Reasons why we need to humanise the internet
The fear of being ‘jumped-on’
There is a culture of hostility on the internet. It’s a public space where people are hesitant to share and engage in discussions because they fear being ‘jumped-on’ or trolled.
It's very likely you have experienced it
There is a mob mentality, especially on Reddit and Twitter where the cover of anonymity is used for online harassment and abuse.
40% of US internet users have personally experienced online harassment.
(US, Pew Research Center, 2014)
Small acts for big change
A global movement for kindness. We operate both online and offline. We have no boss, no trustees, no governing body, no non-profit structure. We are simply a collection of citizens who have pledged to uphold a few values.
A constellation of open-source tools, projects, and ideas
Rooted in theory of Nonviolent Communication
Humans of the Internet
A global grassroots movement
The internet has connected us more than ever before, but our newfound connectedness does not equal understanding, and the Internet lacks empathy and civility.
Our solution is to start a global grassroots movement to spread kindness, positivity, and self-awareness— both online and offline.
Make way for the humanized internet!
Humans of the Internet is a global movement for kindness. We operate both online and offline. We have no boss, no trustees, no governing body, no non-profit structure. We are simply a collection of citizens who have pledged to uphold a few values
We are optimists
We are the authors of our own future. We have the power to shape ourselves, our relationships, our families, our workplaces, our towns, our cities and our world.
We are kind
Put positivity out, get positivity back. When we are warm, patient and generous with those around us, it comes back around to us times ten. Kindness is our operating system.
We believe the web is real life
A compliment will brighten the day whether it’s on the bus or your blog. An insult will hurt whether it’s on Facebook or at the bookstore. Our opportunity to help or hurt others is the same wherever we are. The internet is real life.
We turn conflict into opportunity
When handled well, conflict can be the ultimate opportunity for learning and growth. We don’t run away from conflict. We see it as a golden ticket to self-betterment.
We reach out
When we appreciate somebody, we amplify the good vibes and let them know. When someone’s interaction is off, we lend a loving hand by asking what’s up, offering a listening ear, a chance to vent, to cry, to grow.
We reach in
Know thyself. This is essential to good citizenship and productive participation in the world, both on and off the web.
We are an open network, an evolving ecosystem, a responsive swarm. We build on each other’s ideas and our constellation of tools is always developing.
We are inclusive
Everyone’s invited. All the time.
Join the movement
All fun, no spam.
Let us know your thoughts
There are so many ways of going about this—your thoughts welcomed.
We are Humans of the Internet.
How will you contribute?
Make way to the humanized internet
Use #hoi to report kindness