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2023 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 common sense, with respect and love.

The Humanity Initiative has created this online oasis to offer clarity on humanity’s most crucial challenges and to inspire in all of us more creative and inclusive pathways to positive change.

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
Bird’s Eye View

Our Most Crucial Challenges

Solving the climate crisis

Ending war

Preserving democracy

Protecting fresh air and clean water

archival photo of tanks in china, 1989
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

The Watershed Proposal — Placing a new consciousness at the forefront of civilization

Art, music and dance! — compelling partners of positive change

Commencement Speech Wisdom and Wit



Creating cataysts for positive change has been my life’s work, since 1975, in league with friends and colleagues across the continents.

With this new site, we are focusing on 15- to 45-year-olds — core champions of Earth and humanity over this next crucial decade.

Your kind support greatly advances the scope and currency of our efforts to help foster a new generation of changemakers.

Not least, we also are seeking funds to implement our Watershed Proposal, designed to transform global governance by creating a supra-national allegiance keyed to the great river systems of the world.

Please join us in placing a revitalized environmental and social consciousness at the forefront of civilization, inviting a profound new choreography of positive change. 

~ Tony Balis

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