Nearness is a program for deep connection through meaningful conversations.

Drawing on spiritual wisdom from a variety of traditions, we work with progressive religious organizations, political nonprofits, and foundations interested in the spiritual infrastructure of the future. Current projects include a peer support program for elected officials from across the country, a research project with the Henry Luce Foundation on spiritual podcasting, and a grant-supported initiative on spiritual parenting outside of religious traditions.

Founded in 2022, Nearness has hosted thousands of programs with participants from across the world.

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Our team

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Alec Gewirtz


Alec Gewirtz is the co-founder of Nearness. He's led the design and execution of thousands of small-group conversations, and his work has been featured on BBC and in The Atlantic. A graduate of Princeton University and a former Fulbright Research Scholar at The University of Toronto, he lives in New York City.

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Carolina Pisarro

Community Administrator

Community Administrator, Carolina Pissarro, is a regenerative coach who is deeply passionate about weaving context and culture to amend soils for a thriving and interdependent social ecosystem. She has expertise in administering and facilitating transformational experiences and educational trainings across social and environmental justice sectors. She had been living for the past 12 years in Chile and now resides in Burlington, Vermont.

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Casper ter Kuile

Director of Special Projects

Co-Founder Casper ter Kuile brings deep expertise on the evolution of community. He’s the author of The Power of Ritual (HarperOne, 2020), a former Harvard Divinity School Innovation Fellow, the co-founder of research and design firm Sacred Design Lab and the co-creator of podcasts Harry Potter and the Sacred Text and The Real Question. He lives with his husband in Brooklyn, NY.

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EJ Baker


EJ Baker is a visual designer and co-founder of Maybe Ventures, a creative collective that builds brands and strategies for culture-shifting organizations. Previously, they spent five years at IDEO, telling stories and inspiring empathy for organizations ranging from nonprofit startups to governments to Fortune 50 companies. They live in western Massachusetts.

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