Keith Raniere has devoted his life to studying the complex issues that face our modern world, and to developing tools to enhance the human experience through community, social action, science, technology and education.
Raniere is the conceptual founder of NXIVM, which is the overarching philosophy of a group of companies focusing on increasing joy and ethics in the world. He has developed a series of educational models that offer integrative solutions to subjects such as gender, relationships, childhood development, mind-body complex, compassionate ethics, and creative expression. These initiatives range from an award-winning performing arts company to an early childhood education that promotes cultural, linguistic, emotional, physical and problem-solving potential.
He founded Executive Success Programs, Inc. (ESP) in 1998 with Nancy Salzman, one of the world’s top trainers in personal and professional development, seeking to advance ethics, humanity, and critical thinking on an individual and global scale. One of the cornerstones of ESP is Rational Inquiry®, Raniere’s patent-pending technology that provides a scientific process for achieving peak human performance. More than 16,800 individuals have participated in the programs.
Most recently, these tools are helping individuals with different neurobiological disorders, specifically severe cases of Tourette’s Syndrome and OCD. Raniere is currently working with other individuals to determine the potential role the tools have in helping with other conditions.
Some of his most passionate and purposeful work can be seen in the peace movement he founded in Mexico, where gang violence, corruption and poverty are at crisis levels. InLaK’ech (an expression that translates to “you are the other me”) has been credited with initiatives that promote community, inspire leadership within small villages, and provide systems to disable violence and stop perpetrators.
Anima Inc., founded by Raniere and Alejandra Gonzalez Anaya, produced the 2014 Central American and Caribbean Games Opening Ceremony. The production won ten Telly Awards and received three daytime Emmy Nominations, including Best Direction. During the ceremony a “pledge for peace” penned by Raniere was read by the 23,000 attendees and broadcast to more than 150 million viewers. Since then, the InLaK’ech movement invites its members, and all civilians wanting to make a pledge of non-violence no matter where they’re location, to read it every Sunday.
Additionally, Raniere holds 147 international patents, including 47 in the United States, in a variety of technical fields. He earned degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in mathematics, biology and physics, with minors in philosophy and psychology, and an expertise in computer science.
In August 2008, along with writer Ivy Nevares, Raniere published his first book—Odin and the Sphinx—a collection of articles that were initially published in the Spanish language scientific journal Conocimiento. The foreword was written by acclaimed doctor and author, Luis Eugenio Todd. The following year the second book in the series was published, The Sphinx and Thelxiepeia, with a foreword written by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.