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Our Mission

Empower you to grow, know true belonging, and improve your world.

Our Mission

Empower you to grow, know true belonging, and improve your world.

WHAT WE ARE

ThriveUnion is the human well-being company. We create educational content to empower growth, nurture intentional communites, and promote world embetterment.

WHAT WE ARE NOT

We’re not political or religious, although many of our members are. We don’t promote a dogma or belief system, but we encourage inclusivity, diversity, and respect built from understanding.

WHAT WE ARE

ThriveUnion is the human well-being company. We create educational content to empower growth, nurture intentional communites, and promote world embetterment.

WHAT WE ARE NOT

We’re not political or religious, although many of our members are. We don’t promote a dogma or belief system, but we encourage inclusivity, diversity, and respect built from understanding.

WHY WE MATTER

Human isolation is peaking and the benefits of true belonging, interdependency, and purpose are overlooked. We, at ThriveUnion, are rebuilding togetherness through educational content and intentional community.

WHY WE MATTER

Human isolation is peaking and the benefits of true belonging, interdependency, and purpose are overlooked. We, at ThriveUnion, are rebuilding togetherness through educational content and intentional community.

OUR TEAM

Peter Montoya

Daniel Honey

Courtland Warren

Position: Executive Director
Family: Married with 2 children and 3 bonus children
Location: Orange County, Ca

Bio
Raised in the comfort of Southern California, Peter is the oldest of 5 rambunctious boys, raised mostly by a single mom. Like his brothers, Peter is driven, intellectually oriented, and hard working. His first 7-year career began at age 10 as a newspaper boy. He continued to work multiple jobs through high school and college. Though Peter struggled through school with undiagnosed ADHD, he was admitted to and graduated from the University of California Irvine in Political Science. In his first job post-college position as a traveling speaker and salesmen, he chalked up over 1,500 presentations in 5 years and lived in over 22 major cities.

Personality – Ambivert
The Advocate personality type is very rare, making up less than one percent of the population, but they nonetheless leave their mark on the world. Advocates have an inborn sense of idealism and morality, but what sets them apart is that they are not idle dreamers, but people capable of taking concrete steps to realize their goals and make a lasting positive impact. They tend to see helping others as their purpose in life, but while people with this personality type can be found engaging rescue efforts and doing charity work, their real passion is to get to the heart of the issue so that people need not be rescued at all.

Sources of Knowledge
Ted Talks
Thrive Talks
Audible
Freakanomics
The Ezra Klein Show

Favorite Books/Movies/Documentaries
The Godfather Forest Gump
Shawshank Redemption
The Righteous Mind by Jonathan Haight
The Moral Landscape by Sam Harris

Goals
Live a fulfilling life
Raise 2 happy, healthy, independent & responsible kids
Build an international community of people dedicated to living a thriving life.
Contribute massively towards sustainable societies on an enduring planet

Frustrations
Inaction
Collective irresponsibility
Massive influence based on false information

Position: Content Manager
Family: Almost married and baby on the way
Location: Los Angeles County, CA

Bio
Daniel Honey is an explorer of diverse worlds: from Karate Kid level martial arts, to bagpipe bands, actuarial science, and writing over six science fiction and fantasy novels. He recently earned a master’s degree in economics and studied cold meditation techniques in Poland.

Daniel has volunteered his time teaching finance classes to high school kids, helping child prostitutes, promoting suicide prevention, and mentoring with the Big Brothers Big Sisters program.

A pragmatic utopian, Daniel seeks to combine fiction with real world learning to create a more egalitarian, kind society. His next adventures include creating a magnificently happy family with his partner and building communities that will transform the world.

Personality – Mediator
Mediator personalities are true idealists, always looking for the hint of good in even the worst of people and events, searching for ways to make things better. While they may be perceived as calm, reserved, or even shy, Mediators have an inner flame and passion that can truly shine. Comprising just 4% of the population, the risk of feeling misunderstood is unfortunately high for the Mediator personality type – but when they find like-minded people to spend their time with, the harmony they feel will be a fountain of joy and inspiration.

