The idea of a foundation sparked after Michael Lunt and Guibert del Marmol attended the Skoll Forum in Oxford in 2012, a place and a moment where social entrepreneurs from around the world gather to connect with like-minded people, share ideas, and find partners. During the Forum, Michael and Guibert were amazed to witness the emergence of a new world that very few people knew about. This experience gave them a newfound enthusiasm and desire to answer the question: “How can we support these individuals engineering new and necessary models for our society?”.
On the train ride back, they sketched out the initial concept that would allow them to materialize their vision. The idea was to support disruptive pioneers to communicate, tell their story, and facilitate collaboration and financing opportunities. It was then shared with Michael’s two brothers, who responded very positively. The Lunt Foundation was born! Later that year, Guibert and Michael visited the Achuar community in Ecuador to forge the spiritual values underlying the future work of the Foundation. This experience brought them to a deep connection with nature and themselves. It is still strong with them today.