A news and content site helmed by a man who has dedicated his life to peace and democracy, brought two countries out of conflict, saved a people from annihilation, and won the Nobel Peace Prize for his work.

TheCommunity.com was born of a unique synergy between a Nobel Peace Prize winner, José Ramos-Horta, and a California web developer, Mary Wald.

Mary brought 14 years of PR and editorial experience to the partnership, and more than 10 years in web development and social media. Ramos-Horta brought an uncanny intelligence and wisdom, born of 24 years as a human rights leader and highly skilled diplomat, working to save the people of Timor-Leste (formerly East Timor) from annihilation at the hands of occupiers, and later leading the country as the millennium’s newest democracy. He has gone on to other high-level missions for the UN Secretary General.

José and Mary with Robert De Niro at video taping for the upcoming campaign for the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Photo by Michael Collopy.

In the course of his life’s work, Ramos-Horta has established a growing network of world leaders, fellow Nobel laureates, and leaders in thought that became a foundation for TheCommunity.com in its early days.

Mary first met anti-Apartheid hero and Nobel Peace Prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu in 2001 a the centennial celebration of the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo. In the years since the Archbishop has become a close “friend of the family”; as one of the world’s leading voices on human rights, reconciliation and social justice, the Archbishop has been invaluable as TheCommunity.com’s human rights advisor.

A small but high-powered team around these two Nobel Peace Prize winners has launched actions on critical human rights and peace building issues, and continues to work to bring the stories of those who have changed the world for the better to light.

Mary with TheCommunity.com’s Human Rights Advisor Archbishop Desmond Tutu at a video taping in Michigan.

Today this “passion project” of a small inspired handful of people has had the participation of 27 Nobel Peace Prize winners, and some of the world’s most recognizable artists including Paul McCartney, Robert De Niro, Harrison Ford, Gwyneth Paltrow, Christie Turlington, Ron Howard and others. Bono, Michael Douglas and Paul Simon each shot episodes for a web series, the What’s so hard about Peace? series, currently in production.

Notables including Kathy Calvin, President of the UN Foundation, and Martha Nelson, former Editor of People Magazine and Editor in Chief of Time, Inc. have been friends and advisors to the site. The site’s content has been covered by the Associated Press, the New York Times, LA Times, People.com, CNN, Washington Post, USA Today, Malaysia New Straits Times, Hong Kong Morning Post, ABC Evening News, Entertainment Tonight, and other media around the world.