Sources of Knowledge
The Atheist Experience (podcast)
TED Talks
ThriveTalks
Audible
Cult Podcast
Dan Carlin’s Hardcore history

Favorite Books/Movies/Documentaries
The Leftovers (TV show)
Jiro Dreams of Sushi (documentary)
Bioshock (2007 video game)
Mass Effect (video game series)
God of War (2018 video game)
Harry Potter (book series by J.K. Rowling)
Atlas Shrugged (book by Ayn Rand)
The Happiness Hypothesis (book by Jonathan Haight)
Goodbye, Things: The New Japanese Minimalism (book by Fumio Sasaki)
Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work (book by Dan and Chip Heath)
Zen in the Martial Arts (book by Joe Hyams)

Goals
Drastically reduce suffering.
Bridge the world between fiction and reality to create personal and societal change.
Have an incredibly happy, connected, healthy family.
Help my partner fulfill her goals and dreams.
Build an empire of charitable institutions.

Frustrations
Not getting to the point.
Limitations.
The divide between dreams and reality.
The seeming inability for diverse people to unite.

Position: Senior Facilitator
Family: Proud father, brother, uncle and cousin
Location: Tulsa, OK

Bio
Can anything good come out of the Westside of Idabel, Oklahoma? Courtland roars with a resounding, “YES!”

Raised by a village, but primarily his single mom, Courtland has always questioned, “Is this all there is?” Believing education was the key off Impoverished Street, Courtland blazed a trail forward using intelligence, charisma, and his voice. A state champion public speaker, track athlete and valedictorian, Courtland graduated in organizational behavior from Oklahoma State University, eventually consulting major organizations like Coca-Cola, UPS, and GE. A thought leader and positive force in the personal development industry, Courtland has logged over 10,000 hours as a facilitator and trainer in 15 years. And he’s just getting started.

Personality – Ambivert
The Ambivert personality type thrives in a large range of situations. Ambiverts are just as happy alone as they are with a crowd, comfortable being an introvert one moment and an extrovert the next. They often act as mediators and diplomats since they straddle diverse worlds with ease. Ambiverts are often described as controlled, patient and deliberate. They are warm and friendly, empathetic and genuine. Other people love being around ambiverts because they come away with a profound sense of being heard and understood. Ambiverts are often found building others up, rallying collaboration, and calmly moving toward their goals.

Sources of Knowledge
Audible
Books
YouTube
Conversations with People
Thrive
Ted Talks

Favorite Books/Movies/Documentaries
Shawshank Redemption
Roots (Alex Haley)
The Four Agreements
The Laws of Success
007

Goals
To live a life of meaning and purpose
To make my children proud whilst setting a standard of excellence they will surpass
To inspire people to see that they are capable of more than they thought posibble
Scratch golfer

Frustrations
Judgement without context
Disempowering beliefs that stifle creativity

Pat Burns

Darcy Hogan

Position: Area Director – Orange County
Family: Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother, Sister, Aunt, Cousin
Location: Costa Mesa, CA

Bio
Since the late nineties, Pat has helped launch 16 nonprofit and for-profit companies, seven operating today. From concept to capital raising to completion, Pat Burns advances businesses to new heights.

As Area Director for ThriveUnion, Pat develops meaningful relationships while building a vibrant community.
Pat serves on the advisory board of GRAND Magazine, which strengthens the bond between children and grandparents for over 250,000 subscribers.

Pat is the co-founder and Executive Director of the Orange County Children’s Book Festival. Founded in 2004, the festival has grown from 5,000 attendees to 35,000.

Her two daughters live in Colorado and Newport Beach, CA. Pat is the proud grandmother of Dylan, Skye, Cosette and Zeke.

Personality – Defender
The Defender personality type The Defender personality type is quite unique, as many of their qualities defy the definition of their individual traits. Though sensitive, Defenders have excellent analytical abilities; though reserved, they have well-developed people skills and robust social relationships; and though they are generally a conservative type, Defenders are often receptive to change and new ideas. As with so many things, people with the Defender personality type are more than the sum of their parts, and it is the way they use these strengths that defines who they are.

