Investing in human horizons

A charitable trust backing creative responses to social and environmental challenges. We invest in ideas across three time horizons for the coming ten, one hundred and one thousand years.

10

On the immediate horizon, we focus on timely responses to mental health, inequality and sustainability challenges.

AF.10.

2022

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Travalyst

Aim

A coalition of the biggest travel companies in the industry, Travalyst is a non-profit organisation founded by Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex and is working to help bring about the systemic changes needed in order for sustainable travel to become mainstream. Travalyst's first consumer facing initiative was launched in Aotearoa New Zealand catalysed by the vision and efforts of the Aera Foundation with Aera founder Derek Handley as campaign Chair.

Mission

Released via a key online campaign video featuring Prince Harry alongside a raft of kiwi stars including RhysDarby, Rena Owen and Dave Fane, New Zealanders are asked to participate in a research survey and holiday rating tool on the Travalyst website which encourages travellers to reflect on their most recent local holiday and consider, ‘How would your holiday rate you?’

“As travel continues to come back, we have an opportunity and a need to redefine the industry – for better, for good. We created the non-profit Travalyst to rethink how travel can continue to expand our global understanding, to break down barriers, and to create cultural connections through experiences we otherwise wouldn’t have. We do this while, at the same time, ensuring local communities truly feelbenefit from tourism and safeguarding essential ecosystems.  In a world where we’re tasked with rating so many things, we’re now asking: what if your destination rated you? Starting in beautiful Aotearoa New Zealand, we're launching our first campaign. There is a well-known Māori proverb: Ehara takutoa i te toa takitahi, ēngari he toa takitini (Success is not the work of an individual. But the work of many) - we invite you to be a part of our many.”    

Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex, Founder of Travalyst

AF.10.

2015

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Eat My Lunch

Aim

As many as 1 in 4 kids in New Zealand live in poverty and hunger. Eat My Lunch's mission is to help feed the thousands of kids who go to school without lunch. Aera was the first external investor in the renowned Kiwi social venture which has so far given over 1,724,111 lunch boxes to a hungry child for every lunch a consumer buys.

AF.10.

2020

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Wiser Conversations

Aim

Wiser Conversations was created as a series of live virtual conversations exploring the intersection of psychology and spirituality in response to the high anxiety and concern as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Subsequently also distributed as a podcast series, Wiser creates a unique space to reflect and respond to what really matters to us as we continue to see out this pandemic.

Mission

Conversations span religion and Ai, empathy, values and virtues, vulnerability, character and rituals and featured guests as wide ranging as renowned Indian spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, climate activist Naomi Klein,  Zen-monk Reverend Kawakami and authors Pico Iyer, Susan David and Priya Parker. Wiser is produced in partnership with our good friends at the Fife Foundation.

100

We invest in companies and causes with a long term vision to build a sustainable future.

AF.100.

2012

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The B Team

Aim

Setting a precedent for the types of models Aera aspires to continue creating, Aera founder Derek Handley donated two years of his life to help Sir Richard Branson and many iconic global leaders to create a leadership coalition for a better future: The B Team.

Mission

The B Team is a non-profit leadership group formed to catalyse better ways of doing business for the wellbeing of people and the planet. This means going beyond the assumption that business exists solely to make profits – it means challenging business to accelerate its role in driving human rights, climate justice, equality, diversity, transparency and much more, in the face of the incumbent wisdom that businesses exist just to maximise shareholder wealth. Learn more about their current work here.

AF.100.

2016

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Aera VC

Aim

The Aera Foundation’s genesis was to incubate an initiative with transformative positive potential for society that could also generate long-term financial benefit. Bridging the transition to sustainable future is the largest investment imperative and opportunity of our lifetime. The Aera venture capital fund 'Aera VC' is a symbol of this hope and belief.

Mission

The foundation is a key stakeholder in Aera VC, an early-stage venture fund investing in climate solutions for radical progress towards a sustainable planet and transformational technologies to advance humanity. Learn more about our groundbreaking portfolio around the world here.

1000

In the pursuit of a wise world, we explore ways to better understand our universe and what it means to be human.

AF.1000.

2022

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Fellowship for Universal Wisdom

Aim

The fellowship will explore the deepest questions of humankind and theology and how they interact with our growing understanding of the universe and astronomical phenomena. The initiative is currently in development with one of the oldest universities in the world and is expected to be unveiled in 2023.

Mission

Fellowships will be awarded to provide sustained long-term funding for an individual or teams of scientists, philosophers and theologians pushing the boundaries of conventional wisdom and accepted orthodoxy. A constellation of grants will be awarded to coincide with recurring periodic astronomical events throughout the coming centuries.

Aera Foundation

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Aera Foundation

The Aera Foundation was created by Derek and Maya Handley in 2014 as a charitable studio to catalyse efforts for the wellbeing of people and our planet. 

As a believer that philanthropy and for-profit pursuits all have a role to play in creating a better future, we do this using both our registered charity the Aera Foundation and incorporated charitable company Aera Limited. The foundation uses an array of methods across the spectrum to achieve our goals including grants and fellowships, advocacy campaigns and coalitions and venture capital investments in new projects.

Maya is a baker and creator of Florets bakery in Grey Lynn, Auckland. Derek is an entrepreneur with a varied background which you can read more about here. Our 9 year old son Finn has now joined us on this journey and become a part of how we develop going forward.

The word aera comes from the Latin root of the English word "era" - and reflects our desire to embark on initiatives both in response to issues "of our time" as well as those that are timeless. Our logo reflects the world under protection as well as an upward aspiration of growth and renewal.

Information

Aera is registered as charitable trust CC50290 with the New Zealand Charities Commission.

For enquiries please contact holly@aera.nz

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The Aera Foundation was created by Derek and Maya Handley in 2014 as a charitable studio to catalyse efforts for the wellbeing of people and our planet. 

As a believer that philanthropy and for-profit pursuits all have a role to play in creating a better future, we do this using both our registered charity the Aera Foundation and incorporated charitable company Aera Limited. The foundation uses an array of methods across the spectrum to achieve our goals including grants and fellowships, advocacy campaigns and coalitions and venture capital investments in new projects.

Maya is a baker and creator of Florets bakery in Grey Lynn, Auckland. Derek is an entrepreneur with a varied background which you can read more about here. Our 9 year old son Finn has now joined us on this journey and become a part of how we develop going forward.

The word aera comes from the Latin root of the English word "era" - and reflects our desire to embark on initiatives both in response to issues "of our time" as well as those that are timeless. Our logo reflects the world under protection as well as an upward aspiration of growth and renewal.