site administrator | April 26, 2013
(Editor’s Note: This blog was written especially for the Humanity Project website.)
My name is Angelo Marchelletta, also known as “A-Lo.” I am a singer and songwriter from Windsor, Ontario. My newest single is called “Alive” and it is an anti-bullying song. I grew up in Windsor, a border city with Detroit, so I grew up in a rough neighborhood. There was always trouble wherever I went. It felt like being the tough guy was the thing to be, and it seemed like they could smell out the weakness in people. I remember waking up every day for school and being terrified to go, because I knew that there was this group of bullies that picked on anyone who was weaker than them. They thrived off of it.
site administrator | April 6, 2013
Can music save the world? Why do we love music so much? I think it might have to do with the fact that when we listen to songs we like, we become music. For those brief moments, we go a little beyond our rational selves with name, position, job and we get to experience a broader range of emotions. Our hearts sing to the beat of music and we experience freedom. And in that space of closeness to our essence, we also get to establish connection with others’ essence. I think that’s the magic of music. It happens at a very personal level and yet it serves as a bridge. When we cross that bridge, we understand each other better. This understanding is the first step towards accepting others and thus establishing stronger social connections.
Bob Knotts | February 21, 2013
Sometimes we all ponder the big questions, don’t we? Why are we here? Where are we going? What becomes of us in the end? At the Humanity Project, we think about these things too — through art. All our Humanity Project programs and other materials use the arts in one form or another to help convey a positive message and also to make sure that message sticks in the minds of the people who can benefit from it. One example of this is our original stories for adult readers, which we like to call fables. Short fictional tales of this type have been used for centuries to convey meaningful ideas. The tenth Humanity Project fable just has been completed and posted, dealing with some of those big questions in a fresh, brief, fun way.
Bob Knotts | September 30, 2012
We’ve just posted another in our series of original Humanity Project fictional tales, which are fables really. Each ends with a clearly stated moral, something related one way or another to the Humanity Project mission of using cooperation and social connection to solve societal problems. These are fables for adult readers — intended to offer some wit and sophistication along with the brief stories. We now have nine of them posted at this link: http://thehumanityproject.com/fables/ All for free, of course. …
Bob Knotts | August 31, 2012
Just a brief blog today to let our friends know that the Humanity Project is off to a flying start in this new 2012-2013 school year. In only the first week of classes, we presented our highly respected Anti-bullying Through The Arts program to nearly 1,000 kids. Well, 990 to be exact. The photo you see was snapped during our visit to Park Trails Elementary School in Parkland, Florida. Nice group of kids, teachers and administrators … We enjoyed our presentations there. Now we’re lining up more schools for this busy fall semester here in South Florida, where we’re based. But we also will be exporting our program to the Chicago school system in a few months.
Bob Knotts | June 15, 2012
The great singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell said it long ago. “We are stardust,” she sang, “we are golden.” By now, some people know this is literally true. But many still don’t understand that most of the materials in every human being were produced by the fusion within stars. We indeed are stardust. To me, this always has been a lovely and inspiring fact of nature. (If you’d like to read more about the science of that fact, you can check out this link: http://www.physicscentral.com/explore/poster-stardust.cfm) I am blogging about this on the Humanity Project site today for a reason. Our organization teaches cooperation and social connection as ways to solve society’s problems, creating innovative programs that work. But cooperation and social connection are founded on a central respect for humanity, a belief in the value of every person.
Bob Knotts | June 1, 2012
The Humanity Project wants you to know about more of the free things available on our extensive website.In fact, everything on our site is free to anyone with access to a computer. So we hope you’ll spend some ‘Net surf time to take a closer look. You may be surprised by what you find — pleasantly surprised, we believe. We have original, charming fables, for instance, each with a positive life lesson. And our podcast page includes interviews, discussions, original music and more. The PeacePage is another terrific section of our website, a collaboration by the Humanity Project with nonprofits and individuals from all seven continents. Yep, even Antarctica is represented. But today, we’d like to remind you to check out our quote page too.
Bob Knotts | May 24, 2012
This week we celebrate the birthday of Ralph Waldo Emerson. With each passing year, I gain a deeper respect for the work of this remarkable American writer. On Friday, May 25, the Humanity Project will commemorate Emerson’s 209th birthday. He lived from 1803 – 1882, a good long life in those days. Emerson wrote poetry and essays, was an accomplished speaker and a forceful abolitionist. But more than anything, I see Emerson as a philosopher, a man whose experience resulted in profound insights about how to live our lives in the most effective, healthy ways.
Bob Knotts | April 6, 2012
Today, a brief blog about an inspiring song. And about the young girl who wrote it based on her own painful experience. The Humanity Project now is joining forces with this girl, Megan Landry, a 15-year-old from Ottawa, Canada. Together, we’re hoping to further spread Megan’s powerful message of hope. You can hear the song called “Stronger” on the Humanity Project YouTube page and also watch the moving video Megan created to make her music come alive visually. This is the link to that video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRVlxBe35sY&feature=channel Megan’s song wasn’t written specifically to combat bullying but, as you will see, it offers compelling support to anyone dealing with bullying problems. The Humanity Project highly recommends it for kids who are being bullied because the song urges those kids to look beyond the immediate misery — and to rise above it.
Bob Knotts | December 28, 2011
There really are endless ways to make a positive difference in this troubled world. Many of us try to do this, but still may wonder: “Am I making a difference?” At the Humanity Project, we believe that every genuine effort to help does make a difference. So we absolutely love this short tale that clearly makes a point about this very thing. It is adapted by us here from an old Hawaiian fable. We think you’ll enjoy reading it …