A Student And Youth Organization Promoting Our Psychedelic Leadership
Mission & Vision
We are a youth-led organization that fosters the development of students and youth into the next generation of diverse and interdisciplinary leaders in the field of psychedelics. We envision a just, empathetic, and connected world where psychedelics are safe, legal, and accessible.
Principles & Values
Principles are context-independent, self-evident ethical truths that serve as the basis of our values in the psychedelic space. Our principles are adapted from the Northstar Ethics Pledge.
- Start Within: We lead by centering the culture of the network around personal growth and wellness.
- Build Trust: Trust is the fabric that holds together a network and supports meaningful change.
- Pay It Forward: We have inherited the psychedelic field from many individuals who devoted their lives to this work, as a labor of love and for the benefit of all, and often with great personal sacrifice. As beneficiaries of this work, we can show our gratitude by giving back to help the whole field move forward.
- Study The Traditions: The present is the product of a complicated history. We must understand the past to envision and enact a better future.
- Consider The Gravity: We must consider how our choices affect not only ourselves, but also other individuals, communities, and the psychedelic space at large.
- Work Together: We are connected across generations. We are connected with nature. There is inherent connectivity in everything, and we aim to act and respond accordingly.
- Focus On Process: It is tempting to put ends over means when it comes to making a positive impact. We recognize that how we do something is just as important as what we do.
- Create Equity: We want a world that works for everyone. Right now, that’s not the case. We should look for ways to bring about that goal.
- Lead With Transparency: Transparency facilitates shared understanding and unity.
Diversity and Inclusion
We celebrate the diversity of all conscious experiences.
We actively work to create and maintain an environment that respects and considers diverse physiologies and cultural backgrounds.
We publish an annual reflection on diversity and inclusion within our organization.
Focus on the Undeserved
We will focus our resources and goals on the well-being of historically underserved and marginalized groups.
We engage and promote policy initiatives that disproportionately impact historically underserved communities, such as existing drug legislation.
We will award grants to people who do not have the resources or opportunities to attend paid IPN events e.g. conferences.
We have signed Chacruna’s equity and inclusion statement.
Respect Indigenous Knowledge
The history of psychedelics is deeply rooted in indigenous peoples, communities, and traditions and it is our responsibility to ensure that history is not lost.
We engage with indigenous communities to learn about their present perspectives on and future visions about psychedelic-related practices.
We hold regular events centered on learning indigenous knowledge.
We believe it imperative to support solutions to the ongoing exploitation of indigenous medicines (e.g. peyote and ayahuasca).
An individual’s actions, regardless of legality, should never affect their basic right to safety.
We support the non-judgmental, non-coercive provision of services and resources to people who use drugs and the communities in which they live. In particular, we will refer our members to external toolkits or partner organizations where appropriate.
We firmly oppose the ongoing War on Drugs, through educational and policy efforts.
Solidarity and Collaboration
“When ‘I’ is replaced with ‘We’, then even the illness becomes wellness” – Malcolm X
We prioritize collaborating and building broad coalitions with organizations inside and outside the psychedelic space, to accomplish meaningful change.
Partnership or provision of a platform to any individual or organization is contingent on alignment with goals, principles, and values e.g. via a memorandum of understanding.
Public Awareness and Education
“Nothing in science has any value to society if it is not communicated.” – Anne Roe
We engage with the general public and disseminate knowledge through events, such as PsychedelX and the Intercollegiate Psychedelics Summit.
We support the Statement on Open Science and Praxis.
Socio-politically and Culturally Engaged Science
Science is intimately connected to politics and culture and, as such, scientists hold socio-political responsibility. This is especially true for psychedelics where science has failed to drive significant and sensible drug policy.
We provide a space for students with scientific, political, and/or cultural interests to connect to professional opportunities and co-create a brighter future.
The Social Policy, Impact, and Community Engagement Mushroom will coordinate efforts to promote evidence-based and human-centered public policy.
Share the Earth
We aim to cultivate “a strong connection with Nature in order to activate deeper levels of our understanding of reality and consciousness.” – The Cyberdelic Society.
We promote environmental stewardship so future generations may experience and embrace the natural beauty of this world.
All events, merchandise, and promotional materials will be produced at the lowest environmental cost possible.
We embody the spirit of light-heartedness and fun at the center of everything we do.
While failures and roadblocks are disappointing, we approach these challenges, like the rest of our work, with excitement and curiosity.
We create containers, e.g. IPN retreats and summits, for students to engage, co-create, and re-imagine the future.
We understand that individual acts of harm impact the entire network and, therefore, demand a community response.
Our measures of justice will seek to ensure the safety of those harmed, remedy conflict, and address the causes of misalignment of behavior with our principles and values in that order.
We actively cultivate and affirm consent culture.
When needed and possible, we will recruit university ombudspersons as third-party mediators along with the involvement of community members for support and long-term mediation.
For detailed information on our mission & vision, principles & values, structure, activities, and more, we highly encourage you to check out our Constitution & Bylaws (last updated May 2022).
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