frequently asked questions

Who is involved in this organization?

TheCommunity.com was started by leaders from the human rights world and leaders from the technology world, who came together to see what could be done to use the Internet to create a better world.

In 2000, we were joined by Nobel Peace Prize winner José Ramos-Horta, then Foreign Minister of East Timor. In the coming years, as the doors opened wider and we interacted with more of his fellow Nobel Peace Prize laureates, we had the honor of being a part of the Centennial of the Nobel in Oslo, and featured on a CNN special about building peace.

After 9/11, TheCommunity.com posted a section containing the statements of 27 of the 30 living Nobel laureates. The site went around the world and the core of the site was established.

We have been lucky, since then, to have been joined and supported by some real stars in their fields — renowned writer Jesse Kornbluth, Bonnie Abaunza, an internationally known figure in human rights, Kathy Calvin in humanitarian actions, Martha Nelson in media, and others.

In 2011 Archbishop Desmond Tutu joined our Advisory Board as our human rights advisor.

But I don’t like Obama/Bush/Romney/Israel/Palestine/the dog next door.

TheCommunity.com is a network. It is a community. In any community, you will find differences of opinion. And while we hope that everyone who joins this network is doing so because they are interested in making the world a better place to live, not everyone is going to agree on how we get there.

TheCommunity.com is by nature non-political and non-religious. No one will be excluded because of their political persuasion, or their religion.

We believe in a healthy exchange of viewpoints. At the same time, we expect it to be a respectful exchange of viewpoints, and one that respects the rights of others to hold their own views and beliefs. We don’t attack political parties or administrations of an entire country. We may object to the actions of a government, particularly when it comes to violating the human rights of citizens. But this also is with an eye to inspection and conversation, and with the hopes of one day helping to contribute in some small way to finding cooperative resolutions to some of the very difficult situations in our world today.