The heart of Sutra is small group interaction
Our emphasis is on the quality of interaction and relationship that occurs between people involved in any learning experience. We believe that learning together is an opportunity to practice new ways of being. Sutra creates spaces for deep listening, open dialogue, and intentional co-creation. Our aspiration is to bridge the gap between learning, collaboration, and community through authentic connection and mutual support.
Sutra was started by husband and wife team Natasha Sell and Lorenz Sell after years of actively researching how communities function. Our work explored ways to connect people within communities to share knowledge and resources, particularly around work. Through a journey of extended iteration and testing, we began to see how learning together can be a deep community building experience. This has become the focus of our work with Sutra.
Natasha comes from three generations of educators in her family. She has led global education projects at Harvard and the Asia Society. Since 2012 she has been deeply engaged in connecting communities through collaboration. She received her Master’s Degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, focusing on School Leadership and Development.
Lorenz is the creator of the software behind Sutra. His interest in community dynamics began after attending the Burning Man Festival in 2007. He has spent over a decade building technology companies and has a deep interest in how software can be used to cultivate meaningful relationships between people. He received his degree in Computer Engineering from Tufts University.
Tidbit of Trivia
Sutra means “thread of knowledge” in Sanskrit. In Eastern Philosophy, knowledge is often passed down through short verses known as sutras. This process weaves a web of connection that supports the transmission of deep wisdom and understanding through direct experience and dialogue.