Messages to Mankind collects the gems of knowledge and visions of today’s most eminent personalities in one handwritten book. Ground-breaking pioneers and experts of any field are invited to share on one page each their personal message to mankind, the quintessence of their visions and experiences – what they learned and want the world to remember. This formulation retains an openness of the question and does not pre-empt the responses. Manual writing calls for time and contemplation and adds depth of character to the writing.

Exploring the intersection of a variety of fields such as art, literature, journalism, and documentation of contemporary history project Messages to Mankind is first and foremost interested to open up a space for a plurality of stories and perspectives. All messages are published online and offline, free of charge and accessible to all.

In publication the private stories and the public sphere meet and invite manifold reactions. The mosaic of messages will foster dialogue across cultures, disciplines and generations. Controversy is invited and people are encouraged to contemplate, discuss critically, or pause cherishingly.

Messages to Mankind is a non-profit project and was founded in 2010. It is financed and run entirely by its founders Lennart Benz and David Kretz. Lennart is a student of Politics, Administration, and International Relations at Zeppelin University in Friedrichshafen, Germany. David studies Value Studies at ECLA of Bard in Berlin.

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