Make it real.

The Freedom of Form Foundation is working to fund and popularize scientific research that will enable freedom of one’s physical form – biotech for self-expression.

Together, we can make the phrase “be what you want to be” a reality.

Freedom of form is more tangible now than ever before.

We have a long-term focus on ambitious, full-body changes to let people take on completely different appearances that fit their personality and sense of identity. We’re especially excited about species affirmation research because, despite community passion surrounding the subject, it is vastly underrepresented in the biomedical sector. However, there’s a lot more to freedom of form than this.

Put simply, freedom of form encapsulates how you want to interact with the world as a person. That ranges from sufficiently restoring function to patients after injury, to gender and/or species identity affirmation treatments, to individuals who get tattoos or body art, to simply getting hair cuts or putting on makeup, to body hackers pushing beyond normal biological function. While some of the above qualities are viewed as fringe or matters of debate, they shouldn’t be. We stand wholeheartedly with the rights of individuals to choose how they interact with the world, including how they appear, and we are doing everything in our power to accommodate and accelerate freedom of form.

See how we’re making it real ->

We’re spearheading research, both internally and with collaborators.

Our research activities are targeted to strategically and permanently advance the field. We focus on building systems and translatable knowledge, because the ultimate validation comes from real-world results.

What will be needed for a full-body transformation? A lot. So, in 2018, we wrote two keystone whitepapers that formed the basis of our technical research strategy. The first whitepaper classified the general types of anatomy that need changed, and the second whitepaper considered how much work would be needed in areas of research like bioprinting, neuroprosthetics, genetics, and surgical techniques.

Just as important are social and legal considerations. In 2019, we awarded a grant to Ben Ramanauskas which made it possible to publish an academic article in Economic Affairs (February 2020) about body autonomy, entitled “BDSM, body modification, transhumanism, and the limits of liberalism”. The article surveys laws and landmark court cases, makes a case for reform, and describes expected benefits from reform as well.

Our technical research has progressed into more specific, focused projects, with the intent of producing deliverables that work:

  • Our 3D Anatomy project is creating a CAD-like computer application to customize characters, and is also expected to benefit medical imaging and patient-specific care more broadly. Our code is under an open source license, and we see the app as being critical to eventually enable the engineering required for real-world full-body transformation.
  • Our Integument Review project is surveying and structuring biological knowledge about how fur, feathers, scales, and skin works. That includes cell signaling, embryonic development, comparing and contrasting different integument types, and identifying “knobs to turn” for transformations.
  • Tail project. Collaboration with external partner. Currently in planning stages with confirmation by external partner. Details TBA.

See our ongoing research projects and review our results ->

With our integument review project, we’re looking into how fur, feathers, scales, and skin works. That includes cell signaling, embryonic development, comparing and contrasting different integument types, and identifying “knobs to turn” for transformations.

We have a lot of interesting analysis and results already, in this and other projects – give them a look!

Let’s not be shy about what we think is right. There’s a lot of us here.

Our outreach activities are focused on meeting and talking with people and organizations, learning from them, and introducing them to our organization as well. We’ve held three panels so far, including at Anthro New England and Indy Fur Con. We’ve also had insightful conversations with Anders Sandberg, Hugh Herr, Master Tailer of the Tail Company, and others, and those interviews are available online.

See how we’re reaching out and starting conversations ->

We’re fostering a community of learners and empowering them to create impact.

A few people in our community. Click for a larger picture and artist credits!

We’re passionate about community building. We want to help people cross paths, in a genuine and supportive environment. We’re empowering everyone to excel and make their own positive impact on the world. And to be clear, none of us are Nobel Prize winners: we celebrate the ability of everyone to make an impact one small step at a time.

We enjoy hosting educational seminars and events. Every few weeks, we have group chats about recent developments in science. Additionally, we’ve held seminars that have covered topics like otherkin and the nature of identity, and concepts in introductory biology. We’re also hosting a podcast, where we talk through timely issues and explore them in a small discussion format.

Please feel free to browse previous seminars and podcasts ->

We invite you to check out our community, primarily in Discord. Please review our rules and reach out to have a brief interview ->

Our growing team is dedicated to making freedom of form possible.

That doesn’t mean we’re perfect – we’re always striving to learn more. But, we’re experienced, versatile, and focused on continuing to achieve real, functional results. We’re well positioned to positively impact both technical and social aspects that will be critical for making freedom of form possible and accepted in the world.

Meet our team ->

We’re proud of our company values and committed to upholding them.

At the Freedom of Form Foundation, we believe in celebrating diversity, respecting opinions and dissent, culturing a cordial and positive environment, emphasizing competence and constructiveness, respecting privacy and boundaries, and both trusting others and being trustworthy. These are values we will not, and will never, compromise on.

Read our Code of Conduct ->

You can help us Make It Real.

We owe so much of our success so far to our volunteers and donors. We’ve come a long way, but there’s still a long way to go! If you would like to help, we’d really appreciate it. Thank you so much for the consideration.

Please check out our volunteer availabilities here -> 

Become a donor on Patreon, and get rewards plus early newsletter access! ->

See other ways to donate including corporate donations ->

We deeply value all donations, and we’re especially grateful for the inspirational level of support provided by the following Patrons:

Visionary-level donors or greater:
Kistaro Windrider
Max Lightfoot
Michael Norsworthy

Trailblazer-level donors or greater:
Ethan H.
Night Spark
Dawn Dixon

Want to get in touch?

We’re always interested to hear your thoughts and feedback. Do you like, or dislike, how we’re doing something? Do you have an idea for something new we can do? Do you have suggestions of what we can improve on? Do you want to ask for our help in something? To get in touch with us for any reason, please reach out to [email protected]. Thank you!

More detail and other ways of contact are here ->

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