To kindle humanity’s evolution toward kindness



We envision an equitable, sustainable, and thriving human society propelled by kindness – the capacity, willingness, and commitment to treat one another as kin. Kindness in practice means:

  • Preserving Earth for future generations
  • Practicing gratitude for past generations
  • Maintaining shared stories and traditions
  • Cultivating self-compassion and personal responsibility
  • Honoring people of all races, orientations, and beliefs
  • Serving the poor and marginalized
  • Building generative economies
  • Fostering local and global community



Kindling is a 501(c)(3) non-profit online magazine and newsletter for humanity’s evolution.

We foster social change by educating the public about historical and current progress toward peace, justice, and sustainability and possibilities for our “next systems.”


Peter Schulte


Bellingham, WA, United States

Hi, I’m Peter. I created Kindling in 2016 to shine a light on new ideas and possibilities for humanity’s future, illustrate what we’ve accomplished as a species, and ultimately motivate action toward a new way of doing and being. I hope it sparks something for you!

During the day, I work for the Pacific Institute encouraging more sustainable water management among businesses around the world. I have a B.A. and a B.S. from the University of California, Berkeley, and a M.B.A. in Sustainable Systems from Presidio Graduate School (formerly Pinchot University). I live in Bellingham, WA with my partner Sara, son Owen, and cat Winnie.

Meryl Connelly-Chew


Bellingham, WA, United States

I work as an advocate for survivors of domestic and sexual violence and facilitate a LGBTQ+ survivors support group. I have a B.L.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies, with concentrations in Psychology, Sociology, and English. I grew up in rural Southeast Alaska, and live now in Bellingham, Washington with my dog Fathom.

I write for Kindling because I believe in the innate value of each of us and I am inspired by the existence of goodness in our collective humanity.

Board of Directors

Emily Affolter

Seattle, WA, United States


Casey Dilloway

Seattle, WA, United States


Aric Ho

Seattle, WA, United States


Cecilia Sullivan

Ojai, CA United States




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