The Three Principles of Purpose
We break that Purpose down into three aspects or Principles:
To preserve and advance human civilization
To protect and expand the domain of life
To explore and experience the universe
Who We Are
The Earthlight Foundation (ELF) is a globally oriented non-profit, non-partisan organization founded to support the expansion of life and humanity beyond the Earth by providing vision, leadership, credibility and a new social and spiritual context to the New Space Revolution.
The organization is run by a small core team encompassing broad field expertise relevant to space exploration, settlement, engineering and communications. ELF is minimalist in management structure to remain flexible and drive effective execution.
ELF believes the Purpose of living is to treasure and celebrate life, to explore everywhere that we can, to always push beyond what is known, to seek, to learn, to live and carry life with us where it does not exist, experiencing all that can be seen, touched and known of this incredible universe.
“To carry the light of life to places now dark, the seeds of life to places now dead, and the eyes, hands and minds of humanity to places yet unseen, untouched and unknown.”
Founded by noted space Visionary, activist and business leader Rick Tumlinson, EarthLight is quietly working to instill a new way of thinking, or at least put into words the the spiritual and core values of what many call the Space Revolution or NewSpace. As we open the High Frontier of space to everyone, we see a once in all of time opportunity to re-invent our society as we become citizens of the Universe, to become, almost literally, our Higher selves.
The EarthLight Foundation is focused on developing a shared sense of Purpose for humanity, yet we are also engaged in a select group of projects that either support this goal, or enable others to participate in both this new conversation, and the actual work of opening the universe to humanity. The EarthLight Endowment and Space Declaration are supported by ELF. The New Worlds Institute is for those who are or want to get “hand on” to help design the systems and tech needed on the High Frontier.
Endowment for Tomorrow
The Space Declaration
New Worlds Institute
Download the Declaration
Read/Download a poster version of the Space Declaration to hang on your wall or give to friends.
Space Cowboy Ball
New Worlds Conference
One of the hottest events in the global space calendar and the tribal gathering of those who will Go. Blending technical sessions, space business plan competitions, TED style talks with space art and music, New Worlds is unlike any other space event – a “must attend” gathering of anyone really opening space and those who want to join the space tribe.
What We Have Done
Pioneering Space Summit
STEAM Space Education
Starting alongside the “adult” track at New Worlds, the Cities In Space conference was designed to create interaction between those “doing space” today and the young people who dream of making space happen tomorrow. The event features an inclusive approach, engaging students of all types with all types of interests to design their own Cities in Space. With over 2000 students having participated, STEAM Space Education was spun off into its own organization in 2019, while still holding its leadership event parallel to New Worlds.