Society’s Iceberg: What’s Below the Surface?

Society’s Iceberg: What’s Below the Surface?

Concerning the future of our communities, our country, and our planet, the issues on our radar today are myriad. It’s not easy to decide where to invest our time and energy, do the research needed to have an intelligent and informed perspective, and take action. Enter humankind, speaking about connection, deep listening, and meaningful conversations. humankind doesn’t focus on any one “compelling issue.” Of course it’s nice to think about connection and more authentic conversations. But isn’t it more urgent to tackle more tangible instances of inequality, violence, or some particular issue that has concrete consequences in many lives?

The Power of Community: Lessons from Senegal

The Power of Community: Lessons from Senegal

Why go to Senegal to explore what humankind might do here?  Because Tostan, a nonprofit based in Dakar and expanding across West Africa, understands the critical role of community in sparking and creating change.  And because we believe that, especially now, we can learn from others about ways to explore the aspirations, values, human rights and responsibilities that form the foundation of a functioning democracy.  Tostan believes in unleashing individual agency as well as the transformative power of the community’s collective action…

Putting Our Principals Into Practice

Putting Our Principals Into Practice

As our new theme for humankind in 2018, we felt inspired to explore ways to create deeper connections between people, and to start with learning to turn conversations, especially the challenging and uncomfortable ones, into opportunities for deeper interactions.

humankind and National Week of Conversation: Get the word out #NWOC #ListenFirst

humankind and National Week of Conversation: Get the word out #NWOC #ListenFirst

Did you know that National Week of Conversation #NWOC was a thing? We didn’t either. This year it is from April 20-28. Since humankind is a network of people and initiatives committed to strengthening our shared humanity through conversations that connect, we had to get onboard.

Appreciative Inquiry: An Effective Tool to Connect Across Boundaries

Appreciative Inquiry: An Effective Tool to Connect Across Boundaries

The best conversations are often driven by sincere questions and active listening. Appreciative inquiry, defined as the act of recognizing the best in people or the world around us, is a great way to frame kick-off and follow-up questions.

Real Big Living Room Conversation at the San Diego Museum of Man

Real Big Living Room Conversation at the San Diego Museum of Man

Saturday, March 31st was marked on many calendars as a weekend for Passover, Easter, or simply Spring Break. It was also humankind’s first shot at a multi-table Living Room Conversations event, held at the San Diego Museum of Man in Balboa Park.