ISCE.edu was founded in 1999 as an educational research institution seeking to understand how complex change occurs in groups of all sizes. Our research suggested that while direct attempts to cause change usually go astray, indirect attempts (via tweaking contexts in which behavior occurs) more often succeed.

In 2015, we developed and implemented a plan to apply our theoretical insights to critical real world issues, with the goal of improving safety throughout society. The key insight came in realizing that, with proper design and distribution, technology – now in our pockets – can empower victims who otherwise feel powerless.  

Our innovative technology includes a suite of smartphone apps that radically "change the context" through which victims see themselves and their lives. Our smartphone apps for Anti-Bullying, Sexual Assault, and Domestic Violence begin national roll-out in 2016. We welcome all inquiries regarding joint programs or prospective partnerships.

The Institute for the Study of Coherence and Emergence (ISCE) operates as ISCE.edu and as Empowering Victims.  We are a 501(c)(3) Public Charity (Tax ID:04-3482251) and our fundraising is supervised by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.