2024 and counting.
It’s time to rescue our humanity

…and to do so, in the words of Sir David Attenborough: “Not to save our planet, but to save ourselves.”

We urgently need a more profound commitment to working together, with imagination and respect, with kindness and love.

The Humanity Initiative is creating this online oasis to offer clarity on our most crucial challenges and to inspire each of us to take action — fostering a resurgent new voice of humanity.

Pre-historic cave painting from 36,000 years ago.
Altamira, Spain

Keep me away from the
wisdom which does not cry,
the philosophy which does not laugh, and the greatness which does not bow before children. 

~ Khalil Gibran
skeptical hawk
Roadside skeptic.
archival photo of tanks in china, 1989. Tiananmen Square. Tank Man.
Common man confronts an army.
Tiananmen Square, China, June 5, 1989

When the sun within speaks, when love reaches out its hand and places it upon another, any power the stars and planets might have upon us, any fears you can muster can become so rightfully insignificant.

What one heart can do for another heart, is there any beauty in the world that can match this? Brotherhood, sisterhood, humanity becomes the joy and the emancipation

~ Hafiz

Peace Gatherings: how your neighborhood can help to end war – with contagious peace.

Nothing like the inspiring joy, wisdom and love – and illustrations – in the best of children’s books.

Art, music, poetry, theater, photography, film and dance — compelling partners of positive change.

The advent of artificial intelligence: how will we maximize the promise and minimize the threat?

Empowering commencement speeches — 1838 to 2023.

Mother nature. Father time.

Our astronomical neighborhood.



Since 1987, THI’s mission has been to encourage us to understand this planet as our common home – and to act on that necessary enlightenment.

Not least, recognizing that humanity’s most critical challenge is to end war, we now are designing grass roots peace gatherings across the continents, intent on countering fascism at every turn with resolute and engaging humanism.

Also, throughout this site, as we highlight the inspiring efforts of those in the trenches of positive change and at the forefront of civilization, we champion those who make quieter but equally positive changes every day in every distant neighborhood.

The Humanity Initiative offers this digital oasis as a town meeting for the planet, as insight on Earth’s major challenges, and as inspiration to tune our personal journeys to help solve them.

Please join us in expanding our worldwide outreach.

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Thank you for your kindness and generosity.

Tony Balis (USA, founder and president), Conrad Fullbrook (England), Kylie Janssens (South Africa), Sheila Kinkade (USA), Shashi Tharoor (India), Jacqueline Wigglesworth (England)

The Humanity Initiative is a 501(c)(3). Your donations are fully tax-deductible in the United States.

Teach this triple truth to all:
a generous heart, kind speech,
and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity.   

~ Gautama Buddha

As played in March 2018 at his memorial service at Westminster Abbey, in the garden, and simultaneously transmitted into space, here is Professor Stephen Hawking‘s recorded wish for each of us to become global citizens.