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Spanda Questions and Answers

What is your policy?
We support third party projects.
We develop our own projects on certain themes.
We bring together people with very different views.
We carry out assignments at the request of regional, federal, European and international governments and institutions.
We work together with various different partners.
We support research only when it is instrumental for planning, implementing or evaluating activities in a particular programme area.

arrow    What are the primary programmes of the Spanda Foundation?
The Foundation has five core programmes: Culture, Education, Health & Environment, Microfinance and Research. Specific priorities have been identified for each programme.

arrow    What is the geographic scope of your activities-programmes?
By and large our activities and programmes have an international and transnational focus. We foster national, international and transnational collaboration by providing valuable contacts, information and opportunities to spread innovation and build long-term sustainability.

arrow    What kind of ideas does Spanda look for?
We look for ideas and innovative solutions that will create national, regional or global systemic change, high impact and broad replicable applications.

arrow    What types of organizations do you relate with?
The vast majority of our attention, but non exclusively, goes to non-profit organizations and tax-exempt institutions, such as US 501(c)(3) status, or the equivalent in other countries.

arrow    What is the best way to make initial contact with the Foundation?
We encourage organizations looking for partnership from the Foundation to review our programme information in detail.
In most cases we prefer organizations submit a letter of inquiry rather than a full proposal. The letter of inquiry should state explicitly the reasons why Spanda should be interested to partner with you; contain a brief description of the purpose and objective of the project with general methodology and total costs.

arrow    What does Spanda mean?
Spanda is the Sanskrit term for the original subtle vibration arising from the dynamic interplay of the passive and the creative polarizations of the Absolute and that, by unfolding itself into differentiation, brings forth the whole of creation. You can learn more on the meaning of this term by visiting our Origin of the Name page.

arrow    What does the Spanda logo stand for?


The Spanda's logo stands for the interwoven balanced interplaying of the active and passive energies (angles and curves, masculine and feminine, etc.) inscribed into a stable yet highly dynamic regular hexagonal shaped frame. A hexagon being a polygon with six edges and six vertices which stands for action. Six are also the directions of space – symbol of our life in this world, where the cube of six sides is the typical shape of any existential object.
Like squares and equilateral triangles, regular hexagons fit together without any gaps to tile the plane (three hexagons meeting at every vertex), and so are useful for constructing tessellations*. The cells of a beehive honeycomb are hexagonal for this reason and because the shape makes efficient use of space and building materials.

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* Tessellate (verb), tessellation (noun): from Latin tessera "a square tablet" or "a die used for gambling." Latin tessera may have been borrowed from Greek tessares, meaning "four," since a square tile has four sides. The diminutive of tessera was tessella, a small, square piece of stone or a cubical tile used in mosaics. Since a mosaic extends over a given area without leaving any region uncovered, the meaning of the word tessellate is to cover the plane with a pattern in such a way as to leave no region uncovered." By extension, space or hyperspace may also be tessellated, as may Spanda's activities.

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