Think Sisu is a U.S.-based non-profit organization based near Washington D.C. We explore research-based investigations into diverse fields of thought.
What does the word SISU mean?
Sisu is a Finnish term and concept that has a mystical, almost magical, meaning there, yet conveys a universal message. It has been translated into English as exhibiting strength of will, determination, perseverance, and acting rationally in the face of adversity.
A core team of three professionals worked together for several years in various capacities at The International Academic Forum, based in Japan, developing and hosting conferences in Asia, Europe and the U.S. for academicians and policymakers. Following our experiences there, the Sisu Advantage was formed as a limited-liability corporation in 2015, but converted to a California-based non-profit educational organization in early 2016. During the ensuing three years we organized and hosted more than twenty conferences, each with a keynote speaker, select featured speakers, and (usually) an array of presentations that first passed academic peer review processes. The early portfolio of conferences somewhat mirrored a university, with an array of themes that reflected subjects of inquiry from all corners of campus, but with the expressed focus on interdisciplinary approaches that knocked down artificial institutional-imposed boundaries.