Our vision is a peaceful world.

The heart of Sutra is awareness in action

Our mission is to connect people through presence and shared understanding. We offer tools and resources to help people create powerful group experiences that emphasize connection, meaningful communication, and shared awareness. We believe there has never been a greater need for presence and our aspiration is to build software that fosters mutual support and empathy through dialogue, co-creation, and learning.

Our story

Sutra was founded in 2015 after years of actively researching how communities function. Our effort 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 can be a pathway to practicing new ways of being together. Building tools to help people create conversational learning experiences that bring people together has become the focus of our work.

We believe that cultivating collective presence is one of the most effective ways to generate positive change in the world.

The Founding Team

Natasha Sell comes from three generations of educators in her family. She has led global education projects at Harvard and the Asia Society. Since 2009 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. She is also a certified yoga teacher and a trained facilitator.

Lorenz Sell 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 almost two decades building technology companies and has a deep interest in how software can be used to cultivate meaningful connection online. He is a certified yoga teacher and received a 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.

Our values

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Creating a safe space for deep connection and sharing to occur online can be a subtle process. Our approach is part technology, part process, and part content. Creating a relational container that supports a learning experience can generate presence and participation in a natural and organic way. We work with individuals and organizations in architecting conversational experiences that foster authentic engagement and shared insight.

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