The Humanity Project

To create and implement innovative programs that teach children and adults how to use cooperation and social connection for individual development and grassroots community improvement

A Call For Diversity

Bob Knotts | January 18, 2014

We’re called the Humanity Project for a reason — our focus is on human beings. But we couldn’t resist using the photo you see here anyway. Cute shot, huh? And it helps to make a point: Even some animals can learn to embrace diversity. Among human beings, accepting diversity is one key to helping us move forward as a species. You’ll find photos that show some of that diversity on the Humanity Project PeacePage, listed above on the menu here on our website.

From Us … To You

Bob Knotts | December 31, 2013

A joyful, healthy, productive and constructive 2014 to everyone … from everyone at the Humanity Project!

100 Podcasts & Counting

Bob Knotts | November 20, 2013

It’s true! Our latest podcast is Number 100 for the Humanity Project Podcast. We began doing these in March 2006, when we still had to explain to most people what a podcast was. We don’t have to do that now, of course. For our 100th edition, I chatted with our producer/engineer, Matt Corey, who owns Zebra Studios in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Bridging Humanity With Love

site administrator | November 12, 2013

(Editor’s Note: This guest blog was written for the Humanity Project by Tina Cornely, founder and CEO of the nonprofit, Bridging Humanity. You can read more about Ms. Cornely in her bio at the end of this blog.)

What IS The Humanity Project?

Bob Knotts | October 14, 2013

Ok, good question. We still hear it a lot: “What is the Humanity Project?” Basically, our mission involves putting a profound idea to practical use. We try to turn a deep insight about human beings into programs that work in the real everyday world. So what is that deep insight, that profound idea? It is this: Every single human being thrives or withers based on a constantly evolving self-image. If that sounds vague, it isn’t. Here’s what I mean.

Ideas That Matter

Bob Knotts | October 1, 2013

Have you visited the Humanity Project “Quotes” page lately? You should. It is updated on the first of each month with five positive, thoughtful quotes from great minds. Some of these come from the mouths or pens of famous people. Some come from folks you may not be familiar with. Here is one of those, a quotation we discovered by an Indian spiritual teacher named Osho, who lived from 1931 to 1990.

Charter For Compassion

Bob Knotts | August 19, 2013

We are pleased to announce a new Humanity Project collaboration. It is with a respected worldwide organization called the Charter for Compassion International. We were honored that they extended an invitation to the Humanity Project to join their coalition, which includes more than 150 cities and 300 other partners working to take compassionate action that improves lives. Among the many notables who have signed the Charter for Compassion are Muhammad Ali, Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, Paul Simon, Quincy Jones, Deepak Chopra and Queen Noor of Jordan. The Humanity Project is in good company indeed.

Imagine If We Were Number One

site administrator | July 6, 2013

(Editor’s Note: This blog was written by Dr. Laura Finley, Vice President of the Humanity Project Board of Directors. Dr. Finley is Assistant Professor of Sociology and Criminology at Barry University.) Imagine if we were number one. No, not number one in military spending (which we are). Not number one in incarceration rates (which we are as well). What if, instead of these things, the U.S. became hyper-focused on becoming the most peaceful nation on earth? The recently released 2013 Global Peace Index (GPI) placed the U.S.100th out of 162 countries. That’s not so spectacular.

An Education Towards Authenticity

site administrator | June 15, 2013

As a society we have agreed on general beliefs about what is right and what is wrong. What it means to be successful and what it means to not make the grade. But it is a limited perspective on life. We are all individuals, not molds. As a result, often times we carry on an internal struggle. We impose an image on ourselves of what we think we should be or what others expect us to be rather than what we really are. Instead of befriending and trusting the individual we truly are inside, we sometimes try to deny it or even annihilate it. For instance, if your heart tells you to pursue a career in acting or painting instead of a 9 to 5 office job, what is really keeping you from doing it? The only thing that moves us to be something we are not is fear. Fear of criticism, fear of lack of approval, fear of failure. It is here where you should ask yourself: Should I trust a made-up version of myself or the real version? Which one would better guide me through life? Which one can I rely on?

Faith … In People

Bob Knotts | April 20, 2013

It has been a tough week for those of us in this country, here in the United States. The Boston bombing, the ricin mailings, the chases, the shootings and arrests … and of course the deaths and injuries that followed another terrorist attack. At such times, it helps to look toward the light. And toward faith — faith in other people, ironically enough. Whatever your personal religious beliefs, a faith in humanity surely must be part of a useful belief system for any person.