Mission: 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.
Vision: To create world-wide acceptance of a science-based philosophy that teaches how cooperation and social connection can foster individual development and grassroots community improvement, with programs, writings and other materials available to all children and adults.
How We Do This: Through practical, hands-on applications of our science-based philosophy of “shared value,” an original concept created by the Humanity Project’s founder. These applications include our acclaimed Anti-bullying Through The Arts program for elementary school children.
What Is “Shared Value”? As children, we are taught at an early age about the importance of sharing. We learn that sharing doesn’t mean giving it all away but instead permits us to keep some for ourselves. When a girl shares a candy bar, she eats a portion and gives the rest to her brother. That’s what sharing is all about: mutual benefit. And it’s exactly what shared value has in mind too.
Our ideas don’t involve religious or New Age approaches — and they don’t conflict with any mainstream religious beliefs. They are based on psychological realities any of us can recognize in our own lives. Shared value is a practical, empirical system that teaches us to help others and help ourselves at the same time. These are not conflicting goals — it’s possible to accomplish both things through the very same action. And it’s also possible to do this quite consistently during normal everyday life. That’s the underlying lesson, for example, when we teach bystander students why bullying hurts them too and how they can help stop it. Shared value offers individuals a sensible win-win perspective that benefits everyone involved. We don’t think you’ll find anything just like shared value anywhere else.
Shared value’s philosophy is based on some deeper realities of the mind. Each of us searches for individual importance in some way, for self-value in a world that seems to constantly tell us we have little value. As the great psychologist and philosopher William James said, “The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.” Sigmund Freud called this the “desire to be great.” But this craving also creates conflict within us individually and among us as individuals and social groups. Shared value shows how we can better manage this “craving to be appreciated” by focusing our efforts throughout the day not on “me” alone but rather on “us.” A detailed philosophical paper carefully explains this concept and all of our programs apply the idea in practical ways. We firmly believe that any worthwhile philosophy must be helpful to real everyday people in the real everyday world. Helping ourselves, helping humanity. That’s the Humanity Project.
Location: Ft. Lauderdale, FL, USA