The Bridge is a non-profit organization whose goal is to foster the natural and vibrant interplay between individual, community and ecological well-being.
We offer educational events, a wide array of unique gatherings and we engage in local initiatives. The matters addressed pertain to the critical issues of our time as we transition to more eco-centric and humane ways of life. Topics range from personal and interpersonal matters to community and ecological issues. The local initiatives offer opportunities to become actively involved in bringing forth positive changes.
We define well-being as a state of balance achieved when the individual, the community and the natural environment exist in ways that are mutually enhancing. This perspective recognizes the manner in which the welfare of one aspect of life relies on the welfare of all others. As John Muir, founder of the Sierra Club, stated, When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe. These simple words by Archbishop Desmond Tutu expand on this notion. If I diminish you, I diminish myself.
A serious threat to this state of well-being is the immense power the human species has acquired as it has developed a global infrastructure of industrial/economic expansion that knows no limits and feeds a culture of never-ending consumption. This power, identified by some as macrophase power and often used destructively, has caused colossal devastation to our Earth and human communities.
To understand the role humans play in the web of life, to clarify our responsibility at this precarious juncture in history and to explore and activate creative, wise and benevolent ways of channeling this power in an effort to restore a sense of well-being is the Bridge's purpose, as defined in the most general sense.
The Bridge is locally focused. By bringing to the Tampa region a robust influx of innovative ideas and a unique array of forums through which these ideas are explored, by mobilizing home-grown talent and by collaborating with like-minded entities the Bridge invests in its own community. In so doing it seeks to build rich and cooperative relationships, empower and inspire the citizenry, support the local economy and regional expertise, understand and address the challenges of our neighborhoods and celebrate the strengths and beauty of this uniquely diverse Central Florida region.