Ayni is reciprocity.

Ayni means reciprocity in Quechua, a language spoken by the people of the Andes. We are inspired by their deep experience of resilience and a culture that puts relationship at the center of life. Many of our ancestors had words for this and we carry those words in our hearts, whether or not we know how to speak them.

The Ayni Institute builds community around new understandings or technologies that will bring a more balanced, reciprocal world.

Our Values

We learn and take action around the following core values.

  • Learning & Craft

  • Long View

  • Culture & Identity

  • R3

  • Popular Movements

  • Swarm: Decentralized Organization

  • Mass Training