August Turak

Author Consultant Speaker

Self Knowledge Symposium Foundation


Our mission is to bring a transformative message of higher meaning and purpose to a Western Culture increasingly bereft of meaning and purpose. We do this by introducing individuals and organizations to the power of service and selflessness.


SELF KNOWLEDGE SYMPOSIUM FOUNDATION is a nonprofit founded by August Turak in 1999. Turak established the Self Knowledge Symposium (SKS) Student Group in 1989 to help students “learn how to live a life of meaning and purpose.” From North Carolina State University, to Duke University, to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the SKS spread like wildfire. In 1999, the SKS incorporated the Self Knowledge Symposium Foundation (SKSF) as a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization.

The SKSF is a spiritual and educational foundation formed in order to instruct the public on subjects useful to individuals and beneficial to the community and organizations. The SKSF is organized and operated exclusively for spiritual and educational purposes. The SKSF’s educational purpose is served by encouraging people to discover methods and techniques for examining their lives, thereby creating a space in which they can form personal strategies for pursuing more meaningful lives.

The aim of all SKSF activities and efforts is to improve the quality of life for people, communities, and organizations through the pursuit of self-knowledge, by introducing them to the power of service and selflessness. The primary methodology for carrying out the SKSF’s educational purpose is through writing, seminars, lectures, speaking engagements, keynotes, workshops and other similar programs.


The Self Knowledge Symposium Foundation is currently operated on donations and honorariums. Over the years, August Turak continues to fund the SKSF, and any remuneration he receives from his writing, speaking engagements, consulting, or personal coaching, are donated back to the SKSF to underwrite our ongoing efforts. His books and the rights to his award-winning essay have been transferred to the SKSF and all royalties are and will continue to be reinvested into future efforts of the SKSF.

Additional Notice and Disclaimer

No part of the SKSF’s net earnings will inure to the benefit of private shareholders or individuals. The SKSF will not be organized or operate for the benefit of private interest, and will not, as a substantial part of its activities, attempt to influence legislation or participate to any extent in a political campaign or against any candidate of public office.

The Self Knowledge Symposium Foundation does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, class, sexual orientation, religious affiliation or physical ability.

Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative and creation, there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too.

All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favour all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance which no man could have dreamed would have come his way.

Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now.”

― William Hutchison Murray