About The Flow Genome Project


Flow Genome Project is a trans-disciplinary, international organization committed to mapping the genome of Flow by 2020 and open sourcing it to everyone

We were lucky enough to have award-winning documentary filmmaker Ondi Timoner interview co-founders Steven Kotler and Jamie Wheal as part of her series on innovators and entrepreneurs who are using technology to transform our lives.  Learn about our founding mission, amazing collaborators, and vision for the future.


The Flow State: Flow states, peak experiences, in the zone, runner’s high, being unconscious—the lingo is endless. The experience though lives up to the hype. Time slows down, self vanishes, there’s a complete merger between action and awareness— it almost sounds like nonsense, but fifty years of serious research says otherwise. Flow states are now known to optimize performance, enhance creativity, drive innovation, , accelerate learning, amplify memory and underpin happiness itself.

The Problem: The people who want to study Flow states aren’t that good at having them; the people who are really good at having Flow states aren’t all that interested in studying them. As a result, researchers are balkanized, their work occasionally marginalized. There are no coordinated scientific efforts, little cross-pollination of ideas and—as a result—no real roadmap towards discovery and application.

The Invitation: If this mission calls to you, and you’d like to join the Project and help us map the genome of Flow, let us know, and welcome to the conversation!