What We Believe

At Open Colony our work is rooted in our belief in the power of relationships. We are here because we have a strong perspective on what the future of work will look like. We’re tech-forward, but we are not an automated recommendation platform to match two sides of a marketplace.

Our mission is to empower individuals and institutions to do their best work, increasing speed to impact and making demonstrative progress outside of traditional employment and financial models. We advance positive environmental and social impact by curating collaborations between the most innovative people, institutions and technology.

Furthermore, we believe that technology can accelerate positive impact and that our planet needs technology and vice versa. So, Open Colony embeds a holistic perspective on sustainability in its theory of change, working from the assumption that environmental sustainability can’t be achieved without considering the potential for all people to make choices and govern their own resources. Our work currently focuses on the direct impacts of our advisors and customers within the communities of technology, investment and climate technology, but we are committed to addressing the inequities of access and equity and expanding our work to address inequities in other systems, enabling them to leapfrog the digital divide.

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Here is what we ardently believe:
Sustainability is a living practice.

Sustainability constantly evolves and ratchets up in order to have real impact.

So, at Open Colony we review and increase our sustainability and innovation commitments through an annual review process. If you have suggestions for initiatives that we should adopt, please let us know.

Equal incentives lead to the best work.

The most innovative work happens when people’s values and passions are aligned—and when equity is fairly shared.

So, at Open Colony we have committed to 100% of our advisors to benefit from the Open Colony equity ownership fund by 2025; equity to be built through equity payments to Open Colony.

The bifurcation of “for good” and “for profit” is ineffective.

New success metrics and collaboration models will reshape what successful business looks like.

So, at Open Colony we have committed to prioritize advisors and customers actively building new financial and operational models.

Our “colonies” are our most valuable professional asset.

The best leaders nurture a community of colleagues to learn from and grow with over time.

So, at Open Colony we have committed to advancing our advisors’  growth in alignment with their values and passions, not just focusing on financial compensation as part of Open Colony advisory.

Diversity of thought is a superpower.

Operating in an echo chamber is stifling and ultimately ineffective, which makes cross-functional, cross-institutional, international collaboration essential.

So, at Open Colony we have committed to 50% of Colony advisors to be female, 50% of Colony advisors to be POCs, and 5% to be differently abled by the end of 2023.

Everyone experiences growth differently.

Greed impedes innovation while empathy, compassion and access to opportunity drive it.

So, at Open Colony we have committed to a growth roadmap that builds stakeholder and shareholder value.

The world is an ecosystem.

Systems thinking enables complex impact metrics and coordination. We are guided by interdependencies and regenerative, economic models.

So, at Open Colony we have committed to 50% company and career advisory customers in earth and social positive ventures by the end of 2025 and 100% of institutional customers participate in baseline social and environmental impact assessments from the get go. We will be Net Zero by the end of 2022.