it is too late.

  • We challenge youth to transform the lives of elders and to encounter minds, unlike their own. 
    This is a "right of passage" that few modern kids get, and is the journey the filmmakers experienced making "Alive Inside."

  • Our culture runs from mortality. AIF believes Death teaches us how to value Life. We believe we are a pivotal time in human history and must face this time with wisdom and not stupidity.

  • Our community-created curriculum asks students to expand their concept of who they are, expand their empathy skills and emotional intelligence. This educational journey investigates aging, the brain, embodied being, human connection, self-reflection, empathy, dementia awareness, and ways to meet the emerging future.

  • The Comm-University project is a re-imagining of Eldercare being realized by visionaries across healthcare.

What is required of 'Empathy Revolution' kids?


Love in your heart and the desire to connect. 

AIF believes that we must all expand our Empathy Skills and Emotional Intelligence to meet the future that is emerging.  
The assumptions of the past are outmoded and do not serve us or the biosphere.  Facing life and death is the way we become wise as humans.  We need the next generation to be wise.

Who does AI.org provide educational materials to?


We provide tools, films, film screening events and community-created educational materials to youth organizations, middle schools, high schools, universities, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Boys and Girls Clubs, faith-based youth groups and more! 

Who are the elders?


Your neighbor, your grandmother, your aunt, anyone who life has rendered lonely.  Loneliness is a huge problem for elders in America. This is actually a disgrace. 

 (Healthcare providers looking to implement an institutional iPod program- please contact Music & Memory, this is not our area of engagement.)

Is there Training?

  • Yes! We share FREE community-created, educational materials and tools to help youth leaders, teachers, religious leaders and community volunteers embark on the hero's journey we call 'The Alive Inside Empathy Revolution."
    We share best practices, created by experts and community explores just like you. Together we can make life better for our elders and all of us.

  • Music, Art and Human Connection are great teachers and profound learning happens when one gives to an elder in need.  
    In our experience, the elders become the teachers and often transform everyone involved.  This is the real magic of "Alive Inside."

  • We are developing online courses for students and volunteers.  We are working on an 'Empathy course' and a 'Music Match course.'

What should my school or Seniors expect from the 'Empathy Revolution?'


Your school and elders can expect to witness a transformational experience between the youth and the elders they work with. Everyone involved will gain a new insight into the power of music, story and human connection and a deeper reverence for life itself. 

Your students will learn to value Emotional Intelligence, Empathy and the interconnected nature of life and humanity.

What are the financial costs to be involved in this education?

  • Our open-source, community-created resources are FREE. 


Why are you doing this?

  • Making the film, 'Alive Inside ' showed us the power of music, story and human connection. Today, too many elders and youth are stagnating in isolation and disconnection. Many modern youth never interact with elders or get to truly give in a substantial way.
    We want to encourage growth and connection in both young and old.

  • A tidal wave of aging is coming- The Alive Inside Coalition believes it is essential to connect the young and old now, while the young are still young. Changing population dynamics mean our young will soon shoulder a huge burden, new in the history of our species. Our work is to deepen their empathy and sense of purpose, something we believe necessary for our shared future.

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