Kindling’s manifesto for human genius

We humans are geniuses.

But we’ve forgotten.

From the start, we have built community, family, culture, and art. We’ve created millennia’s worth of indigenous knowledge. We’ve built the pyramids in Egypt and the temples of Macchu Picchu. We’ve invented the very concepts of democracy, justice, and equity. We’ve built skyscrapers and space stations. We’ve grown a worldwide web of infinite knowledge and connection. We’ve explored particle physics, the origin of the universe, and the depths of our own consciousness.

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We are geniuses!

We are geniuses, but we tell ourselves that we’re a bunch of chumps.

We tell ourselves we are unworthy sinners. We tell ourselves that we are small and powerless. We tell ourselves that every day we get farther away from a time when everything was perfect.

Yet, every century, every year, every day we grow more conscious, more knowledgeable, more compassionate, and more capable. Today, we have it better than we’ve ever had it. Tomorrow will be even better.

What if we remembered our genius? What if we learned to harness it?

We can use our genius to create a new, living economy that truly serves us all and is actually designed for the 21st Century. We can value humanity over money.

We can reshape our society into one that truly realizes our values of fairness and opportunity for all. We can acknowledge that Earth is actually our greatest gift and work to regenerate it. We can launch organizations driven by purpose, which view profit simply as a means to an end. We can give ourselves permission to reveal our whole selves and let them out into the world.

We can and we will.

This is why Kindling exists. Join us and kindle a new era of possibility.

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Peter Schulte

Peter Schulte is the founder and editor of Kindling. Before Kindling, Peter was Senior Research Associate for the Pacific Institute's Corporate Sustainability Program and the UN Global Compact's CEO Water Mandate, conducting research that supports companies' sustainable water practices. Peter holds a B.S. in Conservation and Resource Studies and a B.A. in Comparative Literature from University of California, Berkeley, and an M.B.A. in Sustainable Systems from Pinchot University. He lives in Bellingham with his partner Sara and cat Winnie.


Kindling is a catalog of humanity's evolution. By showing how humanity has grown consistently more conscious, capable, and connected through time, Kindling sparks possibility for a new, more sustainable, more just, more purposeful way of doing and being.


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