Sources of Knowledge
CBS Sunday Morning (TV show)
The Tim Ferris Show (podcast)
This American Life (podcast)
Curiosity Stream (documentaries)
Interviews and conversations with accomplished people

Favorite Books/Movies/Documentaries
The Dinner Game (Le Diner de Cons)
Love Actually
Spirited Away
Slumdog Millionaire
The 10 Commandments
Slingshot (Documentary)

Goals
To take care of myself in mind, body and spirit
To contribute to the success and growth of ThriveUnion
Visit Ireland and the birthplaces of my ancestors
Write a trilogy about my family starting with my grandmother, then my mother and ending with me

Frustrations
People who drop the ball
Working with exaggerators
Too many rainy days in a row

Position: Creative Operations Director
Family: Lucky mom of one incredible kid
Location: Oregon Coast

Bio
Born with an unmistakable spark of creativity, Darcy spent most of her youth on stage, studying theatre, music, dance, and writing, and reading just about any book she could get her hands on. She performed in professional theatre, including four seasons with the Tony Award-winning Utah Shakespeare Festival, and became an award-winning playwright. She worked for several years as a website designer, and later a pastor’s assistant, before moving on to a 15-year career in marketing. In 2019 she recognized that her current path was not contributive to her inner purpose. She took a brave step into the unknown, and found ThriveUnion. Darcy is passionate about spreading positivity, fostering understanding, and working toward a more united, harmonious society.

Personality – Mediator
Mediator personalities are true idealists, always looking for the hint of good in even the worst of people and events, searching for ways to make things better. Mediators have an inner flame and passion that can truly shine, and they are guided by their principles. When deciding how to move forward, they will look to honor, beauty, morality, and virtue – led by the purity of their intent, not rewards and punishments. Mediators communicate deeply with others. The strength of their visionary communication style lends itself well to creative works, and it comes as no surprise that many famous Mediators are poets, writers, and actors. Comprising just 4% of the population, the risk of feeling misunderstood is unfortunately high for the Mediator personality type – but when they find like-minded people to spend their time with, the harmony they feel will be a fountain of joy and inspiration.

Sources of Knowledge
Interviews
Personal Stories
Books and Study
Podcasts
TED Talks

Favorite Books/Movies/Documentaries
Dead Poets Society
Life is Beautiful
The Road to Bali
Singing in the Rain
Ocean’s 11
It’s a Wonderful Life
The Book of Joy

Goals
Raise a confident, joyful daughter
Continually create and express myself artistically
Travel often and experience new cultures
Contribute positively to the world

Frustrations
Inaction
Apathy, lack of empathy
Negativism
Falseness, deceptiveness
Jars that are difficult to open

OUR CORE VALUES

Always Be Giving
We passionately pursue the collective good. We generously contribute realizing that we’ll receive equitable or even compounded benefits from within our community. We ask, “what can we give” before asking, “what is in it for me?” We live from a place of contribution.
Flourishing Without Harm
All humans deserve to live meaningful lives full of purpose, belonging, and growth. Our lives shall not be at the expense of someone else.
Absolute Responsibility
Everyone is empowered to create the life of their choosing. We recognize that we are empowered to overcome our brokenness and obstacles. There are no excuses, only obstacles to overcome.
Humble Self-Introspection
Egoism slows our pursuit of wisdom, deprives us of growth, and harms relationships. We are committed to maintaining humility, engaging in modest introspection, and accepting the constructive input of others.
Intentional Community
We intentionally build relationships to build trust. We passionately weave the social fabric required to address societal and ecological challenges. Empathetic communication is at our core; realizing that everyone fights a battle we’re unaware of.
Radical Belonging
Everyone is affirmed as an equal regardless of anything. We are open to all beliefs, honoring each other’s experiences and unique perspectives. Everyone is intrinsically worthy of love and acceptance. Period.
Ferocious Action Taking
We achieve fulfillment through doing. Everyone is invited to participate. Everyone is invited to play. Our actions are requisite to making a livable world. No one sits on the sidelines.
Truth Relentlessly Pursued
We strive to be people that allow facts to change our minds. We’re more passionate about discovering truth than being right. We recognize our own foibles and work diligently to develop practices to hold accurate positions and achieve effective solutions.
Joyful Celebration
We live in glorious wonderment of nature and humanity, and we will laugh, play, love, and celebrate – unabashedly.
World Embetterment
We leave everywhere, everything, and everyone better than we found it. We accept our stewardship over the earth as a personal and communal responsibly and seek solutions that utilize the earth’s natural income without degrading the natural capital that supplies it.

OUR Community

The ThriveUnion community aims to create a culture where nobody feels alone. We fight human isolation and build belonging through events like ThriveSunday, documentaries and discussions, supper clubs, games nights, and group hikes.

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